War Child – Senior Live Music Manager (UK)

We are a multi-award winning, creative and innovative organisation. The Senior Live Music Manager is a key role in War Child’s well-known Music and Events team, which 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 Senior Live Music Manager will raise funds for War Child’s work through live music events and activities. They will use their project leadership 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.

Team and Department: Music Team, Fundraising Engagement
Place of Work: Our office is in Kentish Town (NW5). This role offers a flexi place option with 1 or 2 days required presence in the office.
Reports to: Head of Fundraising Engagement
Contract Type: Permanent
Working Hours: Full-time is 37.5 hours. This role is open to flexible working including compressed hours, part-time hours, flexi-time
Salary: circa £41,000 per annum, full-time equivalent

War Child, the specialist charity for children affected by conflict. For more than two decades we’ve 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.

The Senior Live Music Manager will raise valuable funds for War Child by developing a portfolio of live music events and  other fundraising products. The Senior Live Music Manager will manage relationships with key music industry contacts in  close collaboration with the music team Leads, and steward our day-to-day relationships with some of our highest profile  supporters. You will use your creativity, credibility 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 and  achieve strategic objectives via the music industry.  

The Senior Live Music Manager will build on War Child’s music heritage to diversify and grow War Child’s sustainable  income. You will have significant experience working in a music industry-focused role and an understanding of how to  lead multiple projects and deliver strategic goals. You 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.  This role will support and develop a small, dedicated team to achieve through strong leadership, line management and  excellent project management. 

Your responsibilities 
  • Use your experience of delivering music events and activations to help plan a balanced live event portfolio – prioritising income, diversity and reputation 
  • Project manage and deliver live events, ensuring they’re produced to the agreed plan and budget with adequate  resource, and work closely with the Music Projects & Events Manager and Music & Events Executive to support them on their events and projects 
  • You will lead project teams or support project managers depending on the scale of the campaign or event(s),  ensuring successful delivery 
  • Provide first-rate line management to the Music Projects & Events Manager and Music & Events Executive, as  well as any relevant freelancers and agencies. You will model excellence in management that will result in your  reports thriving in their role, with high standards of performance and behaviour, and a team member that is  developed to achieve their best, whilst maintaining strong wellbeing. As a senior member of the Fundraising  Engagement team you will model these high standards of performance and behaviour to support the Head of  Fundraising Engagement 
  • Support the Head of Fundraising Engagement, Director of Fundraising and Communications and Music team  Leads on the development and implementation of the live and recorded Music strategies, including budgeting,  reporting and planning for Live Music opportunities, and owning those workstreams 
  • Lead on appropriate and viable opportunities and new partnerships within the music industry to raise funds and  leverage strategic objectives  
  • 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 select relationships across all levels of seniority whilst being able to negotiate their support for War  Child. You will work closely with the music team Leads to determine how key relationships are best managed Deliver projects in the annual plan that engage the music industry and audiences (public or private) with War  Child’s work, working closely with the team to ensure there is a fundraising project pipeline and that we are  actively considering diversity and inclusivity in all live events 
  • Work with the Music Projects & Events Manager and Partnerships team to plan and deliver new media, brand  and sponsorship partnership targets and growth as part of the wider music strategy  
  • Work closely with the music team Leads and other members of the team to prioritise asks and engagement with  the music industry 
  • Responsible for ensuring our events and products are delivered safely and their brand identity is protected and  enhanced, as well as ensuring fundraising compliance 
  • Work closely with the Comms & Content team to ensure audiences are understood on a project-by-project basis  and comms are 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  capture relevant data about our supporters, events and products, to feed a culture of learning and continuous  improvement within the team  
  • Work with the Philanthropy & Partnerships 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 role. 

You are 
  • 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 to maintain War Child’s reputation  Knowledgeable in the workings of the music industry including key figures in the industry, promotional and  touring cycles, artist marketing campaigns and market trends  
  • 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 
  • Networked within the UK music industry with the ability to build and maintain strong, strategic relationships  with artists, labels, sponsors, promotors, media partners, venues and agents and other senior members of the  music industry  
  • 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  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  
  • 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 
  • Up to date knowledge of fundraising regulation and GDPR, and its implications for fundraising policy and practise

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