Leadership and Development
- Leading the organization and supporting the Board of Directors
- Serving as EMN’s primary fundraiser
- Cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with individual, government, foundation, and corporate donors and other strategic partnerships
- Preparing grant proposals and grant reports
- Acting as spokesperson for EMN
- Developing knowledge of solo artists and ensembles that fit EMN’s mission, including pursuing national and international connections with artists and artist managements to facilitate programming opportunities
- Maintaining awareness of arts-related and other community activities and events that offer cross-marketing or collaborative opportunities
- Arranging for educational and outreach programming that introduces the uninitiated to early music and/or enriches the concert experience
- Negotiating appropriate contracts with artists and venues
- Planning for the logistics associated with each concert including but not necessarily limited to travel and lodging for the artists, instrument rental, and ushers
- Working with others to design and produce season brochures and concert programs, and strategies for promoting ticket sales
- Financial management, including development and oversight of the annual operating budget in collaboration with the Board
- Managing and supervising staff and independent contractors and cultivating a collaborative and friendly working environment.
Experience and Qualifications Sought
The ideal candidate for this position will have a history of previous employment as a leader and fundraiser in a nonprofit organization. Significant experience in presenting concerts is a plus, as is an appreciation of EMN’s brand in the local community as well as in the international early music community. Demonstrated success in grant writing and/or in raising funds from individual donors is essential. Experience in marketing and audience development is desired.
- Self-motivated and energetic
- Strategic and creative problem solver
- Excellent communicator orally and in writing
- Ability to work long hours on concert weekends, occasional evenings (e.g., for Board and committee meetings), and some travel to early music festivals and conventions
- Strong computer skills
- Driver’s license
Early Music Now has an annual operating budget of $275,000--$325,000. The compensation for the salaried Executive Director will be competitive. As required by law, EMN contributes to workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, social security, and Medicare for the employee. EMN currently does not provide medical, life, or disability insurance or a retirement plan.
Please prepare a cover letter, a resume with salary history, and a one page statement as to why you feel you would be a good fit as Early Music Now’s Executive Director. (Please use 12-point font and one-inch margins on your one page statement.)
Please combine your letter, resume, and statement into one PDF and email the PDF as one attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Applications are now being accepted. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
About Early Music Now
Early Music Now is dedicated to the creation of lively connections with the past through historically informed presentations of music composed before 1800. In recent seasons EMN has also explored music from non-Western cultures, and included both very early and recent music chosen for rich historical context.
EMN is widely regarded as one of the most creative and successful US presenters of early music, enabling it to attract the very finest early music ensembles from around the world. In addition to presenting both established and emerging artists from the North American continent, EMN season programming has included performer/educators from Argentina, China, Cuba, England, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Japan, Scandinavia, and Spain.
Early Music in America, the national service organization for ensembles and presenters throughout North America, has called EMN a “major presenter” and one of the most “prestigious concert series” in the U.S. In short, EMN focuses considerable positive national and international attention on Milwaukee as a sophisticated cultural center.
Founded in November 1986 by Thallis Hoyt Drake and several enthusiastic community members, EMN is the only concert series in Wisconsin that focuses exclusively on historically informed performances of Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque Music. EMN continues its unique contribution to the cultural diversity of the region with concerts of the highest caliber, plus collaborations with educational institutions, arts organizations, and regional presenters. The charm, variety, and consistent excellence of its concerts and outreach programs add a colorful, inviting, culturally informative, and affordable alternative to Milwaukee’s mainstream cultural offerings.
EMN has a staff of two, the Executive and Artistic Director and an Operations Director. A new Executive Director is being sought due to the retirement of Charles Q. Sullivan who has so ably served the organization since 2001.
EMN’s Board of Directors is actively involved with the organization. The Board formulates policy, provides financial and legal oversight, assists with fundraising and audience development, and provides hands on assistance at concerts. The Board includes people from business, music performance and education, university faculty, nonprofit administration, accountancy, and law.
For more information about Early Music Now, please see www.earlymusicnow.org