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Artist Development Manager

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Artist Development Manager

Central London

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Artist Development Manager.

Our client are a leading talent development agency, creative producer, music educator and consultancy specialising in jazz. They nurture nascent talent and help aspiring young artists discover their magic, achieve creative ambitions, and build engaged, diverse audiences.


They champion diversity, inclusion and equality. Whilst inclusive, their pioneering Young Artist Development Programme primarily supports the early careers of young musicians from BAME backgrounds, female musicians and those whose financial or other circumstances might lock them out of opportunities to pursue a career in the music industry. 


The role of Artist Development  Manager is key to the work of our client in preparing  young artists  to become artists, music leaders  and successful professionals in the music industry. The post-holder will  take  a proactive approach to manage the programme. This involves working with music leaders  and the artistic director on course content, reviews of progress  and regular evaluations. It will involve an overview of  progression from registration, to new artists to emerging artists and  alumni. The Artist Development Manager plays an important part in developing  the content of their programmes and initiating  projects that grow artists confidence as musicians. The post-holder will also  work with internal colleagues and  external partners creating new initiatives that advance further aspects of their musicianship and their ability to be role-models to others.

You will need the ambition and confidence to contribute and implement strategies and programmes in support of the organisation’s vision and mission, and devise and deliver a high quality learning, development and  engagement programme that increases the reach, impact and income of the Learning and Training  team.

You will line manage  a team of part-time/freelance operational staff including the Learning and Production Coordinator, music leaders and volunteers. The Learning & Participation team currently includes our office-based team:  Artist Development Manager (you) and the Learning & Production Coordinator (part-time), plus a core team of freelance artists/music leaders, and a small number of volunteers (e.g. parents, alumni). The office-based team works closely with our artistic, marketing, special projects and development leads.



  • Devise and implement strategies to support objectives in developing opportunities for young and emerging artists.
  • Programming workshops and talks that give young artists  insights into issues facing today’s professional musicians.
  • Contribute to funding bids and business plans, fulfilling all monitoring and evaluation requirements in a timely manner
  • Work with the Head of Special Projects on learning projects as required
  • Advocate in respect of all artist development and engagement programmes
  • Responsibility for the management and operations of the Learning & Training department
  • Organisational lead on inclusion, child protection/safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Renewing and sustaining contact with former trainee artists and identify ways we may continue to support and champion their progress after the programme
  • Attending regular management meetings with key colleagues to advance strategic plans and ensure artist development sits at the heart of all activities.

Programme Activity

  • Lead on the development  and delivery of  weekly core Young Artist/Emerging Artist Development Programme delegating as appropriate
  • Establish links with the music industry to develop and enhance the artist development and progression opportunities
  • Programme quality public performances, sharings and other events for our flagship and development ensembles
  • Develop and deliver an enhanced  outreach programme
  • Devise and implement a dual strand engagement policy to enhance involvement of internal and external stakeholders
  • Oversee development of performance programme
  • Build links with grassroots community organisations within the areas of geographical focus to foster closer relationships and widen participation

Faculty Management and Development

  • Manage and inspire music leaders ensuring their work reflects the ethos and values of the organisation
  • Oversee the CPD of music leaders
  • Responsibility for faculty development, connecting to the wider strategy and plans for the organisation.
  • Use benchmarking to measure impact of the programmes on our participants and the wider sector.
  • Work closely with the artistic team particularly the artistic development team  to align learning & training activity with the broader artistic programme.
  • Lead on the development of the emerging artist programme and  strategies to engage alumni in creative and career enhancement opportunities.
  • Lead on ensuring that accessibility and diversity are embedded in all learning and training activity.

External relationships

  • Lead contact for engagement with Southbank Centre’s Learning & Participation Team and other key  national and  international partners
  • Develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with existing and new partners, including, community groups and other arts organisations  ensuring our engagement is dynamic and responsive to needs and relevant policy agendas.
  • Attend partnership meetings as necessary with music hubs, local schools, community organisations as necessary to promote service development
  • Identify opportunities for performance opportunities and career development within the music sector and explore  potential commercial relationships
  • Identify links to potentially beneficial networks and fora to further the aims and objectives
  • Work with the Learning and Production coordinator on recruitment and retention strategies to attract learners in line with our clients vision and mission

Line management

  • Line manage and develop the Learning & Production Coordinator, music leaders and volunteers


  • Develop and manage Learning & Participation budgets
  • Identify and secure funding and potential new income streams for activities.

Production Management

  • Lead on all aspects of production management liaising with artists, venues external partners and key parties
  • Write contracts or musicians, partners and venues
  • Work with the Learning and Production Coordinator to ensure all gigs have a  clear production management project plan
  • Collaborate with the Head of Special Projects on key project and agree production requirements and action plans for productions and performances.

Person specification

  • Essential qualifications, skills, knowledge or attributes
  • Passion for music (in particular, but not exclusively jazz) with good knowledge of the music industry and arts sector
  • Strong track record in performing arts administration, with outstanding organisational skills, and experience in strategic planning and resourceful delivery of artistic projects
  • Solid and  relevant experience in a management role in an arts or music education organisation
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of music education practice combined  with sound knowledge  of mentoring, managing and developing artists
  • Demonstrable experience of devising, delivering and managing a varied programme of high quality small-/large-scale educational and development activity with young people, adults and professional artists
  • Ability to plan and manage multiple projects
  • Proven skills in financial planning, budget management and income generation, meeting targets
  • Experience of producing management reports with relevant data and qualitative analysis
  • Proven ability to motivate and mentor performing artists; sensitive understanding of musicians, their needs, and the challenges which they  face
  • Excellent people management skills, with experience in developing and maintaining effective partnerships and collaborations
  • Strong IT/organisational skills, including use of Word, Excel and databases (preferably Filemaker), with close attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with ability to communicate with a wide range of audiences
  • Experience working in a culturally diverse team
  • Knowledge and appreciation of diversity issues, approaches and good practice; commitment to delivering the Creative Case for Diversity
  • Ability and willingness to undertake evening/weekend/bank holiday working, with occasional overnight stays/international travel
  • Commercially astute in identifying opportunities, threats and potential conflicts of interest in all aspects of service development
  • A clear enhanced criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (the successful candidate will be offered the position subject to this being done)

Desirable qualifications, skills, knowledge or attributes

  • Able to start immediately or as soon as possible
  • Experience of learning and training in the arts/music sector
  • Knowledge of marketing, especially digital and social media
  • Experience working in the commercial music industry

For a more detailed spec please get in touch asap!


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