Do you have a passion for symphonic music and a desire to share that passion with the public? Do you want to be part of an organization that is redefining the role of a 21st century orchestra? The Seattle Symphony is seeking a Publicist to implement promotions strategies for the orchestra and its in-house record label, Seattle Symphony Media. As a public-facing member for the organization, you will interface with journalists as they report on the orchestra’s work on the concert stage in world-class Benaroya Hall, and in the community.
Essential Job Functions:
Carry out publicity campaigns that demonstrate the Seattle Symphony’s bold vision in line with annual Communications Plan
Promote in-house record label through international publicity campaigns and manage key relationships in global distribution
Proactively develop relationships with press contacts, creatively develop story ideas and actively pitch to print, radio, television and online media. Arrange for and support artist interviews, speaking points and other press opportunities
Write press releases, concert advisories, monthly calendars and media alerts
Maintain media database and coordinate news distribution process through online systems (Cision)
Coordinate online press room and digital press kits (Squarespace)
Evaluate press coverage and compile press clips for internal reporting
Recruit and supervise Public Relations Intern
Represent the Seattle Symphony at performances and community events. Arrange for review tickets and assist on-site press and photographers
Direct media in adhering to audio/visual media rules as defined in the musicians’ agreement
B.A. in English, public relations, communications, journalism or related field
Minimum 3 years work experience in PR, Communications or Marketing, preferably for a nonprofit performing arts organization
Exceptional written and verbal skills required
History of developing strong relationships required
The Seattle Symphony values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Individuals who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity (EOE) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Seattle Symphony will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
About Seattle Symphony
The Seattle Symphony is one of America's leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received two Grammy Awards, 23 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.