Part-time Concerts Manager

Part-time Concerts Manager

Friday, 20 September 2019, 12.00pm

Post: Concerts Manager
18.5 hours pw.
Based in Belfast City Centre

Closing date: Fri 20th Sept 2019 at 12pm
Interviews: Mon 30th Sept 2019.

Who are we?

The Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble is the only group in Northern Ireland to specialise in the performance of modern and contemporary classical repertoire. Its self-imposed remit is to give a voice to local composers and to perform their music in the context of music by leading exponents of contemporary music from elsewhere in Europe and the rest of the world. It aims to programme music that otherwise cannot be heard live locally, while serving as an outlet for the talent of highly specialist performers and acting as a meeting point for their innovation, ideas and enthusiasm.

The Ensemble (essentially a 5 piece group in the “Pierrot Lunaire” format of fl, cl, vln, vcl. & pno.) can expand for larger projects and often performs works for smaller sub-groups within the core ensemble. The players of the group are all specialists in contemporary and modern music and make the performance of this repertoire a central part of their artistic practice.

The Post:

The Ensemble is seeking a Concerts Manager who will be expected to assume responsibility for the day to day running of the ensemble’s concert activities, directly accountable to the ensemble’s Artistic Director.

The post is fixed-term until June 2020, but may be extended subject to funding and a successful probation period.

Duties expected of the successful applicant will include fundraising and associated reporting, financial management, general concert planning, management and implementation, promotion (with a particular emphasis on effective use of social media) and other roles as required.

We are looking for an applicant who can contribute to, and become a part of the growth and development of our dynamic organisation. The skills relative to fundraising - writing proposals, organising budgets/income and expenditure, collating materials such as artist biogs, letters of support, and of project management - are not specific to this kind of musical organisation and we therefore feel that a successful applicant could possibly come from an unrelated part of the arts sector. However, we would also strongly feel that an understanding of the functioning of a musical ensemble and a sound knowledge of music will be a distinct advantage.

• Hours: 18.5 hours per week for 9 months.
• Fixed term contract based on an annual salary of £12k (pro rata).
• Post may be extended subject to funding and completion of satisfactory probation period.

Essential Criteria

Applicants must:

• have, at the time of applying, a minimum of degree level of study.
• have at least one years experience in arts administration.
• have sound knowledge of digital and social media for the purpose of promotion and marketing.
• have excellent organisational skills, drive and enthusiasm and the ability to work independently.

Desirable Criteria

It is desirable that applicants have:

• enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, classical (particularly contemporary classical) music.
• a degree, preferably in the area of music.

How to Apply

Please provide:

1. A covering letter of no more than 2 pages outlining:

• Why you would like this position and what you feel you can contribute.
• What your top three skills are in relation to the advertised post.

2. An example of any project or activity you have been involved in which you feel might demonstrate some of the skills required for the post (300 words).

3. An up to date C.V. with the names and email addresses of 2 people (past employers/lecturers) that we can obtain references from. You should inform your referees in advance that we will contact them.

Send the above to [email protected] with “Hard Rain Vacancy” in the subject line by 12pm on Fri 20th Sept 2019.

Interviews will be held on Mon 30th Sept 2019 in Belfast.

If you have any questions please get in touch: [email protected]



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