Producer

Posted: 17th November 2020

Deadline: midnight on 4th December 2020

At Ensonglopedia, we make musical, educational live shows and videos.  We have recently been awarded a £15,000 Arts Council grant to complete a live and digital project called Ensonglopedia of the Human, and undergo a period of company redevelopment.  We are seeking a new Creative Producer to oversee this project, and it is hoped that the successful candidate will be able to stay with the company beyond the project’s end in June.

THE COMPANY

Ensonglopedia has been making shows since 2016, and registered as a limited company in early 2019.  

An ‘Ensonglopedia’ is a collection of 26 (mainly comical) songs, one for each letter of the alphabet. We have three existing touring shows, our Ensonglopedias of Science, British History and Animals, and we have created smaller bespoke shows and commissions for institutions including Kew Gardens, The Eden Project and Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

Ensonglopedia is a small company with big ambitions, run by a husband and wife team – John Hinton, Artistic Director and the writer and performer of our shows, and Jo Eagle, the Company Manager. We work with a number of associate freelance artists, we have an active Board of Directors, and we receive support from a couple of volunteer marketing interns.  

Search YouTube for ‘Ensonglopedia’, and take a stroll through our website (which we have the funding to update), to get a feel for our work.

THE PROJECT

Your immediate task as Producer will be to oversee the delivery of our Arts Council funded project, which has two parts – company redevelopment and artistic creation.  

The redevelopment will involve a major reappraisal of who we are, what sort of work we make, how we fund our operations, and how we let people know we’re here.  Our new Producer will lead this company development period.

The artistic part is the completion of Ensonglopedia of the Human. This will be our fourth full length show – 26 musical answers to the question “What does it mean to be human?”  We will be delivering the piece in two ways – as a live show, which has a small tour lined up Feb-June, and as a series of webisodes released weekly from early Feb.  Most of the day-to-day production work on this aspect will be handled by the existing team, though the new Producer’s overall vision will greatly inform the project’s direction.

THE ROLE

We are seeking an experienced company producer, with knowledge of and contacts in both live and online arts delivery.  We will look to you to bring on board high calibre collaborators and inspire our existing team to create their best work. 

If our future is to include live performance, we’ll look to you to book our shows into exciting, high profile venues.  If we are to continue receiving commissions from museums, botanical gardens and other institutions, we’ll look to you to secure those connections.  If our future lies in the broadcast media, we’ll look to you to make that a reality.  If our future lies in a completely different direction, your strength of vision will guide us there.

THE HOURS AND THE MONEY

We currently have the funds to pay you £225 per 10-hour week (to be divided across the week in a mutually convenient way) between early January and late May.  Beyond that, your hours and pay will depend very much on where the company has arrived at by then, both in terms of financial stability and sureness of identity.

ESSENTIAL QUALITIES

You must:

  • have a minimum of two years experience of lead producing within an arts organisation
  • have a working knowledge of the UK touring theatre scene
  • have a working knowledge of the online arts scene
  • have good skills in budgeting, fundraising and marketing within the arts
  • be positive, brimming with ideas, and unflustered by setbacks.

DESIRABLE QUALITIES

Please tell us if you:

  • have an interest in, and experience of producing, educational work
  • have an interest in science, since that’s what most of our work is about
  • have a working knowledge of the music industry
  • live anywhere near, or within easy reach of, the company base in central south Sussex.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our company, and we therefore welcome and encourage applications from members of all ethnic and social backgrounds, all gender expressions and identities, and the full spectrum of ability and disability.

Please email your CV, the names of two referees and a covering letter, giving an indication of how you would approach the role, to everything@ensonglopedia.com, by midnight on Friday 4th December.  We’re envisaging two rounds of Zoom interviews, with an appointment expected before 21st December.

We look forward to hearing from you.