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Soundstreams is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe that our organization is stronger when we have a team that reflects our city’s diversity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply to the following positions.

Manager of Artistic Planning, Soundstreams

Full Time/Part Time Contract Position


Soundstreams is currently seeking a dynamic and personable individual for a contract employment position as the Manager of Artistic Planning. Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Artistic Director and Company and Program Manager, the successful candidate will maintain a strategic five-year artistic plan, prepare project timelines and ensure that appropriate systems are in place to advance and track progress.

Major Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the AD prepare and track project timelines for artistic and educational programs and ensure that appropriate systems are in place to advance and track progress.
  • Cultivate relationships in the community through outreach and education programs, and by working closely with arts professionals, funding agencies, sponsors, industry associations, community partners, educators, and other stakeholders.
  • Oversee the programming for Encounters free performance/discussion series
  • Create and oversee the application process, including the coordination of the selection panel, for Soundstreams’ Professional Development Programs (Bridges and New Voices)
  • Develop, schedule and host programming for Soundstreams’ Professional Development Programs – including rehearsals, masterclasses, public-facing events, career building seminars, etc.
  • Working with the Artistic Director and the Company and Programs Manager coordinate casting of artists and casual production/outreach personnel in accordance with relevant union and association regulations. Collect and submit payroll information and prepare fees payment for submission to the Executive Director.
  • Manage licensing/royalty agreements with publishers, SOCAN, and individuals – including performance rights, grand rights, mechanical rights & synchronization rights. Submit annual licensing report to SOCAN.
  • With the Company and Programs Manager, oversee the production budgets and work with the Executive Director to implement and track expenses for the artistic and education activities.
  • Oversee production and touring schedules and logistics
  • Supervise internal and contract program delivery staff

Skill Requirements

  • Minimum of three years’ experience working in the live performance industry with skills in producing, artistic planning, event management, stage management, company management and/or equivalent experience.
  • Experience working in the music (orchestral) industry, preferably new music, is an asset.
  • Ability to see the “big picture,” and apply strategic thinking and problem solving to all areas of work
  • Shows initiative and can meet deadlines and handle concurrent projects, with a strong track record of fulfilling commitments
  • Thrives working both independently and as a team member in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Exceptional communication and people skills to deal effectively with different stakeholders
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Financial management skills, with demonstrated experience forecasting and managing project budgets is an asset
  • Familiarity with various labour unions is an asset (especially Toronto Musicians’ Association, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, ACTRA Toronto, and Associated Designers of Canada)

Salary, Benefits, Time Period and Work Hours

This is a contract position between 20 – 35 hours per week depending on the applicant’s availability. This position will be contracted to March 24, 2023 with possibility of extension.

Compensation is $35 per hour.

Benefits include health benefits (pending on number of hours being committed to on a weekly basis), performance tickets, professional development and flexible work schedule. There will be requirements to work flex time with evening and weekend work as the schedule requires.

How to Apply

We ask that applicants submit a cover letter and resume no later than 11:59pm on Friday September 30, 2022. In the cover letter, please let us know what interests you about working for Soundstreams, what strengths you have that makes you feel qualified for this position and how many hours a week you can commit to the organization.

Please apply in confidence by email to Beth Brown, Executive Director at [email protected] re: Manager of Artistic Planning. Should you have any questions, please feel free to email Beth Brown at the previously mentioned email.

This position does require the successful applicant to work two to three days a week in the Soundstreams offices.

Please note, we do require individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance with government issued workplace health and safety guidelines. Reasonable accommodation will be made for those who are unable to be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons under the Human Rights Code.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

About Soundstreams

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary season, Soundstreams is a global leader in the presentation of innovative, groundbreaking, and immersive programming of contemporary music and music theatre/opera. Founded in 1982 by Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney, Soundstreams’ curatorial platform has introduced audiences to over 170 new works from some of the finest and most ground-breaking composers of our age, from the late R. Murray Schafer to Nicole Lizée.

From concert performances to fully staged opera/music theatre, and everything in between, no two Soundstreams’ productions are the same. Soundstreams presents an annual Main Stage performance series in Toronto, and our touring projects are sought after by the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues.

Recent major projects bring to light under-represented voices, such as composer Claude Vivier’s Musik für das Ende, which has just returned from a highly successful tour to Germany and the U.K.; and the first operas written in the Indigenous languages of Cree and Sámi, Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin / Gállábártnit. Soundstreams is a three-time JUNO nominee and recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Arts. Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney was named to the Order of Canada in 2003 and was recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Toronto Musicians’ Association.

Soundstreams is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe that our organization is stronger when we have a team that reflects our city’s diversity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.