Artistic Producer

  • Deadline / Program Start: 2020-12-31
  • Organization: The New York Public Library
  • Organization Type: Library/Archives
  • Career Type: Arts, Culture Non-Profit Administrator
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Recurring: Array
  • URL: Link


The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (LPA), nestled between the Vivian Beaumont Theater and the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, is at the center of the classical music world. It is one of the world’s most prestigious performing arts research and circulating libraries, privileging and illuminating its vast international collections through scholarship, education, exhibitions, and programming. Its holdings span six centuries and include the world’s most extensive combination of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections of moving image, recorded sound, books, sheet music, and stage design. It is an incubator of creativity that is the home to the performing artist, arts lover and scholar, fosters the creative works of the emerging artist, collects, documents and celebrates the performing arts and maximizes exposure to the breadth and meaning of its collections to the world at large.

The Artistic Producer is responsible for cultivating a vibrant community around the Library for the Performing Arts through envisioning, producing, and evaluating unique, memorable, scholarly, and creative public events, performances, activities, and multi-faceted initiatives. Performances, conversations, films, and other programs seek to engage with diverse groups and wider New York City residents to build a connection with LPA in unique, creative, and enduring ways. This position reports directly to the Barbara G. and Lawrence A. Fleischman Executive Director, is a key member of LPA, and is responsible for overseeing live and online programming at LPA.

Principal Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Artistic Producer will:
Develop Creative Ideas: Under supervision and guidance of Executive Director, research, develop and execute a year-round calendar of close to 200 outstanding programs that bring together the nation’s most eminent performers, creators, and thinkers to explore the performing arts from idea through evaluation. Invent new, unique, high-quality programs from scratch and evaluate and tweak returning programs to make them better. Identify and incorporate innovative ways to use and highlight the LPA’s archives and exhibitions in programs and performances.

Event Production. Produce conversations, lectures, films, tours, performances, and other captivating events across the disciplines of theater, music and dance. Prepares, distributes and manages scheduling of programs and events. Directs artist services and fulfills artistic needs, including arranging for transportation, hospitality and rehearsals. Manage seating and ticketing, when applicable, including comp tickets and seating of special guests and manages online sign up and online programs. visitation. Producing and managing logistics of programs at LPA’s Bruno A. Walter auditorium, galleries, cafe, other indoor and outdoor spaces, and online programs require flexibility and adaptability.

Diverse Communities: Develop programming initiatives to reach new and diverse audiences, including people of color, young audiences, families and schoolchildren.

Collaboration. Internally, be a team player, and seek to actively work with the Executive Director, curators, development, branch libraries, among others. Externally, maintain active contact with a variety of performing arts organizations, including the Lincoln Center constituents, and seek to collaborate with them in new and innovative ways, both at LPA and offsite.

Fundraising. Works with Executive Director and Development to promote fundraising for LPA by occasionally liaising with donors and helping with funding applications.

Communication & Marketing. Work with Communications and LPA Designer to produce key communications and promotional materials, and shape the language used to describe programs to drive attendance and to increase LPA’s visibility. These materials include public programs brochure, press releases, print calendars, postcards, flyers, newsletter, social media, blog posts, and more. Oversee some of the department’s marketing initiatives build diverse audiences.

Budget Management. Working closely with the Executive Director and Finance, draft the annual program budget; monitor expenses throughout the year ensuring adherence to budget. Tracks and manages budgets and assists with grant research and applications.

Other Duties. Performs related duties as required

Required Education & Experience

Master’s Degree or equivalent preferred; Bachelor’s degree required
Minimum five years’ experience in performing arts programming or other programming experience

Minimum Qualifications

Demonstrated ability to both envision and execute a broad range of public events and activities; some experience with educational programming is required
Ability to thrive in a busy, fast-paced environment and be adept at juggling many projects at once
Experience in converting nascent ideas into working programs
Strong computer skills (facility with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Zoom) the ability to learn new technologies)
Track record of leadership and exceptional interpersonal skills
Ability to articulate strategy, and provide ongoing direction to implement that strategy
Strong written and oral communications and presentation skills, including the ability to deploy tact and diplomacy in pursuit of results
Experience engaging and strong interest in working to create and develop relationships with currently underserved populations
Availability during select mornings, weekends and evenings is required
Flexible, fun, and collaborative personality
Ability to look at the big picture and search for insightful, creative solutions
Appreciates and relentlessly pursues the high level of excellence required in all aspects of the operation of this high-profile, locally- and internationally-renowned public space
Knowledge and appreciation of a variety of performing art disciplines
Adroit with the unexpected and with meeting aggressive deadlines
Appreciation for aesthetics and design

Preferred Qualifications

A Masters’ degree, scholarship or leadership in music, theater or dance a plus but not mandatory

All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:
Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues
Be Resourceful in solving problems
Be Curious in all aspects of your work

Physical Duties

Limited physical effort is required
Light lifting required
Lifting up to 40 lbs. Required
May require travel within NYC


Programs are often days, evenings and weekends