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●     Program a diverse and eclectic mix of high quality music programs, with a goal of about 4-7 events a month and 60-70 events a year. Attention should be given to presenting a great range of musical and performance styles, and a diverse representation of musicians in terms of local, national, and international musicians, as well as gender, ethnicity, age, and other identifications. SPACE strives to respond to needs of the Portland community and respond to programming gaps in the arts + music landscape of Portland, Maine, and Northern New England. 

●     Continue communication on already programmed events, picking up from SPACE’s current permanent music director.

●     Start and maintain conversations for events past interim position term as requests for tours and programs come in. Collaborate with SPACE’s permanent music director as position comes to a close.

●     Negotiate contracts and riders with artists, maintain and file appropriate paperwork, collaborate with senior staff on any artist fee guarantees above $1000.  

●     Create and maintain web and calendar listings, pre-sale ticket listings, and Facebook events for all upcoming music programs.

●     Contribute to promotion and marketing efforts for all music programs. Collaborate with Membership & Communications Manager and relevant interns on print calendar, paid ads, sponsorships, social media, blog posts, flyering, and more. 

●     Keep staff informed of upcoming programming, both confirmed and prospective. Keep Lead House Manager, Production Manager, and Outreach Coordinator aware of the staffing needs.

●      Maintain hold and confirmation statuses on the shared internal calendar. 

●     Foster positive working relationships with performers, agents, managers, and partner organizations. Actively engage  with and be accessible to the local creative music community.

●      Collaborate with other staff members on cross-disciplinary programs and larger events as needed.

●      Help schedule and facilitate regular meetings and check-ins with co-workers, create a welcoming and approachable environment to facilitate productive conversations and collaborations.

●      Submit payment requests to relevant finance staff ahead of programs, obtain necessary tax paperwork from artists for payment and submit.

●      Work with music programming-specific and general administrative interns, as well as music interested volunteers.



●      3-5 years in a related environment or creative music practice, preferably with a focus on music programming.

●      At least minimal background in social media/promotion/marketing, as it pertains to music and event promotion.

●      Knowledge of the inner workings of music booking, deal structures, contracts, and industry practices.


●     Knowledge and interest in a great range of musical styles and scenes.

●     Involvement and engagement with the music scenes of the city of Portland, the state of Maine, the New England/northeast region, and beyond.  

●     Enthusiasm and passion for the programming work and active engagement with the audience.

This position's schedule is flexible, however we ask the programmer to set regular office hour days with the Executive Director. This position is a base salary of 25 hours a week in the office and at events. If our organization's event calendar calls for additional hours, the interim programmer's schedule/additional hours will be confirmed with the Executive Director. Thursday morning office hours are required for weekly staff, marketing, and programming meetings. The Interim Music Programmer will be trained on SPACE event staff procedures and may be asked to cover event staff roles depending on staffing needs. This temporary part time position will receive paid holidays recognized by the organization, and accrue joint sick/vacation paid time off at an hourly accrual rate.  Some weekend and evening work may be required. 



We have no open calls at this time. 




2018 Fall Internship Applications have closed

Please stay tuned for our Spring 2019 internship opportunities!

(Perhaps consider helping us as a volunteer in the meantime?)




Volunteers are an integral part of SPACE. Volunteering can take many forms: gallery sitting, staffing the door at our events, prepping exhibition spaces, or making pancakes in the park. Volunteering at SPACE is a great way to meet people and engage with your local art community.

Our aim is to make the volunteer experience a win-win-win situation. We want to match volunteers with opportunities that engage their interests. We work with volunteers based on availability and desired time commitment. Some folks volunteer once a week, others volunteer once a year.

FMI about volunteering at SPACE, please get in touch with our Outreach Coordinator, Martha Schnee: 




SPACE is a nonprofit organization that supports contemporary arts projects, champions artists, and encourages an open exchange of ideas.

Gallery hours:
W - F 10a - 6p | Sat 12 - 4p

Main Space: doors open 30 minutes before an event. 

538 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101



November 8, 2018
I had a brief email exchange with Cole Caswell and Bryan Graf, creators of Swamp Thing and Relics. In this interview, Cole and Bryan talk about the work in the exhibitions, their collaboration and their future plans.