Vice President of Programming - Center for the Performing Arts
- 10-May-2021 to 09-Jun-2021
- - Center for the Performing Arts
- Carmel, IN, USA
- Full Time
Reports to: President and CEO ("CEO") of the Center for the Performing Arts ("Center")
The Vice President of Programming serves as a member of the Center's senior management team, participating in overall goal setting and strategies towards the achievement of the organization's mission and core values. This includes the responsibility to embrace, lead and demonstrate our core values of excellence, collaboration, innovation, integrity and inclusion.
This role is responsible for programming the presentations that take place in the Center's three venues, the Palladium (1,600 seats), the Tarkington (500 seats) and the Studio Theater (200 seats). Center presentations currently include classical music, jazz, world, family and variety attractions, as well as more commercially oriented genres such as rock/pop, country and comedy, all of which are consistent with the organization's goals, objectives and mission.
Reasonable accommodations to enable qualified individuals to perform the essential functions will be considered.
- Develop and maintain relationships in the performing arts field, including artists, agents, managers and other presenters. Attend industry conferences and meetings including the annual APAP and Arts Midwest booking conferences
- Lead the Center's programming team in the research and evaluation of new programming opportunities
- Communicate regularly with the Director of Production to facilitate the development of labor and other production estimates and to ensure the technical requirements of a production under consideration are a viable match for the proposed venue
- Create pro formas for review and analysis of artists under consideration to project profit/loss as an effective tool to manage risk and to illuminate opportunities to produce net income, in balance with the programming of other artists that are more mission-driven vs. financially driven.
- Serve as the primary liaison with a representative of a national-level promoting corporation with which the Center works in regard to booking top-tier commercially oriented artists in the genre-specific areas of rock/pop, country and comedy
- Manage the booking process in the development, submission and tracking of offers, deal negotiations and corresponding execution of engagement contracts
- Communicate regularly with the Center's Financial Department to ensure that fully executed contracts and tax forms have been received, and provide general oversight in relation to advance deposits and final artist fee payments
- Gather and provide all required box office reports and other documentation to artists/managers/booking agents as needed for final event settlement
- Work in close communication and collaboration with the Center's Operations Department to oversee and assist in the management of the Center's master calendar of events
- Work collaboratively with other departments to ensure effective coordination of projects
- Manage Performing Rights Organizations (ASCAP/BMI/SESAC/GMR) music licenses in connection with livestreamed concerts
- Hire backup artists for select performances. This includes directly contracting with local artists as we ll as periodically engaging out-of-state artists, when necessary.
- Coordinate and hire American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters as needed for performances
- Order classical music program notes from a supplier as needed for inclusion in the printed program book for concerts in the Center's Classical Series
- Coordinate with the Center's Director of Rental Events and provide feedback and guidance regarding rental performances
- Customer/Client Focus
- Problem Solving/Analysis
- Organization/Time Management
- Communication Proficiency
- Teamwork Orientation
- Technical Capacity
- Decision Making
Required Education and Experience
- Level of Education: Bachelor's degree
- Minimum of five years of performing arts programming experience
Preferred Education and Experience
- Master's degree or equivalent combination of training and experience
- 10 years of performing arts programming experience
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
- Possession of a broad and deep knowledge of the performing arts with proven experience in presenting the highest quality of artists and attractions, in combination with strong planning, financial management, communication and interpersonal skills
- Having experience that demonstrates a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of performing arts presenting, education and community engagement
This position has supervisory responsibilities for the Director of Education & Community Engagement as a direct report, and the Education & Community Engagement Assistant as an indirect report.
- Provide leadership and direction to the Director of Education & Community Engagement and delegate responsibilities, particularly in the area of children's and family programming
- Create and manage the annual budgets in support of the ongoing development and refinement of robust arts education and community engagement programs
This position operates in a professional office environment that requires accountability for our core values, which include diversity and equity.
The physical demands described here are representative of those required by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job.
- Regularly required to talk and hear
- Frequently required to sit, stand; walk; use hands; and reach with hands and arms
- Efficiently use computers and standard office equipment
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time, salaried, senior management position. Flexibility is required.
Ability to travel nationally as needed, most typically to attend the annual Arts Midwest and APAP booking conferences.
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