Association of British Orchestras

Audience Development Officer (part-time)

The Multi-Story Orchestra £110-£120 per day depending on experience Closing date 07 January 2020
Currently resident at Bold Tendencies multi-storey car park in Peckham, The Multi-Story Orchestra has been widely acclaimed for its approach to widening access to classical music, including winning a 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Award and performing as part of the BBC Proms.

We are now looking for a part-time Audience Development Officer, who will be integral to our small and ambitious team. Removing barriers of access to classical music is central to everything that happens in The Multi-Story Orchestra. Our innovative approaches to presenting classical music have been celebrated for their ability to attract new, more diverse audiences. We understand the importance and the opportunity of ensuring that all communication from the Orchestra accurately represents our accessible and inclusive performance contexts, in order for us to better engage our target audiences.

The Audience Development Officer will help create and take ownership over an innovative communications and audience development strategy which further breaks down barriers to engaging with our work. Working closely with the Executive Producer and Artistic Directors, the Audience Development Officer will devise ways to communicate with new audiences, develop links with the local community, and assist with recruitment for extra-curricular educational work. This role will involve targeting local press, communities and networks; managing social media platforms; and creating material for print and our website.

We are looking for someone who understands the challenges of working in a small organisation, is passionate about our work, and committed to helping the Orchestra realise its ambitious goals and successfully reach its target audiences.

CONTRACT: 1 day a week. This role is offered on a freelance basis for an initial period of 9 months, with the potential to develop into a longer-term role.

IDEAL START DATE: As soon as possible – date to be discussed with successful candidate

SALARY: £110-120 per day depending on experience

LOCATION: 3Space International House, Brixton, SW9 7QE

ROLE PURPOSE: to deliver Multi-Story’s audience development and communications strategy.

LINE MANAGER: This role reports to Executive Producer.


Year round
• Writing newsletters for our mailing list
• Regular posts on all social media platforms
• Creating print material: posters, flyers, programme text
• Updating our website including launching a Multi-Story blog, with guest features

Season launch:
• Creating event blurbs and photos
• Monitoring ticket sales with Partners
• Promoting events on social media
• Writing press releases and contacting local press

Community ambassador:
• Making relationships in the local community and inviting groups to attend events
• Recruitment of young people for extra-curricular projects – creating materials and building relationships with teachers

Internal communications:

• There is also scope for the successful candidate to take a lead on internal communications within Multi-Story - for example how our musicians’ voices and ideas can be shared, and how we can implement a more transparent fixing and auditioning policies in order to diversify the pool of musicians with which we work.


• Commitment to and passion for widening access to classical music
• Ability to be an advocate for the orchestra to people of all ages and backgrounds
• Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
• Proactive and able to work autonomously and in a flexible and responsive manner

• Experience of working with arts organisations
• Experience of social media, websites and press and marketing materials

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please send your CV (two pages maximum), including details of 2 referees, and a covering letter (one page maximum) explaining why you are interested in the position and what you would bring to the role to Ellie Carnegie-Brown at the below email address.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 10am, 7th January 2020.

INTERVIEWS: Week of 13th January 2020.

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