Vice President for Advancement
The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Aspen
Music Festival and School in the search for a Vice President for
Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President for Advancement will be a senior member of the organization’s leadership management team. The Vice President for Advancement, resident in Aspen year-round, will be responsible for the strategic planning, operations, and oversight of philanthropic programs and events to advance the goals and mission of the organization.
This is an exciting time for the Aspen Music Festival and School. With the completion of a brand-new teaching campus, significant accomplishments in its latest strategic plan, and increased focus on collaborations, the Vice President for Advancement will have the opportunity to participate in shaping the next phase of AMFS. The previous campaign, completed in 2019, raised over $76 million for capital and endowment. As a point of comparison, the previous campaign had been for $12 million in 1999. Current endowment efforts are focused on raising funds for student scholarships with a goal of $12 million. Recent efforts for the annual fund have focused on data-driven strategies that will both grow the pool of new donors and increase stewardship of existing donors.
Founded in 1949, the Aspen Music Festival and School is regarded as one of the top classical music festivals in the United States, noted both for its concert programming and its musical training of mostly young-adult music students. The typical eight-week summer season includes more than 300 musical events—including concerts by five orchestras, solo and chamber music performances, fully staged opera productions, master classes, lectures, and children’s programming—and brings in 70,000 audience members. In the winter, the AMFS presents a small series of recitals and Metropolitan Opera Live in HD screenings.
The Benedict Music Tent, which opened in 2000, is the Festival’s primary concert venue and seats 2,050. Concerts are held in the Benedict Music Tent on a nearly daily basis during the summer, and seating on the lawn just outside the Tent, where many choose to picnic during events, is always free. The design has open sides; the curving roof is made of Teflon-coated fiberglass, a hard material also used by the Denver International Airport. The 500-seat Joan and Irving Harris Concert Hall is located next door to the Benedict Music Tent and was opened in 1993 at a cost of $7 million. The Wheeler Opera House—a Victorian-era venue owned by the City of Aspen—is the home to Aspen Opera Center productions in the summer and the AMFS’s Metropolitan Opera Live in HD screenings in the winter.
A bachelor’s degree is required for this position as is a minimum of 10 years of experience in development. The Aspen Music Festival and School is committed to becoming an anti-racist organization and believes that when people feel respected and included they can be more creative, innovative, and successful. While AMFS has more work to do to advance diversity and inclusion, it is investing to move its organization and the classical music industry forward. In order to create and maintain a diverse community, AMFS does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission and vision of the Aspen Music Festival and School.