Job Vacancy: Petworth Festival, Festival Manager

Petworth Festival in West Sussex is looking for a new Festival Manager. Responsibilities include the overall management of the festival/business; oversight and general administration of the marketing and box office operations; liaison with and management of the sponsorship programme; and financial and administrative liaison with the Artistic Director and the Events and Publications Manager.

It is expected that this will be a full time role with intense periods of activity in the build up to and during the twin summer and autumn literary festivals (July and November).

Previous experience of working within an arts environment is preferable but not essential. The preferred candidate should be a self-starter, should be IT/tech savvy, and should have the facility to work from home.

Salary according to experience

Please send applications to the Festival Chairman Neil Franks neilbfranks@gmail.com. Closing date Friday 30 July 2021

Petworth Festival has been a key part of the diary of this picturesque part of West Sussex for over 40 years. The organisation is a registered charity with oversight from a voluntary board of trustees and managed on a day to day basis by a small professional team – Artistic Director, Festival Manager, Assistant to the Festival Manager and the Events and Publications Manager. Production services are provided by Rhino Audio Visual. A substantial group of volunteers assists on many levels.

Funded by a mix of box office, sponsorship (private and corporate) and grant income, the summer festival runs for nearly three weeks and celebrates a wide range of the performing arts. Originally exclusively a classical music festival the festival now programmes across the genres, top artists in 2021 ranging from classical stars Jess Gillam, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Imogen Cooper and Mark Padmore to comedian and best selling author Adam Kay and The Blues Band, together with a free family weekend of events and participatory workshops. The literary week at the end of October will feature Sebastian Faulks, Jeremy Paxman, Dame Joan Bakewell, Barbara Dickson and the festival’s President Lord Egremont.

Events at both festivals happen across the immediate region the largest venues being Petworth House’s Stable Yard, Bignor Park and Midhurst Rother College and Seaford College (all C 500 seats). St Mary’s Church has long been the home of the festival and this houses the main classical events and a majority of literary week events. Following the successful streaming of the literary week in 2020, the 2021 will be streamed in parallel with the live events programme.

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