Now Hiring: Program Coordinator

If you have a passion for American Roots music, this is you dream job!

Are you a music fanatic that is driven to find hidden jewels? Do you love to bring 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 will be making a difference for artists that have contributed so much to American culture.

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.

About Our Organization:

For 30 years, Music Maker Foundation has tended the roots of American music as a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Music Maker Foundation seeks out the carriers of America’s oldest roots music traditions. We develop long-term relationships with senior artists who are knowledgeable and show excellence in those traditions.  Our programs serve the most vulnerable musicians – those marginalized by age, poverty, race, gender, – because these are the artists least likely to have the resources to share their musical talents with the world. Since 1994, we have served over 500 musicians whose work spans the entire history of American music: blues, gospel, folk, singer-songwriter, Appalachian string band and Native American.

Our primary focus is on musicians 55 years and older. We provide financial grants to artists living in poverty or facing a crisis. We also work with emerging musicians who want to carry their traditions forward.

Music Maker’s three programs work in concert to sustain the health and creativity of the musicians we serve while educating Americans about the richness of our nation’s culture.


To ensure that the day-to-day needs of the most vulnerable artists are met, we provide grants and social services to musicians who are in crisis or who live in chronic poverty.


To help our artists build their careers, income, and skills through touring, we book shows and provide professional development.


To ensure that American roots music is always accessible to current and future generations, we document these artists through audio, video recordings and still photography.

Position: Program Coordinator

This is a full-time position with benefits. On site work required in our office in Hillsborough, NC and production studios in Fountain, NC. Occasional travel s also required. Music Maker cannot pay relocation expenses.

 General Program Coordinator 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

Artist Relations

  • Maintain primary communication with partner artists, communicate all gig information, etc.
  • Maintain contact database with artist information

Field Work and Production

  • Work with Executive Director to plan and execute artists visits in the field and in our studio
  • Scout and develop new artists
  • Schedule, coordinate and assist in production of audio, video and still photographic documentation of partner artists

Performance Program

  • Cultivate and maintain talent buyer relationships
  • Enter and track all performance booking in Filemaker system
  • Book, contract and manage artist performance
  • Manage artist and production contractors
  • Book Travel for artists and staff for performances

Education & Documentation Program

  • Create and support freelance designers in the creation of books, CDs, LPs and video documentation
  • Oversee production of books, LPs and CDs
  • Oversee maintenance of photographic and audio archives
  • Schedule and oversee production of artist documentation and archival projects including audio recording, photography and video
  • Upload content to digital and physical distribution networks
  • Coordinate exhibit creation and transportation to venues

Sustenance Program:

  • Coordinate with Artist Services Coordinator to supply Social Work services
  • Track Sustenance budget with Social Worker

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, please email Denise Duffy at and put your name and “applying for Program Coordinator” in the subject line. Please also attach your resume and a cover letter stating why you are interested in and qualified for the position.