Council to offer new £60k a year arts and culture role

Coventry Council House
Coventry Council House -Credit:Tom Davis

Coventry council are hiring for a new role that comes with a more than £60k a year salary. The job running cultural projects in the city is being jointly funded by the council, Coventry University and the University of Warwick.

The full title is ‘Head of Culture and Creative Economy,’ and comes with annual pay of £64194 to £70744 according to the council website. The job dubbed an “exciting new role” was listed last month.

It closes this week, May 8. The person hired will “lead and manage relationships and initiatives with national, regional, and local partners, and oversee contracts and grant programmes supporting local priorities,” the listing said.

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“You will drive forward cultural and creative sector strategies, partnerships and projects, including acting as the Service lead for projects within the cultural capital investment programme – in support of developing attractive, functional and sustainable performance, production and creative spaces in the city,” it added. The 37-hour per week job comes with a requirement to “work flexibly in relation to hours” including evenings, weekends and occasional overnight stays.

The move comes just months after the council agreed millions of pounds in service cuts in its latest budget. This included slashing funding to two cultural groups by 15% starting next year, to save £380,000.

The savings will come from “financial efficiencies” at the Belgrade Theatre and Culture Coventry, a report said. A senior councillor also did not rule out job cuts and the budget showed the council facing a £14 million funding gap next year.

In March, the council also agreed to borrow more money to turn the old IKEA into a collections centre for art and a “cultural hub.”

It also comes after Coventry University opted to close two much-loved creative services in the city, FabLab and the Inkwell, in March. The university said there were financial issues with both and it could not fund them due to “financial challenges” facing higher education.

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