Now Hiring: Program Coordinator

If you have a passion for American roots music, and love to make things happen, come roll up your sleeves with our energetic team of music lovers.

Are you a music fanatic that is driven to find hidden jewels? Do you have a passion for bringing all the pieces together to make things happen? We are seeking an energetic Program Coordinator to join our team at Music Maker Foundation and help our partner artists live their dreams. As the Program Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to work hands on documenting America’s senior roots musicians through audio, video and photography in our state-of-the-art production facilities, and follow the process through production and manufacturing and distribution. You will also have the opportunity to present artists at first class stages around the country. Our mission also cares for senior artists in crisis and you can make a difference for musicians that have contributed so much to American culture.

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits. On site work in our office in Hillsborough, NC, and our production facility in Fountain, NC. Occasional weekend work is required for special events, production and travel.

Music Maker Foundation welcomes everyone. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latino, Asian, or as people of color (BIPOC), as well as those from marginalized backgrounds related to gender, sexual orientation, ability, and class.

Music Maker Foundation has been supporting, presenting and documenting senior blues, gospel, string band and folk musicians for 30 years. Join our team to amplify the voices of marginalized musicians, help them reach new audiences and educate Americans about our cultural heritage.

General Duties:

  • Work with Executive Director to plan and coordinate all program activities
  • Work with Communications Coordinator in collateral production and promotion of artists and program projects
  • Work with Development staff as needed in grant proposals/reporting, fundraising events and campaigns

Field Work and Studio Production

  • Work with Executive Director to plan and execute artists visits in the field and in our studio
  • Scout and develop new artists
  • Coordinate and assist in production of audio, video and still photographic documentation of partner artists
  • Interview artists and write content for use on website and social media
  • Work with staff and contractors to produce short format films from extensive video archive and footage shot in field

Performance Program & Events

  • Cultivate and maintain talent buyer relationships
  • Book, contract and manage artist performance
  • Manage artist and production contractors
  • Supervise Program Associate

Books & Music Promotion and Media Relations

  • Work with staff and freelance writers and designers in the creation of books, CDs, LPs and video documentation
  • Write Press releases, create promotional collateral for new releases
  • Distribute press releases and products to radio media contacts and solicit media interest
  • Collaborate with staff to develop new strategies for online publicity, advertising and media exposure.
  • Oversee production of books, LPs and CDs
  • Design and implement promotional program and events to support sales and marketing of products

Education & Documentation Program

  • Create and support freelance designers in the creation of books, CDs, LPs and video documentation
  • Oversee maintenance of photographic and audio archives
  • Schedule and oversee production of artist documentation and archival projects including audio recording, photography and video
  • Collaborate with staff on exhibit creation and touring

Sustenance Program:

  • Coordinate with Artist Services Coordinator to supply Social Work services

Salary and Benefits

  • Annual salary: $45,000-$54,000 per year, depending on the applicant’s qualifications
  • SIMPLE IRA plan with matching company contributions
  • Company-paid (100%) health insurance
  • Paid vacation, holidays and sick leave
  • A work location near the vibrant Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area in central North Carolina
  • Music Maker cannot pay relocation expenses


  • Bachelor’s degree – Preferred areas of study: American Studies, Music, African American Studies, History, Journalism, Film, Folklore Studies, Media and Communications, Art History
  • Two to five years professional work experience in the field of music, film, journalism or folklore
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and passion for American roots music and Southern culture
  • Strong communications skills
  • Preferred technical skills: Protools, Adobe Lightroom, Creative Suite, Premiere Pro

To Apply:

To apply, please email Denise Duffy at Please attach your resume and a cover letter stating why you are interested in and qualified for the position. Please be patient if it takes us a few weeks to respond to your application.