The BBC is a champion of arts, culture and classical music. With BBC Proms, we are the home of the world’s largest classical music festival. We run over 100 live events over 2 months in the summer at the Royal Albert Hall in London and venues around the UK attended by c300,000 people. We are a creative, innovative, international festival attracting the world’s leading musicians and orchestras to perform at our concerts and connecting with audiences around the UK and across the globe. Nearly everything we do is broadcast across BBC Radio, TV and online, reaching millions of people. The BBC has five distinctive orchestras and three choirs presenting a wealth of orchestral and choral music to live and broadcast audiences across the UK.
We want BBC Proms and the work of our orchestras and choirs to reach the widest possible audience and are looking for someone to help us do that.
In this role, you will be part of the small and dynamic communications team looking after the BBC’s classical music activities.
With the Head of Communications, Classical Music, and working closely with the Head of Audience Engagement, BBC Proms and London Orchestras, you’ll devise and implement communications strategies, including those that will reach new, diverse audiences.
You’ll work with external partners and press agencies, liaise with arts sector counterparts, stakeholders and opinion formers, and a wide range of artists and their teams.
You’ll act as a key adviser to senior executives, including the Director of BBC Proms, and Directors and Head of BBC Orchestras and Choirs, and collaborate with teams across the BBC, including BBC Radio & Music and BBC TV, BBC Nations and Regions, and Marketing and Audiences.
Are you the right candidate?
We are looking for an experienced PR Manager with a passion for classical music, experience in digital comms and a proven track record in leading a high performing team.
You know how to handle a substantial volume of press issues and hold a range of relationships with key media and influencers, with especially close connections to arts and music journalists.
You have experience in operating in live events, driving audiences and ticket sales, and you enjoy working in a fast paced environment with constantly changing circumstances.
You know how to effectively work with senior leaders, stakeholders and artists, providing advice and developing handling plans and communications strategies for key content and corporate activity.
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London based role with some flexibility, ie hybrid working
We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.
- Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
- Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
- Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
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