Temporary Leave Contract

Producer / Programmer, Arts in the Park

LOCATION: Whitehorse, Yukon
DURATION: Contract
CLOSING DATE: September 24, 2019

Music Yukon is seeking a candidate for the position of Producer & Programmer for the 2020 Arts in the Park season. This position is a temporary contract for a 12-month parental leave replacement.

Music Yukon is a not-for-profit society dedicated to supporting Yukon musicians and music industry members in the creation, production, presentation, sale and distribution of Yukon music. Music Yukon exists to:

  • Help artists achieve their artistic, career and business goals including musicianship, professionalism, business success, economic self-sufficiency and cultural expression;
  • Develop and improve the market for Yukon musicians and northern music industry;
  • Enhance the presence of music and Yukon’s music sector in the community and the nation as a source of economic opportunity, cultural identity, community quality of life and entertainment;
  • Represent the interests of the Yukon’s music sector locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Arts in the Park is an 11-week summer festival celebrating visual and performing arts in downtown Whitehorse, Yukon. From May to August, Arts in the Park presents free live music every lunch hour from Monday to Friday, accompanied by live demos and activities by visual artists. The festival also presents youth-oriented concerts each Wednesday evening. Learn more at musicyukon.com/artsinthepark

The role of the Producer & Programmer for Arts in the Park is to oversee all aspects of the Arts in the Park festival, including but not limited to:

  • Secure government grant funding for the 2020 season by preparing and submitting grant applications;
  • Secure private donations and corporate sponsorships for the 2020 season;
  • Create and follow a project budget for the festival based on confirmed funding;
  • Draft, issue and promote Calls for Submissions for performers and visual artists;
  • Select and schedule performers and visual artists;
  • Draft and issue contracts for each artist;
  • Work with artists to ensure tech riders are received and other show requirements are met;
  • Hire necessary contractors including audio technicians and event photographers;
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the festival;
  • Hire and supervise an Assistant Producer;
  • Work with Assistant Producer to coordinate festival marketing and social media;
  • Meet with and provide project reports and updates to the Executive Director;
  • Complete end-of-year reports to funders as required.


  • Experience in live music/theatre production and/or event management;
  • Proven track record of effectively establishing and maintaining budgets;
  • Analysis of financial statements and budget tracking and reporting;
  • Experience in fundraising and revenue generation, including the development of grant applications, administration and stewardship of funds and report preparation;
  • Ability to manage projects;
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks;
  • Proven success in problem-solving and conflict resolution;
  • Strong computer and office skills, including basic marketing and social media competency;
  • Familiarity with the Yukon music and visual arts communities; and
  • Knowledge of Yukon communities.

Candidate will be expected to work irregular hours as required.

The expected term of this contract is October 28, 2019 – October 28, 2020. The contractee will receive a fee of $22,500.00 + GST (if applicable), based on an anticipated schedule of 75 hours per month at $25.00 per hour.

Cover letters and résumés should be submitted via email as a single PDF document to jobs@musicyukon.com by September 24 at 5:00pm PST. Electronic applications only.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.