Join the BAPA Board of Directors

An invitation to make a difference

Join us on the Board of Directors for Big Apple Performing Arts®, home of New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus.  

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What is Big Apple Performing Arts?

Big Apple Performing Arts (BAPA) is the non-profit management company for New York City Gay Men's Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus. With over thirty years of history, innovative programs, and service to the LGBTQ community, Big Apple Performing Arts is renowned for producing legendary performances, commissioning new works, and taking a leading role in the movement for social justice. From Carnegie Hall to City Hall, from the AIDS crisis to the struggle for marriage equality, as well as today’s gender and identity politics, the choruses of BAPA have been leaders and activists in the New York City community since 1980. We are so proud of what’s been achieved, but there is still so much more to achieve and fight for. That’s why the choruses of BAPA are as critical today as the day we started. Big Apple Performing Arts, and its associated groups, are members of Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA), the world's only association committed to serving the LGBTQ choral movement.

How you can make a difference as a Big Apple Performing Arts Board Director

Boards are fundamental for any non-profit organization. Plus, being a Director on a Board provides an opportunity for talented, insightful, collaborative, and charitable people—from a wide range of backgrounds—to help steer a vital organization to achieve even more impact in the world. For BAPA, the Board of Directors fulfills two key roles: governance and fundraising.


Essentially, this is to provide the organization with direction and accountability for its legal obligations. Board Directors (according to the National Council of Nonprofits) are required to:

1.     Take care of the non-profit by ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and good will; and provide oversight for all activities that advance the non-profit’s effectiveness and sustainability. ("Duty of care")

2.     Make decisions in the best interest of the non-profit corporation; not in his or her self-interest. ("Duty of loyalty")

3.     Ensure that the non-profit obeys applicable laws and acts in accordance with ethical practices; that the non-profit adheres to its stated corporate purposes, and that its activities advance its mission. ("Duty of obedience")


NYCGMC and YPC are world class and world renowned because we’ve truly made a difference in the world—something that could only be possible because of the generosity of many individuals, families, organizations, and companies in New York and beyond. BAPA’s Board of Directors plays a critical role in introducing new people, partners, audiences, influencers, donors, sponsors, advertisers, and other funders to the organization so that we can continue our mission and create even more positive change for the global LGBTQ community.

What experience and qualifications are most valuable?

Firstly, we look at your work background, skills, and personal/professional networks to ensure you can fulfill the two key Board functions of governance and fundraising. It’s not essential to have prior board experience, but we do look for similar experience that demonstrates the required skillset. Secondly, we look for passion for our organization and mission, along with leadership skills and a desire to roll-up sleeves and contribute to the Board’s work. This also means exercising good judgement and a high degree of discretion with sensitive and confidential information. Lastly—and very importantly—we look for a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds, in addition to a mix of both singing and non-singing Directors. We pride ourselves on being a champion for diversity and equal opportunity, which starts at the top.

The Board of Directors is just one rewarding and valuable way you can contribute to our organization. If you’re not sure that you’re right or ready for a Board position, we highly recommend you consider volunteering on any of the committees that report to the Managing Body (Executive Director, Artistic Director, and MAST Chair). It’s a great way to get to know the organization and for us to get to know you.

What would be my time and financial commitments?

Like the majority of non-profit boards, our Board Director positions are volunteer only (i.e., not paid). The typical tenure for the position is 3 years, with the Board meeting approximately every two months for around 2.5 hours. Between each Board meeting, there is likely at least 5 hours of work contributing to governance and fundraising activities, reading board reports, responding to emails, and participating on one of the Board’s committees.

There is a financial expectation for each Board member to the organization annually, comprising of the following:

·         A direct cash contribution from each Board member

·         The balance can be covered through funds raised as a direct result of your actions (for example, performance or event tickets you’ve sold to others, program ads sold, sponsorship agreements reached, as well as any grants, donations, and/or other monetary gifts you’ve personally sourced). Many workplaces offer dollar for dollar matches for an employee’s money and time spent on charitable causes, which many of our Board Directors have used to cover their commitment.

Board Directors are also expected to attend and/or purchase tickets to all NYCGMC/YPC events and performances (where possible)—particularly our major fundraising events such as Harmony (which is held annually, usually in February).

Next steps?

Email with your resume and a short summary of why you think you’d be a great addition to our Board, or call our Executive Director, Lisa Reilly, at 212-344-1777, ext. 1 if you have any questions. We typically recruit new Board members annually between July and September. If a Board position doesn’t seem like the right fit for you, consider contacting us about volunteering your skills in another valuable way.

DEADLINE:  Friday, August 25, 2017 at 5 pm.

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