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Youth Advisory Board Member

An exciting opportunity to join us as a voluntary member of the Generator Youth Advisory board, helping us to shape our work in the region and beyond. You’ll be involved in providing feedback on key decisions that influence our festival, music and creative network programmes and work directly with the Generator team to ensure we achieve our vision and mission, to create a sustainable music industry in the North East that ensures access for all.

Responsible to

Youth Advisory Board Chair and Generator CEO


Salary: This is a voluntary position

Total Number of Roles Available: 5 positions

Applicants must be aged between 18-25 years old as of July 2023

Application Deadline: Friday 4th August

Statement of Purpose:

Generator is looking for 5 x 18-25 year olds to help bolster their Youth Advisory Board. GYAB (Generator Youth Advisory Board) represents an interest in the work they do as an organisation, help to influence and shape the future of Generator as they head into their fourth decade, and ensure that the work they do is of highest quality and relevant for the audiences they work with.

Formed in 1991 and based in Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Generator is the leading creative talent development agency and Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation. The organisation delivers a year-round programme of activity ranging from fully funded courses to one off workshops, seminars and networking events as well as a major music festival which over the years has provided a platform for chart-topping artists including Sam Fender, DuBlonde, Lanterns on the Lake and Nadine Shah.

Headed by CEO Mick Ross, Generator’s core team are supported by its leadership board and youth advisory board as well as a number of freelancers and facilitators drawn from across the industry.  

Generator’s work is generously funded by North of Tyne Combined Authority, Arts Council England, PRS & PPL Foundation, Youth Music, Community Foundation and the European Union Regional Development Fund. Generator is signed up to the Keychange pledge ensuring access for all across its programmes and is a living wage employer.  

We are looking for individuals who want to make a difference to the creative industries in the North East and have their voices heard.

As Generator’s programmes are aimed at young and new artists, practitioners, or businesses, the organisation needs a representative board of those who they support. This not only brings a fresh new perspective but also tackles any assumptions about the demographic and gives young people an incredible developmental opportunity that reflects Generator’s support of emerging talent.

It is an excellent opportunity for young people challenge the organisation, to have their voices heard and acted upon, and for us to support the development of the new leaders of tomorrow

Chyaro Hylton, recently appointed Chair of the YAB said “We’re looking for new members to join the youth advisory board to help make a difference in making sure that the young voices are being heard in order to help execute and drive Generators vision. As a recent addition to the Generator board I want to make sure that the Generator staff and the Youth Advisory Board are working simultaneously in order to move the North East creative scene in the right direction.“

Each member of GYAB will be appointed for 1-3 years, with the view of up to 1 other member joining the Generator Board after their first year.


Young people interested in applying for a position should submit a CV plus a 1 page letter, a 2 minute video or any other creative format they wish to, stating why they want to be part of the Generator YAB and what they would like to do as part of the board. Applicants should detail what skills and qualities they have which would make them align with Generator’s work and mission.

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These applications will then be assessed by the Generator team and CEO.

Applications from under-represented groups are encouraged. Generator recognises that particular groups, communities and identities are under-represented in our workforce and we are taking positive steps to address this. As such we would love to hear from you if you:

  • Identify as female, non-binary and other gender minority  (in keeping with our Keychange Pledge)
  • Are d/Deaf, have a disability, learning difficulty,  significant long-term health condition which affects their daily life or would describe themselves as neurodivergent
  • Are from a working-class background
  • Are from the African, South, East and South-East Asian, Middle East, Latinx or North African diaspora, or have experienced racism

As and when young people are identified as candidates for Generator’s Board, they will have a short interview with the CEO, chair of the YAB and some of the trustees. The places for young people on Generator’s board will be time-limited to a maximum of 3 years, enabling the board to always be adapting and relevant to current practices.

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