£41,360 - £46,050 per annum
Closing Date
31/05/2024 - 12:00
Employer Barbican

Partnerships and Planning Manager

Department: Music
Grade D
Job Type: Permanent, 35 hours per week
Salary range: £41,360 – £46,050 per annum (inclusive of Inner London Weighting), dependent on skills and experience

About us

We are London’s Creative Catalyst for arts, curiosity, and enterprise. We spark creative possibilities and transformation for artists, audiences, and communities to inspire, connect and provoke debate. Our eclectic programme features the most exciting performers and artists in music, theatre, dance, the visual arts, cinema, and beyond. We work with artists at every stage of their career, supporting and fostering opportunities for ground-breaking new talent as well as promoting the work of world-class artists. 

Our boundary-pushing music programme is renowned for its range, ambition, and inclusivity. Alongside our partners, we provide some of the most exciting musical experiences in the capital, from dazzling classical concerts and opera to unique shows with leading contemporary artists, cutting-edge electronic creations, durational experiences, and cross-arts collaborations. 

The Role

Working to the Artist Hires & Planning Manager, the Planning and Partnerships Manager will develop, negotiate, organise and implement the Barbican Centre’s artistic rental programme across both the Concert Hall and Milton Court, nurture relationships with our family of partner organisations, and maintain and enhance the Barbican’s standing as a world class multi-arts venue.

This role will be the key planning contact for Barbican’s artistic partners, with a particular focus on the programme in the Guildhall School’s Milton Court, and for fostering good relationships and enterprising opportunities. You will ensure that agreements with partner organisations are honoured and nurtured in line with the Barbican’s purpose and values. The Planning & Partnerships Manager will determine the suitability of rental proposals in both halls and cultivate a creative and entrepreneurial approach to developing new relationships with artists and promoters, in line with the Barbican’s Audience Development and Purposeful Programming and EDI strategies. They will work collaboratively with the marketing teams to maximise sales. The Planning & Partnerships Manager also plays a key role in liaising with the Barbican’s Creative Collaborations department and their own music programming in the venue.

Essential Requirements

  • Good knowledge of the music industry, and a thorough understanding of all the creative processes of music
  • Excellent knowledge and interest in the arts and in particular music with a working knowledge of London and UK music industry 
  • Proven track record of working in an arts venue or festival at a managerial level. 
  • Experience of dealing with promoters, artists, classical repertoire, international orchestras, conductors and soloists. 
  • Experience of complex budget management.

You must be able to demonstrate:

  • A high degree of computer proficiency (including Word, Access & Excel).
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to act decisively and sensitively under pressure.
  • The ability to work independently in a multi-task environment as well as part of a dynamic and supportive team is essential, as is an independent, flexible approach to problem-solving. 
  • Highly developed presentation, interpersonal and organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work inclusively and collaboratively across boundaries to achieve positive outcomes.

As a team and an organisation, we are committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), and would welcome applications from all sections of the community, particularly those currently underrepresented in the arts. We are also a member of Disability Confident scheme, and you will have an opportunity to indicate if you would like to be considered through this scheme in the application process.

Closing date is 31 May 2024, at 12pm. Please note that we are unable to accept late applications. 

Interviews are to be held in person, dates are to be confirmed.

For a confidential discussion, please contact the Barbican Music team at BarbicanMusic@barbican.org.uk. You might want to find out more about the kind of work we do, or just ask a quick practical question about the application process.   We can also share with you in advance the type of interview questions that will be asked on the day if you wish.

We’re committed to increasing diversity of staff within the Barbican. As an organisation we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and experiences. We are particularly keen to encourage interest from people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+, Black, Asian, and other global majority backgrounds. In recognising the positive value of diversity, we want to better reflect and understand the communities we exist to serve.

We are members of the Disability Confident Scheme and guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who would like to be considered under this scheme and who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role. We support and provide adjustments for people with disabilities – if you have a disability and need help with the application process please contact us.

Photo: Max Colson