Development Manager

Young Artists Symphony Orchestra (YASO)

Los Angeles, California



The Young Artist Symphony Orchestra (YASO) is a new youth orchestra in Los Angeles led by Artistic Director Alexander Treger, a distinguished conductor, educator and former concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.  The mission of YASO is to champion, train, mentor, and inspire the next generation of outstanding young musicians for professional careers in symphony orchestras and ensembles around the world.  Drawing on the most rigorous and artistic principles, YASO emulates a professional orchestra in its structure and operation, holding annual auditions and providing a stipend to its members.  YASO will present the most compelling musical repertoire in a series of free live concerts for the public at UCLA’s beautiful Royce Hall.  For its inaugural season, YASO has received over 160 applications for auditions from the most exceptional talent in the Los Angeles area.  The 100+ orchestra members will be announced mid-September. YASO’s 2015-16 season launches with a free celebratory program featuring Mahler’s seminal Symphony No. 2 in C minor, “Resurrection,” hailed as “one of the musical touchstones of our time” (The New York Times), on Sunday, October 11, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  Featured guest artists include soprano Amanda Achen, mezzo-soprano Niké St. Clair and the Angeles Chorale.  Other concerts are Sunday, December 6, 2015, Sunday, February 28, 2016 and Saturday, April 23, 2016, featuring such repertoire as Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, 
Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in d minor, Lutoslawski’s Little Suite, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, and John Adams’ The Chairman Dances.


Job Description 

The Development Manager will be responsible for creating, implementing and managing the organization’s fund development efforts.  As this is YASO’s inaugural season, the Development Manager will be responsible for setting up a multi-faceted fund raising program including memberships to the 2015-16 season, sponsorships of the Young Artists (including concert master, principals and young artists), private donations, grants from businesses and private and public foundations.


Reports To:  YASO Board of Directors


1. Sponsorships of Young Artists

  •  Develop and implement a fundraising plan to sponsor each young artist in the orchestra.  Sponsorships will be $1,000 per artist, $2,500 for principals, and $5,000 for the concertmaster.

2. Memberships

  • Develop and implement a plan to develop a YASO membership community to regularly attend YASO concerts. 
  • Memberships will be $60 per person and feature preferred seating at concerts and other benefits for pre and post concert events.

  3. Private Donations

  • Develop and implement an organizational plan to identify, recruit, cultivate and maintain a portfolio of individual donors.  Expand current base of existing donors.
  • Work closely with Board to acquire new major donors and cultivate existing ones.
  • Develop and implement annual mail appeal with donor segmentation.

  4. Foundations and Grants

  • Identify potential private foundations, public foundations, and government funding sources to support YASO.
  • Develop, write and submit grant applications and contracts with support of Board.
  • Submit required reports and grants progress to funders.

    Fundraising Events
  • Develop and plan fundraising events to support YASO, including special in-home events/concerts, pre and post concert events, and other fundraising events.

    6. Data Management
  • Identify attendee and donor management data system appropriate to size and start-up phase of YASO.
  • Implement and manage data management software.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2-5 years successful experience in development work for an arts organization, preferably in classical music
  • Very knowledgeable of classical music and the modern symphonic repertoire
  • Excellent skills in office applications – Word, Excel, Powerpoint, donor/attendee database software
  • Experience setting up and managing database of attendees, subscribers, private donors and potential grant opportunities
  • Able to manage projects independently

Hours and Compensation

This is a full time position with competitive salary commensurate with experience.  Some evening/weekend hours required for concerts and fund-raising events.  The YASO office is located at 11766 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1670, Los Angeles, CA 90025 

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and letter of interest to: [email protected]