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Digital Strategist and Marketer

Ensonglopedia are seeking a part-time Digital Strategist and Marketer to move our educational arts company into an ambitious new digital-focused phase.

Ensonglopedia is a small scale theatre company with big digital ambitions. Founded in 2016, we make educational musical live shows, videos, and webisodes, all based on the concept of 26 songs about a given subject, one song for each letter of the alphabet. 

Previous Ensonglopedias include Ensonglopedia of Science, British History, Plants  and Animals. 

We are currently making Ensonglopedia of the Human, a live show and series of videos exploring everything that makes us human, across 26 songs: Amniotic Sac, Birth, Childhood Division of Labour, Empathy etc. 

We’ve been working to build our digital presence for a while. We’ve always seen it as a way to reach a wider audience, outside of more traditional live performance structures. Now, after nine months of Covid-19, it feels absolutely essential to shift our focus online.

We’re looking for someone to join our team to shape and deliver a new digital strategy and make our work visible to the greatest possible audience.

This might include, but is not limited to:

  • working with us to shape and deliver a three year digital plan
  • branding and rebranding the company’s digital image
  • determining which digital platforms we use and how we use them
  • building digital audiences and social media following
  • leading on a redesign of our website (which currently looks like this: www.ensonglopedia.com)
  • leading on, and budgeting, all digital marketing decisions 
  • leading on writing all marketing copy 

This would be a part-time job on an hourly rate of £22.50ph, ranging between 4 and 8 hours per week, exact hours and schedule to be determined with the right candidate. We expect the role to start in February 2021.

You must:

  • have a minimum two years experience of digital arts marketing 
  • have a working knowledge of the online arts scene
  • have digital expertise including website design, graphic design, copywriting
  • be positive, brimming with ideas, and unflustered by setbacks.

Please tell us if you:

  • live anywhere near, or within easy reach of, the company base in central south Sussex
  • have experience of reaching out to family audiences
  • have an interest in education / science / music
  • have experience of marketing on non-digital platforms such as print and broadcast

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 and a covering letter, giving an indication of how you would approach the role, to everything@ensonglopedia.com, by midnight on Tuesday 19th January.  We’re envisaging two rounds of Zoom interviews, with an appointment expected by the end of January.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Animator

Posted: 4th January 2021 

Rough deadline 15th January 2021 (if it’s after that date, ask us if we’re still looking before applying).

We are a small limited company who make educational songs, shows and videos.  We have funding to make two animations to accompany songs from our new show Ensonglopedia of the Human.

The animations will appear both projected during live performances, and as a stand-alone music video incorporating the performer.  These two versions may need to be subtly different.  Whether the performer in the music videos is interacting with the animations, or just superimposed over them, remains to be discussed.

These are science education songs.  One is about the history of tool manufacture through the ages – stone age, bronze age etc., all the way to the present day.  The other is about mankind’s relationship with space – the theories we’ve had to explain it in the past, what we now know thanks to science, and which questions remain unanswered.

The videos are funded by the Science & Technology Facilities Council, and the budget is £1500, which we appreciate is not a lot for 6-ish minutes of animation, so we’re probably looking at 2D or 2.5D animation and for elements to be repeated.  Also, the timeframe is slender: we’re ready to start someone off on this task immediately, and it would be lovely to have some rough sketches ready to be used during some live performances in mid-February, and the final products by April.  We’re looking for creative solutions as to what level of animation might be possible within the budget and timeframe. 

To get an idea of videos we’ve made in the past, please explore our YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCpIhd_eZV7Qn_fpKMMTHig (videos in the “Weekly A-Z” playlist were made with a zero budget, videos in the “Ensonglopedia of Science” playlist were made with a budget comparable to this one). 

Application process

Please apply by linking to examples of animations you’ve done (particularly anything with an educational angle, especially science, and/or anything resembling a music video), and by giving some loose ideas of what might be achievable.  Please also let us know what software you’d be using.  We will have an informal chat over Zoom with anyone of interest.

We are an equal opportunities employer, and we’re actively seeking to broaden the ethnic, cultural and gender diversity of our freelance workforce.

Thank you.

 

Producer
(This job is no longer current; we’re leaving the advert here for reference purposes; please do not apply)

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.