Southbank Center seeking Programming Manager, Contemporary Music

The position is full time based in Southbank Centre, London


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The Contemporary Music team curates approximately 150+ contemporary music events a year across a broad musical landscape. These events are a mixture of our own promotions – including the iconic annual Meltdown Festival – and incoming hires.

Examples of recent Contemporary Music Programming at Southbank Centre include;

-Norman Jay’s Good Times

- Brian Eno andamp; Baltic Sea Philharmonic

- The Honey Dijon Experience

- Christine andamp; The Queens Meltdown

-Django Django | Yemi Alade | Moonchild Sanelly | Warpaint | Kokoroko | Oxlade | Sigur Ros | Serpentwithfeet | Let’s Eat Grandma | Petite Noir | Totally Enormous Extinct  Dinosaurs| SQÜRL | Bat for Lashes | Katya | Lynks | Girli | The Chateau presents: SE_ XCELLENCE | PXSSY PALACE | Faggamuffin | Crxss Pltfxrm | Bittenpeach

-Woman Life Freedom: A Concert for the Women of Iran

-Emel Mathlouthi | Faramarz Aslani | Golnar Shahyar | Kelsey Lu | Lafawndah | Lianne La Havas | London Contemporary Orchestra | Misagh Morady | Rostam Mirlashari | Sahar Zibaei | Sakina Teyna and Yasmin Levy

-Aladdin Sane

-Nu Civilisation Orchestra | Anna Calvi | Jake Shears | Lynks | Roxanne Tataei | Tawiah | Queer House Party | Queer Bruk

- Erykah Badu

- Jazz Jamaica All Stars: Catch A Fire

- Lorainne James x London Contemporary Orchestra

- Stormzy


- Cassie Kinoshi


To work with external promoters to negotiate and confirm a diverse programme of exciting, innovative and engaging contemporary live music events across the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall. The role is focused on creating new business opportunities by developing relationships with external promoters, managers and agents , maximising the use of the diary for live music events and increasing earned income.

You will manage the process of confirming concerts and overseeing on-sales in tandem with the Head of Contemporary Music. The role works with the Head of Contemporary Music, Contemporary Music Programmer, Programming Assistant (Contemporary Music), Event Managers, Producers, Press and Marketing Managers.

In other organisations equivalent roles may be called Booker, Rentals Manager, General Manager, Partnerships Manager, Business Manager, Business Development Manager, Operations

If you feel you have just some of the required skills and experience but meet the person specification, we would still encourage you to apply; we are very open to continuing the training and development of individuals who are self motivated to acquire new skills and knowledge relevant to the role.



Southbank Centre is Europe’s largest arts centre and one of the UK’s top five visitor attractions, occupying an 11-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames.

The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is made up of the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as being home to the National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.

It is also home to six Resident Orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Orchestra).


Southbank Centre exists to provide great artistic experiences for everyone. Through art, we invite our visitors to enjoy shared cultural encounters together. To gaze. To listen. To be moved. To discover a new idea or a new perspective. We are proud that for the last 70 years, the performances and exhibitions here have moved millions.

We have provided a home for art and for artists. A community centred on art, where everyone, no matter their job, helps make the experience.

We present work for everyone and we welcome applications from people from a Black, Asian or Ethnically Diverse background or those who are D/deaf or disabled. By attracting people to work for us from a broad range of backgrounds with diverse attitudes, opinions and beliefs, we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.

We remain committed to creating a place where as many people as possible can come together to experience bold, unusual, entertaining and eye-opening work.


Creating welcoming spaces:

- Because upholding respect, safety and belonging is at the heart of vibrant teams and communities.

- This means us all taking responsibility for shaping and protecting a kind, compassionate and inclusive environment for others.

Making wonderful experiences together:

- Because we all contribute to amazing artistic moments at the Southbank Centre.

- This means us all understanding and valuing the different parts we play in creating enjoyment and success.

Sparking new thinking:

- Because different views and thought-provoking conversations inspire innovation, learning and growth.

- This means everyone having a desire to learn and being open to evaluating how they think and work.

SC is a warm and welcoming place to work, with great aspirations and ambitions to create great and accessible work for all. We pride ourselves in building a supportive environment to enable the development of our staff.


As well as working at one of London’s most popular and engaging sites the successful candidate will also benefit from the following:

- a min 5% pension contribution (going up to 8?pending on employee contribution)

- 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays

- Hybrid working model (3 days office working, 2 days from home)

- Enhanced sick pay

- Enhanced family leave benefits

- Discount at all onsite retail, food and beverage vendors

- Free staff tickets for SC events

- Free entry to Hayward Gallery

- Free/discounted entry to other institutes such as the Tate

- Free staff yoga


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