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‍Senior Producer - Live & Digital Performances

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At National Sawdust, we believe that artistic expression empowers us all to create a more joyful and just world. We curate and produce music and artistic works rooted in curiosity, experimentation, innovation, and inclusivity. We present our work by engaging communities of artists and audiences at our state-of-the-art Williamsburg home and on our digital stage. www.nationalsawdust.org 

As a composer, I believe the role of an artist in the 21st century is that of creator, educator, activist, and entrepreneur. I believe that 21st-century artists need to be thinking about how they can affect their communities, on a local and global scale. At National Sawdust, supporting emerging artists is our core mission, nurturing a wide array of voices who are collectively reshaping the landscape of new music for this new century. 

–Paola Prestini, Composer, Co-Founder and Artistic Director

The Senior Producer, Live & Digital Performances  oversees producing, event management for all performances and residencies from special events and partnerships to programming. This is a key position in a growing arts organization and venue that plays a critical role in all aspects of the planning, management, execution, and evaluation of a robust yearly multidisciplinary artist-led programming calendar. This position will serve as the programming department liaison and coordinator with the Production and Technical Manager to enhance the National Sawdust experience including advance and on-site management for artists, clients, donors, and partners by producing, or hiring out producers, as needed for live performance and digital content for all National Sawdust departments. Job duties listed below. 

Reports:

Reports to the Director of Artistic Operations 

Producing :

  • Produce NS presentations, cultivation and special events, residencies, digital content, workshops, and producing projects by either serving in the lead producer role or contracting with a qualified producer(s) based on the needs of a given project.
  • Provide administrative, logistical, operational, artist services, producing and project management support.
  • Develop an ethnically and gender diverse network and pipeline of freelance producers and company managers.
  • Mentor existing and incoming team members, both full-time and part-time, to understand and meet or exceed industry standards in producing and presenting the performing arts;
  • Schedule, be on site for, and lead as needed, meetings, rehearsals and performances
  • In coordination with the Production and Technical Manager, advance technical aspects of production.
  • Prepare Run of Shows in coordination with Programming and Production, Artists, External Affairs, and/or Clients

Contract Servicing 

  • Work with the Director of Artistic Operations to ensure contract management is up to date with internal communications systems
  • Lead or delegate management of artist travel and hospitality upon assessing project timing and workflows.
  • Lead or delegate management for all artist and co-presenting partner Box Office and reserved seat requests
  • Keep Prism database updated with artist and presenting contacts, schedules, and logistics.

Operations and Fiscal Management

  • Liaise with  production, programming, marketing and development on production budgets. 
  • Maintain and Update internal calendar for programming and special events for all incoming shows, productions, festivals and series including:
  • Ensuring tech and marketing have the most updated instrumentation + performer names and biographies within timelines that allow each department to effectively manage their workloads.
  • Alerting all departments of important updates.
  • In partnership with the Production and Technical Manager, facilitate coordination of Audio Visual material access post-event to clients, artists, external affairs, and NS archives

Production Department Liaison

  • Manage all logistical and production needs related to artistic programming and special events,  including tech riders, floor plans, stage plots, equipment rentals, and any other needs in collaboration with Production, Facilities, and Operations teams.
  • Keep NS production team informed of each artist’s vision and engage them in the most efficient and constructive ways of providing technical solutions for translating these visions into realities within the NS budget and technical constraints.
  • Engage Production and Technical Manager in planning and budgeting for all productions and presentations.
  • Issuing all show OPS / Day of Show sheets to artistic teams for all performer preferences, logistics and day of show note

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience as a performing arts producer with a focus on arts presenting and creative producing
  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable work experience and vocational training
  • Music or performing arts experience and knowledge required
  • Industry-appropriate knowledge and skill background in one of these field function is recommended: arts presenting, creative producing, tour management, line producing

Required/Desirable Skills and Knowledge

  • A network of freelance producers and company managers to complement the National Sawdust portfolio a plus
  • Mission driven, self-motivated, collaborative team player
  • Extensive knowledge of working with performing artists and production and technical teams in multi-disciplinary settings and in dynamic, fluid work environments
  • Ability to establish and manage priorities, manage shifting priorities, multi-task, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical personnel and clients
  • Excellent organizational skills; exceptional attention to detail and follow-through        
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including proven diplomacy, tact, and ability to interact successfully with a wide range of people while demonstrating deep personal and professional commitment to anti-racism, inclusion, equity, diversity, and accessibility.
  • Professional manager-level computing proficiency with Google Drive and comfort in using artist databases
  • Available to work nights and weekends as performance schedule requires

Compensation

Salary starting at $67,500 with health and other benefits, commensurate with experience.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. National Sawdust is an equal opportunity employer. 

