Christopher Spring

Artist Manager, Gallery Founder, Marketing/Branding.

Level
Mid Level
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
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Professions
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Projects

Projects credited in

  • Artist Manager, Marketing/PR/Social Media Exec
    Artist Manager, Gallery Founder, Marketing/Branding.

Side Hustles

About me

Experienced freelancer in the arts. Skilled in creative problem solving, social media and copywriting, artist management, marketing and design. Strong art and design background with an NCTJ in Journalism from Brighton Journalist Works and BA in Fine Art.

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Skills

  • Events
  • Marketing PR
  • Visual Arts
  • Copywriting
  • Journalism
  • Design
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Photoshop
  • Interviewing
  • Journalism Copywriting Skills
  • Artist Management
  • Social Media Management
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Abobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Event Management
  • Fundraising
  • Arts Funding
  • Crowd Funding
  • Microsoft Office
  • Budget Management
  • Budget Negotiation
  • Project Management
  • Project Co-ordination
  • Project Delivery
  • Booking Musicians
  • Festival Production
  • Artist Booking
  • Content Management
  • Social Media
  • Building Relationships
  • Art Curation
  • Audio Editing
  • Video Editing
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Social Media Advertising
  • Google Adwords
  • Writing
  • Brand Awareness
  • Brand Communication
  • Music Publishing
  • Administration Skills
  • Client Negotiation
  • CMS Management
  • Promotion
  • Public Relations

Companies I’ve worked with

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    Self Employed

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      The Paper Partnership

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        The Light Box

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          AirMTM

          Work history

          Currently

          Personal Assistant to CEO

          AltViz

          Mar 2019
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • • Brought in to assist the CEO of AltViz, an intelligent automation platform that works with brands such as Hovis and eBay to reduce waste and improve customer experience. • Coordinate and organise diaries, assign and track project management tasks, schedule meetings, taking minutes and booking travel. • Implemented and conceived a marketing strategy with the intention of creating leads through “softer” marketing techniques such as social media engagement, newsletters and a redesigned website, repositioning AltViz as a market leader. • My current focus has been around implementings a social media calendar, finalising and centralising in-house copy and tone, slowly redesigning the website, designing a PR campaign with their recent work with Hovis and creating in-house sales and marketing literature/assets for use with pitches for household brand names.

          Currently

          Artist Manager

          Self Employed

          Jan 2018
          • United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • Anoushka Lucas: ● Day to day answering of emails, handling enquiries and seeking opportunities for Anoushka Lucas, a singer/songwriter based in London. ● Fundraised a budget of £10k for her album release via a successful crowd funder and private investment, creating her own label in the process. ● Scheduled and planned the upcoming album release set for June 2019 creating and coordinating a team of radio/TV pluggers and a PR team. ● Responsible for creating her new image; sourcing designers and videographers to create assets including music videos, covers and curating her day to day look. ● Successfully renegotiated complex album and song rights with Martin Terefe’s management [Jamie Cullum, KT Tunstall, Coldplay] – including publishing splits, licensing for the songs and secured a new distribution deal for Anoushka’s upcoming album Dark Soul. ● Secured multiple tour dates and festival bookings including sold out shows at Servant Jazz Quarters and Pizza Express Live under my stewardship. ● Secured multiple supports including a Brits Week support slot with Tom Odell. ● Secured coverage on multiple outlets, including international blogs and magazines as well as interviews and sessions on Jazz FM, BBC London, TalkSport and BBC Radio 2. ● Album set for release July 2019. Yakul: • ● Day to day answering of emails, handling enquiries and seeking opportunities wherever it came up. ● Gig photography and video editing where required. ● Booking gigs, securing showcases etc. ● Handled Marketing, PR and Radio Plugging - they have been played widely but major airplay include BBC 1XTRA, BBC Radio 1, Juice FM, Soho Radio and 1BTN – received support from Jamz Supernova particularly. ● Secured GAK session, Sofar Sounds and Balcony TV. ● Secured funding for their upcoming EP via PRS Foundation. Recording, mixing and mastering completed from these funds. ● Realigned playlisted by Spotify on Fresh Finds and Butter and secured over 350,000 streams on Spotify in a month. ● Created and maintained a monthly newsletter and their music glue updating the bands’ contacts and ensuring that all fans were aware of new merch (as designed by me), shows and any interesting news. ● Negotiated a record deal with Tru Thoughts and the Booking Agency Primary Talent for the band. ● Secured multiple headline gigs including London’s Jazz Cafe, Ronnie Scott’s and Patterns. Notable support slots include Alyss and St Paul and the Broken Bones at a sold out Jazz Cafe concert. ● Festival bookings including opening The Great Escape, Love Supreme, Big Love Festival and secured a main stage slot on El Dorado Festival alongside the likes of Craig Charles, Maribou State, Sister Sledge and Shy FX.

          2018

          Artist Manager

          AirMTM

          Sep 2017 - Aug 2018
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • • Managed visual artist Tom Lewis handling all facets including: • Artist Development • Secured funding for an ongoing project in Japan from Daiwa Foundation. • Secured opportunities for licensing including games, VR, drinks etc. • Co-managed all facets of a successful solo exhibition in Mayfair including curation, sales, Marketing and PR. • Introduced his work to British Council, Japanese Embassy, GB Sasakawa, Daiwa Foundation, National Gallery and Japan House among others. • Designed merchandise and social media for all artists on the roster including Jamie Cullum, Laura Oakes, Carmody, Amaroun and The Lottery Winners. • Day to day office manager handling photocopies, scans, office supplies as required plus receptionist duties. • Secured festival bookings for artists including Great Escape Festival.

