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.
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.
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.
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…