From arranging the music line-up to choosing a venue and foreseeing potential problems, a music festival production coordinator helps bring together the whole event. Production coordinator positions, in the events management career category, are ideal for music lovers–a coordinator enjoys free access to concert grounds and live music and experiences firsthand how festivals work from the inside out.
Production coordinators make business and financial decisions revolving around an upcoming or current music festival. Working under the direction of a music festival manager or director, the production coordinator takes responsibility for all the smaller details of the show while directors concentrate on working with performers and staff. Production coordinators do not typically hire staff and other production assistants but they can if asked to do so by a manager or higher-up director.
Duties can vary widely depending on the festival, but a coordinator can handle projects from band selection to designing program schedules, developing concepts for stage venues, organising financing for the event, and determining the size of the event and how large of a staff to hire.
Budget and Time Management
Under the direction of the director or head producer, production coordinators oversee the activities of writers, directors, managers, and agents to ensure that each project stays on schedule and within budget.
Work assignments typically are short term—ranging from one day on the day of the music festival, to several months of preparation before the event. Depending on the prominence of the festival—if it involves a well-known band or is an annual music festival—a production coordinator could work for a year or more, but these are happy exceptions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between festival employment, production coordinators may suffer from inconsistent jobs. Some production coordinators might seek freelance production work in other areas of festival or movie production if they have experience.
Job Prospects & Salary
Music production coordinator jobs can lead to further work and a career in the music industry, like as a director, festival manager, or events management position.
Live entertainment venues like music arenas and outdoor concert locations are expected, as of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, to offer many job opportunities. However, job prospects for music festivals and other live productions vary depending on economic conditions and a band's touring budget.
Production coordinators, as of 2010, make an average hourly rate of £20 or £42,900 annually.
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