Managing Director

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Relache, Inc.


New Music Ensemble Relâche Seeks Part-Time Managing Director

Relâche, an adventurous contemporary ensemble dedicated to performing the music of today, seeks an entrepreneurial freelance Managing Director who will cultivate wider funding sources, increase our visibility, and expand our opportunities to commission and showcase the works of today's exciting composers. This is a new position created to bolster our longstanding mission of commissioning new works by diverse composers and exposing wide audiences to music that reflects the tenor of the times we are living in.  The plan is for this position to grow into a full-time Executive Director position, which will depend on successful fundraising and marketing activities.

Job title:  Managing Director

Location:  Remote position, with possible occasional travel to Philadelphia.

Hours:  Estimated 10 hours a week on average.

Compensation:  $20 an hour, up to $10,000 a year.

Deadline to apply:  June 30, 2021.


Job description:  The Managing Director is responsible for positioning Relâche for a new era by broadening awareness of its exceptional 40-year history of championing musical innovation and diversity, introducing new audiences to its signature blend of unconventional yet approachable music, and significantly expanding its base of financial support. The Managing Director works closely with the co-Artistic Directors and reports directly to the ensemble's Board of Directors.

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate is a successful arts manager and fundraiser who enjoys initiating and maintaining fruitful relationships with people with diverse backgrounds and identities, and is also proficient with technology. Knowledge of the new music world and the ability to forge artistic and administrative partnerships and connections are big plusses.

Qualifications details:

  • The desire to reach out to new people and win new audiences and support for a world-class leader in commissioning and performing innovative music.
  • Successful fundraising and donor development experience, preferably for a music or other arts organization.
  • The skills and motivation to work independently and in collaboration with the artistic leadership.
  • Experience writing grants and shepherding submissions through the application process.
  • Experience managing a budget and anticipating expenses and income.
  • Fluency in using administrative software, especially Google Office, Mailchimp, Zoom.
  • Strong social media know-how – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Ability to work productively amid the varying schedules and diverse perspectives of Board members, musicians, audience members and donors.
  • Proficiency in Wix website development and management is highly desirable.
  • Experience using Facebook Live, Zoom, or other tools to hold remote events is a big plus.
  • Availability to occasionally assist at evening and weekend events in Philadelphia and elsewhere is desirable.


  • Create a Growth Plan with measurable benchmarks and work in collaboration with the Board and musicians to carry it out.
  • Present regular progress reports on the Growth Plan to the Board.
  • Cultivate new donors, including major donors, and develop new strategies to significantly expand our base of sustained support.
  • Administer grant process: Write grants, research new sources of funding, stay on top of application deadlines and changing eligibility criteria.
  • Administer and add to our email list of audience members, donors and potential donors.
  • Work collaboratively with Board members to project an appropriate and consistent voice for our online presence.
  • Administer our social media accounts: Maintain calendar for timely promotion of our events on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; monitor social media for opportunities to remain visible between events.
  • Recommend additions or changes to our website that will aid our growth agenda.
  • Track our online analytics: Provide quarterly summaries of our social media and website activity and responses (page views, retweets, mentions, likes, referrals, etc.) for the Board.
  • Attend and participate as needed in scheduled Board meetings (remotely or in person).
  • Coordinate with Artistic Co-Directors to plan events and schedule rehearsals.
  • Research and book performance venues in consultation with Co-Artistic Directors and the Board.
  • Gain familiarity with the history of Relâche and with that of other performers, composers and presenters in the local, national and international new-music scene.


Relâche is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Relâche does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and organizational needs.

Contact: By June 30, submit your resume or c.v. and a brief letter about yourself to: director@relâ


About Relâche:

Known for its adventurous embrace of new works and its unique sound – flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, viola, piano, bass and percussion – Philadelphia-based Relâche has performed and recorded a genre-melding repertoire of innovative yet approachable music. A classically inspired new music octet with distinct jazz sensibilities, Relâche remains devoted to the mission that inspired its formation more than four decades ago: championing the music of today's composers.

Founded as a composers’ collective in 1977 and officially founded as an ensemble in 1979, Relâche is among the oldest continuously operating, nonprofit organizations and chamber ensembles dedicated to contemporary music in the United States.

Relâche continues to invest in the future of new music through its commitment to the work of young and emerging composers. To date, Relâche has performed more than 550 concerts in and around its home city of Philadelphia as well as across the country and the globe, including residency, festival and touring appearances in North and South America, Japan, and Eastern and Western Europe. With its classically trained musicians also proficient in folk, jazz, rock and popular music, Relâche is recognized for its stylistic flexibility and wide-ranging improvisation. Notable recordings include Kyle Gann's masterful The Planets and Leslie Burrs's powerful Voyeuristic Absurdities (From Mingus to Diallo).

To Apply

By June 30, submit your resume or c.v. and a brief letter about your qualifications for this position to: director@relâ