Yellow Barn

14 Greenwood Lane
Putney, VT 05346

Date Posted:
March 27, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



General Manager (updated Spring 2019)


As a creative partner, the General Manager at Yellow Barn has an essential position at one of the most highly regarded chamber music centers in the world, a place that has great importance to the artistic life of the musicians that have been a part of it and to Yellow Barn audiences, both in Putney and across the country.

In addition to working collaboratively with the Executive Director and Artistic Director to advance Yellow Barn’s mission, the General Manager has an array of responsibilities that are critical to the daily operation of Yellow Barn programs: the core Yellow Barn Program and the Young Artists Program in the summer; year-round Artist Residencies in Putney; ongoing Yellow Barn Music Haul programs locally and nationally; and Music From Yellow Barn performances in major cities outside of Vermont.

The General Manager has the unique opportunity to join Yellow Barn in its 50thAnniversary year. As part of a leadership team, the GM will contribute directly to a successful capital campaign and the implementation of short- and long-term goals, including taking Yellow Barn Music Haul to scale and the establishment of an artists’ residence and center for music and social dialogue.


The ideal candidate will have the desire and ability to communicate personally and professionally with the local community, audiences from around the United States, and an international community of musicians. The General Manager will enjoy creative problem solving, take satisfaction in facilitating the best work of others, and excel in a fast-paced, varied work environment where every position is driven by a belief in Yellow Barn’s work and high production values.

In particular, the General Manager should have the following personal and professional qualifications:

  • A passion for Yellow Barn’s mission, and an understanding of its purpose and potential
  • 5 to 7 years of non-profit arts management experience
  • Experience managing and working within a small team
  • Demonstrated outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work within budget parameters, including creative thinking when unexpected expenses and income opportunities present themselves

  • An optimistic and flexible approach to problem solving
  • A demonstrated track record of success with audience development and donor cultivation
  • IT proficiency with MS Office and database management

Areas of Work

The General Manager’s focus will be divided among three interwoven institutional priorities: Established programs, new initiatives, and the 50thAnniversary campaign.

Throughout the course of the 50thAnniversary campaign, it is imperative that Yellow Barn maintain its high level of excellence, which relies on robust annual marketing and development. The General Manager will assume significant responsibility in these areas, and will have the assistance of support staff, which the GM will manage. Additionally, the General Manager will devote time and energy to collaborative work with Yellow Barn’s directors to ensure Yellow Barn’s vitality through ongoing strategic planning.

Specific responsibilities include:

Annual Development and Marketing

  • Steward Yellow Barn’s audience and membership base, particularly during the summer festival, together with year-round donor management and cultivation
  • Lead specific fundraising initiatives, including managing special events
  • Implement the annual summer festival PR campaign, and manage marketing and PR opportunities between summers
  • Facilitate of marketing and PR between Yellow Barn and collaborating organizations
  • Research new marketing and fundraising possibilities

Implementation of the business plan for Yellow Barn Music Haul

  • Research target areas for Yellow Barn Music Haul
  • Manage tour production details
  • Conduct tour-specific marketing
  • Develop specific income sources

Support for the Artist Residencies as they evolve into a residency center for music and social dialogue

  • Manage certain aspects of residency programs
  • Participate in exploring new program avenues

Support for Yellow Barn’s 50thAnniversary Campaign

  • Assist with institutional advancement, such as national grants and major donor cultivation
  • Support work conducted by the Yellow Barn Trustees and special committees

Salary and Benefits

The General Manager receives the following compensation and benefits:

  • Starting salary of $70,000 annually, increasing to $78,000 within the first six months, followed by annual performance-based increases
  • An additional $6,000 for health care annually
  • Housing near Putney, when needed
  • Meals on campus during summer programs
  • 25 days of paid vacation, including holidays when the office is closed (Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day)


The General Manager lives in the Putney area for two and a half to three months each summer, but may work remotely during the rest of the year. If living outside of the Putney area, the GM must live within comfortable commuting distance in order to be in Putney for Artist Residencies and at other times as needed. In addition, the General Manager travels elsewhere in the United States for Yellow Barn Music Haul tours and some Music From Yellow Barn performances.

How To Apply:

Yellow Barn aims to fill this position by March 1, 2019.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resumé by email to:

Catherine Stephan, Executive Director

Apply by:
April 01, 2019
Starting salary of $70,000 annually, increasing to $78,000 within the first six months
About this Organization:
Yellow Barn, an international center for chamber music, encourages discovery in the studio, classroom, and concert hall; explores the craft of musical interpretation; and illuminates our world through the unique experience of music. Twice awarded the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming, Yellow Barn’s innovative approach to lifelong education for musicians and audiences, commitment to quality and a unique philosophy, and programs that focus listeners in new ways, set it apart from any other chamber music center in this country.

Based in Putney, Vermont with a national agenda and a growing international presence, Yellow Barn draws professional musicians from the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Since 1969, participants in Yellow Barn’s summer festival have explored music spanning a wide range of eras and genres alongside faculty members who are among the most highly regarded performers and pedagogues of our time. One of those faculty members spoke for the entire community when he said, “Yellow Barn is an artistic center of gravity for me.”

In addition, Yellow Barn has established the Young Artists Program for performers and composers ages 13-20, known for the collaborative creation and performance of 12 new works each session; the Artist Residencies, which is the first retreat program in the country for performing musicians at all stages of their careers; collaborations with “Yellow Barns” in other fields, notably a concert series at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas that regularly hosts Music From Yellow Barn; and partnerships that transform typical business practices, including a relationship that far exceeds a typical rental agreement through shared space and curricular workshops at the Greenwood School for boys ages 12-18 with language-based learning differences.

Yellow Barn Music Haul is the broadest interpretation of Yellow Barn’s mission. The first self-contained traveling stage of its kind, Yellow Barn Music Haul redefines what a concert hall can be. It brings music to grammar schools and conservatories, urban neighborhoods and arts districts, city lots and open fields. It plays for people regardless of their experience with or knowledge of music, their attention captured in the unexpected moment. With Yellow Barn Music Haul we realize music’s fundamental purpose, and inherent ability, to communicate in ways that defy definition and move us without explanation.