Just when you thought things could get no more dysfunctional in the world of arts cuts. you can trust the ACE to celebrate its own absurdity.
With theatres, orchestras, arts companies and museums laying off experienced staff up and down the land, Liz Forgan’s Arts Council has announced four job vacancies for Relationship Managers in London (£31,000 p.a. ‘with excellent benefits’) and Cambridge (£29,000).
What does a Relationship Manager do? Conciliate and arbitrate? Mend ruptured alliances? Refer to a qualified counsellor? Sort out child care?
Nothing so useful. Here’s the job description. Read it, then ask why we are squandering scarce resources on civil service desk jockeys when belts are tight, artists are on the dole and some companies cannot afford to put on a new play. Read it, and despair.
We are looking for a specialist Relationship Manager with a depth of knowledge and experience of the music sector. The successful candidate will have significant experience of working with a diverse range of music organisations, performing companies and relevant partner agencies including local authorities. In particular, we are interested in candidates with specialist knowledge and experience of opera and music theatre, learning and participation.
The post-holder will be the primary ACE contact for a range of high profile music organisations and must be competent to assess all aspects of organisational performance: both artistic outputs and ambition, and management/finance.