Artistic Associate
Job Description

About the Position
Reporting to the Artistic Director (AD) and collaborating with the rest of the team, the Artistic Associate (AA) is responsible for three projects at Music on Main: developing platforms for Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh (MST) musicians; managing Community Access Concerts; and managing Music on Main’s International Presenters Program (IPP). The AA will also work closely with the AD on delivery of year-round artistic programming. This is a one-year, full-time employed position, with the possibility of an extension.

The AA supports key goals and priorities, and develops systems for their implementation. The AA supports healthy relations with audiences, artists, donors, sponsors, funders, staff, Board, volunteers, and other key stakeholders. The AA’s duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Developing Platforms for Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh (MST) Musicians
– Collaborating with the AD to connect with MST cultural leaders;
– Leading consultations with MST artists, stakeholders, and other consultants;
– Creating relationships with MST cultural leaders to develop and support a new platform at Music on Main for MST artists and audiences;
– Working with MST consultants to adapt MoM’s long-term programming vis-à-vis Reconciliation.

Community Access Concerts
– Collaborating with the AD to connect with communities across Metro Vancouver;
– Building relationships with new communities through consultations to develop music experiences that resonate with those communities;
– Overseeing the delivery of approximately 12 free community access concerts, adopting a build-measure-learn model to refine presentation formats throughout the season;
– Incorporating learnings into long-term programming to continually expand access to music.

International Presenters Programme (IPP)
– Collaborating with the AD and Artistic Planning & Operations Manager to invite an international cohort of music presenters to discover Canadian artists at the 2023 Modulus Festival;
– Developing a schedule of public and private events that promotes knowledge transfer and reciprocity, and provides specific opportunities for Canadian musicians, composers, and music creators to connect meaningfully and strategically with international buyers;
– Managing invitations, travel planning, and correspondence with the IPP cohort.

This is a full-time position, generally working Monday to Friday, 10:00AM-6:00PM. However, during production periods, the work of the organization demands flexibility, and may require you to work flexible hours, evenings, and weekends to meet objectives.

This is a full-time position with an annual salary of $52,000, a full comprehensive benefits package following probation, and generous paid vacation. Music on Main is proud to be a certified Living Wage employer. Fulfillment by contractors will be considered.

About You
You’re a creative, ambitious professional who is passionate about contemporary and classical music, community, and the performing arts. You have experience working in artistic co-ordination and/or production for a minimum of two years. You love implementing artistic strategies that create dynamic experiences for new audiences. You find a certain magic in deadlines, and planning is your magic wand.

You’re an exceptional communicator who strives for clarity and inspires people with your words and actions. You love meeting new people and strive to maintain relationships for years. You’re a motivated self-starter with a passion for the performing arts, and you’re excited to help create Music on Main’s events, meeting audience and artists. You thrive working collaboratively, and you’re motivated when working independently.

Commitment to Equity
Music on Main prioritizes equity, diversity, and inclusion in all its forms. We encourage applications from members of groups that are historically, persistently, and systemically underrepresented including: Indigenous, Black and people of colour; people identifying as LGBTQ2AI+ and/or non-binary; people living with visible and invisible disabilities; and members of other equity seeking groups. While Music on Main does not offer child care, we offer a flexible work environment and encourage applications from parents with young children.

About Music on Main
Music that brings us together. That’s Music on Main’s goal. We present top-flight classical, new, and genre-bending music in environments that are intimate and social. Since 2006, the organization has developed internationally lauded programming, featuring more than 1,000 musicians, over 700 events, 130+ world premieres, and nearly 1 million on-line views.

Independent and vibrant, Music on Main strives for game-changing production values, rock-solid administration and financial management, enhanced audience-artist interactions, and industry-leading marketing, fundraising, and digital programs. Our work culture thrives on co-operation, respect, and kindness while nurturing individual and group development. Our offices are in downtown Vancouver at The Post at 750 where Music on Main and its team participate as members of the 110 Arts Cooperative.

To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Shayna Goldberg at [email protected] by July 13, 2023, with the subject line “Artistic Associate Candidate.” In your cover letter, please explain why you are an excellent candidate for this position.

Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. We look forward to hearing from you!