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Music Education Manager – Job Description 

The Music Education Manager will be responsible for leading Newport Festivals Foundation’s music education, artist relief, and community engagement initiatives. This is a great opportunity for an individual committed to education and the idea that music can transform lives. Reporting to the Director of Development and Programs, the Music Education Manager will play a large role in shaping our future as an organization. 

Responsibilities of the Music Education Manager will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Coordinate existing music education initiatives including afterschool workshops, educational content creation, instrument donations, assembly bands, ambassador programs, and more. 
  • Develop new music education programs that help to achieve Newport Festivals’ mission to expand the impact of our festivals through initiatives that honor the traditions of Folk and Jazz music. 
  • Strengthen relationships with community partners including schools, local nonprofits, and more.
  • Conduct outreach to stakeholders through one-on-one meetings, site visits, and events to develop a sense of shared community and urgency around NFF’s mission.
  • Actively maintain and deliver regular reports that show the impact of Newport Festivals’ initiatives. 

Skills and Characteristics

  • Trained in music education or performance
  • Music live on or be willing to move to the East Coast (preferably Rhode Island)
  • Passion for performing arts (Jazz and Folk music preferred)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to prioritize multiple tasks
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Highly motivated and self-directed; capable of seeing projects through from beginning to end
  • Strong work ethic and “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude
  • Excellent computer skills including Google Suite
  • Experience with CRM (Customer relationship management) tools/platforms
  • Demonstrated commitment to underserved communities; preferred familiarity of Aquidneck Island, Providence, North Providence, Warwick, and Cranston communities a plus

Educational Background and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent work experience)
  • Music Degree or Music Education Degree preferred but not required
  • Two years of organizing; community engagement or music education experience strongly preferred
  • Experience in building, expanding, and maintaining strong partnerships with educational institutions and organizations


Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, Newport Festivals Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits package. 




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