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Artistic Programs Coordinator šŸ”„


Please visit https://www.silkroad.org/openings [1] to submit an application (including cover letter, resume, and references) by June 19th.


Yo-Yo Ma conceived Silkroad in 1998 as a reminder that even as rapid globalization resulted in division, it brought extraordinary possibilities for working together. Seeking to understand this dynamic, he began to learn about the historical Silk Road, recognizing in it a model for radical cultural collaboration, for the exchange of ideas and tradition alongside commerce and innovation. And in an innovative experiment, he brought together musicians from the lands of the Silk Road to co-create a new artistic idiom, a musical language founded in difference, a metaphor for the beneļ¬ts of a more connected world.

This initial gathering of artists was rooted in a simple, initial question: ā€œWhat happens when strangers meet?ā€ And thus Silkroad was born, as both a touring ensemble comprised of world-class musicians from all over the globe, and a social impact organization working to make a positive impact across borders through the arts.

Today, under the leadership of Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens and Executive Director Ben Hartley, Silkroad creates music that engages difference, sparking cultural collaboration and education for a more hopeful and inclusive world. What does this look like?

  • Creation of new music ā€” Silkroad develops a musical language founded in difference and collaboration that draws on the rich tapestry of traditions that make up our many-layered contemporary identities.
  • The Grammy award-winning Silkroad Ensemble ā€” Silkroad thrills audiences worldwide with a collective of artists representing dozens of nationalities and artistic traditions, demonstrating how great beauty can emerge from great difference.
  • Educational partnerships ā€” Silkroad uses the arts to ignite passions and foster education in students, teachers, and musicians through training workshops and residency programs in public schools, universities, prisons, and indigenous and refugee communities.
  • Social impact initiatives ā€” Silkroad brings music, hope, and understanding to underserved, yet culturally rich, urban, rural, indigenous, and refugee communities.

For more information, visit silkroad.org [2].


Silkroadā€™s Artistic Programs Coordinator (APC) serves as the center of the wheel for Silkroadā€™s artistic programs. In practice, this means working across and collaborating with a diverse group of constituents made up of staff, board, and various independent contractors including artists, production crew, and booking and managing entities to see Silkroadā€™s artistic programs through from inception to completion.

Silkroadā€™s artistic programs include but are not limited to the creation of new music (commissions, workshops, special projects, etc.) and recordings, international and domestic performances and tours, digital live-streamed and pre-recorded performances, and performance-based activity connected to Silkroadā€™s education and social impact programs. The APC will be responsible for ensuring that all constituents collaborating on these programs have the tools, resources, and information they need to make informed decisions in alignment with Silkroadā€™s mission as a non-proļ¬t organization, allowing for successful implementation of the organizationā€™s artistic programs.

This position is a full-time, non-exempt role that reports to Silkroadā€™s Strategic Partnerships & Impact Director.


75% Artistic Program Coordination
  • Builds systems and processes that support the successful implementation of mission-driven artistic ideas generated by Silkroadā€™s Artistic Director, including but not limited to identifying the feasibility of key artistic projects through research and building recommendations for successful execution that best serve the organization as a whole (strategically, ļ¬nancially, logistically, etc.)
  • Contributes to establishing and maintaining artistic program budgets, checklists, timelines, roles and responsibilities matrices, and more, all in service to clear, transparent, and equitable expectations and processes for the Silkroad team
  • Coordinates key logistical efforts for all of Silkroadā€™s performance-related activities, including but not limited to the coordination and activation of artists and production crew; managing public calls for commissions; scheduling, setting agendas, and taking notes for meetings and calls; researching vendors; booking travel and lodging; overseeing and updating tour software, including Master Tour by Eventric; managing meeting and/or rehearsal space, music (scores, parts, recordings, documents, etc.), and tech needs; and providing hospitality
  • Creates and distributes contracts for artists, production crew and other independent contractors, and processes payments appropriately
  • Organizes program notes and tour media assets, and ensures that all tour information and materials are correct and consistent across internal Silkroad and external partner digital properties
  • Serves as virtual and/or in-person liaison and key problem-solver for all Silkroadā€™s performance-related activities
25% Team Collaboration & Support
  • Supports artistic programs team, tracking requests and prioritizing in partnership with supervisor
  • Tracks and compiles all Silkroad artistic program activity, including key program benchmarks, impact data, and more into comprehensive quarterly and annual reports
  • Contributes to Silkroadā€™s online shared drive system, ensuring that all ļ¬les and data are saved and organized clearly
  • Contributes to marketing and social media efforts in partnership with relevant contractors, including basic audio and video editing as needed for artistic reference pieces
  • Contributes to fundraising and partnership-building efforts, including but not limited to drafting project narratives and reports
  • Contributes to board-level artistic programming committee meetings
  • Regularly contributes to all-staff initiatives, meetings, and events N/A Other duties as assigned

+ Responds to the needs and requests of Silkroad constituents in a professional and expedient manner + Adheres to all employer policies and procedures


  • Experience working on touring productions, performances, and/or artist engagements; music industry knowledge a plus
  • Experience working in a non-proļ¬t environment
  • High proļ¬ciency with multitasking, adaptability, and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively among many different people
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively anticipate needs and see projects through to completion
  • Basic audio and video editing skills
  • Demonstrated interest in social justice and human rights
  • Enthusiasm for Silkroadā€™s mission, programs, and stakeholders

  1. https://www.silkroad.org/openings
  2. https://www.silkroad.org/

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