|Vivacity. Current Key Theatre offers. Where is the local production content? |
All 'four walls' productions with profits going outside of this City.
Until the Key Theatre markets its own in house productions for touring.
The theatre will continue to limp along.
Ideally the Broadway should be gifted to the City (before it falls down)
(or sold for exactly the same money paid to the liquidators
of Peter Boizots bust Mistvalley company - it wasn't much) and both venues
used to draw people into the City. That of course will need vision...
If this isn't a clear indication to the new Council members that 'Vivacity' is not fit for purpose, has totally and utterly lost its way, a financial disaster, and needs closing down; just read this newly released job specification for what they term a 'Director of Cultural Services.'
The blurb from the recruiter seems to be impressive, but its not so much Cultural Services but a salesman generating profits for this 'not for profits' organisation.
The PBROTRIB suggests the council take it all back, divide the current set up into three operations
1. LIBRARIES & MUSEUMS,
2. THEATRE, THE ARTS & EVENTS,
3. SPORTS, POOLS & PARKS
This will give both focus and identity to three operations and make them attractive to potential sponsors and international organisations. At present the generic VIVACITY (sounding like a Mexican cartel) is meaningless and clearly totally unattractive to major sponsors..
Simply the appointee has to be adept at proffering the corporate begging bowl, at a time when the Arts Council under the Conservatives have slashed budgets. The salary is also a joke for this level of responsibility circa £50k ... a fraction of what the Vivacity Chief executive trousers even though he promised to make the non-profit making organisation self financing and not reliant on council handouts.
If you think you can take this shambles on, this is what the recruiters ad. says:
Director of Cultural Services
As Director of Cultural Services reporting directly to our Chief Executive, your overarching brief will be to increase the numbers of people enjoying higher-quality cultural services and to increase both revenue and profit margin.
• strategic oversight and direct management of all budgets
• strategic planning and delivery of the successful development of our arts, heritage, library and archive services
• leading on large-scale capital and other major arts, heritage, library and archive projects
• leading in partnership with the Grants Manager, the maximisation of external funding opportunities • playing a key role in maximising sponsorship.
Educated to degree level and/or with an equivalent professional qualification, you must have a proven track record of delivering successful customer service at senior level, underpinned by in-depth knowledge of at least one of: arts; heritage; archives, or library services.
• the ability to secure sponsorship from private sector or equivalent partners
• business and budget management skills – revenue £0.5m; capital £1m
• consultation with customers including hard-to-reach groups.
Further information is available at the Vivacity-Peterborough website.
Closing Date: Friday 12th June 2015
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