Des Moines Performing Arts seeks a Booking Manager/Talent Buyer to book shows and events that meet Des Moines Performing Arts’ (DMPA) artistic, financial, and audience engagement goals; these performance events are a mix of self-presented, co-promotions and rentals.
This exciting and highly influential position will initiate DMPA-presented concerts and serve as the contact for co-promoted shows, managing relationships from inquiry to event. Maintaining strong relationships with booking agents, promoters, and peer venues is a critical function of this role. In consultation with leadership, they will negotiate deals, artist fees, ticket prices and scaling, and expenses. This position will create detailed pro formas for expense analysis and sales scenarios, write contract terms, and liaise with finance to settle the financial agreements. The booking manager/talent buyer is expected to communicate event details to internal departments and assist with settlements. To stay current with prospective artists and the sector, the booking manager will attend industry conferences and meetings as well as local and other relevant concerts/events.
The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience; minimum of 3-5 years of experience in arts management/programming, including show budgeting, artist negotiations, and/or engagement management. The successful candidate will demonstrate experience managing multiple priorities and competing demands for time, possess exceptional communication skills, strong negotiating skills, and be a detail-oriented team player. A high energy individual with a sense of urgency and creativity who possesses an appreciation for diversity of arts and entertainment is required. Experience with commercial booking is strongly preferred.
Des Moines Performing Arts is a premier nonprofit organization showcasing a variety of professional productions while providing an exciting and dynamic work environment. If you are interested in joining the team and meet the expressed qualifications, please submit your credentials at dmpa.org. Priority will be given to candidates submitting BOTH a cover letter and resume (PDF preferred).
Position will remain open until filled and applications will be reviewed as they are received.
About Des Moines Performing Arts
Des Moines Performing Arts (DMPA) is an independent nonprofit presenting the performing arts in Iowa's capital city. DMPA strives to be a national leader in the presentation of performing arts by engaging the community through world-class arts, entertainment, education, and cultural activities. With over 250 performances presented annually to more than 300,000 patrons, Des Moines Performing Arts is the largest arts organization in Iowa.
DMPA's major economic driver is the Willis Broadway Series, alone delivering an estimated $30 million in economic impact annually. The organization emphasizes performing arts education through a number of initiatives including the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards and the Applause Series. In 2017 DMPA welcomed its 10 millionth guest and 2018 marked the organization’s 40th anniversary season.
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