          2017

          Nov 2016 - Mar 2017
          • Brighton, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • Joined in November to replace an outgoing administrator, part of a fluid team of 4. Helped to organise the Brighton Science Festival helping with all facets of the Festival, from production on the events themselves to Marketing, Social Media Management, Press Management, as well as managing a team of 79 volunteers single-handedly. Personal highlights include managing the Bright Sparks event of over 3500 visitors, including the team of volunteers I put in place.

          2018

          Radio Presenter

          1BTN

          Mar 2016 - Jan 2018
          • Brighton, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • Originally guest journalist for a regular radio show called PRBH Radio before being offered my own show which I brought under the "Art In Brighton" brand. Taking place every other Sunday morning from 8-10am, I hosted interviews with institutions, artists and bands, with local and international recognition. Notable names include Damon Albarn, Sampa The Great, Slaves, Fabrica Gallery's Creative Director, Lighthouse Studio's Curator and Founder and Yonaka.

          2017

          Sep 2015 - Jan 2017
          • Brighton, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • • Director of a thriving gallery in Brighton housing over 30 artists. • Part of a team of 5 that managed all facets of the gallery including marketing/ • PR duties including keyholding duties, social media, press releases, stock management, accounts, budgets and curation. • Hosted 15 exhibitions and events for every exhibition including talks, workshops and private viewings. • Part of the team taking a successful gallery from concept to execution as a housed gallery. • Voted acting director and part of the primary decision making team.

          2017

          Founder & Contributor

          Art In Brighton

          Jun 2015 - Feb 2017
          • Brighton, United Kingdom
          • Full Time
          • • Created a blog, magazine and radio show to document all of the visual art in Brighton as a pet project. • Single-handedly designed and managed all facets of the brand including website, logo and a team of writers. • Regular reviews and features on Art, Music and Politics, including an in-depth feature on the Calais Jungle when I went as a charity worker teaching art for children in the camp. • Acted as a brand through which I channelled my creative projects including magazines, illustrations, design work and multiple interviews, profiles and stories.

          2015

          Marketing Assistant

          The Paper Partnership

          Dec 2014 - Oct 2015
          • Horsted Keynes, Haywards Heath RH17, UK
          • Full Time
          • The Paper Partnership is a luxury wallcoverings company with a flourishing international reputation. We create inspirational designs across our diverse brands, producing innovative wallpapers that are available globally through an extensive network of exclusive distributors. My role was to help support the endeavours of our distribution partners in a variety of different ways by increasing The Paper Partnership's and our partners'​ presence. This was achieved through our social media and online presence, both of which I was taken on to create content, edit and manage content for all. This includes brand specific messages and The Paper Partnership's ethos as a whole. My other main role was to support the marketing teams of the distributors by helping to increase press attention, as well as support at Trade Fairs for our young, but highly ambitious, company. I was part of the team that helped to design the stand at Heimtextil 2015, as well as attending this prestigious trade fair in Frankfurt for 3 days to sell our brand. Before I left we had recently been accepted to Decorex 2015 and Maison & Objet Paris for the very first times. My other roles vary day-to-day in supporting the Marketing Manager. You can view the website here: http://www.thepaperpartnership.co.uk/

          2015

          Press Officer

          Art Schism

          Aug 2014 - Jun 2015
          • Brighton, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • Joined Art Schism in Brighton running their marketing side to promote their artistic endeavours around the wider area. This included content creation and website management, writing listings and organising press exposure for the gallery on an incredibly limited budget. This has gave me invaluable experience and loved the challenge of making them more relevant in the Brighton arts scene. I drafted marketing strategies, wrote press releases, organised and wrote content for the website, ran the social media, encouraging online traffic using SEO tools, designing posters (using InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator) and leaflets, sorting listings and running day to day office administration. On top of this I had a hand in putting forward and enacting ideas for engaging people with the gallery whilst keeping the ethos of low cost art, run by artists. Please view the website here: http://www.artschism.net/

          2014

          Marketing Intern

          The Light Box

          Oct 2013 - Jan 2014
          • Woking, United Kingdom
          • Internship
          • I worked with the Marketing Officers and Manager, learning about the marketing and PR side of this reputable Gallery. Using Word, Excel, Maxomail, WordPress, Indesign and Photoshop on a daily basis; I was entrusted with, but not limited to, the online and magazine listings, drafting content including columns, designing posters, flyers, e-flyers and e-newsletters, assisting with the social media and articles, press releases and other written material all within a ‘voice’ of an institution When required I helped to organise and run events, including photoshoots and events like our ‘Family Fun Afternoon’ and Private Views.

          Education

          2014

          Apr 2014 - Jul 2014
          • Brighton, United Kingdom
          • Attained a Gold Standard NCTJ including 100wpm shorthand qualification.

          2013

          Sep 2010 - Jun 2013
          • Chichester, United Kingdom
          • Fine Art (BA Hons)