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Director of Programming

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Stern Grove Festival Association


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Published 11 days ago

October 5, 2020
Salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience.

Organization Profile


Founded in 1938, The Stern Grove Festival Association (SGFA or The Festival) is a beloved Bay Area institution, whose mission is to make live music experiences accessible to all. The Festival does this primarily by providing a free ten-week summer concert series in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater at Sigmund Stern Grove and providing free music and dance education programs to youth in various facilities around the City.  


Position Description


The Director of Programming (DOP) is responsible for leading The Festival into the future by spearheading concert programming to meet The Festival’s goals. These goals include being regarded as a place to see exciting, relevant, vibrant, and unique performances from some of the best national touring acts in the world. The main way that this is measured is attendance at the performances.


The DOP is part of SGFA’s leadership team. Reporting to (and in partnership with) the Executive Director, the DOP oversees the production department and their small seasonal staff (approx. 8), and works closely with SGFA staff, Board, and the Board’s Programming Committee.  


General Responsibilities and Duties


The DOP’s overall goal is to elevate The Festival through booking and creation of performances that drive attendance, excitement, and notoriety; and to ensure that the production of these performances is of the highest quality, given The Festival’s resources. 


  • Program concerts and manage bookings, from deal and contract negotiation, through to show settlement.
  • Using industry data to inform decisions, get the most out of an approximate $600,000 performance budget – this means booking performances that bring people out to The Festival, appeal to diverse audiences, and creating unique collaborations and moments.
  • Build successful artist and agent relationships, especially with the major talent agencies.
  • Drive negotiations to secure the things that The Festival needs – rights to performances, active promotion from the artists, other engagement from the artists (meet-ups, etc.).
  • Working with SGFA’s legal counsel, draft and execute artist contracts.
  • Manage all licensing needs – ASCAP, BMI, etc.
  • Act as the primary liaison with artists, agents, manager, and artist personnel on concert days. Ensure that these people have an excellent experience, while prioritizing The Festival’s needs.
  • Oversee production of concerts (including digital elements – filming, streaming, etc), schedules, transportation, and hospitality.
  • Plan budgets, develop program ideas, track data, generate reports, and organize meetings and materials as necessary for Program Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Accept speaking engagements and represent SGFA to the community, where appropriate.
  • Be an enthusiastic, positive, and friendly part of SGFA’s leadership team and demonstrate professional conduct at all times.
  • Perform other related duties as required or requested.


Organization Profile


Founded in 1938, The Stern Grove Festival Association (SGFA or The Festival) is a beloved Bay Area institution, whose mission is to make live music experiences accessible to all. The Festival does this primarily by…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Part Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

Location

832 Folsom Street Suite 1000, San Francisco, CA 94107

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to: jobs@sterngrove.org

Please send cover letter and resume to: jobs@sterngrove.org

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