Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Our vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music making in his or her scholastic environment.
Founded in 1975, Music for All is a destination – and sets the standard – for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. Music for All provides ensemble experiences, hands-on opportunities for individual student performance training and growth, and teacher professional development.
Music for All is also committed to informing and empowering students, parents, and teachers to be engaged advocates for the arts and music education in their communities and across the nation.
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, Music for All’s programs include 30+ annual events, serving more than 500,000 attendees each year. Our programs including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching bands, the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers, the Music for All National Festival and Affiliate Regional Music Festivals for concert bands, orchestras, choirs, chamber ensembles, percussion ensembles, and the national honor concert band, jazz band, orchestra, and the Bands of America Honor Band that will march for the fifth time in the Rose Parade® in 2021.
Current Open Positions
The Vice President of Advancement at Music for All demonstrates and reflects an understanding of and commitment to the mission, vision and core values of Music for All and the Music for All Foundation.
The Vice President of Advancement will have overall responsibility for designing and implementing comprehensive institutional advancement programs (development and sponsorship) and developing and managing a talented team focused toward the ultimate goal of significantly increasing constituent involvement and fundraising outcomes. The advancement function includes responsibility for the annual fund, sponsorship sales, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and gift planning, endowment and campaign initiatives, stewardship, and sponsorship and advancement services.
The Vice President of Advancement reports to the President & CEO and serves on the senior administrative team and the Board’s Advancement Committee.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Advance the mission, vision, and goals of Music for All in concert with the President and CEO and as a member of the senior leadership team.
- Support the President and CEO and other members of the leadership team in all phases of advancement (development and sponsorship) activities.
- Solicit, achieve, maintain and fulfill Music for All development and sponsorship goals and relationships.
- Serve as an exemplary organizational advocate and affirmative presence in the community, with national and local (community, educational and industry) leaders, and with business and corporate partners; build relationships that closely link the community, region, and nation with and to Music for All.
- Lead the Advancement team in the development of annual plans and budgets for the Sponsorships, Campaign, Annual Fund, Major Gifts, Gift Planning, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Alumni Relations, Stewardship and Advancement Services.
- Formulate and administer the annual budget for the Advancement Department.
- Maintain cooperative working relationships with all departments whose cooperation is essential to effective outreach and achievement of sponsorship and fundraising in an effort to broaden the culture of philanthropy.
- Prepare for and implement campaign initiatives through comprehensive and effective campaign planning and execution.
- Establish a dynamic portfolio of high net worth individuals and secure major, capital, and planned gifts, as well as advanced annual gifts and endowment support.
- Improve, integrate and execute best practice moves management and prospect strategy functions.
- Ensure dynamic processes in all phases of donor identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
- Build a comprehensive strategy for increasing support from corporations and foundations.
- In partnership with Music for All’s Marketing Department, devise and implement effective internal and external messaging and methods of advancement communication.
- Be active and involved in the advancement profession to make and keep Music for All visible and viable among local and national philanthropic and industry communities that support scholastic music education and music and arts performance and education initiatives generally.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the President and CEO.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Successful candidate must display a record of leadership and accomplishment in advancement (with a proven track record of fundraising success in development and/or annual fund, campaign planning/execution and major gift solicitation and/or sponsorship sales. Strong organizational, supervisory, team building, and leadership capabilities are essential.
- Successful candidate must document a successful sponsorship sales/fulfillment history or success in solicitation of numerous major and principal gifts, and a history of building advancement program and fund raising performance.
- Successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to the mission, vision and values of Music for All. Exemplary interpersonal skills are essential, as is the ability to affect favorably sophisticated donors, participants and volunteers.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
- A bachelor’s degree is required and additional professional Advancement training is preferred.
- A minimum of five years of advancement experience is required and at least two years of senior level advancement or sponsorship professional experience is preferred.
- Candidates that can demonstrate successful experience developing integrated fundraising programs, strategic planning and/or participant/alumni engagement initiatives will be favored.
- Commitment to music and arts generally, scholastic music education, and access and diversity of opportunity will be valued.
Every candidate for a position at Music for All must understand and acknowledge that a substantial portion of the Organization’s business is the planning and execution of special events. As such, all Music for All employees are involved in the planning of events and have some on-site event production duties and responsibilities. Some travel, night and weekend work is required.
Travel is required. The Vice President must be willing to travel to Music for All events and otherwise as necessary to create, develop and maintain relationships with sponsors and donors as a representative of the Organization.
Music for All is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce.