New Music Curator

Date Posted: Jan 18, 2018
Application Deadline: Feb 09, 2018

Salary: TBD
Province: British Columbia
City: Vancouver
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Term: Full-time
Career Level: Middle management

Organization Description

Western Front
Established in 1973 the Western Front is one of Canada’s leading artist-run-centers for contemporary art and new music.  We produce and present visual art, exhibitions, new music concerts and workshops, media-art residencies, performance art and other artist driven initiatives.  The Western Front currently maintains programs in Exhibitions, Media Art and New Music, as well as an extensive archive of audio-visual materials. Through this diverse programming we continue to be a crucial platform for interdisciplinary, experimental art practices in Canada and internationally.
The Western Front was founded in 1973 by eight artists (Martin Bartlett, Mo van Nostrand, Kate Craig, Henry Greenhow, Glenn Lewis, Eric Metcalfe, Michael Morris, Vincent Trasov) who wanted to create a space for the exploration and creation of new art forms. It quickly became a centre for poets, dancers, musicians and visual artists interested in exploration and interdisciplinary practices. Over its nearly 40 year history the Western Front has promoted critical investigations into and surrounding interdisciplinary, media-based, anti-object, and ephemeral practices with particular attention to the contexts and economies in which art is produced.

Job Description

The New Music Curator reports directly to the Executive Director and assumes the leadership and responsibility for:
• Developing and communicating a dynamic vision for the New Music program.
• Curating presentations, performances, events, projects and co-productions.
• Writing grants and pursuing opportunities for additional funding and support.
• Administration of artist communications including: contract preparation, travel and accommodation arrangements.
• Oversee box office management.
• Assist in organization wide policy and operational planning.
• Hire, train and manage staff contracted to the New Music program.
• Working some evenings and weekends as necessary to fulfill program requirements.


• Background in music and experience in concert presentation.
• Extensive knowledge of New Music practices, both historical and contemporary.
• A clear understanding of the philosophy and history of the Canadian artist-run centre movement.
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
• Proven financial management experience.
• Ability to effectively delegate and supervise staff, volunteers, interns and external contractors.
• Knowledge of the principle funding agencies and prior grant writing experience.

Additional Info:

A competitive benefits package is available after the three months probation period is complete. After eight months of employment, four weeks paid vacation may be taken during the period when programs are recessed.

How to Apply:

The Western Front Society is committed to the principles of Employment Equity and encourages applications from Aboriginal persons, members of a visible minority group or persons with a disability.
Applications containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae and three references must be received by 5:00 p.m. PST on February 9, 2018.
Please send applications in one PDF file to:
We apologize that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Contact Info:

Name: Caitlin Jones
Telephone: 6048769343
Fax: 6048769343


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