Call for Applications – Festival Manager

The Kingston Chamber Music Festival is searching for a new Festival Manager. Applications are being accepted now. Please see the following for the position description. We will begin reviewing applications on February 19, 2024 and will continue until April 15, 2024 unless the position is filled earlier. Applicants should submit a resume and statement of interest in the position to, noting particular strengths in light of the position description. Finalists will be asked to submit two references.

Festival Manager Job Description

About Kingston Chamber Music Festival:

The Kingston Chamber Music Festival (KCMF), founded in 1989, is a non-profit organization operating in the state of Rhode Island. The mission of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival is to engage audiences with outstanding chamber music performed by exceptional world-class musicians and rising stars; to provide educational outreach programs to Rhode Island students; and to present concerts at affordable prices.

KCMF accomplishes its mission through the work of an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors, an Artistic Director, the Festival Manager, and other employees and volunteers as needed.

KCMF’s primary activity is organizing and presenting a two-week, summer chamber music festival, including six or seven concerts. Musicians performing in the Festival come from around the world but predominantly the US. Musicians are “in residence” for a period of a week. KCMF has a long association with the University of Rhode Island, and most of its concerts are on the URI campus.


The Festival Manager functions as an administrator of the KCMF organization. This position reports to the Artistic Director and consults and works with the President of the Board, the Chair of the URI Department of Music, and the Board Treasurer.  The primary responsibility of this position is to produce and manage the operations and logistics of the summer Festival.

The anticipated workload varies from 5 hours a week to 40+ during the Festival weeks.  The salary ranges from $45K-$50K, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Kingston Chamber Music Festival is an equal opportunity employer.

Principal Duties:

  • Hires and manages seasonal staff and volunteers for the summer festival concert series and special performances. Performing artists are hired by the Artistic Director.
  • Prepares contracts for concert venues
  • Ensures the concert venues are prepared for the concerts including lighting, staging, music stands, piano tuning, etc.
  • Oversees artist transportation and housing 
  • Supervises the box office function and ticket sales 
  • Manages vendors who provide website support, graphic design, printing services, photography, bookkeeping, and other support services to KCMF
  • Manages timely production of all printed materials related to the Festival summer concert series
  • Works closely with Communications/Social Media employee on all electronic and media materials to promote and market the festival
  • Submits timely reports based on allocated budget expenditures to the Treasurer and the Artistic Director per their schedule
  • Reports at Board meetings on the the aspects of operations of the Festival under Festival Manager’s purview
  • Works with Administrative Assistant, when available
  • Communicates routinely with the Board of Directors and KCMF staff around tasks related to delivering the Festival 


  • Belief in the KCMF mission to present outstanding music at affordable prices
  • Experience in event or concert management 
  • Administration experience essential
  • Experience with office technology. KCMF uses Google Workspace, Quickbooks, and CiviCRM  (Content Relationship Manager)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure and with others 
  • Musical knowledge preferred

Work Environment/Conditions:

KCMF does not maintain office space. Consequently, all office work is done remotely, using equipment provided by the employee. The Festival Manager is expected to be on-site for the summer concert series. Travel and lodging expenses for the Festival Manager to the festival are not included.

  • Meetings and other communications are likely to be electronic or remote, including video conferencing, phone calls, email, etc. Consequently, a robust internet connection is helpful.
  • The weekly workload varies according to the deadline determined work requirements. Extended work hours may be required to meet projected deadlines or resolve unexpected problems.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.