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We are seeking a part time Assistant Artist Manager to start immediately for a part time, fixed term 6 month appointment in the first instance. DEADLINE: Monday 18th April 2022

The role is wide ranging, with involvement in every stage of the development of our artists 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 Assistant Artist Manager will be directly involved in producing marketing materials and liaising with promoters, venues and festival directors, arranging contracts, negotiating fees, producing programmes and schedules, supporting and working with the Director, the Artist Manager, the Director’s Assistant and the Communications and Events Officer.

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

Fixed term 6 month contract with possible extension.

Hours: Part time 16-20 hours a week to begin.

Educational Attainment: To degree level or beyond, via university or conservatoire

Requirements:
– A genuine and in-depth knowledge of and enthusiasm for classical music (and jazz too if possible)
– 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

Experience:
– Previous employment within the music industry in artist management or administration
– Experience of event management with professional musicians and other events
– Confident and articulate telephone manner
– Excellent writing skills
– Accurate proofreading
– Smart ‘front of house’ manner

Key responsibilities:
With Artist Manager:
• Check and issue CMF Artists Agreements each year when they join and CMF Alumni
Agreements when they finish with CMF
• Arrange and attend initial meetings with all new artists and with the MD to discuss priorities
for working with each artist, and continue regularly to be in touch with artists
• Help arrange photography of new CMF artists
• Maintain records of all elements of CMF artists’ support and budget committed
• Keep detailed records, producing and updating a Task Sheet for each event or series
• Share workload to promote CMF artists to venues, festivals and other organisations and
negotiate fees and contracts
• Help manage strategic partnerships with venues, festivals, sponsors and other organisations
involved in the Artist programme
• Help organise and manage all elements of artist’s projects, which may include
commissioning new music, recording CDs and making videos
• Help deliver the programme for the International Artist exchange
With Communications and Events Officer:
• Co-ordinate processing of all applications from candidates for two stage audition process to
identify City Music Foundation Artists
• Ensure CMF artists events are attended by agents and music critics
• 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
• Work with the Communications Officer on publicity, marketing, PR, social media,
newsletters, websites, programme notes etc
• Update Mailchimp mailing lists
• Reporting to team if our website is not up to date, and helping keep it up to date
With Director’s Assistant:
• Book and contract CMF artists for internal CMF events: concert series’, residencies,
partnerships, fundraisers and other projects
• Preparing artists’ biographies in various formats, gathering information from artists
• Recordings: gathering material from the artists (chasing them up if needed)
• Assist MD as required on aspects of the educational part of the CMF Artists Programme
General
• Assist in office management, attend board meetings, taking minutes
• Writing some news items for newsletters and website
• Be available by phone or in person for day to day support for musicians
• Work with the CMF Team on concert management and marketing
• Proofreading
• Attending daytime and evening CMF events as scheduled
• Physical help with staging, lights, music stands, programmes, tickets, ushering etc
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Canva.
• Promote CMF and all its charitable work at all relevant events and occasions

Contract overview:
• Part Time
• Fixed term 6 months initially
• Remuneration : £21,000 per annum pro rata
• Hours: 16 to 20 hours per week, plus additional hours for evening events

To apply please email a letter and an up-to-date CV to clare.taylor@citymusicfoundation.org
Deadline for applications: Monday 18th April 2022 at 5 pm
Interviews mid-April with a view to start in early May

More about the charity at www.citymusicfoundation.org

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We are excited about this Friday’s concert with Percussionist and 2021 artist James Larter performing at St Martin in the Fields Lunchtime Concert this Friday 1st April. This concert is part of City Music Foundation’s ongoing partnership with St Martin in the Fields which began earlier this year. You will see a number of our artists performing in the Friday lunchtime concert series throughout the year.

Programme
Xenakis – Psappha
Richard Rodney Bennett – Marimba Concerto mvt 1
James Larter – Bedawi
Param Vir – Drum of the Deathless (Solo Arrangement Premiere)

Performers
James Larter Percussion
Tyler Hay Piano

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Huge congratulations to Connaught Brass for winning this year’s ROSL Mixed Ensemble prize including £10,000 prize money! Audiences were thoroughly entertained as they performed a programme Gallo and Three Norwegian Dances by Modens Andresen. The ensemble will be performing at Wigmore in July as part of their prize.

