Symphony Orchestra has had a long tradition and commitment of bringing an array
of musical experiences across our three brands – BSO, Pops and Tanglewood to
the community and the world. The key to our success has been our employees from
the musicians onstage to those behind the scenes.
We have an
opportunity available for a Senior Publicist to join our Press Office
You will work
with the Director of Public Relations with key aspects of the operation,
including managing press distribution and library of photo and video; dissemination
of listings and photos for press placements; and research, cataloguing, and
dissemination of all institutional press coverage; as well as writing and editing
press materials; planning and implementation of press coverage for Boston Pops
tour concerts; coordinating social media and new media efforts in collaboration
with Marketing; and pitching features, reviews, and interviews to online and
local print outlets
Develop and maintain relationships with print, television and
online press outlets. Work closely with conductors, guest performers, orchestra
and staff to develop story angles to pitch to journalists at local and national
media outlets. Assist Director in following up on stories already in progress;
correspond directly with journalists to provide information and schedule
Pops tour concerts including generating story ideas, placing stories in print,
radio, television, and online, arranging interviews and servicing all press
requests. Act as
sole press representative for Pops tours, traveling with the orchestra and
overseeing all press coverage for each concert, including interacting with and
scheduling interviews for Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart.
and distribute press materials for all Boston Pops and BSO tours to fulfill the
contractual obligation with venues and artists in connection with press for
tour and run out performances.
Liaison with Social Media Manager
concerning press office input in social media outlets. Work
closely with press office colleagues in generating new ideas for social media,
blog posts, and online sites relevant to BSO, Inc. activities.
Press Office photo and video needs including managing and schedule
photographers and videographers for shoots; editing and cataloguing images;
pitching and disseminating photo and video to outlets; maintaining photo
libraries; processing all image requests; and staffing photographers for
orchestra photo wall project: work with orchestra personnel office, orchestra
members, and photographer, schedule and coordinate all photo shoots; get photo
approvals; work with development office for proper recognition of named
positions; and oversee final preparations of image framing details.
Write and edit press materials, with special emphasis on releases,
calls, and pitch letters, as well as update fact sheets and histories.
coordinate, and distribute press coverage to staff through “News You Can Use”
(NYCU)general distribution emails; maintain press coverage records and track
and file relevant television and radio coverage of activities; and work with
video/radio clipping service.
Cision database concerning press coverage research and production schedule
document distribution, catering the mailing list to coincide with subjects
covered in each correspondence
with office publicist, research and update all guest artist bios and photos:
working with artist PR contacts, interviews/features, and social media and
other online research tools to define potential areas of interest to press,
sharing updated bio materials institution-wide.
to general and press requests for information for all activities; Write
descriptions and fill out forms for publications requesting information.
degree with concentration in Journalism or English preferred. Knowledge or background in music a plus.
4-5 years experience required, preferably in a public
Attention to detail and follow-through skills essential.
working with photographers and/or photo libraries required.
writing and proof reading skills needed.
Pleasant telephone manner, excellent interpersonal and customer
service skills with all levels both internal and external. Ability
to deal with the public in a positive, respectful and calm manner.
Strong organizational skills with the ability to be flexible to
the needs of the business and handle multiple projects simultaneously while
working as a team player.
Experience handling and maintaining the integrity of highly
Experience with Microsoft Office desired; strong typing skills
Flexibility to work overtime and weekends when needed.
Basic photography skills and experience with social media
requires relocation to Tanglewood from late June through Labor Day. Weekend work required during Tanglewood
season and occasionally throughout the year.