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The best time of year for Arts Management Services to consider symphony conductors for management is between the months of April to August of each calendar year. To assist you through the process, please keep in mind the following:
  • If you are currently under management and have made no move to sever your current management arrangements, we cannot speak with you. It would be unethical to do so.
  • If you are planning to leave your current management, we require that you send us a copy of that letter stating your plans before we can enter into a discussion with you.
  • The process of beginning a new relationship may take several weeks before coming to the conclusion that that relationship will work (or not). It is important that you allow the proper amount of time for the relationship to develop. Then and only then will we both know if it is time to move forward. (Please refer to Company Philosophy for some general thoughts about representing artists and our process.)
To gain a better picture about who you are, where you have conducted, any guest conducting engagements that you have had and so forth, a properly prepared resume is crucial. Keep in mind that, for purposes in this country, where you have studied and with whom is not as important as where you are currently engaged and performing followed by other information.  The format that you should follow is:
  1. Current positions – list them by the name of the organization, your actual position with that organization (music director, music director/conductor, artistic director/conductor, etc.) and the years that you have been there
  2. Recurring conducting engagements – same format – where and when
  3. Past positions – same format
  4. Guest conducting – just a list of orchestras, opera companies, etc.
  5. Recordings – commercially produced recordings, if any.  Be sure to include the name of the CD, the label and its catalog number
  6. Affiliations- professional organizations, ie. League of American Orchestras, Conductors Guild, etc.
  7. Education
In addition, repertoire lists organized by discipline (symphonic, opera, ballet, theater) are also very important.  Those should be in alphabetic order by composer and works.  Any press notices should be included with the name of the publication, the critic’s name, and dates at which they appeared. For prospective artists from outside the U. S, this is very important, especially when it comes to obtaining work visas for this country.  Keep in mind that, without international credits, obtaining a visa to work in this country is quite difficult.

Finally, the one last piece of information concerns the conducting samples. These may be taken from rehearsals as well as performances. If sending materials and work samples by post, be sure the work samples are in DVD format (and that they can play on a variety of different systems). For
electronic submissions, materials will be accepted provided that all of the above data is included and in the correct format. Any YouTube links with poor sound and picture quality are not recommended. It is better to err with fewer examples, rather than a lot of clips that are not of good quality.  

Once you have compiled that information, it will give a much clearer picture of who you are, what you are currently doing, what you have done in the past, not only for an evaluation by AMS, but also for anyone who might be interested in knowing more about you.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 18:57