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

Development Department Trainee

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. The Philharmonia Orchestra's Development Department raises £1.5 - £2m per year from individuals, businesses, trusts & foundations and special events in order to help the Orchestra fulfil its artistic ambitions. As part of the Development Department you will have the unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of fundraising.

To apply for this traineeship, please send your CV and cover letter to Catherine Thomson, Development Coordinator.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 7 May or Thursday 8 May and the traineeship will begin in late May / early June 2014. For further information, please call Catherine on 020 7921 3951.

Closing date: 02 May 2014, 17:00

Contact: Catherine Thomson (catherine.thomson@philharmonia.co.uk)

Download: Development 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

To apply for this traineeship, please send your CV and Cover Letter to Catherine Thomson, Development Coordinator: catherine.thomson@philharmonia.co.uk

The deadline for applications is Friday 2 May 2014. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 7 May or Thursday 8 May and the traineeship will begin from late May / early June 2014. For further information on the traineeship please telephone 020 7921 3951.

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.