The **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. seeks a fundraising professional with demonstrated success to join one of the world’s premier music festivals. The successful candidate will be expected to achieve annual fundraising goals while pursuing an ambitious five-year plan for fundraising growth. We are looking for an innovative, active, collaborative, and hands-on professional, who will seek new gifts and move current donors to higher levels, while managing a portfolio of current donors and prospects. Knowledge of arts and music organizations is a plus, but not required.
The Development Director reports directly to the Executive Director, and works closely with the Artistic Directors, Board of Trustees, Development Associate, Director of Marketing and Communications, seasonal development staff, and others as needed.
The Festival Today
Today, the Festival holds the strongest position in its 54-year history. The institute has become world-renowned and highly selective, indicated by a remarkable nearly doubling in student applications in the last three years (over 1,100 in 2018) and overwhelmingly positive evaluations from virtually all students. These successful applicants study at the Festival with renowned faculty who represent the top US music schools. Additionally, faculty and guest artists perform to sold-out halls at nearly every subscription series concert.
In addition to more than 20 ticketed concerts, our 350 students, faculty, and guest artists annually present more than 175 free performances, lectures, seminars, and classes in all kinds of venues such as Bowdoin College’s state-of-the-art recital hall, local libraries, museums, care centers, breweries, and more. For the first time in 2017, many of these events were live- streamed globally to more than 100 countries. Meanwhile, the Festival has maintained steady financial growth and positive cash flows.
The current annual budget for the Festival is approximately $2 Million dollars, with annual contributed and endowment income accounting for roughly 40% of total revenue. The Board of Trustees adopted in 2018 a five-year plan to dramatically increase the Festival’s scholarship fund. This objective necessitates a 50% increase in contributed income by 2023. The successful candidate will embrace these objectives and work closely with Festival leadership to achieve these benchmarks.
1. Achieve annual and long-term fundraising goals for individual gifts, corporate sponsorship, foundation support, grants, and planned gifts.