The Head of Programming is responsible for the artistic programme at Lighthouse, ensuring that our venues offer a distinctive, broad, high quality programme of approximately 300 productions and 1,000 performances of live performance, film and visual art per year, in line with our artistic policy and vision and financial criteria.
The programme includes received and co promoted commercial productions, partnerships with nationally funded companies, venue rentals, community events and a small % of own promotions.
We aim to present a broad and rich mix of national, local and international performing artists across the genres of theatre, music, dance, contemporary circus, comedy and light entertainment in our large-scale concert hall, mid-scale theatre, small scale studio, independent cinema and visual arts gallery as well as at other venues in the town. 80% of our programme is received and 20% enabled by Lighthouse.
Working closely with the CEO, the Head of Programming will:
• Develop, plan and present a cohesive and appealing arts programme of high-quality events and activities across our venues ensuring financial targets are met as well as developing audiences.
• Programme a wide range of work to include contemporary, pop, jazz, folk, world and classical music, contemporary dance, ballet, opera, drama, family shows, children’s theatre, contemporary circus, light entertainment, comedy ensuring that the programme is administered and managed in an exemplary manner.
• Working within budgetary constraints, be responsible for negotiating key terms, drafting contracts, and assessing productions for their suitability.
• Ensure that all standard administrative procedures are undertaken to ensure the department achieves deadlines and disseminates information efficiently to all internal departments.
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• Collaborate with colleagues and external partners to source new work that fulfils the artistic vision
and business plan.
• Develop strategic plans for growing and developing the artistic programme as well as the commercial
events programme, offering audiences a wide range of performances and events to engage with,
participate in and enjoy.
• Develop the reputation and brand of Lighthouse ensuring that quality is maintained across all events.
• Ensure that the administrative details of the resident orchestra BSO contract and rehearsal,
recording and performance schedule is managed well.
• Work closely with the Learning and Participation Manager/Producer to integrate the work of the
Learning and Participation programme with the artistic programme of Lighthouse.
• Attend first nights, hosting company events where required, ensuring that our artists receive a
• Analyse and monitor and evaluate performance
To apply for this role, please send your CV and a letter of
application (not more than 1500 words) detailing your skills
and experience and how they relate to the person specification.
Please email your CV and covering letter to:
Closing date: 12 noon, 15th April 2019