Camden Town, Greater London
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is seeking an experienced venue hires and events professional to take up the post of Venue Sales and Events Manager.

Working closely with the Operations Director, the Venue Sales and Events Manager (VSEM) will be responsible for the effective development and delivery of the hires strategy at Cecil Sharp House (CSH), including managing its administration, initial contact, event planning and co-ordination of operational delivery. The VSEM will lead the development of partnerships with existing and new hirers, promotion, marketing and sales, and will work with the Operations Team to ensure the operational running of the venue as both a venue to hire and one with its own strong and professionally run public programme of concerts.


EFDSS is the national development organisation for the English folk arts. It is multi-faceted, being a membership society (3,400 members); England’s folk arts centre (Cecil Sharp House); an education, training and creative development agency; an advocate and lobbyist on behalf of the folk arts; and custodian of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML), England's folk music and dance archive, which was awarded designated status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in 2011.

Cecil Sharp House (CSH) is a 1930s Grade II listed building, purpose built to be the home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library is England’s national folk music and dance archive and ‘the most important concentration of material on traditional song, dance and music in the country' (Designation statement - Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, 2011).

The busy EFDSS performance programme at CSH has included some of biggest names in folk music - Martin & Eliza Carthy, Shirley Collins, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Martin Simpson and Kate Rusby as well as new and emerging artists.  The venue is also a regular host of the Sunday Papers and large scale externally hired conferences and festivals. The building itself has also appeared in films, television programmes, as a location for fashion shoots and for recording music.

Cecil Sharp House offers five main spaces which can be hired for both folk and commercial activities like public concerts, dance classes, theatre, dance & orchestra rehearsals, trade fairs and exams. Regular clients include the BBC, The London Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, Phil McIntyre Entertainment, Raymond Gubbay, University College London and the Cabinet Rooms. In 2013 CSH re- launched as a wedding reception venue and is now developing its reputation as a unique corporate and private entertainment venue working with catering partners Pink Foods (our catering/bar franchisee) to develop catering packages for all occasions and recently jointly launched a Christmas package.

In 2013 the building was made step-free with the installation of a lift and refurbishment of public areas.  This now enables access to all floors including the offices, enabling greater access to our events and facilities.  A restoration of the main space, Kennedy Hall took place during 2015/16 with hearing loops installed into this and one other hall, and there are plans to further develop the facilities to improve the hirer and visitor offer in the next few years.  Streaming equipment will be installed by the autumn and will be made available to hirers.

Venue hire is a significant stream of income for EFDSS and expansion of this area of business is vital to the future development of both activities, such as performance and education, and to the physical improvement of facilities at CSH.  EFDSS is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Please download the Job Description for further information and details on how to apply.

At the English Folk Dance and Song Society we strive to be an Equal Opportunities employer and to ensure that no person is unfairly discriminated against in our recruitment and selection policies and procedures. We are committed to diversifying our workforce to better represent society and we follow guidance on positive action in recruitment from the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Equality Act 2010.

Closing date for completed applications is Monday 26 April at 10am. Interviews will be held at Cecil Sharp House or via Zoom during the weeks commencing 26 April and 3 May 2021.

Posted on: 12 April 2021
Closed date: 26 April 2021
Tags: Admin, Business Development

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