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We’re recruiting for a new Artist Manager to join our team based in Smithfield, EC1.

The role is wide-ranging, with involvement in every stage of the development of our artists while they are on the two-year CMF Artist Programme. The post-holder will get to know the artists personally over this period, supporting them from the day they perform in their live audition through CMF recitals and external concerts, photoshoots, CD and video recordings, commissions and other projects. The Artist Manager will also produce marketing materials and liaise with promoters, venues and festival directors, arranging contracts, negotiating fees, producing programmes and schedules.

Experience in classical music management or administration is essential. Computer skills are required, including Microsoft programmes. The ability to edit websites and use design software is desirable. The successful candidate must be able to work independently, multi-tasking and prioritising the workload, but will also be part of a close-knit team on a daily basis. Communication is central to the role, face-to-face, by telephone and email, and the post-holder will need to be confident and effective in these skills. Attention to detail is a key requirement, to ensure accurate record keeping, invoices and budgets. We encourage all team members to attend artists’ concerts as much as possible and build networks within the industry, and this can result in long days.

 Reports to: Dr Clare Taylor, Managing Director, City Music Foundation

Full time, permanent role (with probationary period)

Salary £25,000 to £34,000 depending on experience

Educational Attainment:

To degree level or beyond, via university or conservatoire

Skills required:

A genuine and in depth knowledge of and enthusiasm for classical music (and jazz too if possible) and the performing arts

A confident, outgoing and empathetic manner when dealing with people

Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with ability to nurture relationships with artists as well as external stakeholders

The ability manage a diverse and rapidly changing workload and to work well under pressure and flexibly when required (including evenings and weekends)

Ability to work autonomously when required, whilst remaining a team player and communicating fully with colleagues, sharing work when appropriate.

Attendance at CMF events helping with the physical work as required

Accurate IT skills, including Microsoft, Office, and preferably website admin and design software.

Ability to create marketing and communications materials and develop sales and PR strategies

An understanding of budget management and financial control


Previous substantive employment within the music industry in artist management or administration

Experience of event management with professional musicians and other events

Experience of working with a range of people of all ages and backgrounds, especially artists, agents, promoters, festivals and venues, composers

Key responsibilities

  • Co-ordinate processing of all applications from candidates for two stage audition process to identify City Music Foundation Artists
  • Check and issue CMF Artists Agreements each year when they join and CMF Alumni Agreements when they finish with CMF
  • Arrange initial meetings with all new artists and with the MD to discuss priorities for working with each artist, and continue regularly to meet all artists
  • Arrange photography of new CMF artists
  • Maintain records of all elements of CMF artists’ support and budget committed
  • Book and contract CMF artists for internal CMF events: concert series’, residencies, fundraisers and other projects
  • Keep detailed records, producing and updating a Task Sheet for each event or series
  • Promote CMF artists to venues, festivals and other organisations and negotiate fees and contracts
  • Create and manage strategic partnerships with venues, festivals, sponsors and other organisations involved in the Artist programme
  • Ensure CMF artists events are attended by agents and music critics
  • Be available by phone or in person for day to day support for musicians
  • Work with the CMF Team on concert management and marketing
  • Work on PR with the team (and periodically with externally contracted PR personnel) to ensure maximum publicity for the artists, their concerts, recordings and other CMF projects
  • Organise and manage all elements of artist’s projects, which may include commissioning new music, recording CDs and making videos
  • Work with the Communications Officer on publicity, marketing, PR, social media, newsletters, websites, programme notes etc
  • Lead on delivery of the programme for the International Artist, currently every 2 years
  • Assist MD as required on aspects of the educational part of the CMF Artists Programme
  • Assist in office management, attend board meetings, taking minutes
  • Promote CMF and all its charitable work at all relevant events and occasions

To apply please email a letter and an up-to-date CV to

Deadline for applications: CLOSED

Interviews in mid-March. Expected start-date mid-to-late April.

We’re delighted to announce that applications to become a 2019 CMF Artist are now open. 

CMF welcomes applications from classical, jazz, folk, and world musicians – both soloists and ensembles – to join our innovative two-year Artist Programme.

Starting in September 2019, those selected for the scheme will enjoy:

  • A series of tailored Professional Development Workshops with topics including tax and financial management, networking, presentation skills, contracts and legal issues, agents, PR, social media, pitching to venues and festivals, programming, and much more
  • Business Mentoring from senior business-people through collaborations with City firms
  • Artistic Mentoring from established, acclaimed international performers, including opportunities for collaboration in performance
  • Performance Opportunities in CMF-produced events, festivals, and residencies
  • Promotional Tools such as high-quality photos, a bespoke website, videos, and professional recordings
  • Day-to-day access to the Artist Manager, who works like an agent to secure live concert bookings and media appearances
  • Additional Support with individual projects and commissioning

 Apply here

Rokas Valuntonis (2017 CMF Artist) with photographer Benjamin Eavolega

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 12pm.

Current and previous CMF Artists include A4 Brass Quartet, Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano), Tabea Debus (recorders), Foyle-Štšura Duo (violin & piano), Andrey Lebedev (guitar), Ligeti Quartet, Misha Mullov-Abbado (jazz double bass), and Emily Sun (violin). See all CMF Artist profiles

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