Image courtesy of ROSL

2020 Soprano Sian Dicker appeared on In Tune with Katie Derham a few weeks back for the first time and had a wide-ranging conversation about her time with City Music Foundation, concerts coming up in her role as a Britten-Pears Young Artist and being a Boosey and Hawkes SingFinzi2021 Finalist, a competition created to celebrate the composer’s 120th birthday year. Her repertoire choices featured Finzi and Sibelius, both of which she delivered with characteristic flair.

Listen again by clicking here! and jump to 23 minutes in!

2020 CMF Artist, Franco-Belgian pianist Antoine Préat presents a lunchtime concert defined by intensity and air for long-standing partner of CMF, Wiltshire Music Centre. Liszt’s staggering one movement sonata inspired by Dante’s Inferno stretches pianists to the very edge of virtuosic technique, whilst Albéniz’s first book of scenes on Iberia culminates in a festival of colour with a musical depiction of the Corpus Christi Day procession in Seville.

Link for audience tickets: https://www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk/whats-on/antoine-pr%C3%A9at
Link for livestream (available for a few weeks after the performance, too!): https://www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk/whats-on/livestream-antoine-pr%C3%A9at

Featuring CMF Artists Dinara Klinton and Rozanna Madylus

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Join in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and London’s Ukrainian community at a specially
curated night of music, poetry and spoken word at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. Slava Ukraini features writers Olesya Khromeychuk, Andrey Kurkov and Serhiy Zhadan, music from Jon Hopkins with Leo Abrahams and musicians from the London Contemporary Orchestra, and readings by actors Ben Whishaw, Jonathan Pryce, Maisie Williams and Juliet Stevenson, including poetry by Ilya Kaminsky.


The line-up of Ukrainian and British guests attending in person and via live link-up from Ukraine
also includes Ukrainian classical musicians and CMF Artists Dinara Klinton and Rozanna Madylus, alongside Yuriy Yurchuk, Kseniia Nikolaieva, and Stefan Bulyha. All net proceeds from the event and all further funds raised on the evening will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)

We are delighted to announce that Artistic and Executive Director at Wigmore Hall John Gilhooly has become one of City Music Foundation’s Patrons. Our Artists, both past and present, have appeared at Wigmore in increasing numbers in recent years. John was awarded a CBE for his contribution to music in the 2022 New Year Honours after becoming an OBE in 2013. We join in congratulating him on his achievement and welcome him to the CMF family! 

A few words from John:
“CMF works with outstanding musicians to help them make a living from classical music. Organisations such as CMF are more important than ever in arranging mentoring for, and promotion of young musicians at a vital stage in their career. I am very pleased to support such an important national organisation.”

We are also thrilled to be hosted by John at Wigmore Hall for this year’s City Music Foundation Gala on Tuesday 5th July 2022 – a star-studded evening of music performed by Jennifer Pike, David Blackadder & Christopher Purves alongside CMF alumni with a programme of Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Bach and Handel.

Click here to book tickets via the Wigmore Hall Website

We’re delighted to announce that applications to become a 2022 CMF Artist are now open.

Now calling for our tenth consecutive intake, we welcome applications to join our innovative two-year programme from musicians early in their professional classical, jazz, folk and world music careers, both soloists and ensembles.

Starting in autumn 2022, those selected for the scheme will enjoy:

  • Artistic and project management – across the UK and beyond
  • Performance opportunities at events and residencies curated and promoted by CMF
  • Mentoring and coaching from artistic, organisational skills, music industry
  • Career development workshops
  • Comissioning Promotional Tools – photos, websites, videos and CDs
  • Commissioning new music
  • Promotion in print, online and on air
  • Access to day-to-day support from the CMF Team

>>>Apply HERE<<<

The deadline for applications is Friday 22nd April 2022, 5pm.

For any questions about the application process, please contact apply@citymusicfoundation.org

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