Manager - IMO Apprentice Scheme (part-time, temporary, freelance role)
Apply with a CV, cover letter, and costings proposal* to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 4th July 2020, 5pm.
Before applying please read the below information carefully and please direct any queries to the email above.
In your letter please outline why you are interested in the role alongside any qualifications, skills and successes that are relevant to the role.
Please include contact details for 3 referees with your CV.
*The costings proposal is purely concerned with the management fee. All we need is an outline of a preferred hourly or daily rate based on the job description below.
The Irish Memory Orchestra seeks an Arts professional to manage a youth orchestra and choir mentoring scheme, due to occur in Galway in Spring/Summer 2021. (Exact date of event is TBC, pending a health and safety assessment around Covid-19)
The project revolves around a performance of Dave Flynn's 'Vision Symphony' featuring several blind and vision-impaired musicians performing alongside professional members of the Irish Memory Orchestra and the IMO Apprentice Orchestra and Choir.
The manager will work on a part-time, freelance basis with a team including the Artistic Director, Apprentice Liaison Officer and Communications Manager.
- Management of the project launch with Communications Manager (Launching Autumn 2020)
- Management of Apprentice application process with Apprentice Liaison Officer (Autumn 2020)
- Event and Logistics management for a concert and rehearsals in Galway (5 days Spring/Summer 2021)
- Delivering the project within budget and providing an evaluation report to the Arts Council
- Orchestra management of 20 professional musicians for concert/rehearsals, including artist liaison, scheduling, invoicing, travel and accommodation.
- Fundraising - The project is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland's Young Ensembles Scheme, more funds are required for the project to fulfil its ambition.
- Risk analysis and management
Key Qualifications and Qualities:
- Demonstrated experience and success in professional Arts management, especially music events
- Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree in a related field beneficial
- Solid understanding of standard accounting standards and practices and ability to analyse revenue and expense budgets
- Computer literacy is required
- Experience of managing youth arts projects is preferred
- Experience of working in arts and disability contexts is desirable
- Working knowledge of the performing arts, especially traditional Irish music and orchestral music, is preferred
- Knowledge of arts fundraising and sponsorship opportunities in Ireland is desirable
- Knowledge of arts fundraising opportunities outside of Ireland is desirable
- Fluent written and spoken English is essential
- Fluency in the Irish language and/or other languages is a decided bonus
- Knowledge of Health and Safety protocols is desirable
- Knowledge of Legalities around freelance contracts and event insurance is desirable
- Knowledge of current Safeguarding policies for Children and Vulnerable Adults is desirable
- You have excellent management skills, including time management of support staff and volunteers.
- You have very high levels of interpersonal, organisational, and written and oral communications skills.
- You have the ability to face difficult and complicated situations and react with diplomacy, sensitivity, and a clear understanding of the broader issues.
- You have the ability to relate well in a professional and easy manner to all people involved in arts projects
- You have the ability and confidence to work without close supervision, including the ability to foresee development needs.
- You have the capacity to work with databases to manage event and solicitation information.
- You have the ability to foresee corporate support opportunities.
- You have a clear understanding of philanthropic sponsorship, marketing, and grant management strategies, practices and trends, as well as foundation and government philanthropic priorities.
- You live in Ireland and have the free time and desire to fulfil this role on a part-time basis as per the project timeline.
- You are passionate about orchestral and choral music and will passionately advocate for the work of the Irish Memory Orchestra.
- You have a full, clean driving license, valid in the Republic of Ireland
- You are registered as a business or sole trader and have Public Liability insurance
- This is a part-time, temporary, freelance position, with an expected start date of end July/early August 2020 and end date in Spring/Summer 2021. The event may need to move to Hallowe'en 2021 should Covid-19 still present difficulties then.
- Time commitment is approximately 25 full day's work in total, which will be spread across the time of the project.
- Working hours are flexible and mainly in your own home/office, with the exception of essential dates of event when you will work full time on the ground in Galway according to the schedule.
- Payment rate is negotiable based on experience and submitted costings, with additional commission incentives for fundraising. More info on fundraising aspects of the role follows.
- Further employment with the Irish Memory Orchestra is possible upon successful completion of the project.
The fundraising element includes a negotiable commission rate and encompasses the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of prospective donors to compliment significant funding already secured from the Arts Council of Ireland. Prior supporters and funders of IMO projects are among prospective donors.
Irish Memory Orchestra projects have been funded and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Clare Arts Office, Culture Ireland, Creative Ireland, Aer Lingus, ESB, Hyland's Hotel, glór Theatre, Music Generation Clare, the JP McManus Foundation, Bill Whelan, various event promoters & private donors.
About Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra:
"A bold, visionary undertaking" - The Irish Times
"Flynn’s craft in combining traditional and contemporary music elements is always something to appreciate" - Journal of Music
"20 young musicians who play entirely from memory. Amazing energy, innovative sounds" - The Irish World (UK)
Founded by Dave Flynn as a vehicle for his acclaimed "genre-jumping" music, the IMO features a core group of 20 of Ireland's finest classical, trad and jazz musicians. IMO guest artists have included Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, Mary Bergin and Máirtín O'Connor. Bjorn Bantock is the IMO's esteemed principal conductor.
Celebrating 10 years in 2022, the IMO journey began in glór at Clare's Culture Night in 2012. This led to international success in London, Moscow and Korea and at many festivals and venues in Ireland, including the National Concert Hall and Cork Folk Festival. The IMO won an Allianz Business to Arts Award with ESB/Electric Ireland in 2015 and made national headlines, including the main RTÉ News, with the Arts Council/Clare Arts Office-supported 'Vision Symphony' project with blind/vision-impaired musicians in 2019.
The Irish Memory Orchestra is a non-profit Company Limited by Shares. Company Number 656735. We are an equal opportunities employer.