2023 Concert Season Music Programmer
- 19 days ago
- Employment type
- Part-Time Contractor
- Los Angeles
- Closing date
About this organization
About Levitt LA
The mission of Levitt LA is to make live music accessible to all, creating stronger and more connected communities while celebrating the diversity of our city and beyond. Every summer, FREE concerts are presented at the Levitt Pavilion, featuring acclaimed, emerging talent to seasoned, award-winning performers in a broad range of music genres. Each summer, over 60,000 people of all ages and backgrounds gather on the lawn in historic MacArthur Park to enjoy free live music under the stars. Programming is designed to appeal to all tastes, attracting people from all walks of life to come together for a shared evening of great music. As music fills the park, so do families, friends, and Angelenos from throughout the city. Since 2007, over 500,000 people have gathered in MacArthur Park to enjoy the free concerts, cultural celebrations and all-ages atmosphere offered at the Levitt Pavilion!
About this job
Levitt LA’s mission is to build community through music for all Angelenos. Access is a key value and is at the forefront of our efforts. The Board and Staff of Levitt LA welcome and encourage all people, from all walks of life, to apply for a job, internship, volunteer, artistic, and vendor opportunities within the organization. Other places may feel closed to you, Levitt LA is open; we recognize the value in diverse lived experiences and varied work experiences. We value different points of view. As a nonprofit arts organization, we are nimble and accomplish a great deal with the resources available. Although we may not be able to hire/train/promote everyone who wants to be involved with Levitt LA, we promise to equally and equitably consider your request for participation.
Title: 2023 Season Programmer, Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
Contractor, Part Time, Reports to Executive Director
The Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles (“Levitt LA”) 2023 Season Programmer (Programmer) is responsible for the curation and programming of the Levitt LA summer concert series, including booking artists and related administrative functions. Working closely with the Executive Director and Levitt LA Team members, the Programmer will book high-quality music artists for FREE concerts at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park, creating a season that reflects the organization’s mission to build community through music, to celebrate the diversity of Los Angeles, and to bring people together of all ages and backgrounds. This mission is implemented through the artists we program, curatorial partnerships and coordinated efforts with nonprofits, promoters, government offices and agencies, and other local entities. The Programmer attends every concert they curate, seeing the concert come to successful fruition from beginning to end.
Compensation & Timeline
This is a part-time, 1099 contractor position. Starting date will be upon hiring through the end of the 2023 concert season in September. Heavy periods of work will be from December through the season announcement in March. Attendance is appreciated at the concerts for maintaining optimum artist relationships. Programmer is expected to answer questions for show advancement with the Production Manager and marketing questions with the Marketing Manager from March through the concert season and day of concert.
Levitt LA has two Programmer positions available to program 10 – 25 concerts each. Compensation is based on the number of performances programmed and experience. Contracts will range from $12,000 - $25,000. Priority will be given to bilingual applicants and those who have a direct connection with the MacArthur Park/Westlake area and the Los Angeles music community. Ideas for creatively generating revenue through partnerships will be welcome and desired.
Positions will be filled as soon as possible and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Roles & responsibilities
•Collaborate with the Executive Director and Levitt LA team members in building on existing comprehensive programming strategies that reflect the organization’s mission and values and incorporate audience development and community engagement objectives
•Collaborate with Levitt LA team members in curating a high-quality summer concert series within the budget that incorporates a broad range of music genres, performers, and cultural celebrations reflective of the Westlake community, surrounding neighborhoods, and the numerous communities that comprise Los Angeles’ population
•Research, identify and book local, regional, national and international artists
•Specifically, the Programmer will book music acts for 10 – 25 concerts, scheduled between May through September of 2023 ranging in per-concert budget from $1,500 to $15,000
•Serve as the organization’s artistic/programmatic liaison and maintain relationships with artists, artist management, and agents
•Manage all aspects of booking artists, including negotiating fees, radius restrictions, and other contract terms and conditions
•Work closely with Production Manager to prepare artist contracts for Executive Director’s signature
•Communicate to and coordinate with Marketing Manager regarding artist press, film, and photography requests
•Create 2-3 play lists to share on Levitt LA’s Spotify for season line up promotion
•Communicate with artists prior to each concert, leading up to and the day of, regarding Levitt’s expectations of artists and performers to ensure Levitt LA’s standards of providing high-quality, family-friendly entertainment for all ages will be met
•Identify cost savings and audience development opportunities through strategic programming partnerships, ensuring one or more concerts have a co-presenter
•Collaborate with Levitt LA team members and artists in developing marketing strategies for the summer concert series to achieve audience goals of at least 1,000 audiences per concert
•Maintain positive relationships with the public, artists, volunteers, sponsors, donors, partners, vendors, the media, contractors, and staff; display a commitment to working effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities
•Provide regular reports to the Executive Director reflecting progress on the above-outlined responsibilities and attend team programming meetings
•Perform the above-outlined responsibilities within established timelines and meet project deadlines
Levitt LA Sustainability
All members of the small yet mighty Levitt LA team are involved with the long-term sustainability work that comes with running a free concert venue, ensuring that multiple revenue streams work in unison for a successful, healthy, and ethical nonprofit. The Programmer is partially responsible for creatively generating revenue from partner opportunities, which may include concerts with costs shared by co-presenters, multi-organization-led events, resource sharing, sponsorships from artist-connected brands, international support or other ideas. Creative revenue generation does NOT include heavily reducing artist fees or asking artists to perform for “exposure.” All artists are paid to perform at Levitt LA.
Skills & Experience
•5+ years experience in programming/producing in the live music and/or performing arts industry
•Exemplary experience programming diversity on the stage including race, gender, age, ability etc.
•Advanced knowledge of local Los Angeles music scenes, trends, and community
•Experience in negotiating contracts and artist fees
•Established relationships with artists, managers, concert producers, promoters, and cultural organizations required
•Understanding the history and current developments of MacArthur Park and Levitt LA is a plus
•Excellent organizational skills in scheduling, budgeting, record keeping, etc.
•Personable, energetic, passionate, and knowledgeable about music, culture, and Los Angeles
•Excellent interpersonal skills to communicate and work effectively with staff, Board members, community partners, audience members, and all Levitt LA stakeholders
•Ability to navigate cultural complexities and a willingness to incorporate a variety of perspectives from Levitt LA’s diverse stakeholders, artists, and partners
Please send a resume with your most recent programming projects, indicating artist line-ups, or a link to an up-to-date website. A portfolio will also be welcome but not required. Please also send a cover letter explaining why you are excited about programming in MacArthur Park with Levitt LA and explain any connection you may have to the community. Materials should be sent as PDF’s or web links and emailed to email@example.com. Please put “YOU NAME – Programmer” in the subject.