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Festival Producer

Posted on 10 July 2017

Application closing date: 9am on Friday 28th July 2017

Introduction to Sage Gateshead

Founded in 2004, Sage Gateshead has an international reputation as a new centre for music combining performance, education and participation working across a wide range of musical genres and reaching a broad audience. It is also one of the region’s leading conference centres. Founded with a mixed business model, the charity’s turnover of £15million combines, box office, commercial, fundraised income with public subsidy.

Sage Gateshead runs:

  • A Performance Programme of events and festivals across musical genres (folk, classical, rock, indie, jazz, electronic) for 360 days of the year (1700 seater and 600 seater venues)
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia, the UK’s only full time contract chamber orchestra
  • One of the largest Music Learning & Participation Programmes in the UK
  • One of the biggest conference and events businesses in the north
  • A folk development agency, Folkworks
  • An iconic visitor attraction, designed by Foster + Partners on the banks of the Tyne with a large public space, three auditoriums and 25 learning spaces

In 2015/16 Sage Gateshead delivered:

  • 623 performance events
  • 16,045 courses, classes and workshops
  • 84 conferences
  • 22 premieres and commissions
  • 105 broadcasts

In 2014 Sage Gateshead completed its first decade. During this period the charity had:

  • 6 million visitors
  • 1.5 million participants
  • 1000 conferences
  • 4000 concerts
  • £283 million of economic benefit to the region

About the role

Each year we welcome over 500,000 people into our building, 50,000 people attend live events beyond our building and 2 million people engage with our work via digital and broadcast content. Our audience is diverse and has both a high level of new attenders each year and a core of extremely frequent attenders.

We are 12 years old and have a new vision for the next phase of our life, working together with Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts and 8 other venues in NewcastleGateshead to increase cultural engagement, establish the region as a great place to be an artist and build social and economic value for the North of England.

In Summer 2018, we will be part of the team to create a ‘Great Exhibition of the North’ which will be the major cultural event of 2018 in the UK. This role will play a part in producing Sage Gateshead’s contribution to the project and its legacy.

The purpose of this role is to lead the Great Exhibition of the North project team within Sage Gateshead and produce a range of visitor-focused high profile installations, performances, artist development and touring projects exploring the themes of the Great Exhibition of the North through the 17/18 season. You will work directly with commissioned artists, with partners, support funding applications and liaise across the organisation on practical delivery on a portfolio of projects.

This is a very hands-on practical role which requires a high level of organisation and project management skills, a great deal of brokerage, great communication and leadership skills and a passion for working with people and developing audiences.

Job Information

Job Title: Sage Gateshead Festival Producer
Department & Team: Programme Team
Location: Sage Gateshead
Working Hours: 40 hours per week. The role will include some evening & weekend work.
Salary: c. £30,000 – £40,000 pa
Duration of the Role: Fixed term until October 2018

Position in Organisation

Reports to: Performance Programme Director
Responsible for: N/A
Works in conjunction with: Programme teams, Marketing & Communications teams, Technical & FOH teams

Overall purpose of the job

Main purpose of job:
To produce a portfolio of projects during the 17/18 season. These will include:

  • Major commissioned installations
  • A series of festivals
  • Folkworks and Royal Northern Sinfonia regional tours across the North of England
  • Summer Studio (a 6 week laboratory for musicians and artists from across the North)

Main Duties and responsibilities

With the Performance Programme Director, lead a GEOTN project team across departments to:

  • Produce a range of installation, events, touring and learning projects from early stages to delivery, involving research, budgeting, scoping, supporting the preparation of funding proposals, external partnership building, procurement, project development with artists, scheduling and project management.
  • Work with Popular & Contemporary, RNS/Classical and Young People’s teams to ensure that projects connect with long term strategy for these programme areas, with the overall objective of increasing and widening audiences.
  • Work with Public Programmes Producer to increase audience engagement and enhance visitor experience.
  • Oversee the production of digital content.
  • Manage the Great Exhibition of the North budget and ensure financial and other resources are used in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Prepare creative briefs and contracts
  • Work closely with Sage Gateshead and NGI marketing and comms team to support promotion of GEOTN campaign.
  • Prepare reports for GEOTN steering group.
  • Deliver and support team to deliver high standards of Child Protection, safeguarding, pastoral care and support.
  • Ensure a safe working environment for all artists, contractors, participants and project team, through compliance with all Sage Gateshead health and safety policies and risk assessment of all activities.

Knowledge, experience and skills required to do job

Essential (required):

  • NVQ Level 4
  • Significant experience of successfully producing a range of musical, theatre and/or inter-disciplinary projects in large scale venues or for festivals
  • Experience of effectively managing relationships with high profile artists to deliver their vision
  • Experience of effectively managing a range of external partnerships
  • Experience of producing digital content to increase audience engagement
  • Ability to engage with, assess and mediate a wide range of programme material and to prioritise and target this in order to engage a wide audience
  • The ability to obtain, analyse and use information to make effective decisions and manage potential project risks
  • Demonstrable understanding and commitment to the principles of diversity
  • A passion for widening audiences and ability to deal with a wide range of content for different audiences through mainstream, commercial, niche and specialist
  • An understanding of audience development and an ability to engage with audience development goals at both a strategic and operational level
  • Excellent team working skills and experience of working across departments to ensure a cohesive team focused on project outputs
  • Strong organizational skills and experience of effectively managing multiple priorities simultaneously
  • A high level of project management experience and an ability to look both at the big picture and pay attention to detail
  • Understanding of Health & Safety, risk assessment and safeguarding best practice
  • Experience of building and managing relationships with partner/stakeholder organisations through influencing and persuading
  • Willingness to collaborate and identify potential opportunities through working with others. Ability to communicate at all levels, particularly with key stakeholders, partners and internal customers
  • Good organisational and project management skills with the ability to influence and achieve buy in at all levels. Ability to manage competing priorities and pressures, deadlines and demands
  • A sound understanding of project management processes and experience of managing large budgets
  • Experience of project fundraising
  • A commercial acumen and an ability to identify opportunities and pursue them
  • Experience of working in a target driven environment
  • An understanding, knowledge and love of music
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Expert in Microsoft tools including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, database management
  • Knowledge of and experience implementing digital functionality

Desirable (optional):

  • Degree educated
  • Experience of producing tours
  • Experience of commissioning artists and creative practitioners
  • A professional project management qualification
  • Experience in producing schedules
  • An understanding of working with sponsors and fundraising agencies
  • Experience of working with the Artifax and Tessitura databases
  • A sound understanding of health and safety guidelines and procedures

Terms and Conditions

We believe Sage Gateshead is a great place to work – an innovative and friendly environment, where no two days are ever the same.

The salary level for this post will be c. £30,000 – £40,000 pa. This is a fixed term contract through to October 2018. We are open to hearing from candidates who are freelance.

The holiday entitlement for this post is 33 days pa pro rata (including statutory holidays).

We also offer subsidised parking for staff members, as well as a discount in our café, and access to a voluntary health cash plan, bike to work scheme, childcare vouchers and travel ticket scheme.

How to Apply

Applications must be made on a North Music Trust online application form.

We regret that CV’s cannot be accepted. If you have any queries about your application please contact 0191 443 4624

Download the job description.

Completed applications should be returned no later than 9.00am on Friday 28th July 2017