February 4, 2019

Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Manager

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Jayoung Chung (artist-in-residence), 2017. Interactive multi-media performance. 

Now in its 38th year, Bemis Center is experiencing programmatic and fiscal growth and a renewed energy for a bold, ambitious future based on a recently completed long-range vision plan. This includes the creation of a new Sound Art + Experimental Music Program, which is supported, in part, by a prestigious USD 500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Bemis Center seeks an innovative Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Manager to manage the program’s live/work residencies and dedicated facilities for rehearsing, recording, and performing. Working with Bemis Center’s Chief Curator and Director of Programs, the new team member advances the organization’s ambitions as a diverse, inclusive, and conceptually-rigorous site by supporting the work of artists from around the world, while serving the region as the premier locale for the presentation and understanding of sound art and experimental music.

Position summary
In close collaboration with Bemis Center’s Chief Curator and Director of Programs and an International Advisory Committee, the Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Manager is responsible for managing daily operations of the Sound Art + Experimental Music Program, which engages three artists-in-residence per year. This includes assisting artists as needed. Additionally, s/he/they help manage an eclectic international program featuring the most innovative advances in sound art, experimental music, and composition through approximately two free public performances per month. The position works closely with the Residency Program Manager and Residency Arts Technician to coordinate and manage all facets of the sound program within Bemis Center’s Residency Program, which provides three-month residencies for three artists each year operating at the forefront of experimental forms of sound and music. Additionally, the Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Manager maintains and schedules the use of the sound program’s facilities—rehearsal space, recording studio, green room, and music venue, all located within Bemis Center’s lower level—ensuring all equipment and facilities are up-to-date, organized, and accessible to sound program artists, including artists-in-residence, visiting artists, and musicians invited to activate the space. The position works closely with members of Bemis Center’s Programming and Development departments to cultivate and steward partnerships with local, national, and international artists, organizations, and prospective funders, creating strategic collaborations that expand the program’s impact and profile. The Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Manager reports directly to the Chief Curator and Director of Programs.

–MA/MFA with 3 years professional experience or BA/BFA with 5+ years of professional experience
–At least 3 years of experience in the field of sound art and/or experimental music including demonstrated programming in a gallery or music venue context
–Curiosity about and passion for contemporary sound art, experimental music, and artists
–Highly motivated with aspirations to make a difference in the field
–Experience working with artists to realize new projects
–Demonstrated ability in running and maintaining audio/visual equipment
–Technical proficiency in software and equipment in recording studios encouraged
–Experience working in an office environment
–Organized with an ability both to handle multiple projects and see the big picture while managing micro details
–Experience with artist residencies preferable
–Ability to adapt to change, identify places where help is required, and take initiative to provide it
–Proficiency in Google Drive, Microsoft Office 365 including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint (including mail merge, creating labels, and databases), cloud applications (, and image management (Photoshop, etc.)

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefit package provided, including medical, paid holidays, and paid time off.

For immediate consideration, please submit a one-page cover letter, resume, a brief writing sample, and the contact information for three professional references to jobs [​at​] with “Sound Art + Experimental Music Program Manager” in the subject line.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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