Association of British Orchestras

Regional Producer - Midlands

Orchestras Live £34,750 Closing date 30 June 2021
Orchestras Live is seeking to appoint a Regional Producer – Midlands to join our creative, entrepreneurial Producer team.

Working closely with Orchestras Live’s Senior Creative Producer and the Regional Producer – North, you will act as an initiator, catalyst and co-ordinator for a programme of innovative, collaborative orchestral projects and events to engage new audiences and participants in high quality live orchestral experiences in and around the Midlands region of England, creating work that harnesses the transformative power of orchestral music to inspire, bring joy and support wellbeing.

The Regional Producer – Midlands is a creative, entrepreneurial role with an emphasis on co-production with an extensive range of partners and programmes in and around the Midlands, together with strategic business development.

The post is regionally based in the Midlands (Arts Council England region).

Key responsibilities
• Provide the regional focus to develop and coordinate a programme of innovative, collaborative, inclusive orchestral projects and events, for which OL is the creative producer, to engage new audiences and participants in high quality live orchestral experiences, largely in the Midlands region of England, through
o Leading the relationships with a specified group of OL’s existing partners
o Supporting the Senior Creative Producer in managing partnerships, subject to regular review.
o In consultation with the Senior Creative Producer and Funding Development Manager, identify and build new opportunities for strategic partnerships e.g. with local authorities, Music Education Hubs, social and health providers, promoters and orchestras, with a focus on historically under-invested communities.
o In consultation with the Senior Creative Producer and Regional Producer – North, implement delivery of national programmes at a regional/local level with specific Midlands partners.
• Develop and drive a strategy to support and develop the regional and local partner network, fostering consultation and collaboration across the network in order to deliver OL’s business plan priorities.

• Work proactively with artistic partners to embed inclusive practice and achieve measurable progress in diversifying the orchestral and creative workforce, audience and participant base.

• In consultation with the Senior Creative Producer and Chief Executive, identify opportunities to capitalise on OL’s specialist expertise to provide consultancy services to regional clients.

• Work closely with the Senior Creative Producer and Production and Insight Coordinator to monitor, evaluate and report on the impact of Orchestras Live’s activity in the Midlands.

• Liaise and collaborate on a regular basis with the Production and Insight Coordinator, supplying financial, engagement, audience and other monitoring data as required.

• In consultation with the Communications Strategist, deliver a strategic regional communications plan to support the national brand and engage with Orchestras Live’s thought leadership strategy to influence positive change in the orchestral sector.

• Represent and advocate for Orchestras Live to a wide range of stakeholders in the region.

Person Specification
As Regional Producer – Midlands you will join a highly experienced and respected team with creative production, artistic planning, education, communications, audience development, funding development and administrative skills. You will have flair and imagination, be self-motivated and enquiring, organised, efficient and a creative thinker and be able to work within controlled budgets and to deadlines.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, age groups and cultures. We are keen to hear from Black, Asian, and ethnically diverse, D/deaf and disabled candidates as they are currently under-represented in our staff team. We offer access support for people who face barriers to inclusion, meeting in accessible venues, being flexible in scheduling meetings at different times of day and covering travel expenses as outlined in our Inclusion Statement, which can be found on our website.

EXPERIENCE
Essential
• Proven track record in the following areas:
o As a creative producer, working collaboratively with artistic people and organisations
o Consulting and working with a range of people and organisations in their own community to shape creative activities
o Embedding inclusive practice in delivery of programmes and projects
o Engaging new and diverse audiences and participants in high quality work
o Successful project management

• Demonstrable experience of:
o Working with partners to co-produce projects and programmes
o Contributing to and implementing a strategic plan
o Monitoring and evaluation
o Advocacy

Beneficial
• Experience of
o Working with professional musicians and/or artists in other genres
o Using digital technology as an integral element of creative delivery
o Creative activities with children and young people
o Creative activities in health/social care settings
o Creative activities in the criminal justice system
o Site-specific production
o Funding development
o Business development and income generation
o Demonstrating impact

SKILLS
Essential
• The ability to think creatively and facilitate positive outcomes
• The ability to broker and maintain excellent relationships with a wide variety of people and organisations
• An entrepreneurial approach to maximising expertise and impact
• Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills
• Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
• IT literacy

KNOWLEDGE
Essential
• The Creative Case for Diversity
• A broad understanding of the social model of cultural provision to reach wide and diverse communities
• A wide range of contacts and networks in the Midlands

Beneficial
• Orchestral/classical music
• Digital media
• Arts and social provision in local authorities
• The education sector
• Music education infrastructure in England
• Regional/Midlands based cultural bodies and consortia
• Midlands and national arts funding landscape
• The role of the arts in promoting and delivering social inclusion, health and wellbeing

PERSONAL QUALITIES

• Honesty and integrity
• Patience and tenacity
• Self-starter and collaborator
• Communicator and team-worker
• A lateral thinker and problem solver
• A commitment to creating a more equal and fair cultural sector and to cement an inclusive approach across everything you do and how you do it

Please email your CV (no more than 2 pages) and a covering letter (no more than 2 pages) or 5 minute video if you prefer, explaining why the role appeals to you and what you could bring to Orchestras Live, bearing in mind the skills and experience we are looking for, outlined in the Job Description and Person Specification.

Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 30 June.

For FULL DETAILS please click on the link below.

Contact details

private@orchestraslive.org.uk

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