Fulcrum Point New Music Project
Fulcrum Point New Music Project pushes the boundaries of the musical experience globally by: supporting new compositions, creating and performing transformative new music experiences, and educating audiences of all ages and backgrounds to imagine the possibilities of music.
We’re in search of a new leader to help us fulfill our mission.
- Serve as Chief Operations Executive of the organization.
- Recruit, hire, evaluate, and supervise all non-artistic staff, including interns and volunteers.
- Provide on-boarding, training and development opportunities for non-artistic staff.
- Evaluate staff needs and plan for future growth.
- Ensure the smooth operation of all administrative functions of the organization.
- Develop an annual fundraising plan, in conjunction with the Board.
- Plan foundation, government and corporate fundraising, in conjunction with the Board. Serve as liaison to grant program managers and develop relationships.
- Research and write grant proposals; track and act on reports and follow-ups from funders.
- Plan and coordinate individual fundraising efforts with the Board.
- Plan any special events, in conjunction with the Board; provide staff support in execution.
- Research and pursue new sources of earned income.
- Maintain donor database.
- Develop an annual budget, in conjunction with the Treasurer or other Board personnel and Artistic Director.
- Track budget and report to the Board on progress.
- Track all income, expenditures, and cash flow. Make and record bank deposits; pay bills and payroll; track and complete all payroll tax deposits and reports; reconcile bank statements.
- Arrange for annual audit.
Board Management and Development
- Serve as professional advisor to the Board of Directors and recommend appropriate policies for consideration.
- Implement all policies adopted by the Board.
- Inform the Board fully and accurately about the organization’s activities.
- Guide individual Board members through their board experience and help them identify how they will contribute.
- Assist the board in identifying, recruiting, orienting, training, and evaluating talented, committed, well-connected volunteers to serve on the Board, on committees, and for special projects and other activities.
Marketing / Public Relations
- Create overall marketing and public relations plans, in conjunction with Board personnel.
- Direct all marketing efforts, including direct mail, target marketing campaigns, advertising, website and promotions.
- Plan and execute all media communications.
- Evaluate venues and concert locations and plan for growth of concert activity.
Concert Production and Touring
- Oversee the planning and scheduling of rehearsals, performances, and recording sessions in conjunction with Artistic Director; plan and secure rehearsal and performance venues, in conjunction with Artistic Director.
- Oversee concert production, including but not limited to box office and front-of-house, contracts, travel and accommodations for visiting performers, technical needs and hires, instrument and equipment rental, performer payments, and documentation.
- Oversee the development, contracting, and logistics of guest appearances and touring activity.
- Set annual education/outreach goals, with Education Coordinator and Artistic Director.
- Work with education coordinator and artistic director to continue developing partnerships with school principals, teachers, arts liaisons and teaching artists. Reconsider curriculum as necessary.
- Passion for the mission statement of Fulcrum Point, and a dedication to Chicago’s arts community.
- Significant and proven leadership skills developed through several years in senior management positions. Excellent organizational development, interpersonal, marketing, communication, administration and personnel management skills essential.
- Visionary, trustworthy, diplomatic, understanding and innovative with a high energy level.
- Ability to raise the visibility of the organization through networking, partner building, and successful marketing of FP programs and the institution generally, leading to strong income development of earned, contributed, and in-kind streams.
- Success at contributed income fundraising, including knowledge of and success in attracting foundation and corporate grants; ability to identify, steward and solicit individual donors.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; strong presentation skills
- The ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, to encourage teamwork and collaboration; strong interpersonal skills that include the ability to inspire and motivate; effective at conflict management.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Employment@FulcrumPoint.org.
Fulcrum Point New Music Project offers ongoing internships for college students and young professionals who are interested in acquiring hands-on experience in arts administration, especially related to arts marketing and public relations. A commitment of three months is ideal.
- Detail-oriented and hard-working with strong organizational skills
- Ability to learn quickly
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Passion for new art music
- Interest in working in nonprofit arts administration
- Interest in marketing or public relations
- Experience in arts administration
- Occasional free lunch
- Ability to meet leaders in Chicago’s new art music scene
- Access to free marketing workshops
- Learn vital administrative, marketing, and event management skills that can be included in resumes and used in future careers.
If interested, please email your resume with cover letter to Fulcrum Point’s Marketing Director at email@example.com. No phone calls, please. Interviews will be arranged for suitable candidates. Our office is located downtown in the loop.
Candidates will ideally work 12-16 hours a week.
“My experience with Fulcrum Point New Music Project was filled with many opportunities and events that taught me about the classical music industry. Working so closely behind the scenes, I was able to meet and build connections with performers, conductors, and composers while helping to produce engaging concerts and partaking in community building events led by FPNMP. I learned skills in marketing and grant writing that I will take with me into my own career along with the friendships I made. I will always be grateful for everything given to me in this internship.”
-Derek Carter, Fulcrum Point Intern, September 2016 – July 2017
“Now, here I am approaching my last week at Fulcrum Point snacking on a Jimmy Johns sandwich reflecting on what I’ve learned at Fulcrum Point and how I’ve grown as a person and an arts administrator. Besides making wonderful new friends, I have learned the importance of connection and inclusion in a marketing setting. Posting a score to a piece cannot not fully understood by someone who cannot read music. A video without captions has no opportunity to connect with someone who is deaf and relies on captioning to consume content. Content, whether it be a promo video of a concert or a picture of musicians, must be accessible to everyone, giving them the opportunity to have a personal connection with your organization.”
–Kelly Dennis, Fulcrum Point Intern, 2017
Sonam Dhargye, Buddhist monk