War Child – Live Music Lead (UK)

We are a multi-award winning, creative and innovative organisation. The Live Music Lead will be responsible for the live music and music activations workstream within War Child’s well-known Music & Events team. The Music team creates powerful experiences that bring people together to inspire and entertain and is driving War Child’s place as one of the leading charities within the UK music industry. Building on War Child’s history of working with the best from UK music, the Live Music Lead will use their network and live events experience to deliver a portfolio of creative, innovative and income generating events for War Child that also leverage our strategic objectives. The post-holder will have exceptional relationship management skills, strengthening and growing our relationships within the music industry and showcasing the power of music to do good.

If you share our values and believe that children’s lives should not be torn apart by war, we want to hear from you.

Department: Fundraising and Communication
Contract Type: Permanent
Place of Work: NW5, London
Working Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours
Reports to: Head of Fundraising Engagement
Salary Range: circa £50,000 per annum

About us

War Child, the specialist charity for children affected by conflict. For more than two decades we’ve been delivering high-impact programmes that are rebuilding lives across Afghanistan, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic and Yemen. We understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of the solution – from reintegrating children formerly associated with armed groups and armed forces (CAAFAG) in the Central African Republic to reuniting children with their families in Afghanistan. We look forward to a world in which the lives of children are no longer torn apart by war. This is a vision that can only be realised through the collective actions of children themselves, communities and their leaders, organisations like War Child, governments and key decision makers.

Our values

Bold: We use our passion and creativity to deliver high quality evidence-based work designed to maximise our beneficial impact for children in conflict.
Transparent: We expect to be held to account by our supporters and beneficiaries and we respond with openness and honesty
Accountable to children: Children can rely on us to respond to their voices and to treat them with respect and dignity.
Committed to each other: We support each other and our partners to achieve ambitious goals and to be the best we can be. We are honest and open with each other, sharing our successes and confronting our challenges.

Your role

You will report directly to the Head of Fundraising Engagement, leading your workstream within the music team whilst liaising across the whole of the fundraising department using War Child’s music network to reach defined audiences, drive income and achieve our strategic goals.

You are responsible for all aspects of curating and running live music at War Child, being responsible for ensuring long term industry relationships are developed and maintained and ensuring that music partnerships are grown and prioritised.

The Live Music Lead will build on War Child’s music heritage to diversify and grow War Child’s sustainable income. The successful candidate will have extensive experience working in a music industry focused role and a deep understanding of how to develop and deliver strategic goals. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrable knowledge of event production and working on music partnerships to generate income, as well as a passion for the power of music to make positive change.

A key aim of this role is to grow War Child’s music event and product portfolio over the next five years – to grow sustainable income and establish new long term relationships with artists and the industry. The Live Music Lead will work closely with the War Child Records Lead and Music Partnerships & Events Manager to achieve this goal.

Your responsibilities
  • Design a five year music strategy to achieve War Child’s fundraising strategic goals – including increasing sustainable income and diversity within our projects. Working with the Head of Fundraising Engagement and Director of Fundraising and Communications for discussion and approval
  • Work with War Child Records Lead to ensure both workstreams support and complement each other as part of Music’s strategic growth – using your combined expertise to strategically prioritise projects and relationships
  • Work with the Partnerships & Events Manager to plan and deliver new media, brand and sponsorship partnership targets and growth as part of the wider music strategy
  • Budgeting, staffing, planning and reporting for all projects within your workstream
  • Assess (reactively and proactively) music opportunities and determine the best way of moving these forwards, ensuring project documentation and budgets are in place and that they are adequately resourced. You will lead these project teams or support project management to ensure successful delivery.
  • To provide first-rate line management to the Music and Events Executive and Music and Partnerships Manager. You will model excellence in management that will result in team members thriving in their roles, with high standards of performance and behaviour, and a team member that is developed to achieve their best, whilst maintaining strong wellbeing.
  • Implement a five year strategy for growing War Child’s network within the music industry and mapping out the strategic goals of this engagement plan. Work with other members of the music team to prioritise asks and engagement, and with other teams to ensure maximum benefit is being achieved across projects.
  • Act as an ambassador for War Child within the UK music industry, building and maintaining strong relationships with artists, labels, sponsors, promotors, media partners, venues and agents, amongst others. Manage multiple relationships across all levels of seniority whilst being able to negotiate their support for War Child. Steward key relationships with high profile supporters that are long-lasting and raise profile and funds for War Child.
  • Work with other Fundraising and Communications teams and global War Child agencies to identify and deliver ways in which the music industry can enhance their work, working collaboratively to help fundraisers achieve their strategic objectives through music and events.
  • Responsible for ensuring our events and products are delivered safely and their brand identity is protected and enhanced
  • Work closely with the Comms & Content team to ensure audiences are understood n a project by project basis and comms tailored to their needs to promote longer term engagement
  • Work with Supporter Engagement to ensure the circumstances around the events you deliver are optimised to ensure that relevant data about our supporters, events and products is captured to feed a culture of learning and continuous improvement within the team
  • Work with the Philanthropy team to ensure donor journeys and relationship plans are built into all relevant projects
  • Contribute to creating a culture committed to the safeguarding of children and adults and compliant to WCUK’s Child Safeguarding and Adults at Risk Policies.

