The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc.

P.O. Box 45252
Somerville, MA 02145

Date Posted:
July 28, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Technical Coordinator


The Boston New Music Initiative (BNMI) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to dedicate a few hours (typically 1-3 hours) per week to support the organization’s day-to-day operations. BNMI doesn’t maintain a physical office location, so most responsibilities can be performed online and with a flexible schedule. We’re sensitive to busy schedules (we all have those ourselves!) and work to accommodate the schedules of our volunteer staff as much as we can.

We’re looking for people who are organized, passionate about music and the arts, possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, and have an interest in developing skills and/or developing a career in arts administration, artistic planning, and project management.

Our volunteer staff consists of full-time music professionals, as well as professionals in industries such as information technology, nonprofits, higher education, and project management. We volunteer our time because we are passionate about promoting the performance of music by living composers, and advancing the careers of our membership, who consist of performers, composers, conductors, and music administrators. BNMI’s leadership is committed to improving career opportunities for its volunteer staff, and looks to serve as a resource to provide valuable hands-on experience, training, and mentorship whenever possible.


Reporting to the Artistic Director (AD) and Director of Concert Series (DCS), the Technical Coordinator (Tech) is responsible for the technical operations and logistics of all Organization concerts and events, including . Responsibilities:

  • Consult with AD regarding repertoire during the rep selection, preparation, and rehearsal processes in consideration of all technical needs required for successful execution of concert program. Make recommendations on additional equipment, equipment or software upgrades, or equipment use as needed.

  • Coordinate with AD and DCS to determine technical capabilities of concert and event venues to match the concert repertoire; communicate any equipment needs, restrictions, load-in/load-out, or other logistics with the venue contacts as necessary.

  • Coordinate transportation of equipment to rehearsal, concert, and event venues, and organize load-in, setup, and operation of A/V equipment during rehearsals and concerts as needed. Organize teardown and load-out at the conclusion of all concerts and events.

  • Other relevant technical duties as requested by AD.

    Significant experience with audiovisual and multimedia systems required, specifically in a live concert or theatrical setting. Experience with audio engineering, multimedia performance in the arts, and contemporary electronic/electroacoustic composition or performance strongly preferred. Strong interpersonal and professional internal and external communication required, as well as an ability to delegate tasks effectively and responsibly. Applicants should be organized and efficient, and able to work independently and proactively. Additional technical skills are required, including an ability to work with or quickly gain a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Apps. Candidates should also have a strong awareness of and support for the Organization’s mission and current and long-term goals.

How To Apply:

Interested applicants should send a brief letter of interest in the position and relevant experience, along with a résumé or CV to Beth Ratay, Artistic Director, at with the subject: “Technical Coordinator.” Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Apply by:
August 30, 2019
About this Organization:
The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on establishing, maintaining, and developing an international network of contemporary music champions, performers, conductors, directors, and composers of music so as to foster collaborations, new music concerts, and commissions in the music industry. The organization's mission is to advance the careers of its members in the field of new music by serving as a resource for networking, professional development, commissioning, collaboration, and programming.

In nine concert seasons to date, BNMI has performed the works of over 150 living composers, including 24 world premieres and five commissioned works. In an ongoing effort to recognize, perform, and create new repertoire for the concert hall and beyond, BNMI holds a commissioning competition, a young composers competition, and two international calls for scores each season, with the winning composers programmed on future BNMI seasons.