Grant Writer

Music Center

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The Music Center is one of the largest and most highly regarded performing arts centers in the country. As L.A.’s premier performing arts destination, The Music Center convenes artists, communities and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural lives of every resident in Los Angeles County. The non-profit performing arts organization has two divisions: The Music Center Arts (TMC Arts) and The Music Center Operations (TMC Ops). TMC Arts, The Music Center’s programming engine, provides year-round programming inside The Music Center’s four theatres, on The Music Center Plaza, outside at Grand Park—a 12-acre adjacent green space—and in schools and other locations all over Los Angeles County. TMC Arts presents world-class dance with Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, free and low-cost public concerts and events, as well as K–12 arts education programs. TMC Ops manages the theatres, the Plaza and Grand Park on behalf of the County of Los Angeles. The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies—Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Opera and LA Phil.

The Music Center’s Advancement Department has an immediate opening for a Grant Writer.

The Music Center’ s Grant Writer shares responsibility with the Institutional Giving team to grow support for The Music Center through powerful messaging, research, stewardship and development of new institutional funders. The Grant Writer is an integral member of the Advancement team reporting to the Senior Director of Institutional Giving and will share responsibility for achieving the Advancement Department’s total annual revenue goal of $10,000,000, in addition to supporting The Music Center’s current and future capital campaigns.

The Grant Writer must possess outstanding written and oral communication skills to effectively communicate The Music Center’s vision and its impact in the community, especially in the areas of education and community engagement. While results-oriented, the Grant Writer must also be able to take initiative, follow through and be a problem-solver. Attention to detail, flexibility and organized time management are essential; a passion for the performing arts is desired.

  • Expertly Crafts The Music Center’s portfolio of written materials.

  • Writes clear LOIs, grant proposals, grant reports, infusing all documents with the warmth and style befitting The Music Center.

  • Writes the Advancement Department’s impact reports, newsletters and acknowledgement letter templates.

  • Prepares all proposal documents for each funder, completing all funder requirements for each submission and ensures on time submissions of applications and reports.

  • Develops a thorough understanding of The Music Center’s mission, goals, areas of excellence, audiences, services and programs.

  • Establishes credibility and collaborative relationships with senior leadership, board members, donors, volunteers, and colleagues from all departments.

  • Transforms programming ideas from The Music Center Arts staff into grant proposals.

  • Monitors completion of deliverables and communicates often with internal constituencies.

  • Researches new funding prospects and matches them with TMC’s funding opportunities to create a compelling case for support.

  • Develops new funder relationships to contribute to department goals.

  • Maintains and develops best practices and ensures a coordinated and collaborative approach

  • Closely follows Institutional Giving’s comprehensive plan and master calendar.

  • Consistently maintains qualitative data in Tessitura donor database as needed.

  • Performs other duties as required.

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.

  • Minimum three years of demonstrated, successful experience writing grants or compelling cases for support in a nonprofit organization; applicants with other professional writing experience, such as journalism, are welcome to apply

  • Three years or more of fundraising experience in the performing arts, higher education or similar field

  • An effective communicator who is articulate and persuasive in writing as well as verbally adept at crafting proposals, donor correspondence and other materials

  • High capacity to work independently and manage time effectively in deadline driven environment

  • Excellent organizational skills thorough attention to detail; accurate maintenance of records

  • Professional demeanor and positive attitude

  • Must possess good judgment and exercise diplomacy in dealing with a variety of constituents, including the ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Understanding and appreciation of performing arts and a professional presenting organization.

  • Familiarity with performing arts funders in Los Angeles and nationally

  • Flexibility to work within the needs of a fast-paced, performing arts environment, including evenings and some weekends

SALARY: This is a full-time exempt position; salary is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, a relevant writing sample (up to 2 pages) and salary expectations to or fax to: 213-972-8029.


Posted on July 26