Booking Manager / Talent Buyer

Category: Full Time Deadline: December 31, 2019 Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines Performing Arts seeks a Booking Manager/Talent Buyer to book shows and events that meet Des Moines Performing Arts’ (DMPA) artistic, financial, and audience engagement goals; these performance events are a mix of self-presented, co-promotions and rentals.

This exciting and highly influential position will initiate DMPA-presented concerts and serve as the contact for co-promoted shows, managing relationships from inquiry to event. Maintaining strong relationships with booking agents, promoters, and peer venues is a critical function of this role. In consultation with leadership, they will negotiate deals, artist fees, ticket prices and scaling, and expenses. This position will create detailed pro formas for expense analysis and sales scenarios, write contract terms, and liaise with finance to settle the financial agreements. The booking manager/talent buyer is expected to communicate event details to internal departments and assist with settlements. To stay current with prospective artists and the sector, the booking manager will attend industry conferences and meetings as well as local and other relevant concerts/events.

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience; minimum of 3-5 years of experience in arts management/programming, including show budgeting, artist negotiations, and/or engagement management. The successful candidate will demonstrate experience managing multiple priorities and competing demands for time, possess exceptional communication skills, strong negotiating skills, and be a detail-oriented team player. A high energy individual with a sense of urgency and creativity who possesses an appreciation for diversity of arts and entertainment is required. Experience with commercial booking required.

Des Moines Performing Arts is a premier nonprofit organization showcasing a variety of professional productions while providing an exciting and dynamic work environment. If you are interested in joining the team and meet the expressed qualifications, please submit your credentials at Priority will be given to candidates submitting BOTH a cover letter and resume (PDF preferred). 

Position will remain open until filled.

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Des Moines Performing Arts is an equal employment opportunity employer. In accordance with state and federal law, all personnel actions such as compensation rates, benefits, job changes, company-supported training, educational tuition assistance, screening and interviewing processes will be administered without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability or any other legally protected class.

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