Project Manager, Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020
Richmond Symphony Orchestra
The Richmond Symphony performs, teaches, and champions music to inspire and unite our communities. We change lives through the power of our music.
Founded in 1957, the Richmond Symphony (RSO) is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia, and is committed to providing outstanding and innovative concert experiences of symphonic music of all kinds. The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and 300 students in the five orchestras of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program. Each season, more than 200,000 members of the community enjoy concerts, radio broadcasts, and educational outreach programs.
In 2015, the Richmond Symphony launched a community concert initiative which brings orchestral performances to neighborhoods under a large, outdoor mobile stage known as “The Big Tent.” In May 2017, the League of American Orchestras and the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation recognized the Richmond Symphony as a leader in community engagement and innovation in the orchestral field by selecting the Symphony as one of their 21 national Futures Fund orchestras. Committed to artistic excellence and education, the Richmond Symphony is the lead partner in the hosting of the Menuhin Competition (known as “the Olympics of the violin”) in May, 2020.
The Menuhin Competition is the world’s leading international violin competition for young musicians under the age of 22. It has consistently attracted some of the greatest young talents from all over the world and previous prize winners include Tasmin Little, Nikolaj Znaider, Ilya Gringolts, Julia Fischer and more recently Chad Hoopes, Ray Chen and In Mo Yang.
Going beyond the boundaries of traditional music competitions, the Menuhin Competition is a feast for music and violin fans from all over the world. Each competition becomes an eleven-day festival of concerts, masterclasses, talks and engagement activities with world-class performers.
Held every two years, recent competitions were held in Beijing (2012), Austin, Texas (2014), London (2016), and most recently in Geneva (2018). This is only the second time that the competition has been held in the United States.
The next edition of the Competition will be held in Richmond, Virginia, from May 14-24, 2020. The Competition is run by the host consortium, led by the Richmond Symphony, in coordination with the Menuhin Competition Trust.
The Project Manager will be based in Richmond, VA. Working closely with Richmond Symphony staff, local partners, and the London-based team, the Project Manager will be responsible for the local delivery of the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020, ensuring the event is delivered on time, within budget and in keeping with its outstanding international reputation for excellence.
The Project Manager functions as a member of the Richmond Symphony Education and Community Engagement team and as such, supports all goals and initiatives of the department. He/she reports to, and works most closely with, the Richmond Symphony Director of Education and Community Engagement who also serves as the Project Director for the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020. The Project Manager will manage relationships with partner organizations in Richmond; track projects and deadlines throughout the event including programming, marketing/communication and production; support ticket sales strategies; secure and manage service providers as required; and lead the locally hired project team of the 2020 Competition, which will be recruited based on the roles and resources anticipated to be required.
This role requires solid experience in the delivery of high-profile music or festival events in the US, excellent administrative and interpersonal skills, and hands-on experience in all production aspects of a music event.
The Project Manager is a benefits-eligible, full-time position appointment to begin full-time in Fall of 2018 and continuing through the completion and wrap-up of the competition, by July 31, 2020.
Key Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
· Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
· Strong understanding of the classical music scene, including education and performance networks
· Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Arts and/or Event Management, with demonstrable large-scale live event project management expertise (preferably but not necessarily in classical music)
· Strong management skills. Willingness to manage and coach a small team of contract staff, interns, volunteers and to secure strong relationships with service providers
· Strong technology and digital skills
· Proven ability to manage multiple internal and external stake-holders and collaboration partners
· Financial experience of managing event budgets
· Experience in the classical music industry
· Experience of working in an international environment and with high profile artists and individuals
· High level personal, communication and organizational skills
· Proactive; self-starter
· Outstanding attention to detail
· Enthusiastic interest in classical music and youth
· Energetic, self-directed and a positive team player
· Comfortable within both local and international environments
Applicants must submit:
· Resume, cover letter, salary history and 2 professional references
· Application review begins Oct 31, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Electronic submission only.
· Any offer of employment is contingent upon background check.
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