Job Opportunity: Planted Symphony Producer

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Planted Symphony Producer

Application Pack 2020


Thank you for your interest in this freelance role. Please find all the info below.

About Drake Music

At Drake Music we are leaders in music, disability and technology. We are innovators, educators, curators and advocates. We believe everyone has the right to express themselves creatively through music and we use new technologies and ideas to open up access to music for all.

Our vision is a world where Disabled people have the same range of opportunities as their non-disabled peers, and a culture of music-making where Disabled and non-disabled musicians participate, collaborate, create and perform as equals.

We make innovative and imaginative use of technology to remove disabling barriers across 3 key areas:

  1. Learning, Participation & Training – We deliver workshops in schools, train teachers, advocate for inclusive practice and work strategically with music hubs and educators to develop the sector.
  2. Arts & Collaborations – We support Disabled musicians to develop their creative practice and careers via commissions, masterclasses and performance opportunities. We also offer a range of participatory creative music-making opportunities.
  3. Research & Development – Working with communities of Disabled musicians, makers and technologists, we imagine, design and build new accessible instruments and ways of making music.

We are a home for new ways of thinking about music, musical instruments and technology, performance, teaching and practice. As such we support and test new ideas, learn from other people and organisations and are prepared to take risks and learn from failure, as well as success.

Three principles inform our thinking and our practice:

  • We are always learning, and always sharing what we learn.
  • Disabled musicians are at the heart of what we do.
  • Our work is underpinned by the Social Model of Disability.

Drake Music is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) – we are also part of Youth Music’s Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England (AMIE). We are a national charity and regularly work in partnership with local and regional organisations across the arts, education and tech sectors.


Introduction to Planted Symphony

The Show

Planted Symphony is an interactive, accessible, open-air, Disabled-led musical performance. It will tour to 5 locations across England in Spring/Summer 2021. Developing from a successful pilot at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2017, this unique national touring project will be an immersive, site-responsive event, with Disabled musicians and participants at centre stage.

Planted Symphony will be performed live by 3 Disabled musicians who will invite audience members to become players in their ensemble as they journey through different sonic areas. The audience will have the chance to experience bespoke interactive instruments, created specifically for the performance. They can play along with, and enhance, the music played by the ensemble.

Between May and September 2021, Planted Symphony will tour to 5 locations: a mixture of National Trust Gardens and established Festivals. The aim of Planted Symphony is to provide opportunities for Disabled people of all ages to experience accessible music technology in the outdoors, and to stimulate creativity.

The Creative Team

At the heart of Planted Symphony is an inclusive, highly experienced creative team of Disabled and non-disabled artists. They will collaborate to realise the performance and participatory programme. The creative team is in place and includes a Musical Director, Performance Director, Co-Composers, Poet, R&D/Technology Lead and Designer.

The Participation Programme

Planted Symphony will be supported by an innovative education outreach programme. Experienced DM musicians will work on music-making with Disabled adults and young people from each of the local areas, in the weeks leading up to the performances.

Workshops will focus on “learning by doing”, delivering high quality, inclusive music-making opportunities which use assistive and accessible music technology to remove access barriers for participants. Sessions will include use of iPads and specialist music apps which give a greater breadth of interaction for young Disabled people, opening up a range of sounds, rhythms and cultures.


The Role

Working on a freelance basis, the Planted Symphony Producer will be responsible for all aspects of the planning and delivery of the creation process, rehearsals and tour. They will work closely with the Executive Producer and other members of the DM team.

Total Fee:

£6400

Contract length:

December 2020 – October 2021

Location:

Flexible, some time at the DM London office (at Rich Mix), plus local and national travel

Reporting to:

Planted Symphony Executive Producer / CEO

Responsible for:

Creative Team, Tour Manager, Stage Manager, Production Manager

Drake Music is looking for an experienced producer to join the team to play a key role in the creation and delivery of the Planted Symphony tour and participatory programme. The Producer will work closely with DM’s staff and freelance team, taking a lead on the effective operations and delivery of all related production outputs.

The Producer will act as a key point in the development of the production and facilitate communication between the wider team and partners. They will help drive the production and play a vital role in the success of Planted Symphony, working closely with the creative team and project partners across multiple sites.

The Producer will need to be a skilled communicator and negotiator, with a track record in producing and touring outdoor work, ensuring a deep level of partner, artist and participant engagement. Alongside experience of working closely with a diverse range of presenting partners (for some of whom presenting outdoor work in their public spaces will be a new experience), the role will involve working closely with the Technology lead on the implementation of new technologies in the public realm and outdoor spaces.

