Cathy Al-Ghabra

Arts Manager

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About me

 

With over six years in arts management and teaching, I have focused my career on producing professional creative arts projects in education and community settings. I am a strong advocate for young people and their right to access outstanding cultural provision. Passionate about the performing arts, equal opportunities and access to arts and culture, I am looking to invest in a challenging role in which I can lead on and influence the successful delivery of pioneering creative arts projects, reaching out to schools and communities, including engaging those who face barriers in accessing quality cultural provision. Dedicated to working with communities, I have designed, developed and evaluated creative learning projects for target groups representing cultural diversity, including emerging artists, vulnerable people, community groups, schools, families, early years, adults and elderly people. As Producer at Wigmore Hall Learning I strategically planned and implemented impactful creative learning work in challenging settings including hospital schools and at a centre for vulnerable adults at risk of homelessness. I strengthened and developed new partnerships with cultural organisations: with RNIB; Turtle Key Arts and National Portrait Gallery on the Musical Portraits programme, a scheme for children with autistic spectrum disorders. As project manager for Young Producers, I worked closely with Tri-Borough Music Hub and THAMES to recruit participants, working with Arts Award practitioners on Arts Award Silver. At Royal Opera House I worked on the nationalisation of Design Challenge expanding the programme to include Key Stage 4, training the next generation of designers and makers, signposting young people to the world of theatre craft. I have managed programmes from strategy and creative programming to delivery, including leading short and long term planning, delivery to deadlines; project management including administration, developing project schedules and logistics; fixing artists and recruiting participants; managing artistic teams; resources; evaluation, health and safety, strategy for collaborative-fundraising and partnership goals. I am experienced in working across organisations, liaising internally to ensure effective delivery, fundraising and marketing. I have worked strategically to set targets aligning with company strategy, reflecting organisational policies to ensure quality. In project management I have encountered challenging circumstances arising with general public, participants and partner organisations, thinking strategically to resolve problems, to maintain excellent relationships and quality experience. I believe that open communication (written and verbal), a supportive nature and excellent interpersonal skills hold the key to effective and lasting relationships with organisations, and practitioners, artists and colleagues. A team player, I am experienced in working independently and collaborating with organisations and stakeholders, amid flexible working hours. Having undertaken training in management, I have managed assistants, interns, volunteer teams and work experience placements at Royal Opera House, Wigmore Hall, British Council and European Music Council. With a Masters in Arts Administration, I possess sound administration skills, am fully mac proficient using standard IT packages and Tessitura, Artifax and Wordfly. I am experienced in setting and maintaining budgets (currently managing total budgets of £100,000), performing financial reconciliation and producing budgets for reporting. Collecting statistical data for diversity monitoring, preparing for proposals and reporting to trusts and foundations, Arts Council and other reporting against key performance indicators has been a regular part of my career. I hold a DBS check, have a car, and full clean driving licence. Committed to quality, I am a self-starter with high expectations in outcomes, consistency and accuracy for my own work, the work of my team besides outcomes and performance of delivery partners. Motivated and ambitious in planning and delivery, I am dedicated to reflective practice and positive support for artistic teams, staff and partners, from whom I collect feedback in order to improve relationships, project delivery and legacy. I am practised in acting as an ambassador for organisations, expressing values sensitively and appropriately at events, conferences and networking. Please note, my current role at Royal Opera House Thurrock is being made redundant due to massive local council funding cuts.

Skills

 

  • Project Manager
  • Music Performance
  • Production Co-ordination
  • Music Programming
  • Music Teacher
  • Community Outreach
  • School Project
  • Family Workshop
  • Music Education
  • Music and Artist Management
  • Music Workshops
  • Music Events
  • Cultural and Educational Activities
  • Music Administration
  • Cultural Policy

Work history

Currently

Project Manager

Royal Opera House

Jan 2016
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • Job Title: Learning and Participation Officer A cross-arts role, I work with community and schools, managing the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, community arts events and national theatrecraft programme Design Challenge. Most recently I was lead producer on FUSED festival and took on management of the Thurrock Song Cycle in the ROH Thurrock Youth Singing programme. Additionally, I work on community events in Thurrock including BP Big Screens, Big Sings, Village Beach. My role includes partner and stakeholder development, budget management, funder reporting, data collection and evaluation, as well as contracting, safeguarding and delivery, management of the L&P Apprentice, ROH volunteers and work experience placements. Role made redundant due to funding cuts and ends in December 2016.

2016

Project Manager

Wigmore Hall

Aug 2014 - Jan 2016
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • Job Title: Programme Coordinator & Producer: Community: Wigmore Hall Learning As Producer: Community, I worked in diverse and challenging settings providing opportunities for schools, vulnerable children and adults. Managing programming, budgets and project delivery, I developed partnerships with hospital schools, Cardinal Hume Centre, Turtle Key Arts, RNIB. At the Hall I managed community performances and relaxed concerts, Come and Sing days, Voiceworks, Community Opera Projects, Young Producers, masterclass series’ and Early Years at the Hall. As Programme Coordinator I led on event coordination across the Wigmore Hall Learning programme, departmental contracting and invoicing, budget management and monitoring, lead on data collection and funder reporting, marketing and social media, work experience and safeguarding (DBS).

2014

Junior Project Manager

British Council

Jan 2014 - Aug 2014
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • Job Title: Music Projects Assistant Assisting a team of specialist music advisers to devise British Council music projects in 110 countries. Working on World Voice a singing project for primary children in 6 countries, developing a partnership with Aldeburgh Music and music schools in the Middle East. Project management with global arts teams: report writing, monitoring and evaluation, contracting, artist liaison, travel and finance. Working with production company Folded Wing to syndicate Selector Radio globally. Managing the SRA Selector competition for emerging radio djs. Working on Britten 100, and Shakespeare 400, founding the British Council Music Education database, contributing to the East Africa scoping report.

2014

Production Co-ordinator

Britten Sinfonia

May 2014 - Jan 2014
  • Cambridge, UK
  • Full Time
  • Job Title: Concerts Assistant (Maternity Cover) Concerts and orchestral management for the artistic and Creative Learning programmes working closely with Britten Sinfonia players and Voices. Managing the At Lunch concert series and orchestral library. Creative Learning projects I worked on include Noyes Fludde, I Want My Hat Back BBC Prom, Songs of No-Man’s Land and the OPUS composer’s scheme.

Education

2013

Art Administration Cultural Policy, with Distinction

Goldsmiths University of London

Sep 2012 - Jul 2013
  • Masters in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy: Music Pathway, passed with Distinction. This MA from the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship enabled me to develop an awareness of and a critical approach to the discipline, by studying arts policy and practice in Europe, audience development, fundraising, arts education, cultural tourism, regeneration through arts, arts diversity and social inclusion, copyright and the role of the arts in relations and diplomacy as well as national and cultural identity. I majored in the Music Pathway in creative learning and education.

2011

PGCE Secondary Music

University of Wales Institute Cardiff

Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
  • Wales, UK
  • Completed PGCE in Secondary Music with QTS. Specialist in choral education.

2009

Music BMus (hons

Cardiff University

Sep 2006 - Jul 2009
  • Wales, UK
  • Bachelor of Music with honours. Passed with 2:1

Awards

2012

Goldsmiths UK/EU Postgraduate Scholarship

Goldsmiths University of London

2009

Sir Geraint Evans Award

Cardiff University

  • Prize for consistency in first class performance throughout my degree.

2006

David Lloyd Vocal Scholarship

Cardiff University

  • Entrance scholarship for voice