These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the post.

You are
  • Highly networked in the UK music industry with the ability to build and maintain strong strategic relationships with senior members of the music industry – including artists, labels, sponsors, promotors, media partners, venues and agents
  • Expert in the workings of the music industry including key figures in the industry, promotional and touring cycles, artist marketing campaigns and market trends
  • Experienced in producing and delivering sector-leading music events that are proven to deliver against their concept, budget and plan and manage risk appropriately in order maintain War Child’s reputation
  • A strategic thinker capable of overseeing multiple projects from conception through to delivery
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a high degree of emotional intelligence to deal with a variety and internal and external stakeholders and the ability to build effective working relationships at all levels
  • Solid experience of line management and a strong understanding of the principles of motivational people management and individual development.
  • Strong experience of project leadership, including critically evaluating activities to achieve strategic priorities and maximise their effectiveness.
  • A highly competent negotiator with the ability to negotiate successful agreements with artists, labels, sponsors, promotors, media partners, venues and agents, amongst others
  • A critical thinker, with the ability to assess performance of activities objectively whilst remaining open-minded with a willingness to be challenged
  • Able to adapt to change, take calculated risks and remain resilient in ambiguous circumstances
  • Able to work effectively as a team leader within a fast-paced event delivery environment, with the ability to quickly problem solve, make logistical decisions to maintain the integrity of an event and stay calm under pressure
  • Able to meticulously plan and budget for events as well as manage your workload and your team’s workload to meet deadlines, manage priorities and hit targets
  • A confident presenter with the ability to pitch War Child passionately, concisely and professionally to potential supporters across all levels within the UK music industry
  • Highly knowledgeable of music industry specific marketing and PR best practice
  • Always demonstrating a passion for music, proactively meeting contacts and willing to attend events in the evenings and weekends

All candidates for roles based in the UK are required to have the right to work in the UK.

Your Team:

You will be working alongside the War Child Records Lead under the Head of Fundraising Engagement. The Music Partnerships and Events Manager and the Music and Events Executive will report to you.

Our Benefits:
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 28 days annual leave per year, rising to 33 with service (pro-rata for part time roles)
  • Range of wellbeing initiatives and training
  • Investment in training and development
  • Up to 4 paid volunteer days per year
  • Group personal pension plan
  • Opportunity to participate in fundraising events
  • 1-1 wellbeing consultations with trained counsellors
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity & shared parental leave
  • Group life insurance
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
Child safeguarding and Adults at Risk

Our work with children and at-risk adults to keep them safe is the most important thing we do. We are committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults in all areas of our work. We have zero tolerance for any behaviours and practices that puts children and/or vulnerable adults at risk of abuse and/or harm. Successful applicants will be expected to be compliant and sign up to our Child Safeguarding policy, our Code of Conduct and PSEA: Adults at Risk Policy. You can find the Child Safeguarding and Adults at Risk policy here: https://www.warchild.org.uk/whats happening/news/our-child-safeguarding-policies-and-procedures

Contact information

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: Charlotte Nimmo, Head of Fundraising Engagement, CharlotteN@warchild.org.uk

For general information about working for War Child please visit: https://www.warchild.org.uk/who we-are/working-war-child

How to apply
Pre-employment checks

Employment with War Child will be subject to the following checks prior to your start date:

  • a satisfactory police record check to include a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and/or an International/National Criminal Record Check, and a clear vetting and Due Diligence check
  • receipt of three satisfactory references
  • proof of eligibility to work in the UK (roles based in UK only)

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