Corporate Development & Partnerships Manager


Serious is one of the UK’s leading producers of live jazz, international and new music events. Working with artists and partners from all over the world, they create world-class festivals, concerts, tours and special events including the EFG London Jazz Festival, the UK’s largest annual celebration of jazz.

The Serious Trust was established in 2012 to help give talented individuals the chance to reach their potential and support young people to change their futures through the power of music. The Trust exists to support projects that ensure everyone can grow through music and music-making (via their Creative Engagement programme); musicians can reach their full potential (via Talent Development programmes and residencies); and creation of innovative new music (including funding commissions to enable professional and creative development).

As Corporate Development and Partnerships Manager, you will join a small and highly supportive team, where you’ll be working closely with the Head of Development and Partnerships, for a music charity that delivers outstanding events. You will be provided with great opportunities to be creative and shape the role according to your interests and strengths, while also receiving training and support to enhance skills and knowledge.

To top this all off, you’ll receive year-round free access to concerts and events that Serious produces, ensuring you can fully appreciate the work Serious/you deliver!

We are keen to hear from those with a background in events, whether in the charity or private sector. Applications are also encouraged from Corporate Partnerships fundraisers who are looking for a step-up to manager level.

About the role

As Corporate Development and Partnerships Manager, you will:

  • Generate 4- to 5-figure partnerships and contributing towards a team target £100k in new income
  • Develop and pitch creative proposals to secure corporate partnerships and sponsorships with support from the Head of Development
  • Conduct research and identify potential corporate partners and sponsors
  • Lead on delivering hospitality events and activities during the EFG London Jazz Festival and other stakeholder engagement events across the year
  • Understanding the arts organisation and use this knowledge to attract partnerships and sponsorships through music events

About you

Ideal skills and experience: 

  • Experience in corporate partnerships and/or developing new business and/or events
  • Strong research skills and ability to think creatively
  • Ability to develop and write compelling proposals
  • Confident relationship builder
  • A background in events, whether in the charity or private sector, would be desirable
  • Corporate Partnerships fundraisers who are looking for a step-up to manager level are encouraged to apply
  • This role would suit someone with passion for music and events, and a commitment to Serious’s mission

Apply for this role

QuarterFive and our clients know fundraising could better reflect the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the people the charity sector supports. We encourage individuals with relevant skills and experience to apply for roles regardless of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief. If you think you meet some of the criteria for a role and would like to discuss how your other experience might transfer, please ask us for a chat. We’re here to support you. Appointments will be made on merit alone and we will gladly make reasonable adjustments to always ensure a fair process.

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