New Music Edmonton offers various employment and artistic opportunities throughout the year. Please scroll down for more information. Current calls: Employment opportunity – Production Manager; Call for Proposals: Performances for Spring 2022. Scroll down for detailed information.

Employment Opportunity – Production Manager

One year contract with the possibility of being renewed

Compensation: $445 per month based on approximately 15 hours/month

As respectful residents of this meeting place, amiskwaciy, The Society for New Music in Edmonton is proud to be this region’s premier organization for the promotion and presentation of contemporary music and sound-related arts. NME is committed to seeking out and bringing to its audiences a wide spectrum of musical and sonic art practices, primarily featuring chamber music, avant-jazz, noise, choral music, sound art and multidisciplinary projects. NME strives for equity and actively seeks out both demographic and stylistic diversity in both our programming and staffing and Board of Directors.

The Production Manager (PM) works closely with the Artistic Director, General Manager and Board of Directors. The main responsibility of the PM is to manage technical equipment for productions, recording of concerts for archive, and to liaise with performers prior to and upon arrival at events, while ensuring the production runs  smoothly. The successful  candidate will have experience managing live sound, recording and editing video, and will also have experience managing live streamed productions. As a main representative of the organization, the successful candidate will have a warm personality and will aim to problem solve within a team to serve the artists and provide an excellent experience for the audience. The candidate will also be required to have their own vehicle (NME pays for mileage and parking) or be able to rent one as needed (as approved by NME)

In the 2021-22 season, New Music Edmonton expects to produce a monthly podcast, 6-7 outreach events, and 5 other live-streamed or in-person events. These numbers are subject to change.

Responsibilities include:

  • being a liaison in advance of events to prepare for the technical needs of the artists
  • being a liaison with venues to ensure access and available hours
  • developing production schedules for all events, including schedules for dress rehearsals, sound checks, etc.
  • coordinate with the Board of Directors regarding schedule, organization, and hospitality particularly for show which present multiple acts on a same day
  • coordination of equipment rentals and ensuring timely pick up, delivery, and return of rentals
  • set up and strike of all events, hiring technical assistants as required, ensuring venues are cleared and secured (including returning keys) after an event is over
  • pick up, transport, and load in/out rented equipment
  • managing all digital streaming material after it is received -and uploading them to the appropriate platforms and accounts, letting the team know when they are ready to be “made public”.
  • making archival audio and video recordings of all events, taking archival photos at live events -retaining NME-owned equipment at their home
  • hosting and managing all live-streamed events, including workshops.
  • occasionally will be responsible for recording performances of newly commissioned works including filming and editing videos as programming requires
  • assisting in coordination of poster printing and distribution

Deadline for application is October 6th. Please send a resume and cover letter to nmegeneralmanager@gmail.com

New Music Edmonton Call for Proposals – Open Call Performances for Spring 2022

In Spring 2022, New Music Edmonton intends to return to live presentations, and we are issuing an open call for proposals.

Remuneration: variable, minimum $300 per person

What Kinds of Performances?

We are seeking performances featuring original, experimental music/ sonic art situated outside of “popular music” genres, by artists residing in Alberta. Solo performances, audio-visual and multi-disciplinary performance will all be considered, provided the sound component features work by Alberta artists.

We will also consider short recitals of classical works composed in the past 15 years, and performed by Alberta musicians. In these cases, preference will be given to proposals of works by composers (not necessarily Albertan) from historically excluded demographics, including, but not limited to, those who identify as women, trans or non-binary, and/ or Indigenous, Black or a Person of Colour.

Please restrict your proposal to a maximum of four performing artists, and a maximum duration of 30 minutes.

Production
New Music Edmonton will provide venues and any necessary technical support and equipment for selected projects and will be seeking agreements with the artists, whereby all performances will be made accessible via digital and other means.

Your application must be done via the Submittables link below and requires contact information, a biography and/ or c.v., a short description of the work you would like to present, and two samples of your work.

Informal inquiries may be sent to <nmegeneralmanager@gmail.com>.

Please visit our Submittables page to submit proposals by October 10, 2021.

All applicants will be notified of results no later than November 30, 2021.

Performances will take place between March and June, 2022, scheduled in consultation with the artists.

All artists submitting proposals should be able and willing to pivot their work to pre-recorded media or live-streaming, should live-with-audience events be deemed by New Music Edmonton to be [impractical/ unsafe/ contrary to safe pandemic considerations]. All participants must agree to abide by Covid 19 safety protocols mandated by law and/ or requested by New Music Edmonton.

New Music Edmonton Equity Statement:

In calling for and reviewing proposals, New Music Edmonton strives for equity and actively seeks out both demographic and stylistic diversity. We recognize that treating all people equally does not guarantee fairness, but can, instead, reinforce extant biases. As such, in contributing to a reliably equitable environment in our own presentations, the arts generally, and society as a whole, we endorse and have adopted policies whose outcomes promote fair distribution of opportunities.

We especially welcome proposals reflecting our equity goals and strongly encourage proposals from all underrepresented demographics. The resultant expansion of perspectives and experiences is necessary in creating a vibrant and representative arts community, which benefits us all.