War Child – Music and Events Specialist (UK)

The Music and Events Specialist (FTC, 12 months) is a specialist role and key player in War Child’s wellknown Music and Events team.

The Music and Events 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 25-year history of working with the best from UK music, the Music and Events Specialist will use their network and live events experience to deliver a portfolio of creative, innovative and income generating events for War Child.

Based in London, 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.

The ideal candidate will be able to start by early December in order to get up to speed ahead of our flagship BRITS Week shows in February.

About us

War Child, the charity for children affected by war. We are the only specialist charity for children in conflict, delivering high-impact programmes that are rebuilding lives across Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Uganda, 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 supporting Syrian children to access education, to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and upholding the rights of children caught up in juvenile justice 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.

Your role

Using their networks and specialist expertise of the music industry, the Music and Events Specialist will work with the Head of Music and Events to develop a portfolio of live events and other fundraising products that leverage our relationship with the music industry to raise valuable funds for War Child.

The Music and Events Specialist is responsible for being a key liaison with the music industry, stewarding our relationships with some of our highest profile supporters.

They will use their creativity and commercial know-how to approach new partners and develop and deliver some of our highest profile live events ultimately cultivating War Child’s unique support to raise funds via the music industry.

Your responsibilities
  • Accountable for delivering live events safely in line with the concept, plan and budget; using your learning and expertise to contribute to an overall balanced portfolio of live music events for the department.
  • Responsible for identifying and putting forward appropriate and viable opportunities and new partnerships for the music industry to further support our work and raise valuable funds.
  • 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 Marketing teams and global War Child agencies to identify and deliver ways in which the music industry can enhance their work.
  • Build and maintain strong internal relationships with departments such as Press and PR, Digital and Advocacy so that they maximise the value of our music industry partners to War Child.
  • Recruit, manage and develop the Music and Events Officer to provide assistance in delivering the team plan, with a particular focus on ensuring that the post-holder builds their own profile and network within the UK music industry.
  • Responsible for ensuring our events and products are delivered safely and their brand identity is protected and enhanced
  • Create, develop and manage media, brand and sponsorship partnerships for our live events, ensuring that War Child’s intellectual property, creative assets and rights are reasonably used in line with our Brand Guidelines and Communication Policy
  • Ensure that relevant data about our supporters, events and products is captured to feed a culture of learning and continuous improvement within the team
  • 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
  • Networked within the UK music industry with the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with artists, labels, sponsors, promotors, media partners, venues and agents, amongst others
  • 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 live 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 highly competent negotiator with the ability to negotiate successful agreements with artists, labels, sponsors, promotors, media partners, venues and agents, amongst others
  • 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
  • Able to recruit, develop and manage line reports, empowering them to deliver against the annual plan and budget
  • 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
  • Always demonstrating a passion for music, proactively meeting contacts and willing to attend events in the evenings and weekends
Child safeguarding

Our work with children to keep them safe is the most important thing we do.

We are committed to the safeguarding of children in all areas of our work.

Successful applicants will be expected to be compliant and sign up to our Child Safeguarding policy.

Contact information

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: Samantha Robertson, Acting Head of Music and Events, samanthar@warchild.org.uk

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 Criminal Record Check
  • Receipt of three satisfactory references
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the UK (roles based in London only)

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