Featured Artists Coalition – General Manager
Salary: Dependent on Experience (Competitive)
Hours: Full Time (some infrequent, irregular hours)
Travel: Some travel required
Reporting to: CEO
Start date: As soon as possible
To apply: Send a cover letter & CV to [email protected]
Experience: Minimum of 5 years in a role with similar experience and seniority
The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) is the UK trade body representing the rights and interests of music artists. We are a not-for-profit organisation, serving a diverse, global membership of music creators at all stages of their careers. We are an inclusive community that advocates, educates, collaborates and researches on behalf of artists, coming together to provide a strong, collective voice within the industry and to governments domestically and abroad.
Having been formed in 2009 by pioneering artists including Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, the FAC’s Board of Directors represents some of the most recognised names in the music world, with the likes of Wolf Alice’s Joff Oddie, Imogen Heap, Katie Melua, Aluna Francis, Howard Jones, Dave Okumu and Blur’s David Rowntree as the organisation’s Artist in Residence.
In an unprecedented time for the music industry, the FAC’s remit, membership and influence has grown enormously, as the organisation has become a central campaigning voice on issues such as post-Brexit touring, the music streaming economy and support for artists during the pandemic. The FAC is a founding member of the Council of Music Makers and the International Artist Organisation and sits as a member body on the boards of UK Music and LIVE, operating across numerous committees on initiatives and policies that impact artists.
The FAC is responsible for producing the Artist & Manager Awards alongside sister organisation, the MMF. The event is now a key date in the music industry’s calendar. In 2020 the FAC Ambassador programme was launched and now boasts over 100 ambassadors from the likes of Rina Sawayama, Loyle Carner and Portishead’s Beth Gibbons to Kano, Midge Ure, Skunk Anansie’s Skin and Cradle of Filth. These artists support the FAC’s mission to provide a unified voice for the artist community. In late 2021, the FAC opened the first round of its annual Step Up Fund, supported Amazon Music. The programme sees successful applicants receive grant funding and a programme of support.
The FAC is seeking a dynamic General Manager to report to the CEO. You will be an integral part of a small team, which delivers a varied and ambitious programme of work in a fast-paced environment, to represent the artist community. As the FAC GM, you will have a holistic view across all of the organisation’s workload and will support the CEO and wider team in ensuring that the FAC continues to punch above its weight. On occasions, you will deputise for the CEO. You will be central to shaping an organisation which is a driving force for artists’ interests and is focused on continuing its upwards growth trajectory.
The General Manager will support the FAC’s overarching goals to increase the organisation’s representation, visibility and stability.
The successful candidate will lead a number of key areas of business with support from the FAC team, as well as support across all aspects including membership growth, stakeholder engagement, team management and policy development.
This role is suited to an ambitious individual who is keen to make the most of the potential to develop and grow the scope of the FAC General Manager role.
Music industry experience is not required, however you will be passionate about music and about advocating for artists both within the music industry and more broadly. You will be motivated to develop your expertise in a wide range of areas.
Partnerships & funding
The GM will lead the strategy and delivery of the FAC’s funding and partnerships programme, in order to secure the organisation’s income and sustain its growth. This will include developing strong relationships with our key partners in the music, technology and services space and within the wider creative industries such as Spotify, Amazon Music, Audoo, Deezer, Harbottle & Lewis, PPL, Arts Council England and Soundcloud.
The GM will be responsible for evaluating the current programme of partnerships and identifying improvements. They will lead on securing new partners, retaining current partners and ensuring the execution of agreed deliverables, such as events, research and communications.
The GM will be responsible for the FAC’s grant funding, working to maintain existing funding relationships, such as Arts Council England and seeking to identify other appropriate funders in the creative sector who align with the FAC’s mission.
You will also develop the FAC Patrons Programme, working to solidify long lasting relationships with artists and industry figures who value the work that we do and who have supported the growth and development of the FAC over the last 12 years.
The GM will lead the FAC’s programme of events, supported by the wider FAC team. This will mean delivering a range of events, both physically and online. The FAC’s events serve to support and educate our members about; services and technologies available to artists; how to navigate the industry; creativity and artistry, and; ways to grow their artist businesses.
Working across the full array of FAC stakeholders and partners, the GM will expand, plan and execute a compelling annual calendar of events, including both one-off events and regular series such as the FAC’s flagship Artist:Entrepreneur Day and Open Artist Sessions. With a broad scope to develop new concepts and approaches to events, the GM will drive this important area for serving the FAC membership.
BEAT Board (Breakthrough & Emerging Artists Together)
The GM will lead the operation of the FAC’s advisory BEAT Board. This board of innovative, entrepreneurial and creative artists support the FAC’s work, giving advice and sharing their experiences as featured artists in today’s music industry. The BEAT Board provides invaluable insight on matters such as uses of new technologies, diversity in the sector and factors affecting grassroots artists.
The BEAT Board is also central to the development of the FAC’s Kitemark, which outlines gold standard practices for partners who work with artists. The first Kitemark was launched in 2021, in conjunction with the Association of Independent Promoters, and outlines how grassroots promoters and artists should work together as good partners.
Policy & committees
The GM will support the CEO across a number of policy areas, ensuring that artists interests are fully represented at various committees and in new policy initiatives or proposals. Policy experience is not necessary, but you will have a willingness to engage with a broad range of topics and a capacity to identify areas of interest that affect the artist community and the work of the FAC.
Key attributes and competencies:
- Highly motived, confident and proactive, however also comfortable in rolling your sleeves up to support the team across all aspects of the organisation’s work.
- Strategic thinking, with an ability to put in place actionable plans to meet the aims of the organisation.
- A strong and passionate advocate for the FAC’s work and the artist community, valuing the central role that artists and creators play in the success of the music industry.
- A confident and credible leader with management experience, who is comfortable in adjusting management style depending on need.
- Diligent and tenacious in meeting deadlines.
- Delivery focused, with a keen ability to see tasks and projects through to completion.
- Enthusiastic about building and maintaining meaningful relationships with an extremely broad range of stakeholders and a confident and proud representative of the FAC.
- A team player, who recognises and responds to the balance of workload across a small team that delivers a great deal in order to represent its membership.
- Incisive analysis and excellent attention to detail, but without losing focus on the big picture.
- An entrepreneurial approach, with a determined and creative approach to achieving outcomes.
- Excellent written skills and an ability to alter writing style for different audiences and purposes.
- A thirst for developing expertise and knowledge through continued, self-driven learning.
- Line management experience.
Find out more about the FAC and our work: www.thefac.org