Who Are We? Called “a raucous, grungy, irresistibly exuberant ... fun-loving, exceptionally virtuosic family” by Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times, Wild Up has been lauded as one of classical music’s most exciting groups by virtually every significant institution and critic within earshot. Artistic Director Christopher Rountree started the group in 2010 with a vision of a band of young musicians that rejected outdated traditions and threw classical repertoire into the context of pop culture, new music, and performance art.
What Do We Need? The band is at an inflection point where we are making our best work, on the grandest stages, to national acclaim — without a General Manager and the infrastructure to allow us to capitalize on those successes.
What’s the job? The role of the General Manager is to do everything possible so that Wild Up flourishes. You will be doing all the fancy things, and moving the chairs sometimes too. You will collaborate with the founding Artistic Director, who leads the artistic vision, to develop and implement the strategic vision for the company. You will create systems and manage the group’s operations, including but not limited to: board relationships, fundraising, marketing and communications, operations, production and finance — while we are on the road and self-presenting shows at home in Los Angeles.
The General Manager reports to the Executive Committee through the Board Chair.
Vision and Leadership
Craft a long range vision in collaboration with the Board and Artistic Director.
Direct and motivate the current team of contractors (Social Media Manager, PR team, Record Label, Agent, Designer, Accountant), and lead the expansion of the staff (Grant Writer, Ticketing Manager, Production Manager).
As one of the faces of the company, develop strong relationships with the Board, major donors, management company, presenters, community partners, and artists
Serve as the primary contact with the Board.
Partner with the Board Chair to set the agenda for board meetings.
Attend all meetings, prepare and present reports as needed.
With the Board Chair, manage board member engagement, with a focus on fundraising and recruitment.
Collaborate with the Board and Artistic Director on multi-year planning and strategy, including writing an annual development plan.
Assist the Artistic Director in setting up, executing, and managing fundraising campaigns.
Maintain relationships with major donors, cultivate new prospects, supervise donor appreciation and stewardship.
Research, write, track and submit grants. When finances allow, identify and hire Grant Writer.
Ensure up-to-date tracking of all contributed income.
Marketing and Communications
With Artistic Director, create marketing and advertising plans.
Oversee part-time communications team: Social Media Manager, PR team, and Designer.
Set up and manage ticketing system and manage audience relations. Operations
Drive administrative operations and organizational development including staff expansion.
Be lead contact with David Lieberman Artists Representatives, including creating budgets and managing presenter relationships.
Manage personnel: hire, supervise, develop permanent and part-time staff.
Foster open communication with all.
Manage the planning and implementation of each production with the Artistic Director, lead artists, and production team, including creating multi-year project runways.
Lead post-production assessment.
Manage contractual negotiations with vendors, partners, performers.
Fill in any gaps to ensure the successful implementation of the production.
With the Board Chair and/or Treasurer, lead Wild Up’s financial planning and development of the annual budget, and ensure that proper financial management principles inform the Artistic Directors’ programmatic and artistic decision-making
With external bookkeeping support: oversee budgeting, accounting, cash flow.
Deposit all checks, check PO Box in Los Feliz, write checks as needed.
Ensure Wild Up remains current in meeting all legal obligations.
The ideal candidate will have:
A love of music and a belief in its importance.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
A commitment to collaboration and flexibility, with an entrepreneurial bent.
Behind-the-scenes experience in the performing arts, ideally including fundraising, and preferably in Los Angeles.
Comfort with numbers and computers.
A robust sense of humor and boundless common sense.
Please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “General Manager Position.” Applications will be reviewed and considered as they are received
We make music.
New music. Old music.
No music is off limits.
Wild Up is a modern music collective – a group of Los Angeles-based musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. Our programs are eclectic studies of people, places, and ideas that we find interesting. The group believes that music is a catalyst for shared experiences, and that the concert venue is a place for challenging, exciting, and igniting the community around us.