Trainee Producer Programme
OperaUpClose is offering on-the-job training to give emerging professionals the skills that they will need to produce their own work, or to successfully find employment in a producing company, or venue, once they graduate.
Working from offices in London, you’ll be part of a small team dedicated to touring high quality opera across the UK and beyond. The programme offers valuable experience in a professional producing company, mentoring from an experienced producer, the opportunity to take responsibility for projects, to make mistakes in a supportive environment, to learn from those mistakes, and to make key contacts in the performing arts industry. The trainee producers are mentored by our Executive Producer, and have additional training from our Artistic Director/ Chief Exec, and Trustees.
OperaUpClose is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We are particularly keen hear from people who may have been discouraged from applying for other arts internships for financial reasons. We encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled candidates.
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Purpose of programme
To provide on-the-job training to give young professionals all the skills that they will need to produce their own work, or to successfully find employment in a producing company or venue, as soon as they graduate.
OperaUpClose’s Trainee Producer Programme has trained some 19 emerging professionals to date. The value of the programme can be measured by the success of our former trainees, who have gone on to be employed in producer roles at organisations including Royal Opera House, Donmar Warehouse, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Bill Kenwright Limited, Playful Productions and OperaUpClose.
Scope of programme
The programme offers valuable experience in a professional producing company, mentoring from experienced producers, the opportunity to take responsibility for projects, to make mistakes in a supportive environment and to learn from those mistakes and to make key contacts in the performing arts industry.
The trainee producer will have the opportunity to go on tour with the company. The trainee producer will have monthly meetings with a trustee to ensure that s/he is getting the best professional development and is being well supported.
The trainee producer would be mentored by our Executive Producer, and have additional training from our Artistic Director/Chief Exec, General Manager and Trustees. Our Executive Producer has run this programme since its conception, is a Trustee of the Opera & Music Theatre Forum and a former business mentor with the Business Employment Support Team at Islington Council.
Engagement and bursary
The trainee producer will be based in the OperaUpClose office and contact time will be 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, for 12 weeks. The trainee producer will receive a bursary £235 per week.
Trainee Producer Programme
The three-month programme covers four key areas:
- Finance – budgeting, tracking, cashflow projecting, fundraising applications to trusts, foundations and Arts Council England, reporting to a board, trustees, invoicing, HMRC compliance
- General Management - Company administration/logistics, managing an opera in production and on tour, tour venue booking, negotiation and contracts with venues, artist booking. Recruitment processes (ie. auditions, recruiting creative teams, contracting etc.)
- Company Management – brokering relationships, problem solving, contracting, union compliance
- Press and Marketing - Implementing press and marketing campaigns, booking critics, securing press features, creating marketing images, securing corporate sponsor partners.
‘The Trainee Producer scheme provides unique opportunity for aspiring producers to learn on the job. It equipped me with all the skills and knowledge I needed to get started in the industry, with plenty of support along the way from a team of knowledgeable and experienced professionals. It’s challenging, fascinating and incredibly valuable, and I can’t think of a better way to start a career as a producer.’ Rachel Lerman. Graduate in 2011. Now Producer Royal Opera House.
‘Thanks to the Trainee Producer programme, I've gained skills in all areas of production that have proved to be invaluable throughout my career as a professional producer. It is an excellent platform for emerging producers to learn about the industry in a supported environment, whilst taking on real responsibilities’. Amy Novadnieks. Graduate in 2014. Now Producer OperaUpClose.
Desirable Experience/ Knowledge
- Experience of creating, producing and managing productions
- A basic knowledge of the operational requirements of a touring opera / theatre company
- An understanding of arts administration
- An understanding of arts marketing
- An understanding of arts funding
- Familiarity with production budgets
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong administrative and organisational skills
- Excellent team-working skills
- Accuracy and attention to detail
- Ability to manage multiple priorities and work to deadlines
- A knowledge and appreciation of OperaUpClose’s work
- A passion for opera, theatre and the arts
- An entrepreneurial attitude
- Friendly, efficient and helpful attitude
- Highly organised and self-motivating
Application is by cover letter and CV. Your cover letter should be no more than one page of A4, and should describe why you are interested in the role, how you match the requirements, what skills and experience you have that make you suitable for it, and why this programme would be of particular value for you at this stage in your career. Please ensure that you cover all of these elements. Please email your cover letter and CV, and a completed Equal Opportunities Form to firstname.lastname@example.org, with ‘Trainee Producer Application’ as the subject line.