Position Opportunity: ProMusica Chamber Orchestra seeks a Development & Special Events Manager to support the orchestra’s fundraising directives and goals. As the lead writer, this position is responsible for writing and executing grant applications and proposals, and also manages all aspects of development related special events, including donor cultivation and stewardship events, Artist Circle, and the annual Soirée Benefit and Concert fundraiser. This position reports to the Director of Advancement & Engagement to ensure that organizational objectives and goals are met.
SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Grants Management/Advancement Duties (60%)
Support the Orchestra’s overall fundraising strategy, including writing and submitting proposals, drafting budgets, evaluating program outcomes, and preparing narrative and final reports to foundation (private and public), government, and major corporate funding sources
Ensure compliance with all final reporting as required by foundation and corporate donors in fulfillment of grant guidelines
Develop, maintain, and update annual Grants Calendar with respective due dates; organize current records in database and hard copies
Oversee entry and maintenance for DataArts
Prepare and mail advocacy letters to Columbus City Council and Ohio Representatives
Collaborate with Patron Services Manager to acquire needs from donor database for program book donor lists, and invitations to donor events/receptions; write gift acknowledgment letters for processing
In coordination with the Director of Advancement & Engagement, prepare and submit corporate sponsorship proposals for Soiree
Attend and support in Development committee, Soirée committee, other meetings as needed
Special Events (40%)
Oversee and manage all logistics for the annual Soirée including reception details, raffle campaign, event signage, and coordinate with Marketing on promotional collateral
Communicate and coordinate with Marketing staff for design, invitations, promotion, signage, and event materials for other donor related special events (i.e. Artist Circle invites and programs)
Work with preferred vendors and explore potential new vendor relationships for event logistics,including food and beverage, linens and décor, while working within a clearly defined budget
Other duties as required
Experience and Characteristics Required: The ideal candidate is a positive, organized and self-motivated team member, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively. Must have excellent writing and communication skills, with a drive for productivity and exceptional attention to detail.
Minimum Bachelor degree and 2-3 years successful working experience at an arts-related or non-profit organization preferred
Strong communication and organizational skills, with the ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals
Experience working in a deadline-driven environment within a fast-paced organization
Strong attention to detail and able to work independently and within a team
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and deadlines
Under the artistic and visionary leadership of Music Director David Danzmayr and Creative Partner, renowned violinist Vadim Gluzman, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra is dedicated to raising the national profile of Columbus through world-class performances and creative approaches to community outreach and education. Founded in 1978, ProMusica drives its mission through collaboration and a commitment to artistic excellence.
Comprised of 37 musicians, ProMusica is the resident orchestra of the historic Southern Theatre in downtown Columbus and also reaches audiences through regular performances at other notable venues including the Pontifical College Josephinum and the Worthington United Methodist Church. ProMusica presents an annual outdoor Summer Music Festival, open and free to the public in collaboration with the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The orchestra also presents a variety of special events such as the annual Soirée featuring crossover artistry, having recently featured Leslie Odom, Jr., Steep Canyon Rangers, Time For Three, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and 14-time Grammy winner, Ricky Skaggs.
ProMusica’s diverse programming attracts sold-out performanc...es and is a key part of building our audience. Widely recognized as a national leader in presenting new and contemporary repertoire, ProMusica has commissioned 67 pieces and has presented more than 100 world and regional premieres, by composers including Pulitzer prize winners Kevin Puts and Aaron Jay Kernis, Gabriela Lena Frank, Michael Daugherty, Christopher Theofanidis, as well as composer/performers Lera Auerbach, Conrad Tao, and Joshua Roman. ProMusica also continues an active recordings program with thirteen CDs released to date, including world-premiere performances of ProMusica commissioned works. The “COMPOSER/PERFORMER” project showcases composers of today not only as creators of work, but also as soloists in their own right. ProMusica's new concert series, “NAKED CLASSICS” is hosted by British presenter Paul Rissmann, explores classical music in a fresh, and completely approachable format.
With a strong commitment to learning and education, ProMusica’s community outreach programs impact approximately 16,800 lives each season. Musicians travel to local schools, senior citizens attend live rehearsals, and underserved youth are given life-changing opportunities with the power of music. Programs such as “Play Us Forward” and “Musicians in Schools” offer integrated, in-school based music curriculum, while family concerts provide accessible musical experiences in nurturing neighborhood environments such as the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Our “CODA: Post-concert Conversations” give the opportunity for a direct dialogue between audiences and guest artists –– deepening engagement with the music and performers.
ProMusica has won eight ASCAP awards for Adventurous Programming and has received additional honors, including from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Jewish Foundation. ProMusica has been selected on three occasions as the recipient of The Columbus Performing Arts Prize, an esteemed award designed to celebrate and support the exceptional artistic directors of Columbus’ performing arts organizations and their aspirations for creative growth. In June 2017, ProMusica embarked on its first tour to perform at the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago.