Summary: The Senior Programming Manager is responsible for booking 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.
Researches and identifies artists appropriate for consideration for season-long programming.
Works with Senior Director of Programming and Presentations to program and manage events that ensure an annual budget net goal of break-even or profit
Primary 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
Assists 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 Senior 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, 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 Senior 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, IEBA 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 is desired
3-5 years of experience in arts management/programming, including ticketing, budgeting, negotiation, and engagement management/booking
Proficient in Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint, especially Excel
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, with option to work from home when possible
In person settlements and attendance at events is required
Nights and weekend work required
Valid driver’s license
Travel to conferences and other destinations
Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
The Kimmel Cultural Campus offers a full range of benefits to employees including health, dental and vision care, flexible health spending accounts, 401(k) with matching employer contributions, life and disability insurance, Paid Time Off, and 12 paid holidays throughout the year.
The Kimmel Cultural Campus 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 diverse candidates are highly encouraged.
About Kimmel Center Inc.
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ mission is to engage the region’s diverse communities with art through performance and education. Our Cultural Campus serves more than 1 million guests per year and includes the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and the Merriam Theater- representing more than 160 years of rich history for the performing arts along Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts.
We are home to eight esteemed Resident Companies:?The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night across our 9 event venues, we are the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. Our Cultural Campus serves as a preeminent and inclusive place to enjoy exceptional experiences that reflect the spirit of our region by cultivating a creative and socially-responsible environment where our community shares experiences that are delivered with pride, integrity, and respect.
As a 501 c 3 nonprofit orga...nization, we collaborate on, present, and produce a broad range of relevant and meaningful events, we serve as an active gathering space for social and community events, we educate the region’s young people through access to quality arts experiences, and we provide support to artists in the creation of new work.