NYJO Creative Producer – Job Description
Reports to: Chief Executive
Salary: £22,500 per annum (FTE £37,500)
Location: NYJO is based in Woolwich; we are open to hybrid working arrangements but anticipate that the post-holder will work in the office at least one day per week (Tuesday-Thursday)
Hours: 24 hours per week (0.6 role)
Holiday: 15 days pa, plus pro rata allowance of bank holidays. Furthermore, in addition to holiday allowance the office is usually closed between Christmas and new year
Probation: Three months
Notice: One month during probation, two months thereafter
NYJO is looking to recruit an ambitious and dynamic Creative Producer. The role sits at the heart of NYJO’s Professional Development department, working collaboratively with colleagues, guest artists and our emerging professional artists to devise and deliver new artistic projects that achieve a balance of commercial, artistic and educational aims. Recent successful projects range from small young-artist led ensembles to collaborations with major artists such as Hermeto Pascoal and Bob Mintzer.
The post-holder will work closely with promoters across the country, developing new and nurturing existing relationships to promote NYJO’s wide range of ensembles and artistic collaborations. They will work closely with the rest of the Professional Development team and with our emerging artists.
- Bringing to the organisation a strategic vision that marries innovative developments with respect for the big band tradition and jazz heritage;
- Curating new project ideas, examining with relevant colleagues the artistic, educational, marketing and fundraising requirements and opportunities of each and ensuring that activity speaks to organisational KPIs and funder requirements;
- Developing projects that speak to our core values and priorities and achieve a balance of artistic and educational activity across the season;
- Engaging artists in discussion to explore new artistic ideas for future projects and investigate reviving old projects;
- Collaborating with colleagues and NYJO’s emerging professional musicians to interrogate, test and realise other stakeholders’ artistic ideas;
- Curating a balanced season of projects that includes headline projects, new content and lower-budget engagements to ensure sufficient activity within a carefully controlled performance budget;
- Budgeting new projects, agreeing financial parameters with the CEO;
- Agreeing touring dates with artists, their fees and contractual requirements.
Planning and Administration
- Maintaining of a promoter database detailing all sales conversations and progress;
- Managing a Tour Planner document for each significant touring project;
- Reporting expenditure and income against budgets on a quarterly basis;
- Contributing to an activity database, ensuring that colleagues have the necessary information to see project delivery through to completion.
Promoter Sales & Negotiation
- Promoting a range of projects to venues, promoters and festivals across the UK;
- Maintaining and investigating opportunities for international engagements and collaborations;
- Agreeing dates and financial terms for engagements, prior to handing over fixing, technical arrangements and gig delivery to colleagues;
- Negotiating and processing contracts for all engagements.
It is hoped that the successful candidate will have:
- Extensive knowledge of jazz and the jazz sector, its venues, partners and promoters;
- A minimum of three years’ experience working with arts organisations, promoting engagements and negotiating deals and contracts;
- First class written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to engage new partners in projects and communicate complex project information;
- Experience of working with budgets and proficiency in excel;
- Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise;
- Meticulous attention to detail and the ability to work to tight deadlines;
- A flexible, adaptable and enthusiastic approach;
- A results-oriented focus;
- A strong work ethic, with the ability to work well in a team as well as the capacity for setting your own goals and achieving them independently.
Why Work for NYJO?
- Being a small organisation, you are encouraged to get involved in everything we do.
- Work/life balance is important to us. We have an established culture of flexible working and encourage staff to take TOIL when working out of hours.
- We have recently moved to outer London’s coolest new arts hub, Woolwich Works, with fast access to central London via the new Elizabeth Line.
- This is an exciting time in our organisational development – but then it always is. You can help us grow, develop our internal systems, improve our offer to our donors and embed ourselves in our new local community.
- The Professional Development department is central to the NYJO team, with strong leadership from the Chief Executive.
- There is plenty of scope for the successful candidate to develop the role in line with their own areas of interest.
To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter of no more than two pages to Susie York Skinner, Chief Executive: [email protected]. Enquiries about the role in advance of making a formal application are welcome.
The deadline for applications is midday, 20 October 2022. Interviews will take place on 25 October.
NYJO is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality or disability status.