The Producer will manage the production team consisting of a production manager, stage managers and technicians. They will lead on the planning and delivery of the tour, working with a network of arts and cultural organisations in the touring locations.


Job Description

Producer role

  • Production Management
  • Ensure regular communication with the Executive Producer and Chief Executive
  • Manage and monitor project budgets and maintain financial/project recording systems, to enable effective and efficient reporting
  • Establish effective internal communication structures and organise regular creative and production management team meetings
  • Set and manage production schedule
  • Manage the risk register
  • Together with the Exec Producer and General Manager, be responsible for the recruitment of the production team
  • Be part of a welcoming, inclusive and supportive working environment
  • Oversee the internal sharing of all project activity
  • Work with DM team on marketing and promotion of events including inputting into marketing plans, copywriting and proofing marketing materials.
  • Manage freelance staff as required

Creation and Rehearsal Period

  • Manage and facilitate communication between creative team
  • Manage and facilitate communication between creative team and DM’s Learning and Participation team
  • Manage and facilitate communication between Production team
  • To contact and arrange all details with Regional presenting partners
  • Manage Production Manager/Tour Manager once in post
  • Conduct site visits to presenting partners, with Musical Director

Touring period

  • Set and manage logistics with each touring location
  • Manage and lead on access provision, in collaboration with Attitude is Everything
  • Manage production and creative team whilst on tour

This job description is not exhaustive; the post holder may therefore be required to undertake other duties which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.


Person Specification

Below are some of the skills, qualities and experience that will be important to this role:

  • A proven track record in producing and touring outdoor work, with at least 3 years’ experience of leading and inspiring a team in delivering outdoor touring work and events
  • Experience of event management and planning, including working with a wide range of external contractors, presenting and education partners
  • A passion for the performing arts and a commitment to achieving artistic excellence and fantastic audience experiences
  • In-depth understanding of tour management and operations
  • Excellent planning, organisational and communication skills
  • Experience managing substantial budgets
  • Understanding and experience of security and safety issues for outdoor events
  • Team player with a consistent positive attitude
  • Ability to deal confidently and positively with people of all levels across a wide range of contexts
  • Ability to meet demanding targets within tight deadlines and work under pressure
  • A high level of self-motivation
  • Ability to think creatively and solve problems
  • A willingness to work collaboratively as part of a diverse, creative team, and with an open-minded and supportive approach
  • Ability to self-manage and balance a variety of activities

Desirable Skills & Experience

  • Ability to represent DM effectively across a range of contexts including; meetings with stakeholders, partners, artists, funders and the general public
  • Awareness and understanding of the Social Model of Disability
  • Understanding of the workings of a small charity/ arts organisation
  • Knowledge of safe-guarding and child protection policies
  • Experience of developing and delivering musical projects
  • Passionate about music, technology, the arts and inclusion
  • Numerate and experienced in common office software
  • Good level of administrative skills

Our Commitment to Equality

Drake Music is an Equal Opportunities, Disability Confident and Living Wage employer. We are a team of Disabled and non-disabled people working together to advocate for and achieve quality, equality and meaningful inclusion in music-making.

We are committed to employing Disabled people, and people with health conditions or impairments, and this means we:

  • actively look to attract, recruit and retain Disabled people
  • aim to provide a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process
  • offer an interview to Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  • are flexible with assessments so everyone has the best possible opportunity to demonstrate that they can do the job
  • make reasonable adjustments as required in both recruitment and in the role

In addition, we are especially welcoming of other under-represented groups, including Black and Asian people, people from ethnic minority groups and LGBTQ+ people.


Support & Access

If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role before applying, please contact Daryl Beeton, Executive Producer

We are happy to make any reasonable adjustments needed to support you in applying, interviewing, or carrying out the role. To discuss your requirements or notify us of adjustments, please contact Daryl Beeton.

Contact email: darylbeeton@drakemusic.org


Application Process

Deadline

12 noon, Monday 30th November 2020

Please note: Applications received after this time will not be considered.

To apply please send a covering letter, CV and Equal Opportunities monitoring form by email to info@drakemusic.org with the subject: “Planted Symphony Producer”.

Your covering letter should outline your skills, experience, and interest in the role, referring specifically to the skills outlined in the Person Specification and Job Description. It should be no more than 2 A4 pages, minimum font size 10pt.

We’re more than happy to accept applicant information in alternative formats, such as audio/video files. If you have a specific access requirement, we can also arrange for you to apply over the phone.

Interviews

Online Interviews will take place in the week commencing 7th December 2020.