Careers

There is no set career path to being an orchestral manager and there are a variety of areas within orchestral management that you can work in.

  • Concert and tours administration
  • Orchestra management
  • Education and community
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Digital
  • Librarians


Click on the links below for case studies of what is involved in the various managerial roles.

There are also a variety of career paths in the wider music industry including:

  • Artist Agents and Musician's Diary Services
  • Venue management
  • Festival management
  • Music publishers and music copyright
  • Broadcasting
  • Recording companies
  • National arts development organisations
  • Local Authority arts departments
  • Concert and Tours Manager

    Matthew Lax Concert Manager, Sinfonia Viva For someone who doesn’t want to be in the spotlight but wants a rewarding job that you can see the end results and all the hard work paid off, I can’t think of a better role than Concert Manager. I have a very varied job but I get to work on projects i... Read more »

  • Orchestral Management

    Alex Walden Orchestra Manager, BBC Concert Orchestra I guess I’m not a person who goes for an easy sedentary life. Though sometimes after a long week I wish that was different. Life in Orchestra Management and the music industry in general challenges you every day. It takes energy, diplomacy, pro... Read more »

  • Education and Community

    Sophie Dunn Creative Learning Director, Britten Sinfonia  What it's like to be an Education Manager:Almost all orchestras have an Education (or Learning, or Creative Learning...) department. In some it is run by one person and in others there are large teams. The purposes of the department are ... Read more »

  • Marketing

    Emma Mottram Senior Marketing Manager, English National Opera What does a marketing department do? Read more »

  • Fundraising

    Katherine Hattersley Charitable Giving Manager, London Philharmonic Orchestra How did I get into it?I worked as Assistant Venue Manager for a live music venue in the Midlands and then went to the University of Southampton to study Music. At Southampton I became heavily involved with the Univers... Read more »

  • Digital

    Jo Johnson Senior Marketing Manager, Digital, London Symphony Orchestra As the newest role to emerge in the field of Arts Administration, the description of what a Digital Manager is and does is difficult to pin down. Orchestras (and other Arts) are still getting to grips with the enormous, som... Read more »