About the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth

The PMAY Artists’ Initiative is aimed at building a more robust Philadelphia-area training pathway for student musicians from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, from 5th grade through 12th grade. The Initiative focuses on instrumental students of classical music who have demonstrated both aptitude and interest in pursuing intensive study and a career as a professional musician.

The long-term goal of the PMAY Artists’ Initiative is to help address the persistent lack of diversity in American orchestras – a condition which threatens the vitality and viability of classical, orchestral music.

The Initiative involves close collaboration and resource sharing among eight well-established not-for-profit Philadelphia youth and music-education focused organizations. Together, participating organizations work to identify committed and motivated students early in their training. Musicians selected for the PMAY Artists’ Initiative will be carefully assessed and provided with comprehensive supports – musical and extra-musical (e.g., financial, instructional, academic, etc.) to remove many of the barriers to access that can discourage or derail the training of committed young musicians from underrepresented backgrounds before they are able to realize their full musical potential.

The Opportunity                          

  • Position: Program Manager of PMAY Artists’ Initiative
  • Reports to: Director of PMAY Artists’ Initiative
  • Primary working relationships with: PMAY Artists and families as well as PMAY teachers and staff

Position Summary

The Program Manager will have these primary areas of responsibility:

  • Design and manage mentorship, engagement, and educational activities for participating families including advisory meetings, masterclasses, workshops and events – 40%
  • Work with PMAY organizations and their Student Advocates to coordinate their activities with Artists – 15%
  • Serve as primary collector and teller of PMAY’s stories of positive impact on students – 10%
  • Provide administrative support and representation for the Director, as needed such as payroll – 35%

The primary purpose of the Program Manager role is to develop and coordinate activities that educate participants and families about what they need to know to be successful within PMAY, including what the program is as well as why and how it can be most beneficial to Artists.

Activities for families will focus on helping them understand the nature and demands of pre-professional music study, as well as the world of university and conservatory training programs and the professional world beyond.

Job Qualifications/Requirements

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of music degree or equivalent experience required
  • Experience working in the field of music education, arts administration or performance sector, strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated dedication and success leading diversity, equity, and/or inclusion initiatives and a deep understanding of related challenges
  • Highly motivated, organized, and strategic individual, capable of working effectively with all project constituents (staff, faculty, parents and students)
  • Demonstrated and infectious passion for this project and classical music
  • Strong writing skills
  • Able to work some evenings and weekends for events and family mentorship
  • Comfortable with technology and social media platforms
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred, but not required
  • Must be able to travel to families’ homes and other PMAY events; access to car preferred

Additional Information

Targeted salary is $55,000 with comprehensive benefits.

Office is located at the Settlement Music School’s Mary Louise Curtis Branch:
416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Settlement Music School, lead partner of the PMAY Artists’ Initiative, is an Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

The PMAY Artists’ Initiative is a collaboration of Musicopia, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Sinfonia, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Project 440, The School District of Philadelphia, Settlement Music School, and Temple University Music Prep.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to the Najib Wong, Director of PMAY Artists’ Initiative at najib.wong@pmayartists.org.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


For more information, please visit www.pmayartists.org.