Association of British Orchestras

Kickstart Placements x3 Development Placement, Discovery Placement, Marketing Placement

London Symphony Orchestra London Living Wage Closing date 01 March 2022
NB To apply for these roles you must be claiming Universal Credit and aged between 16 and 24 years old.

6 month contracts at 25 hours per week, primarily Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 6pm, but with some evening or weekend working around concerts

Salary - London Living Wage

Deadline for application for all 3 roles - 1 March 2022. Contracts to start on or before 31 March 2022.


Development Placement

The London Symphony Orchestra currently raises over £3 million a year from the private sector, with ambitions to substantially increase income over the next three years. The objective of the Development Department is to generate this income for the Orchestra from individual donations and membership schemes, corporate sponsorship, trusts and foundations and the statutory sector across all aspects of the LSO’s activities both in the UK and internationally. In addition, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, the LSO has launched an additional recovery appeal, which will generate funds to support the Orchestra's return to full live performance, and transition to a new business model, through public donations, fundraising events, and a range of other activities.

The London Symphony Orchestra has an opportunity for a young person seeking to gain experience in the world of arts administration, and fundraising in particular. In return for their commitment, the candidate is offered in-depth training and a rich experience in a busy and exciting environment with a world-class performing organisation.

Discovery Placement

The London Symphony Orchestra is looking for an individual (aged 18 and over) looking to gain experience in the world of arts administration who is interested in working within the music education team of the LSO. The candidate is offered in-depth training and a rich experience in a busy and exciting environment with a world-class performing organisation. The individual will work across all areas of the department with a particular focus on LSO Choral and Schools Projects.

Key aspects of the role include: Assisting at weekly Discovery choir rehearsals and other projects as needed, sourcing and printing music, practical event support including setting up, packing up, welcoming participants etc, assisting with the consolidation of membership data across choirs and school projects, invoicing support using Focal Point and general office administration including arranging internal meetings and recording minutes of these meetings.

The candidate will have the opportunity to learn about the delivery of music education programmes whilst working as part of a dynamic team in a professional environment. They will also gain experience and training in safeguarding, specifically working with young people aged 8-18 years. The candidate will also gain experience working with professional artists, particularly orchestral musicians as well as knowledge of artistic planning and management software for the performing arts (ArtsVision). They will also have access to free LSO concerts and opportunities to attend LSO rehearsals.

The candidate will receive training in Safeguarding and a Disclosure will be requested from the Disclosure and Barring Service for whoever is offered this post. The LSO policy covering this process, and the handling and storage of Disclosure information is available on request.

They will be Line Managed by the LSO Choral and Schools Manager, who will provide the training in event support and office administration. The role will primarily be working from home for the foreseeable future, with visits to site only when required for in-person work

Marketing Placement

This role sits within the Marketing and Communications departments and the post holder will assist the team in three main areas.

- General marketing support -
A large part of the role will be to assist with digital marketing, including research, promoting events to key target groups through e-newsletters and e-shots and generating content for social media. Other tasks include updating listings on the website, notifying the public of programme and artist changes, contributing to the creation of digital concert programmes, interviewing LSO players and working on seating plans and tickets alongside the Marketing Co-ordinators. Departmental admin responsibilities such as maintaining filing systems also make up part of the role.

- Customer service -
The Marketing Placement will monitor the LSO’s ticket inbox and deal with general queries, maintain mailing lists and write and send pre- and post-concert emails to ticket buyers. As part of a team rota, the post holder will occasionally check tickets on the door at LSO St Luke’s concerts, and can choose to steward at events.

- Communications -
Assisting in the promotion of the Orchestra’s work, responsibilities include logging ticket requests and responding to media enquiries from journalists and critics, distributing press cuttings, writing pieces about the LSO’s activities for press releases, emails and Living Music magazine, and assisting with internal communications such as staff newsletters and media updates. The post holder may be called upon to keep the LSO’s advocacy lists up-to-date.

This position offers the opportunity to learn how a busy arts organisation operates, and to develop a broad range of marketing and communications skills, such as taking digital content from the ideas stage through to creating and then delivering content for online platforms and social media. There will be opportunities to build on copy-writing skills; to learn how to balance a workload; and to communicate confidently and effectively with audiences.

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