Education Project Producer

Founded in 1982, Sinfonia Viva has developed a national reputation as a leader in creative music activity in the UK. Our work offers relevant and enriching possibilities for all. We love to perform and help other people perform with us. Whether it’s our concerts or education work, we connect participants, communities and professional musicians together to create exceptional music. Due to continuous growth we are now looking for an Education Project Producer to assist the Education Manager.

As the Education Project Producer your day-to-day activities will include working with partners on delivering projects according to the agreed project brief, taking full ownership of all aspects (artistic and administrative) of the project delivery. The Education Project Producer will have a key role in planning, managing and co-ordinating projects and project teams in a variety community and education settings as well as representing the Orchestra at relevant meetings with education establishments, community groups, other Arts organisations, councils and commercial organisations as required.

A job with Sinfonia Viva means being part of all elements of our work, including concerts, fundraising and events management. As part of a vibrant management team, you’ll have the opportunity to use your own skills to enhance the work we do – for example, producing high-quality print and video content to publicise projects, assisting in recording sessions and live performances with orchestral players, or using your research and development skills to put together funding applications. As part of the workshop delivery teams, you can use your own skills and experiences, working with participants to create musical moments that can capture hearts and change lives.

Sinfonia Viva works with some of the most exciting creatives across the country – from award-winning composers, soloists and musicians, to visual artists, theatre directors and events teams – and you can use your passion to grow our organisation, to lead new types of creative project work, and to build your own skills and experience as part of your Continuing Professional Development.


Job Title: Education Project Producer (f/t)

Reporting to: Education Manager

Hours: 9.30-5.30 Monday to Friday with occasional evening and week-end work, for which time off in lieu will be given

Holiday: 20 days per year, plus statutory days

Location: Based in Derby offices (or wherever the offices are based), with travel to other venues as projects require

Duration: Permanent Salary: £24,000

Sinfonia Viva

Sinfonia Viva is a creative music charity providing orchestral, educational and performance opportunities and projects in, with and for local communities.

The Education Project Producer reports to the Education Manager and is responsible for the successful practical and artistic management of Sinfonia Viva’s award winning education projects. The post holder works closely with other members of a small management team to ensure high quality and relevant work including project culmination performances.

Main functions include:

Education Project Programme
• Working with partners on delivering projects according to the agreed project brief, taking full ownership of all aspects (artistic and administrative) of the project delivery
• Liaising closely with the artistic leads for each project, ensuring the work fits the brief and has complete artistic integrity
• Managing relationship with venue for culmination performance ensuring technical and logistical including access requirements are fully addressed in advance of the performance
• Regular reporting of project progress to Education Manager
• Managing agreed project budgets
• Booking artistic leaders and agreeing fee within agreed project budget
• Arranging travel and accommodation for artists
• Booking players for workshops within agreed project budget
• Working with Concert Manager on presentation of project culmination concerts
• Working with Marketing Manager and PR consultant as required
• Managing participant engagement in culmination performances
• Attending workshops, rehearsals and performances - managing Viva personnel on the ground, nurturing the relationship between the Viva team and the school, college or venue
• Compiling and writing evaluation reports, including monitoring reports
• Maintaining statistic sheets for year-end monitoring reports
• Developing good relations with promoters and partners, assisting them with their implementation of projects
• Supporting Head of Development in the writing and submission of funding applications as referenced in the job overview

• Assisting in the promotion and marketing of projects via interviews, suggestions for coverage and identifying thematic ideas
• Contributing to Orchestra publications as required
• Assisting with promotional campaigns
• Creating marketing materials, including digital and print materials
• Using the Orchestra’s social media channels in accordance with company policy

• Representing the Orchestra at relevant meetings with education establishments, community groups, other Arts organisations, councils and commercial organisations as required
• Contributing to the Orchestra’s strategic planning and acting as an advocate for its work as appropriate
• Deputising for the Education Manager as required

Person Specification
• Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills
• Good written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work to deadlines and to remain calm under pressure
• Ability to work within a small team and under own initiative
• Attention to detail
• Computer literacy including knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel and ideally some experience of working with graphic design, video editing and music software
• Ability to manage many different project agendas simultaneously
• Previous experience in orchestra education work an advantage
• Knowledge of classical music
• Ability to drive and access to own transport is desirable

The successful applicant will need an enhanced DBS check as a condition of employment. They must also have the right to work in the UK.

Sinfonia Viva is an inclusive employer, and welcomes applications from those communities that are currently under-represented in both our organisation and the cultural sector. Where the successful applicant is disabled, all reasonable adaptations to the role will be made.

To apply please send a CV along with a letter outlining how you meet the role description.

Closing date Monday 25 November 2019 | 12pm

Please contact our Chief Executive Peter Helps for more information or to apply at [email protected] or 01332 207572

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