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JOINING THE ACO

As one of the finest performing arts companies in Australia, the ACO attracts the highest calibre of musicians, soloists and composers who are in turn supported by a first-rate team of administration professionals.


Philanthropy Manager

Experienced Philanthropy Manager sought for Australia’s most dynamic international performing arts organisation.

To be successful in this role, you will be a confident, articulate individual with good knowledge of Australia’s philanthropic landscape and the Performing Arts industry, and an appreciation of classical music.

Led by Artistic Director, Richard Tognetti AO, the ACO is one of the world’s most esteemed chamber orchestras, synonymous with artistic quality, innovation and exciting performances.  A truly national ensemble, with a strong commitment to education and regional Australia, the ACO epitomises an Australian spirit of energy and the pursuit of excellence.  The Orchestra’s mission is to ‘inspire and challenge audiences everywhere through the music we play’.   The ACO’s Philanthropy Department is a vibrant, busy and successful team of three, who reach significant targets through a blend of philanthropic programs and large-scale fundraising events.

Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy, the Philanthropy Manager plays a vital role in the team. 

About the role
The Philanthropy Manager is responsible for:

  • Managing the ACO’s annual Mid-Year Donations Campaign and Subscriptions Campaign;
  • Developing and implementing a new digital giving strategy;
  • Researching and identifying new Patrons for the ACO;
  • Ensuring that Patrons are updated regularly about projects funded through the ACO’s donations and fundraising programs; and
  • Developing, cultivating and successfully managing relationships with current and new Trusts and Foundations.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Ideally at least 3-5 years’ experience in the delivery of fundraising programs;
  • A strong understanding of Australia’s philanthropic landscape, including the tax implications of donations and grants;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent persuasive writing skills;
  • Excellent communications skills with the ability to liaise effectively with internal and external stakeholders at a variety of levels;
  • Superior organisation skills;
  • The ability to manage strategic thinking and attention to detail concurrently;
  • The ability to manage competing priorities in a busy work environment; and
  • Tessitura experience highly regarded.

Attitudes

  • Confident, curious, articulate manner;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team; and
  • An understanding of the Performing Arts industry and an appreciation of classical music (no formal music training or knowledge required).

Skills & Experience

  • Experienced fundraiser with proven track record of cultivating donors and building philanthropic funds
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • First rate communication skills
  • A proven ‘doer’ with a strong focus on execution within small, agile teams
  • Genuine love of the arts
  • IT skills to enable effective use of CRM, Office and other programs when necessary

Benefits & culture

  • We are a friendly, supportive and professional group of people;
  • We offer a flexible, accommodating and family friendly workplace;
  • Access to concerts, events and performances throughout the year;
  • Full training on all systems & potential for professional development throughout the year.

For a detailed position description, please click here.

To apply for this role, please forward your CV and an accompanying cover letter addressed to Jill Colvin, Director of Philanthropy, outlining your relevant skills and experience in relation to the position description, to recruitment@aco.com.au by Friday 30 June COB.

Please include the words ‘Philanthropy Manager’ in your email.


Marketing Coordinator

Led by its charismatic Artistic Director, Richard Tognetti AO, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is one of Australia’s most dynamic and innovative performing arts organisations. Renowned worldwide, the ACO collaborates with an extraordinary range of international and home grown talent.

This is an exciting time for the Orchestra as we reinvent our global brand and look for bold new ways to grow audiences and amplify the Orchestra’s national and international reputation. 

About the role:

The Marketing Coordinator will provide online and offline support across the marketing team and strengthen relationships with our venues.

Key attributes include:

  • A passion for the arts and classical music
  • Knowledge of Tessitura highly desirable
  • Experience working within an arts marketing environment desirable
  • Excellent writing skills
  • A creative flair and experience working with designers and other creatives
  • The ability to multi-task and manage competing deadlines
  • An open, collaborative and can-do work ethic

Please refer to the detailed position description here

To apply for this role, please forward your CV and an accompanying cover letter addressed to Antonia Farrugia, Director of Marketing, outlining your relevant skills and experience in relation to the position description, to recruitment@aco.com.au by Wednesday 7th June COB.

Please include the words ‘Marketing Coordinator’ in your email.


Principal Viola

Package: AUD167,103

Applications are invited for the above full-time salaried position. The Australian Chamber Orchestra has an annual season of over eighty performances throughout Australia as well as a regular overseas touring schedule encompassing performances throughout Europe, North America and Asia such as at London’s Southbank Centre, Vienna’s Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A., and appearances at festivals in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Tanglewood. 

Recent domestic and international tours have included collaborations with artists including Steven Isserlis, Dawn Upshaw, Anthony Marwood, Pekka Kuusisto, Jeremy Denk, Steven Osborne and Patricia Kopatchinskaya. The ACO also has a regular recording program including its most recent releases on BIS.

Position comes with the use of a 1610 Maggini instrument.

In the first instance please direct all enquiries to:

Mr Luke Shaw
Director of Artistic Operations
Australian Chamber Orchestra
T +61 2 8274 3809  | E luke.shaw@aco.com.au


Ripieno Viola

Package: AUD143,219

Applications are invited for the above full-time salaried position. The Australian Chamber Orchestra has an annual season of over eighty performances throughout Australia as well as a regular overseas touring schedule encompassing performances throughout Europe, North America and Asia such as at London’s Southbank Centre, Vienna’s Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A., and appearances at festivals in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Tanglewood. 

Recent domestic and international tours have included collaborations with artists including Steven Isserlis, Dawn Upshaw, Anthony Marwood, Pekka Kuusisto, Jeremy Denk, Steven Osborne and Patricia Kopatchinskaya. The ACO also has a regular recording program including its most recent releases on BIS.

 

In the first instance please direct all enquiries to:

Mr Luke Shaw
Director of Artistic Operations
Australian Chamber Orchestra
T +61 2 8274 3809  | E luke.shaw@aco.com.au


Musicians

Applications for casual work with the ACO (strings and all other orchestral instruments) are welcome. For details on how to apply, please send expressions of interest to Luke Shaw.

Mr Luke Shaw
Director of Artistic Operations
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Email: luke.shaw@aco.com.au
Telephone: +61 2 8274 3809
Fax: +61 2 8274 3801
PO Box R21, Royal Exchange NSW 1225 Australia


Artist Managers and Soloists

The ACO is a touring orchestra which offers up to 13 programs each year. Opportunities for soloists are extremely limited and highly sought-after. Due to the overwhelming amount of interest, the ACO can no longer accept unsolicited material from soloists or artist managers.


Composers

The ACO is known for programming a broad range of music and we are very much interested in expanding the repertoire for chamber orchestras. However due to our unique touring pattern, the ACO offers only a handful of programs a year, so opportunities for composers are relatively limited. 

If you are a composer who is represented by the Australian Music Centre, there is no need to contact us - we regularly view the AMC catalogue (amcoz.com.au). If you are not represented by the AMC, and you think you have a piece well suited to the ACO, you are welcome to post a cover letter, CV, and three sample pages of the score. If you have a CD recording of the work, please send that too. Please do not email scores or parts electronically. Midi recordings are welcome if there is no alternative. Please note that our core strength is strings (55331) and we are a touring orchestra. Works for large forces or which require a complicated venue set-up are less likely to be of interest.

We will contact you in the event that we are able to take your submission further, or if we require further information. Please be careful not to send anything that cannot be replaced as we are unable to return submissions unless organised in advance of original delivery.

Please address submissions to:

Anna Melville
Artistic Administrator
Australian Chamber Orchestra
PO Box R21
Royal Exchange NSW 1225 Australia