Atlanta Chamber Players: Artistic Managing Director
The Artistic Managing Director (“Director”) of the Atlanta Chamber Players (“ACP”) is a one-time only opportunity for candidates who want to fulfill their musical vision as head of one of the Southeast’s most acclaimed and celebrated chamber music groups. The ACP occupy a special and unique position among Atlanta’s music organizations. No other performing group in the Atlanta metro area can also claim the national reputation that the ACP’s Rapido! project has generated. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to carry on the extraordinary legacy of the ACP founder while bringing their own vision to the position.
The Director provides the overall artistic vision, executive leadership and management for the ACP. The AMD exercises this authority according to guidelines established by the Board of Directors and mutually agreed upon at the time of engagement. The Director works in close consultation with the members of the Board, the staff, the musicians, guest artists, patrons and sponsors to support and enhance all aspects of ACP’s mission.
The Director is responsible and accountable for all aspects of ACP’s operations including: planning; artist personnel; marketing; public relations, audience development; budgeting; fundraising; education; community outreach; and human resource management.
This position is full time with a start date of July 1, 2014 and reports to the ACP Board of Directors. The ACP are located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Artistic Planning and Programming
- Upholds highest possible artistic standards on behalf of ACP musicians in all activities.
- Plans and implements all performance aspects of public concerts, soirée series concerts, the Rapido® competition and educational concerts (school performances).
- Selects programs designed to fit available musicians, venues and audiences in collaboration with musicians and site hosts.
- Selects musicians to perform on various concerts and negotiates fees as appropriate.
- Develops artistic initiatives and collaborations with other chamber groups, venues and arts organizations both domestically and internationally to further the reputation of ACP.
- Oversees negotiations with composers and schedules premieres for all ACP chamber commissions.
- Represents ACP at industry conferences, as approved by the Board of Directors.
- Develops a master calendar and schedule for all concerts, rehearsals, educational programs and other events.
- Confirms availability of musicians and venues based on master calendar and make modifications or substitutions as necessary.
- Coordinates with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Personnel Manager regarding availability of ASO musician members of ACP. Selects free-lance chamber musicians as necessary and appropriate.
- Oversees selection of venues, confirms suitability and availability including negotiation of contracts.
- Works with stage managers or venue hosts regarding any required stage changes.
- Meets with potential hosts for soirée series concerts to discuss possible dates and hosting requirements.
- Arranges or oversees equipment rentals and other special needs required for each performance.
- Coordinates with musicians regarding timing and location of rehearsals.
- Coordinates photo shoots with photographer and musicians, makes final choices, and distributes to hosts and venues as needed.
- Coordinates public concert schedule with recording engineer, posts recordings for musician approval, and uploads to webmaster for posting on ACP website.
- Coordinates preparation of season program booklet for public concerts, programs for soirée concerts and other performance events.
- Writes artistic program summary notes for each public concert for use in all publicity.
- Contributes copy to all PR materials during season, including newsletters, press releases, website and press interviews.
Rapido! Composition Contest
- Collaborates with contest supporting patron on all general policies and project direction.
- Oversees selection of and agreements with all partner ensembles and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
- Oversees all internal and external communication regarding composition requirements and timetables for submission of works.
- Oversees Rapido online activities such as online submissions, website, YouTube channel.
- Selects judges for Southeast preliminary, Semi-Finalist and National Final rounds.
- Attends other regions’ semi-final competition concerts.
Marketing and Public Relations
- Develops and implements marketing and communications plans that establish the reputation of ACP locally, nationally and internationally.
- Cultivates and maintains relationships with media locally, nationally and, as appropriate, internationally.
- Cultivates and maintains relationships with key stakeholders in ACP including Board members, sponsors and patrons, venue hosts and community leaders.
- Cultivates strategic partnerships with other chamber groups locally, nationally and internationally.
- Prepares copy for program brochures including artistic notes, biographies of musicians, recognition of sponsors and patrons and upcoming concerts or events.
- Maintains and updates the ACP website including submission of copy to web manager.
- Coordinates e-blast newsletter to supporters and interested parties and determines topics and copy to be included. (listed above as well)
- Maintains spreadsheet with contact information of interested parties including current and past subscribers to soirée series, individuals desiring to participate in soirée series, attendees at public concerts and those requesting information about ACP.
