DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA JOB DESCRIPTION Classification: ARTIST LIAISON Department: Artistic Last Revision Date: July 7, 2021 FLSA Status: Exempt General Description: The Artist Liaison serves as the primary administrative support for the Director of Artistic Planning and the Vice President and General Manager in the areas of artist care and logistical needs, promoting positive artist relations. The Artist Liaison will work with guest artists, artist managements, partners, and vendors to ensure a seamless experience leading up to and through each concert week. This position requires a high level of professionalism, tact and integrity due to the frequency of internal/external contacts and exposure to confidential information. Specific Responsibilities: • Handles logistics and travel arrangements for guest artists and conductors; provides care and attendance to needs of guest artists as required across classical and nonclassical series, including scheduling of practice time. • Prepares and distributes artist schedules and itineraries for classical and nonclassical conductors and guest artists. • Coordinates scheduling and logistics for choirs performing with the DSO. • Assists in the stocking of artist hospitality supplies and ensures dressing room/Ellington Loft maintenance. • Arranges catering for artists with internal or external vendors as needed. • Organizes transportation to and from hotel/venue/airport for guest artists, greets guest artists arriving in Detroit, and schedules drivers. • Arranges catering for artists with internal or external vendors as needed. • Assists in monitoring contracts to assure that provisions of contract and contract riders are fulfilled. • Works with Communications team on facilitating any guest artist interviews. • Assists in departmental expense tracking. • Assists with preparation and distribution of artist information. • Negotiates and maintains relationships with area hotels, caterers, and other vendors. • Researches and performs special projects as assigned depending on individual interests/strengths. • Serves as concert duty assistant as assigned for classical and non-classical programs. • Organizes transportation to and from hotel/venue/airport for guest artists, greeting guest artists arriving in Detroit as needed. • Coordinates hiring and scheduling of staff drivers as well as payroll processing. • Oversees maintenance of DSO’s artist car. • Performs other duties as assigned. Position Qualifications: Bachelor’s level College or Conservatory studies in Music, Arts Administration or the Humanities is preferred. Must be able to read music. Must have a general familiarity with Orchestral repertoire. Internship or other previous experience in the performing arts is strongly preferred. Familiarity with other types of music (i.e.; Jazz, Pops, etc.) and artists associated with these types of music is highly desirable. Must have excellent communication skills, including writing skills, and excellent editing capability. Strong organizational skills are required. Must demonstrate meticulous attention to detail and flawless execution. Must use tact, discretion and diplomacy while maintaining confidentiality. Experience with problem solving as well as the ability to work well under stressful conditions is a necessity. Strong interpersonal, leadership and organizational skills are also required. Must possess exceptional people skills to work with a vast array of personalities, including the Music Director, Principal Pops Conductor, staff conductors, DSO musicians, librarians, vendors, members of the public and members of the administrative staff. Must be able to work days, evenings and weekends as required. Ability to operate in a PC network environment and familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite software required. Primary Reporting Responsibility: Director of Artistic Planning Secondary Reporting Responsibility: Vice President & General Manager Senior Director of Jazz and @ THE MAX
About Detroit Symphony Orchestra
About the DSO
The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the organization. In January 2020, Italian conductor Jader Bignamini was named the DSO’s next music director to commence with the 2020-2021 season. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who concluded a decade-long tenure at the helm in 2018, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of the world’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall celebrated... its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in eight metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.