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Commercial Director | Roundhouse

Fundraising recruitment for Roundhouse

This is a new and pivotal role which will enable us, and the young people at the heart of our work, to reach further, dream bigger and achieve more.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: £85,000

About the role

The Roundhouse is one of the most incredible live performance spaces in the world where the biggest names in music, theatre, circus and spoken word take to the stage every day. A former railway engine repair shed, the Grade II* listed building was transformed into a ground-breaking performing arts venue 50 years ago, and we have welcomed legendary artists from all over the world to perform in our unique spaces.

We are a hub of inspiration where artists and emerging talent create extraordinary work and where young people can grow creatively as individuals, engaging with the arts through our music, media and performance projects. Young people are at the heart of what we do and we have a particular focus on those young people who have been excluded, marginalised or disadvantaged by society, enabling them to find pathways to education, work and to enjoy wider cultural life.

We are committed to being an equal and diverse organisation. We strive to create inclusive spaces and actively try and change structural inequalities in the arts and culture sector.

This new role of Commercial Director will, for the first time, bring together the Roundhouse’s commercial activities from music, events, commercial trading, IP and brand exploitation and marketing. There is also scope to drive digital transformation across Roundhouse promotional content creation, the management of our social channels and drive income through the use of technology.

Who we are looking for

Operating as a key member of our senior leadership team, this is an exciting role with a huge amount of potential and scope. You will draw together a strong team, develop our new commercial strategy and help us realise further opportunities to drive commercial income. You also join us at time where we are developing a new building to enable more young people to grow their creative skills. As such we are looking for someone who is energetic, entrepreneurial and collaborative and brings the commercial know how to grow and diversify income streams to enhance our work.

You will already be an experienced strategic commercial operator, with a track record of driving and growing multiple income streams in a highly customer/audience focused environment. We are looking for someone who has an understanding of digital and can help test and stretch our thinking in this area to realise new opportunities and extend our reach with current and new audiences. Aligned to our values, you will also be experienced in negotiating contracts, commercial partnership development and possess exceptional negotiation and influencing skills.

If you’re interested in playing a critical role in helping us reach further, dream bigger and achieve more then we’d like to hear from you.

For a confidential discussion about the role please contact our advising consultant:

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 5th July 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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Welcome from Marcus Davey, Artistic Director and Chief Executive

You may know the Roundhouse as an incredible live music venue, or as a place to see experimental circus, theatre or spoken word poetry, or your knowledge of the Roundhouse could be about the private events or the stunning Grade II* listed building that it is, but at the very core of our purpose is our work with young people. Directly under the Main Space are the Roundhouse Studios, where in the year before Covid hit, we worked with 7,500 young people aged 11-25 on a whole range of arts and media projects and courses. At the Roundhouse young people improve their chances in life by learning new skills, gaining experience and building confidence through developing their creativity and by participating in the arts.

We are now looking for someone who has our vision and mission in their heart to develop our commercial activity and drive commercial income. This will enable us to work with more young people, to stabilise the organisation after Covid and create more opportunities for more audiences to experience the rich and diverse programme that the Roundhouse has to offer.

If you are the successful candidate you will join the Roundhouse Director’s Group shaping policy and strategy, you will line manage and support the heads of Music, Events and Marketing and you will be responsible for our IP, as well as developing new commercial partnerships.

This is an incredibly important moment for the Roundhouse as we write the next chapter in our history, which will include the construction and opening of our new state of the art building for young people and the reopening of the Roundhouse for young people, artists, audiences, staff and volunteers.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, determined and a strategic team player who will drive our commercial income strands and develop new opportunities.

I very much hope this sounds like an opportunity you want to explore further and I look forward to hearing from you.

Marcus Davey
Artistic Director and Chief Executive

About The Roundhouse

At The Roundhouse, we believe in the power of creativity to change lives. Our organisation functions as a hub of inspiration where artists and emerging talent create extraordinary work and where young people can grow creatively as individuals. By giving young people the chance to engage with the arts through our music, media and performance projects, we inspire them to reach further, dream bigger, and achieve more.