- Works with the Board of Directors to plan and implement a comprehensive fundraising program that includes individual, foundation, corporate and government support for both annual operations and special projects.
- Oversees all donor-related activity including cultivation, recognition, entertainment and special events.
- Coordinates all grant applications including preparation of any artistic-related copy.
- Plans and implements chamber music education programs for schools in the Atlanta metropolitan area, as well as senior citizen centers.
- Collaborates with school districts to increase understanding and appreciation of chamber music with a particular emphasis on minority outreach.
Budget and Financial Matters
- Develops annual and multi-year operating budgets for ACP for approval by Board of Directors.
- Develops budgets for special events and touring for approval by Board of Directors.
- Monitors performance against budget and ensures achievement of goals.
- Oversees compliance with terms and conditions of all grants, sponsorships and special gifts.
- Recruits, motivates and supervises professional staff including General Manager, photographer, recording engineer, videographer, and webmaster.
- Coordinates all recording projects including negotiating label and selecting venue, engineer, repertoire and musicians.
- Maintains regular communication with the Board of Directors and assists with scheduling of Board meetings and setting meeting agendas.
- Ensures that organization policies, procedures and contracts are up-to-date.
The ideal candidate will have: a proven record as a leader in the musical performing arts; demonstrated success in providing programming that appeals to a variety of audiences; significant musical knowledge particularly in the area of chamber music; and expertise in recruiting, motivating and retaining musicians. This candidate will have excellent interpersonal, communication, supervisorial and financial management skills. Also required is a record of generating both individual and corporate sponsorships or gifts, public or foundation grants as well as other fundraising expertise. Experience working with a non-profit organization in a leadership role is preferred.
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of ten years’ experience as a senior executive in a not-for-profit musical performing arts organization and a Bachelor’s degree and/or formal arts education. Professional training and performance history as a performing artist will be considered an asset.
Please send a letter describing your specific interests and qualifications, your resume, your salary requirements and a one-page Artist’s Statement sharing your vision for ACP and why you believe you are a good match for the organization to:
Electronic submissions must be in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF only. If you are unable to submit electronically, mail your application to:
Atlanta Chamber Players
Attn: James Throckmorton, Chairman of the Board
P.O. Box 5438
Atlanta, GA 31107
Deadline for submission: January 15, 2013. Applications will be considered upon submission.
The Atlanta Chamber Players, a mixed ensemble of strings, winds and piano, were founded in 1976 and are now in their 38th season. The ensemble has earned a national reputation as a pioneer among chamber music groups and is widely respected among arts organizations in the Southeast.
Over the past 37 years, the ACP has performed critically acclaimed concerts in more than 250 cities throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico and reached millions worldwide through live international radio broadcasts.
To promote new chamber compositions in the Southeast, the Antinori Foundation and the ACP launched “Rapido! A 14-Day Composition Contest” in 2009. Rapido! expanded to 29 states in 2010 by adding the New England and Midwest regions. 2012 has seen Rapido! expand to all 50 US states by adding new partner ensembles in the Southwest and West Coast, promoting up to 500 entries by composers of all ages and resulting in premiere performances in Boston, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco, as well as Atlanta. Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra join the Rapido team in 2012 by adding an ASO orchestral commission to the prize.
The ACP’s broad repertoire includes traditional masterpieces (Beethoven, Brahms) as well as contemporary classics (Crumb, Messiaen). ACP also has a long-standing commitment to performing the music of living American composers. The ensemble has premiered more than 90 works to Atlanta audiences, including world premieres commissioned from composers such as Michael Gandolfi, David Amram, Anne LeBaron, two works from Pulitzer-Prizewinner John Harbison and a 2013 commission from Adam Schoenberg.
ACP Mission Statement – Enhance and expand the future of chamber music by providing a world-class mixed ensemble chamber music experience to a broad audience crossing demographics, through both the traditional chamber music repertoire and contemporary works commissioned by the group.
ACP Vision Statement – Be the leader among chamber music ensembles in the SE US with national and international recognition. To educate and enhance appreciation of chamber music through the creation, performance and distribution of new chamber music repertoire by American composers.