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Project Coordinator

Working within arts organisations (e.g. music trade associations, at funding bodies or for talent development agencies), a project coordinator is usually responsible for supporting the operational running of core activities

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Also known as:

Programme Coordinator

Skill Level:

Entry level of 1-5 years of experience
What does a Project Coordinator do?

Working within arts organisations (e.g. music trade associations, at funding bodies or for talent development agencies), a project coordinator is usually responsible for supporting the operational running of core activities, for delivering day-to-day administration and reporting tasks, and for dealing with enquiries from members/applicants/music creators. They would normally work closely with and report to a project manager.

Example roles would include:

Membership coordinator
Grants coordinator
Education coordinator

Watch and read (links to videos /cases studies):

What’s a Project Coordinator good at?

Coordinators are very well organised, reliable and have strong administration skills, with an approachable manner, a can-do attitude. The role suits those with a passion for music and supporting others
Tools of the trade:

Project coordinators usually need a working knowledge of admin software including Microsoft Word and Excel.

Who does a Project Coordinator work with?

As well as supporting members/grantees/music creators on a day to day basis, a project coordinator normally works within a small team (usually at a not-for-profit organisation), reporting to a project manager and liaising with those working in other departments (e.g. communications coordinators, operations and HR staff).

Project Coordinators are often involved in and help to run events and as such may work with events managers or third-party events companies.

How do I become a Project Coordinator?

At School or College: Relevant subjects include Music, English Language and Business Studies

Gain work experience / Build a portfolio: Building a network of contacts within the not-for-profit sector will help. Volunteering or taking on smaller roles working alongside that organisation can help you to get a foot in the door, and many of these organisations have work experience or paid internship opportunities.

Look for an apprenticeship: At the larger trade associations such as PRS for Music and PPL

Get a degree: This can help for some of the roles, and most project coordinators have degree-level education, but it’s not compulsory. Relevant degrees would include:

Music Business
Music Management

Search for jobs:

http://www.artsjobs.org.uk

https://jobs.theguardian.com/jobs/music

Publications such as Music Week / Music Business Worldwide / CMU Daily

You might also be interested in: Events Coordinator, Events Manager, Membership Manager, Project Manager roles

Further resources: UK Music

Is the role a skills shortage?

Yes

For further information about funding for musicians please go to https://prsfoundation.com/ and https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/

Search for a course of study with trusted UK Music partners here: https://www.ukmusic.org/skills-academy/music-academic-partnership/

 

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