Booking Representative

Reports to: Managing Director, Curtis on Tour 

Status:  Exempt

Reporting to the Managing Director of Curtis on Tour, the position will advocate for and book engagements for Curtis on Tour and Curtis’s represented artists, primarily in North America. On behalf of Curtis on Tour and represented artists, the position will serve as the primary booking representative for North America, responsible for managing the professional relationships with assigned presenters and cultivating new presenter relationships, with the goal of increasing booked engagements. The ideal individual will have an existing network of relationships with North American presenters of classical music, will have experience in and a strong understanding of classical artist management/representation, will have strong written and verbal communication skills, and will have the ability to manage simultaneously multiple priorities. The ideal candidate will have schedule flexibility to work additional hours, attend performances, attend industry conferences, and travel on tour, as required.

The Booking Representative will serve as a key player in a newly expanded touring department, supporting two primary artistic functions: Curtis on Tour and artist management for professional artists. Beginning in September 2020, the department assumed responsibility for the general artist management and booking representation of the Dover Quartet. This expanded artist management role of the department is a key component of the newly created Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence, of which the Dover Quartet is the inaugural appointee. In addition to this new artist management function, the department continues to oversee Curtis on Tour, the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative. An integral component of a Curtis education and an embodiment of the school’s “learn by doing” philosophy, Curtis on Tour ensembles feature students, faculty, and alumni performing together. Since the program was established in 2008, ensembles have performed more than 375 concerts in over 100 cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

   

Essential Functions:         

  • Be an ambassador for Curtis and represented artists externally when interacting with presenters, audiences, and other constituents.
  • Manage professional relationships with assigned presenters and seek and cultivate new presenter relationships in order to encourage and support ongoing engagements of Curtis on Tour and represented artists. Booking representation will be focused on the United States and Canada; additional countries/regions may be assigned.
  • Book engagements and negotiate deals with presenters on behalf of Curtis on Tour and represented artists, including performances and educational/community engagement activities; present offers for approval to the Managing Director of Curtis on Tour.
  • For confirmed engagements, work with internal colleagues to generate, approve, and send engagement contracts to presenters in a timely manner.
  • Work closely with the Manager of Touring Operations to ensure the touring office’s database is current with regard to artist calendars, engagement details, and presenter data.
  • Remain current on news and trends within the classical music industry, including leadership changes and potential new presenter relationships; report relevant/significant changes to the Managing Director of Curtis on Tour in a timely manner.
  • Accompany musicians on assigned tours/engagements to represent Curtis and to provide necessary administrative and logistical support.
  • Attend assigned industry conferences in order to book artists/tours and to cultivate and maintain professional relationships with presenters.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Highly organized, self-motivated, and proactive.
  • Experience booking and/or managing classical music artists, especially chamber music, in North America; existing professional relationships/networks in the industry.
  • Schedule flexibility to work additional hours and travel as required. Mature interpersonal skills and ability to handle sensitive, confidential situations and information with poise, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Knowledge of classical music.
  • A minimum of an associate's degree in music management, marketing, or business.
  • Foreign language competency a plus.

 

Required Core Values:

The ideal candidate must exhibit:

  • a positive, “can-do” attitude
  • devotion and dedication to Curtis, its students, alumni, and parents
  • passion for his/her work, and contribution to the field and greater good
  • commitment and accountability for his/her work, and his/her ability to effect change
  • desire and willingness to collaborate, think creatively, and make data-driven decisions
  • respect, courtesy, and patience for colleagues, other staff, faculty, patrons, core constituents, and volunteers
  • an eagerness to make Curtis a more diverse and inclusive institution

 

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

  • Routine for office environment
  • Travel and night/weekend work occasionally required

 

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and salary requirements to: human.resources@curtis.edu by December 7, 2020. Curtis offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and an attractive benefit package. Hire is contingent upon the successful passing of PA Act 153 and criminal (ADP) background screenings. No phone calls, please. EOE. URL: http://www.curtis.edu