THE OPPORTUNITY: In recent years, The Music
Center began a major transformation to become a more relevant,
public-centered, inclusive, and dynamic performing arts center. The
organization is now poised to realize its vision of deepening the
cultural life of every resident of Los Angeles County and continue
creating an increasingly relevant, multidisciplinary center for the
The Senior Vice President, Advancement is a member of the
leadership team reporting to the President & CEO, and works
closely with the board, colleagues, constituent organizations, and
other stakeholders to build upon The Music Center’s current
philanthropy program and expand beyond its traditional donor base
to engage new communities of supporters.
The successful candidate will also serve as an ambassador for
the Music Center, both on the campus and to the Los Angeles
community. The SVPA will lead a 22-person team. The individual in
this role will collaborate with colleagues across the entire
organization, including but not limited to finance, marketing and
communications, TMC Arts, and TMC Ops.
BACKGROUND: Los Angeles—the cultural hub of the
country—is home to America’s most diverse population and more
entertainment options and venue than anywhere else in the US. As
one of the nation’s largest performing arts centers, and as a
cultural anchor in Los Angeles County, The Music Center brings
together artists, communities, and ideas with the goal of enriching
the cultural lives of all Angelinos.
The Music Center has three divisions: TMC Arts, TMC Ops, and TMC
Business Services. TMC Arts, The Music Center’s programming engine,
provides year-round programming inside The Music Center’s four
theatres, on Jerry Moss Plaza, outside Gloria Molina Grand Park, in
schools and neighborhoods all over Los Angeles County, and on a
variety of digital platforms. These programs include world-class
dance experiences with Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The
Music Center, free and low-cost public concerts and events, as
well as live and digital K-12 arts learning programs, workshops,
performances, interactive experiences, and special events. TMC Ops
manages the theatres, the Plaza, and Gloria Molina Grand Park,
which comprise $2 billion in county assets, on behalf of the County
of Los Angeles. TMC Business Resources includes services provided
by the organization’s Advancement, Finance, and Marketing and
The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident
companies: Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA
Opera, and LA Phil. To learn more about this Los Angeles cultural
focal point, please visit musiccenter.org.
FUNDING: The Music Center operates as a
public/private partnership and has a current annual operating
budget of approximately $70 million, of which about half is
provided by Los Angeles County. The remaining funding comes from
earned income including ticket sales, rent and concession income,
as well as contributed income comprised of major/institutional
gifts, board support, membership/annual fund, and special events.
The current annual fund raises approximately $15 million. The Music
Center has an endowment with a current market value of $71 million
and is preparing to launch an historic comprehensive campaign. The
approaching 60th anniversary of The Music Center in 2024 serves as
a platform for creating momentum and excitement around the vision
of the campaign.
- Genuine interest in The Music Center’s mission and values;
significant track record of advancement leadership success in a
not-for-profit institution (cultural arts background and/or
education-related experience is a plus).
- Demonstrated success as a front-line major and principal gift
- Major capital campaign planning and leadership experience.
- Experience working effectively with board members and other
- Knowledgeable about the Greater Los Angeles cultural, business,
social, and philanthropic communities.
- Prior experience serving as a strategic advancement partner to
- Reputation as an innovator, instituting best practices and
emerging trends in advancement.
- Substantial management/mentoring experience.
- Comfortable embracing technology and exploring its
- Demonstrated commitment to attracting and fostering a diverse,
collaborative workplace and community.
- Warm, engaging personal style.
- Persuasive writing and presentation skills—able to articulate
compelling cases for support to diverse audiences.
- Able to work diplomatically and effectively within a large,
- Excellent organization and time-management skills.
- Willingness and ability to regularly participate in weekend and
evening events and to travel as required.
- Bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree in a relevant
field is highly desirable. The estimated annual base salary range
is $350K-$375K plus attractive benefits.
Howe-Lewis International is pleased to assist The Music Center
with this exciting search. To apply, please follow the link posted
elsewhere in this posting or email your resume and letter of
interest to firstname.lastname@example.org