Arts Management Training Programme

The Philharmonia Orchestra's Arts Management Training Programme offers a unique opportunity to gain inside-track experience in this highly competitive field, within one of the world's premier arts organisations.

Arts Management Training Programme

The Philharmonia Orchestra's Arts Management Training Programme offers a unique opportunity to gain inside-track experience in this highly competitive field, within one of the world's premier arts organisations.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about music and the performing arts, and committed to making a career in arts management and administration. We offer six training placements: Development (fundraising), Digital, Orchestral Librarianship, Education, Marketing and Concert Planning and Administration.

Traineeships Currently Available

Marketing Department Trainee

The Philharmonia Marketing Department is offering the opportunity for a trainee to join their busy team to gain experience in a wide range of marketing activities across their concerts in London and residencies throughout the UK. The successful candidate will be able to think creatively as well as possess impeccable organisational skills, the ability to work to tight deadlines and an enthusiasm for promoting classical music to audiences all over the UK. 

Hours: 9.30am - 5.30pm, 5 days per week, with additional evenings and weekends as required. Placements are voluntary and unpaid, although travel expenses (maximum equivalent of monthly travelcard, London zones 1 - 6, per month, during each Trainee placement) and a lunch allowance are available. The traineeship is for 6 months and will run from January 2015 until June 2015.

Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter to Isla MacLeod, Philharmonia Orchestra, 6th Floor, The Tower Building, 11 York Road, London, SE1 7NX or by email to isla.macleod@philharmonia.co.uk

Closing date: 5pm on Monday 5 January 2015

Interviews to be held w/b 12 January 2015

Closing date: 05 January 2015, 17:00

Contact: Isla MacLeod (isla.macleod@philharmonia.co.uk)

Download: Marketing Department Trainee.pdf

Concerts Department Trainee

The Philharmonia Orchestra is offering a traineeship within its busy Concerts Department. This traineeship offers a unique opportunity to experience the workings of one of the world’s busiest orchestras, specifically assisting the Concerts and Tours Assistant with the Orchestra’s busy touring schedule and working alongside the Manager of the London Season to assist with the Orchestra’s flagship concert series at the Royal Festival Hall. This is a full time position and it will suit a person who has a passion for classical music, a keen eye for detail and the ability to think on their feet.

Hours: 9.30am - 5.30pm, 5 days per week, with additional evenings and weekends as required. Placements are voluntary and unpaid, although travel expenses (maximum equivalent of monthly travelcard, London zones 1 - 6, per month, during each Trainee placement) and a lunch allowance are available.

Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter to Diego Podesta, Philharmonia Orchestra, 6th Floor, The Tower Building, 11 York Road, London, SE1 7NX or by email to diego.podesta@philharmonia.co.uk

Deadline for applications: Friday 16 January 2014, 17.00

Interviews to be held w/b 19 January.

Closing date: 16 January 2015, 17:00

Contact: Diego Podesta (diego.podesta@philharmonia.co.uk)

Download: Concerts Department Trainee.pdf

About our Traineeships

We offer six training placements and are looking for individuals who are passionate about music and the performing arts, and committed to making a career in arts management and administration.

"The Arts Management Training Programme provides fantastic hands-on experience of the music business. Working in the library, I was set in a unique position between the office and the orchestra, and as a result not only learned the skills needed to be an orchestral librarian, but gained an invaluable insight into how the orchestra operates on multiple levels. Through working with both the musicians and the administration, I not only gained a lot of important experience, but also had a huge amount of fun and heard some great music at the same time! My time at the Philharmonia Orchestra undoubtedly gave me the required training to start my career in orchestral management." Tom Alexander, Library Trainee, December 2012 - April 2013

See below for further details (if you would like to apply for traineeships in more than one Department please send a separate CV for each application you wish to make). Please click on the relevant option for further details.

Placements are voluntary and unpaid, although travel expenses (maximum equivalent of monthly travelcard, London zones 1 - 6, per month, during each Trainee placement) and a lunch allowance are available.

Currently open to applications

Currently closed to applications

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer short-term work placements. Placements are normally awarded on a 6-month basis.

"I found my time as a trainee incredibly valuable. I learned so much, from filmmaking and production, to digital design and PHP scripting. I met and got to know many people within both the digital and classical music industries. But best of all, I felt like I was a valuable part of a talented and dedicated team." Guy Jones, Digital Department Trainee, March-September 2011

Among the benefits offered by the programme are:

  • The opportunity to gain inside knowledge and hands-on experience within a thriving and dynamic arts organisation
  • The opportunity to shadow and learn from experienced professionals
  • The opportunity to form contacts within the arts administration world
  • The chance to learn from other departments about their role within the organisation through a series of presentations
  • Access to training courses, such as those run by the Association of British Orchestras
  • Careers advice, including assistance with CV presentation and interview technique

Successful candidates will be encouraged to attend the Orchestra’s performances and to meet members and supporters of the Orchestra.

Previous trainees have gone on to forge successful careers in leading arts organisations, agencies and production companies such as Harrison Parrott, IMG Artists, Faber Music, The Sixteen, English National Opera, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera House, English Chamber Orchestra, Southbank Centre, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC, Touch Press, Intermusica, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and even the Philharmonia Orchestra itself. Many trainees go on to lead successful freelance careers as well.

"The programme gave me a fantastic insight into the busy life of an orchestral education programme and provided me with many opportunities, from being backstage at family concerts to attending workshops with the Royal Shakespeare Company. I learnt a lot in my time with the Philharmonia and the opportunity undoubtedly helped me start my career in arts administration." Ellie Cowan, Education Trainee, September 2009 - February 2010

For queries, please telephone 020 7921 3900.

The Philharmonia Orchestra is committed to equal opportunities. We are working to achieve diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.