Now in its 38th year, Bemis Center is experiencing programmatic and fiscal growth and a renewed energy for a bold, ambitious future based on a recently completed long-range vision plan. This includes the creation of a new Sound Art + Experimental Music Program, which is supported, in part, by a prestigious $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. To manage this program, which includes live/work residencies and dedicated facilities for rehearsing, recording, and performing, Bemis Center seeks an innovative Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Manager. Working with Bemis Center’s Chief Curator and Director of Programs, the new Program Manager advances the organization’s ambitions as a diverse, inclusive, and conceptually-rigorous site by supporting the work of artists from around the world, while serving the region as the premier locale for the presentation and understanding of sound art and experimental music.
In close collaboration with Bemis Center’s Chief Curator and Director of Programs and an International Advisory Committee, the Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Manager is responsible for managing daily operations of the Sound Art + Experimental Music Program, which engages three artists-in-residence per year. This includes assisting artists as needed. Additionally, s/he/they help manage an eclectic international program featuring the most innovative advances in sound art, experimental music, and composition through approximately two free public performances per month. The position works closely with the Residency Program Manager and Residency Arts Technician to coordinate and manage all facets of the sound program within Bemis Center’s Residency Program, which provides three-month residencies for three artists each year operating at the forefront of experimental forms of sound and music. Additionally, the Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Manager maintains and schedules the use of the sound program’s facilities—rehearsal space, recording studio, green room, and music venue, all located within Bemis Center’s lower level—ensuring all equipment and facilities are up-to-date, organized, and accessible to sound program artists, including artists-in-residence, visiting artists, and musicians invited to activate the space. The position works closely with members of Bemis Center’s Programming and Development departments to cultivate and steward partnerships with local, national, and international artists, organizations, and prospective funders, creating strategic collaborations that expand the program’s impact and profile. The Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Manager reports directly to the Chief Curator and Director of Programs.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Organize and implement all facets of the Residency Program as they pertain to the artists participating in Bemis Center’s new Sound Art + Experimental Music Program, including processes involving the selection, correspondence, on-boarding, facilitation, support, and evaluation of said artists;
- Work closely with the Residency Program Manager and Chief Curator and Director of Programs to provide all sound artists-in-residence with essential information pertaining to the facilities and resources offered through the sound program, including a full tour and orientation, training on all equipment, information on scheduling use of venue and recording studio, and understanding of Bemis Center processes, culture, and safety when working in these areas;
- Serve as a liaison between sound artists-in-residence and the community through introductions to other local artists, participants in other art programs, professionals in various fields of interest to the sound artist, and by providing them with opportunities to take part in events happening in the city during their residency;
- Oversee, manage, and maintain all sound program facilities and equipment to ensure professional use and condition before, during, and after each residency cycle. Work closely with the Chief Curator and Director of Programs and International Advisory Committee to identify and select sound artists and experimental musicians to perform in the sound program’s venue, ensuring the program reflects Bemis’s commitment to supporting artists working in various genres whose work is singular, challenging, uncompromising, and which offers rigorous exploration of the unique power of all forms of sound and music. The position will strive for artistic diversity in this programming and book artists from the internationally recognized to the local, and enlist partnerships with other institutions whenever possible to bring this programming to the community;
- Serve as the lead on all public programs (performances, lectures, etc.) presented in the venue, executing and submitting related event forms, securing staff, volunteers, and contract services, such as sound engineers and security, as needed, and managing the venue before, during, and after public programs;
- Coordinate and manage all booking, airfare, ground transportation, lodging, and other hospitality requirements for visiting artists;
- In close collaboration with the Chief Curator and Director of Programs, develop and oversee annual program budget and provide monthly Profit-and-Loss Statements and all program-related invoices and check requests for all vendors/professional consultants to the Director of Operations;
- Maintain community contacts and strengthen ongoing relationships with various institutions in the region, from cultural institutions to educational institutions, to promote the sound program specifically as a new and integral part of Bemis Center’s renowned Residency Program;
- Work closely with the Chief Curator and Director of Programs and Development department by providing program content for grant applications and funding proposals, and help cultivate and steward new and current donors inclined to directly support the sound program;
- Provide program schedules, content, and other information as needed to the Communications department to promote the sound program through the organization’s current communication channels, including print and digital platforms;
- Work closely with the Residency Program Manager to develop and execute program descriptions, residency open-call application processes, and formal exit-evaluation processes to solicit feedback on sound artists-in-residence experience and outcomes from his/her/their Bemis residency;
- Other duties as needed.