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Music Education Manager – Job Description

The deadline to apply for this position has passed. Please email if you have any questions. 

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
  • 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. 


Your donation to Newport Festivals Foundation will help ensure the future of our festivals and support musicians and music education programs across the country.