 

NS MISSION AND COMMITMENT TO ANTI-RACISM AND INCLUSION

The National Sawdust mission is to cultivate an ecosystem of learning, incubation, and dissemination rooted in open and inclusive music and artistic curiosity--driven by the belief that artistic expression empowers us all to be better people and create a more just world. National Sawdust programs seek to lay a foundation for civic and artistic dialogue that takes on the complex realities of gender disparities, racial inequities, climate change, and disabilities that are both visible and invisible. National Sawdust acknowledges that it is not enough to believe in racial and social justice without taking action to confront racism and end racial and social injustice. National Sawdust is committed to centering the arts and artists in the process and inherent challenges associated with its goal of establishing a more just world. For more information about this commitment and actions underway, please click here. DEI/Anti-Racism Commitment & Actions

 

NS CODE OF ETHICS

As a long-standing member of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), National Sawdust adheres to its Code of Ethics for its members and Code of Conduct for its members conference in all of its programs and activities. All APAP members are held accountable for upholding the Code of Ethics and are required to agree and abide by the Code of Ethics annually as a condition of APAP membership. All NS employees and collaborators are expected to abide by this Code.   It can be consulted here: Code of Ethics

 

APPLICATION

Please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@nationalsawdust.org with Senior Producer in subject line

Executive Leadership

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At National Sawdust, we believe that artistic expression empowers us all to create a more joyful and just world. We curate and produce music and artistic works rooted in curiosity, experimentation, innovation, and inclusivity. We present our work by engaging communities of artists and audiences at our state-of-the-art Williamsburg home and on our digital stage. www.nationalsawdust.org 

As a composer, I believe the role of an artist in the 21st century is that of creator, educator, activist, and entrepreneur. I believe that 21st-century artists need to be thinking about how they can affect their communities, on a local and global scale. At National Sawdust, supporting emerging artists is our core mission, nurturing a wide array of voices who are collectively reshaping the landscape of new music for this new century. 

–Paola Prestini, Composer, Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Since it burst on the scene in 2015, NS  (founded by attorney Kevin Dolan and composer Paola Prestini) has been a leader in the international new music scene and the multi-genre arts presenting and producing field. In December 2018, NS hired a consulting Managing Director reporting to the Chair, President, and Board of NS to help to operate the daily affairs of the organization, while providing guidance, and execution of a repositioning of NS to help better amplify its world-class mission, programming, while working to achieve permanency.

Since then, NS has accomplished much of what it set out to do to optimize the strategic, operating and financial model of the organization, while also successfully navigating the organization through COVID, and emerging to a place of greater strength with increased options to acquire its building, leverage important new educational partnerships, and increase strategic revenue generation.

Building on these accomplishments, NS is now prepared for its next executive leader to match this next moment in its evolution by working in partnership with both Composer, Co-Founder & Artistic Director Paola Prestini, and the highly dedicated and skilled NS team and board lead its strategic fundraising, planning, and board development.  NS will begin the search for its next executive leader immediately with the goal of completing the transition by year-end. 

Executive Leader Profile & Characteristics:

  • Passionate supporter and advocate of music and the arts based in NY
  • Democratic, collaborative, and creative leadership style
  • Dedicated believer in actively working with and inspiring teams and boards, while building a culture of cooperation and joy
  • Commitment to deliver on budget and financial needs by delivering personally, and elevating and actively engaging teams to achieve their results
  • Enjoyment, sense of urgency and demonstrated experience in fundraising, capital campaigns, and general revenue generation--especially individual, corporate, earned and HNWI stakeholders
  • Experience in developing budgets & managing P&L’s in both non/for profit organizations
  • High level of emotional intelligence to integrate into arts and culture sector and an organization with a diversity of views, opinions and styles
  • Specific skills/characteristics a plus:
  • Ability to work flex-schedule to accommodate seasonality of programming schedules, and in person needs of cultivating donors and partners
  • Excitement to innovate and experiment across all functions of an organization– from creative revenue generation with funders and brands to marketing and digital expansion, development and financial management and reporting
  • Deep commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) and an understanding of the impact and value of this commitment on the cultural sector's ecosystem and NS's mission, vision, and values
  • Competitive compensation:  salary, plus bonus, benefits package

 

