The Music Center in beautiful downtown Los Angeles is currently in search of a dynamic Senior Producer to join its Programming/Community Engagement team!
The Music Center is one of the most impressive performing arts centers in the United States. It is also one of the largest. For the past five decades, the Center has provided Los Angeles County with the finest performing arts experiences, acting as both presenter and as host to four world-class organizations: LA Philharmonic, Center Theatre Group, LA Opera and LA Master Chorale.
The Music Center’s venues are among the best known in the world and include the following:
- Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (3,107 seats), the first and largest of the Center’s venues, opened in 1964. It is home to LA Opera and the Center’s own Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center. For decades, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was home to the LA Philharmonic and more than 20 Academy Awards presentations.
- Ahmanson Theatre (1,600 to 2,007 seats) opened in 1967, is home to Center Theatre Group, which produces and presents large-scale theater and musical theater productions on its stage.
- Mark Taper Forum (739 seats) is also home to Center Theatre Group; the circular building has a thrust stage offering seating on three-sides. The Mark Taper Forum underwent a $30 million renovation in 2007-08.
- Walt Disney Concert Hall (2,265 seats), designed by Frank Gehry and completed in 2003, is the newest of The Music Center’s major venues. It is home to the LA Philharmonic and LA Master Chorale. The audience chamber is configured in a “vineyard” style, providing seating on all four sides of the stage.
- Music Center Plaza (225,000 square feet) is an expansive outdoor urban venue that hosts events such as National Dance Day, LA Arts Month, festivals, live simulcasts and weekend activities for dance as well as many private and civic celebrations, special events and galas.
- W. M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre (350 seats) is a hidden gem located on the rooftop of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and adjacent to The Blue Ribbon Garden
- Blue Ribbon Garden is the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s rooftop garden. Nearly an acre in size, the garden is serves as a backdrop to pre- and post-theater receptions, private events and children’s programming.
- Grand Park– “The Park for Everyone” – sits between The Music Center and City Hall, stretching over four city blocks. Although managed under the aegis of The Music Center, Grand Park currently operates with its own staff leadership, budget and programming. To date, collaborations and co-presentations have been minimal, but there is great opportunity for Grand Park to become a significant portion of The Music Center’s reach into the community. http://grandparkla.org
More information on The Music Center, its programs and venues can be found on their website: http://www.musiccenter.org/
The Music Center operates on an annual budget of over $65 million with a fulltime staff of 225. Notwithstanding this enormous team, the internal culture of The Music Center is one of service to clients and audiences as well as collegiality with each other.
In June 2015, Rachel Moore was tapped to become The Music Center’s President and CEO, beginning her new position on October 5. She is the former CEO of American Ballet Theatre and is the first Music Center leader who comes from the artistic producing world (vs. venue management). Ms. Moore replaces Stephen Rountree, who resigned in December 2014 after a 12-year tenure to take a position with Center Theatre Group.
The Music Center’s multiple resident companies offer extraordinary programming within their various disciplines in classical and orchestral music, opera, choral music and theater. The Music Center therefore focuses primarily on other programming disciplines and areas. Key among these is dance, and the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center series is at the center of its programming efforts. Major national and international dance companies have graced the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (the primary venue used for the Glorya Kaufman series) including, The Royal Ballet, The Bolshoi, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Mark Morris Dance Group, among many others.
The Music Center is seeking a Senior Producer to join its Programming/Community Engagement team.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer with a strong dotted line to programming, the Senior Producer will oversee, manage, and be responsible for all operational and logistical aspects of Music Center programs, including but not limited to: festivals, Sleepless, DanceDTLA, The Music Center On Location, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, one-time special events, and other programs.
Key performance measures for this position are:
Establish and meet budget expense goals (working with production) and closely monitor revenue goals (working with marketing);
Meet timeframes for delivery of the programs across all categories;
Meet contractual obligations regarding logistics with all suppliers and partners;
Create, monitor and achieve all production Health and Safety targets;
Positive partner and stakeholder feedback, both internal and external.
In addition, the Senior Producer will work closely with all other internal departments such as Scheduling/Events, Production, Guest Services, Security, Grand Park, etc. and other internal staff to maintain effective and on-going internal and external relationships including Resident Companies, vendors, and Music Center management; and will serve as primary point-of-contact for the department.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Collaborate with Leadership Team in the development of operational plans for all departmental programs and events, providing production and logistics advice to support artistic decision-making;
- Create and manage programming and production plan, schedule and budget to meet operational goals;
Participate in negotiation and drafting of co-production, co-commissioning and other contracts, including vendors and consultants;
- Oversee and steer the production related elements of future commissions and projects in a variety of artistic disciplines;
- In partnership with the Leadership Team, source and manage the necessary partnerships to ensure future presentations of commissioned and co-commissioned work nationally and internationally;
- Oversee, manage, develop and support logistical, operational and production teams;
- Working closely with the Leadership Team, oversee and manage implementation of program and project plan, troubleshooting as and where required;
- Collaborate with the Leadership Team to source and select venues for programs and projects as necessary;
- Liaise with venue management, unions and any municipal/government bodies as required to secure venues, permits and negotiate contracts;
- Liaise with artists/companies, venues, other internal departments and stakeholders to ensure that specifics of contracts are followed/met, partner benefits are accommodated, any conflicts are resolved quickly and satisfactorily; oversee visa applications for international artists as needed;
- Ensure that all Health and Safety regulations and any other relevant legislation and regulations are complied with at all times;
- Be available to stakeholders and partners to provide support with any production and/or logistics issues;
- Oversee the tear-down, wrap-up and clean-up activities at the end of the each event, ensuring that stakeholder expectations and agreements are met;
- Gather information from individual programs/projects and disseminate to various departments on an on-going basis to enable effective project management and to support write-ups of post-mortem reports;
- Collaborate with Marketing and Communications, and liaise with marketing team members to ensure that goals are met.
Required Qualifications & Desired Competencies include:
- Post graduate degree and/or equivalent experience from an accredited four-year college or equivalent education and experience, required.
- Minimum of 10 years related experience in production at major arts organization.
Key competencies are:
- Team player
- Financial acumen
- Understanding of creative process
- Able to work with wide variety of people – creative, finance, unions, etc.
- Excellent ability to supervise, train and mentor staff
- Culturally savvy
- Big picture perspective
- Strong communication skills
- Great motivator
- Excellent with computers and electronics
- Data savvy
- Creative problem-solving
- Flexibility, judgment, confidence
- Sense of humor, tolerance, patience, diplomacy
- Ability to lift at least 25 pounds, un-assisted; up to 40 pounds with assistance
- Must possess a car and a valid California driver’s license
- Must be available to work evening and weekend hours.
Salary range: Will be commensurate with experience; this is an exempt full-time position.
Equal Opportunity Employer