Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events, staged every two years in Manchester, UK. MIF launched in 2007 as an artist-led festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.
We aim to embody the values implicit in our name:
- Manchester: We will seek to reflect the extraordinary diversity of our city at every level of our organisation and programme
- International: We will work with artists, producers and creative partners from all over the world, ensuring a global diversity to our work and cultivating a rich and ongoing cultural conversation
- Festival: We will create a space for ambitious cultural exchange, and the imagining of new global possibilities
MIF has commissioned, produced and presented world premieres by artists including Marina Abramović, Damon Albarn, Björk, Boris Charmatz, Jeremy Deller, Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah, Elbow, Philip Glass, Wayne McGregor, Steve McQueen, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Skepta, Yoko Ono, Thomas Ostermeier, Maxine Peake, Punchdrunk, The xx, Robert Wilson and Zaha Hadid Architects.
Music has always played a major part in Manchester’s story, and the back catalogue of MIF programmes features leading musicians and composers of our time, as well as continuing the creativity and originality of Manchester’s musical forefathers.
MIF is now looking ahead to expanding its reach beyond its biennial festival to its all-year round programme at The Factory and we are now seeking a Head of Music to grow MIF and The Factory’s reputation as a leader in the field of programming, production, promotion and co-promotion of all kinds of music.
This role is vital to The Factory’s future. Born out of the history of MIF, The Factory will be a new resource for artists to make and present work at scale, in collaboration, across genres in a uniquely flexible space supported by an internationally renowned team. The Head of Music will play a pivotal role in building relationships with artists, their management and record labels.
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