NS MISSION AND COMMITMENT TO ANTI-RACISM AND INCLUSION

The National Sawdust mission is to cultivate an ecosystem of learning, incubation, and dissemination rooted in open and inclusive music and artistic curiosity--driven by the belief that artistic expression empowers us all to be better people and create a more just world. National Sawdust programs seek to lay a foundation for civic and artistic dialogue that takes on the complex realities of gender disparities, racial inequities, climate change, and disabilities that are both visible and invisible. National Sawdust acknowledges that it is not enough to believe in racial and social justice without taking action to confront racism and end racial and social injustice. National Sawdust is committed to centering the arts and artists in the process and inherent challenges associated with its goal of establishing a more just world. For more information about this commitment and actions underway, please click here

 

NS CODE OF ETHICS

As a long-standing member of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), National Sawdust adheres to its Code of Ethics for its members and Code of Conduct for its members conference in all of its programs and activities. All APAP members are held accountable for upholding the Code of Ethics and are required to agree and abide by the Code of Ethics annually as a condition of APAP membership. All NS employees and collaborators are expected to abide by this Code.  It can be consulted here.

 

APPLICATION

Please submit a cover letter and resume to candidates@nationalsawdust.org with Executive Leadership in the subject line.

 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. National Sawdust is an equal opportunity employer.

All National Sawdust Employees are required to read and agree to the NS Code of Ethics

NATIONAL SAWDUST CODE OF ETHICS

As a long-standing member of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals(APAP), National Sawdust adheres to its Code of Ethics for its members and Code of Conduct for its members conference in all of its programs and activities. All APAP members are held accountable for upholding the Code of Ethics and are required to agree and abide by the Code of Ethics annually as a condition of APAP membership.

The Code of Ethics stipulates the following basis for Personal and Professional Integrity:

  • APAP members shall adhere to the highest ethical standards because it is the right thing to do. 
  • Adherence to contractual obligations and all applicable legal requirements is the minimum standard of expected behavior. As members of APAP, National Sawdust embraces the spirit of the law, often going beyond legal requirements. 
  • As members of APAP, our work practice demonstrates concern for the interests and well-being of individuals and organizations affected by our actions.
  • By virtue of their positions of leadership, APAP members shall be responsible to each other and to  the artists represented by members.  
  • All staff, board members and volunteers of APAP members shall act with honesty, integrity and  openness in all their dealings as representatives of their organization. Members shall promote a  working environment that values respect, fairness and integrity.  
  • Members shall conduct all negotiations, transactions and dealings in good faith and with integrity and  honesty. Members will communicate with each other clearly and on a timely basis;  
  • Members shall conduct working relationships with colleagues in all sectors of the field that are based  on mutual respect, fairness and openness;  
  • Members shall not breach professional confidence. Members are encouraged to be circumspect,  judicious, fair minded and diplomatic;  
  • Members will respect the integrity of the mission of other members. Policies of member organizations  are encouraged to be written, clearly articulated and officially adopted;  
  • Members will seek to understand and respect the organizational capacity and needs of other  members and members are expected to have the capacity to carry out the programs they offer and/or  present effectively. Members will be forthcoming and truthful about their professional experience and  qualifications.  

The National Sawdust mission is to cultivate an ecosystem of learning, incubation, and dissemination rooted in open and inclusive music curiosity and driven by the belief that artistic expression empowers us all to create a more just world. National Sawdust is also committed to the current field-wide efforts to reframe and strengthen the ethics we bring to our interactions, partnerships, and programs including the APAP Equitable Partnership Working Group, the Dance/USA Joint Working Group for Equitable Partnership, and the Creating New Futures Document: Working Guidelines for Ethics and Equity in Presenting Dance & Performance.

Complementing the APAP Code of Ethics, National Sawdust is committed to maintaining a workplace free of prohibited employment conduct, including discrimination or harassment on the basis of any characteristic protected by law; retaliation for engaging in protected activity; and failing to provide reasonable accommodation(s) for disability or religion. The Company encourages individuals who believe they are being harassed to firmly and promptly notify the alleged offender that his or her behavior is unwelcome. However, we also recognize that perceived power and status disparities between an alleged offender and a victim may make such a confrontation difficult. Therefore, whether or not you discuss the incident with the alleged offender, we ask that individuals who believe they have been subjected to harassment report the incident to their immediate supervisor.

We encourage prompt reporting of complaints so that rapid and appropriate action may be taken. If you would like to report or communicate on any matter, please write to us at:  externalaffairs@nationalsawdust.org

National Sawdust will not in any way retaliate against an individual who makes a report of perceived harassment; nor will we permit any employee to do so. Retaliation is a serious violation of the harassment policy and anyone who feels they have been subjected to any acts of retaliation should immediately report such conduct. Any person who retaliates against another individual for reporting any perceived acts of harassment will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. All allegations of harassment will be promptly investigated. National Sawdust will endeavor to maintain confidentiality throughout the investigatory process to the extent practical and appropriate under the circumstances.