BRASS - Artistic Director, Durham County Council

  • 20th October 2019
  • North East
  • Full time
  • Paid (£25k-30k)
  • music, Other, Festival
  • Robin Byers


Durham BRASS Festival is looking for a freelance Artistic Director to shape the vision of the festival, ensuring a successful and vibrant annual event from 2020 onwards.


Durham BRASS Festival is a celebration of brass music in all its forms. Taking inspiration from the brass band heritage of County Durham, the festival brings together all musical genres into a vibrant and entertaining 10-day festival which takes place across the County. Engaging with over 42,000 people in 2019, BRASS is one of Durham County Council’s portfolio of cultural festivals bringing cultural experiences and regeneration to the North East.

The Role

The Artistic Director is responsible for establishing BRASS as the key event in the calendar for both performers and audiences, bringing scale, ambition and diversity to the artistic programme.

Working with the festival team, and leading on the programming for the festival, our new partner will use their experience and connections to explore partnerships and collaborations with other festivals, create new pieces of work and create a global platform for the festival.

Striking a balance between creating great art, and delivering exceptional audience experiences, you will understand our current and potential audiences, and create a programme which will inspire and delight in equal measure. With opportunities for musicians at all levels to collaborate, share skills, and showcase their work, your aim should be to establish the festival as the home of brass music in all its forms. New commissions and innovative collaborations are at the heart of BRASS, and past experience has demonstrated that they are one of the most effective methods for attracting and engaging with a non-traditional brass audience. A key element of the new Artistic Director’s role will be to identify opportunities to create exceptional new work for the festival.

BRASS is part of Durham Cultural Festivals, which is an Arts Council NPO consisting of three core festivals delivered or commissioned by Durham County Council.

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