President Job Profile

Concert Artists Guild

One of the premier organizations in the music field, Concert Artists Guild has a mission to identify and nurture talented musicians. Our current President has decided to step down at the end of June 2018 and we are initiating a search for his full-time successor.

Since 1951, CAG has helped more than 500 young musicians launch their concert careers. Winners of CAG’s annual competition join the CAG roster where they receive comprehensive management support, including a debut recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, concert bookings, opportunities through the CAG commissioning program and CAG records label, marketing, publicity, and mentorship. We have commissioned dozens of new works, taken classical music out of the concert hall into bars and art galleries where it can be heard differently and by different audiences, and have started our own recording label.

Competition winners currently enjoying successful careers include: violinists Jennifer Koh, Joseph Lin (Juilliard Quartet) and Eugene Drucker (Emerson Quartet); pianists Michael Brown and Daniel Hsu; clarinetists David Krakauer and David Shifrin; flutists Carol Wincenc, Marina Piccinini and MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase; the Brasil Guitar Duo; Imani Winds; Grammy-winning ensembles Pacifica and Parker String Quartets; MacArthur Award winner Eighth Blackbird, and Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Sybarite5, and PUBLIQuartet.

Candidate Profile

We are looking for an individual who is both knowledgeable and passionate about the field of classical music, especially chamber music and solo performance, and has had experience in and commitment and passion for working with young people. Ideally s/he will be an active participant on the national musical scene, ideally will have personal connections at numerous arts and musical institutions, and will be able to attract new donors and board members to CAG.

S/he will have had experience in working with a not-for-profit board of directors and have the interest and passion in building a board with a sustaining commitment to the organization.  S/he will also have had substantial experience in development and fundraising.

Strong financial management and administration skills are essential.

The Position

The President reports to the CAG Board, working closely with its Chair and the Executive Committee, and manages a permanent staff of 7 people headquartered in New York City.

This position offers a unique opportunity to participate in the national music scene in a variety of ways.  The President will oversee and work closely with CAG professionals on the following activities:

  • Annual musical competition
  • Career management for emerging artists, including mentoring
  • Audience development
  • Programming
  • Presentation of CAG’s concert series
  • Recording, and
  • Commissioning of new works.

Administrative functions which the President will oversee include:

  • Development and fundraising
  • Finance
  • Marketing and communications, including social media
  • Board support and development, board communications, and
  • Personnel management.

Fundraising is critical to the mission of the organization, and the President will spend considerable time on this function. This includes Board development and identification and direct solicitation of prospective donors. The President will be supported by a development staff but should have a network that s/he can tap to increase the existing donor base.

Developing and implementing strategic initiatives will be part of the President’s leadership role. The Board will be looking to the President for ideas on new initiatives and priorities consistent with the organization’s resources and mission. The former President dramatically raised the standing of CAG in the musical world, and we are looking for someone to continue to broaden our impact.


Compensation and benefits are competitive with similarly sized arts organizations.

Next Steps

If you are interested in this position, please submit a letter that describes your specific interest in Concert Artists Guild, and a resume or outline of your relevant experience and qualifications, and an indication of your salary requirements. Please send materials to

The Search Committee will review credentials and schedule interviews, and expects to have the successful candidate in place by the beginning of July 2018.