Staying true to our charitable vision of creating space to create for 11–25-year-olds, we give thousands of young people the chance to develop their skills and confidence through creativity in media, music and performing arts areas. We particularly focus on those young people who have been excluded, marginalised or disadvantaged by society and work to enable them to find pathways back into education, work or simply to enjoy a wider cultural life. Our approach is inclusive and diverse; our work involves helping someone along their educational path, igniting their career in arts, developing their creative skills or giving them new life skills.

Our great enabler for all this is our iconic venue. It is one of the most incredible live performance spaces in the world where the biggest names in music, theatre, circus and spoken word take to the stage every day. It is much more than a space; it is the largest creative hub and a home to a community of musicians, poets, performers, film and radio makers as well as creative business owners.

We work and collaborate extensively with schools, community groups and cultural organisations to deliver our work. Through our strong relations with organisations, extensive networks and success of our programmes, last year alone 7,000 young people took part in projects or creative opportunities at the Roundhouse or out in the wider community despite COVID-19 restrictions limiting our venue functions.

We also enlist the help of national and regional trusts and foundations and our corporate partners to support our charitable aims as well as the public through the commercialisation of our venue. We also have an experienced and multifaceted in-house production company, offering a range of services spanning live online broadcast and original content creation called Roundhouse Digital Productions.

Equality and Diversity

Our foundations as an equal and diverse organisation reaches above and beyond, largely visible in the programmes that we run. A long-term engagement in our artistic programmes, such as the Resident Artists Programme, we demonstrate our commitment to curating a space here those who create and consume art and culture are not just white, wealthy, cis men from the southeast of England but also working class, black boys from Doncaster. We strive to create inclusive spaces and diversify and actively try and change persistent and often invisible structural inequalities in the arts and culture sector.

  • Resident Artists Programme

Our yearlong Resident Artists Programme facilitates the artistic development of outstanding emerging artists, as they transition into the creative industries. Each year we recruit artists in Music, Circus and Performing Arts. Alongside training and mentoring, the programme provides opportunities to perform on incredible stages within the Roundhouse and across a wide variety of platforms beyond our walls.

  • Accelerator Programme

The Self Made Accelerator programme is a 10 week business development programme for eight creative entrepreneurs aged between 18-30. Through weekly workshops, mentoring, pitch practice and peer to peer learning, this programme will provide entrepreneurs with all the skills to grow their business and turn it into a sustainable career.

  • Round Your House (Digital Only- Monday 27 April 2020 – Tuesday 27 July 2021)

Until we can open our doors again, we would like to bring the Roundhouse spirit to your house with a home studio guide, roundtable discussions on scriptwriting, set design and managing your finances, to name but a few. We launched films, podcasts, and ways to introduce the young people to activism.

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

Our commitment to anti-racism starts at the top. As an organisation, we always run our programmes and events profiling a diverse range of ideas and identities. Since we strongly believe that building an inclusive organisation does not necessarily translate into anti-racist practice, we are pro-actively seeking to learn and better ourselves.

We had set ourselves the target that 40% of our board should be people from BAME communities and backgrounds by 2023 – this figure reflects the London population – but we will extend this target to our permanent workforce. This should be across the entire workforce and not just within entry level roles and in all cases the 40% should include at least 13% Black team members, again to reflect the London population. Specifically concerning the black artists we are working with through our own artistic programme and the commercial events and gigs that hire our space, we would like to address the existing gaps. We are committed to developing better relationships with Black promoters and talent via adopting and implementing broader policies across the organisation.

You can find a link here for our latest anti-racism manifesto from our CEO and Creative Director, Marcus Davey here:


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    To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search advisers at Peridot Partners:

    Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902 071

    To apply, please submit a CV and a supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4). The supporting statement should clearly outline your suitability against the essential experience criteria in the person specification and give details of why you are interested in applying for the role.

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    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.


    Closing date: 9am, Monday 5th July 2021
    Preliminary interviews: w/c Monday 12th July
    Final interviews: w/c Monday 19th July

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