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Director of Community Projects & Events

The Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking a dynamic leader for Community Projects and Events.

The Role:

The Director of Community Projects and Events is a leader at the Old Town School who is responsible for the curation, booking and oversight of approximately 75-100 events per year, including our World Music Wednesday series, related artist workshops, select ticketed world music concerts, Square Roots Festival and special events throughout Chicago. The Director creates and maintains partnerships with culturally diverse communities and acts as a liaison to community cultural organizations.


  • Curates, schedules and produces Old Town School's World Music Wednesday concert series and select ticketed world music concerts in our 418 and 170 seat theaters.
  • Negotiates contractual fees and terms and accompanying requirements for events.
  • Oversees the overall artist experience leading up to and including day of show needs.
  • Leads and advises as necessary on production details and hospitality and travel requirements for all performances booked.
  • Secures and manages additional offsite programming of OTSFM cultural events throughout Chicago.
  • Establishes and maintains communication with agents, artists, community partners and other performing arts organizations.
  • Represents Old Town School in the local and national performing arts community.
  • Builds and sustains interest, enthusiasm and support among diverse audience communities.
  • Secures financial and media sponsors for events and series.
  • Seeks out grant opportunities and assists the school's Development team in writing grant applications, project management and grant reporting.
  • Contributes to marketing efforts for events booked, including suggestions for direct promotion to community organizations. Proofs ads, brochures and other marketing materials for accuracy.
  • Manages international artist residency programs.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required. 7+ years of experience programming and overseeing concerts and events, from the talent buying and scheduling process through to production and settlement. Must have extensive relationships with agents and artists in the touring music community. Ability to successfully negotiate contractual terms with agents, manage budgets and keep a close eye on event P&Ls. Strong research and data analysis skills are necessary for maintaining profitable and successful events.
  • Deep knowledge of and passion for world music is required, along with knowledge of the state of world music in Chicago, nationally and internationally. Understands the integral role of education and community engagement in the work of the organization. Must have experience with writing grants and grant reporting. Must be able to work independently, having the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines. Excellent organizational, proof-reading and communication skills are required. Bilingual in Spanish preferred. Evening and weekend hours are required: must be available to attend all shows booked.

If interested and qualified, please submit a resume and cover letter to

About Old Town School of Folk Music

Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music (“OTSFM”) is the largest community school of the arts in the U.S. and a non-profit organization committed to celebrating American music and global cultures. Founded in 1957, Old Town School provides a wide range of music, dance, and arts courses to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Whatever one's interest, Old Town School provides broad access to more than 700 weekly class offerings, a broad array of private lessons, and over 400 concerts and community events per year.

Old Town School of Folk Music opened its Lincoln Square facility in 1998 and expanded in 2012. The Old Town School operates two campuses located in Chicago's Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park neighborhoods that include world-class concert halls, classrooms, an award-winning music store, and a music resource center. Online classes were introduced in 2020 and students from nearly every state and a dozen countries participated over the course of the pandemic. Children's classes are also held at several suburban satellite locations. More information is available at

Equal Employment Opportunity

Old Town School is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees. Old Town School strives to be an inclusive and equitable organization that is reflective of the diversity of the city of Chicago. We seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. This is critical to our success as a community focused organization.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago/Lincoln Square