Summary: The Programming Manager is responsible for booking and/or producing shows, events, and programs that meet the organization’s artistic, financial, and audience goals within the venues on the campus of the Kimmel Center, Inc. This position will also work with the Director of Programming and Presentations on booking and/or producing free programming, family shows, and the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, among others. The Programming Manager assists with all department functions and management of department budgets.
Essential Functions: •Researches and identifies artists appropriate for consideration for season-long programming. oWorks with Director of Programming and Presentations to program and manage events that ensure an annual budget net goal of break-even or profit oPrimary Concentration in: Rock, Jazz, Pop, Latin music, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Adult Contemporary with general knowledge and experience in other commercial products such as Comedy, Family, and Dance oAssists in all other phases of booking where necessary for special projects, including connecting with community partners and other Philadelphia entities •Responsible for negotiating deals, artists’ fees, ticket prices, discounts, engagement expenses, and merchandising arrangements for all shows booked •Responsible for the successful administration of all shows booked, including budget management and settlement, communication with Marketing, Box Office, Front of House and Production departments and day of show duties •Assists Director of Programming and Presentations in all aspects of department functions, administration and management of department budgets •Maintains a high level of organization for the department as it relates to budgets, financial reports, board reports, sales and artist histories •Strategizes with Programming, Development, Marketing Department, Group Sales, and PR to develop pricing plans, single ticket marketing budgets, selling tactics, targeted promotions, and outreach efforts to ensure achievement of fiscal year budget sales goals •Works with local and national partners to develop community driven and/or educational programs while coordinating these efforts with both the Education and Development departments •Works with Artistic Director to develop FY Plan and manage the November and March forecasts for all KCP events. Responsible for maintaining sales history and budget actuals in FY Plan and to coordinate with Finance to make sure records are accurate and up to date •Creates pro-formas for deal analysis and expected profit/loss on varying sales scenarios •Develops relationships with community-based organizations and local artists to seek ways to engage the community and bring business to the Kimmel Center •Develops and maintains relationships with local, national, and international artists, managers and agents and other venue contacts •Attends industry conferences and meetings including APAP and TIPCON; attends local and other relevant programming •Protects KCI ethical and legal interests through contracts, insurance, and financial procedures •Aligns customer service within KCI standards and practices •Other relevant duties as assigned Education and Experience: •Bachelor’s Degree in related area required •3-5 years of experience in arts management/programming, including ticketing, budgeting, negotiation, and engagement management/booking
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: •Proficient in Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint •Excellent interpersonal skills •Excellent and detailed writing skills •Understanding of contracts, some facility in preparation of contracts
Environment, Physical Demands and Other Conditions: •Office environment •Some nights and weekend work required •Valid driver’s license •Potential travel
KCI is committed to playing a strong role in a united Philadelphia in which diverse communities see themselves represented in the arts both onstage and off. Applications from female and minority candidates are highly encouraged.
About Kimmel Center, Inc.
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater.
The diversity of our region is our strength and KCI is dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive cultural campus that reflects our commitment to an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued onstage and off.