Acquisition and Artistic Development Associate, Europe (maternity cover)

Job Locations UK-London
ID 2023-1629
Theatrical Literary
Temporary Full-Time




With offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Miami, London, and Berlin, Concord has a diverse and vibrant roster of active recording artists, composers, and songwriters, and a vast and historic catalogue of works by some of the most treasured names in music history.


Concord Theatricals is the world’s most significant theatrical company, comprising the catalogues of R&H Theatricals, Samuel French, Tams-Witmark and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection. Our unparalleled roster includes the work of Irving Berlin, Agatha Christie, George & Ira Gershwin, Marvin Hamlisch, Lorraine Hansberry, Kander & Ebb, Ken Ludwig, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dominique Morisseau, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Thornton Wilder and August Wilson. We are the only firm providing truly comprehensive services to the creators and producers of plays and musicals, including theatrical licensing, music publishing, script publishing, cast recording and first-class production.


The Acquisitions and Artistic Development department’s primary purpose is to lead the selection and acquisition new plays and musicals for the catalogue including making offers, negotiating contracts and maintaining existing relations with authors, estates and their representatives.

The department is outward-facing and therefore key to representing the company externally. It seeks to continue to deliver a varied and creative catalogue which supports the needs, aims and objectives of the company.


In addition, the department may seek and secure sponsorship, partnership, investment, cast album and commission opportunities.



As the Acquisitions and Artistic Development Associate you'll be responsible for administratively implementing the Acquisitions and Artistic Development strategy as led by Vice President for Acquisitions and Artistic Development (Europe). To work under the direction of the VP and support the VP in the acquisition of theatrical performance and publishing rights from authors and agents that will generate the maximum revenues and return on investment; to support the VP in growing the Concord share of the European theatricals market; to support, promote and assist the Berlin Theatricals division and to promote Concord Theatricals and ensure Concord Theatricals are the favoured partner for authors and agents.


What you’ll do:



  • Monitoring the theatrical landscape.
  • Soliciting, pursuing, and managing all script submissions.
  • Reading, viewing and assessing scripts and production as required.
  • Providing administrative support to the department.
  • Administering payment of advances.
  • Supporting the Publication team and process.
  • Communicating information about Concord Theatricals’ rights internally.



  • Actively communicating the presence, values and services of Concord Theatricals and implementing and promoting the strategies delivered by the VP externally.
  • Working with the Licensing and Retail sales teams, and the Marketing and Publishing Managers to help promote the sales of Concord Theatricals titles.
  • Supporting the Concord Theatricals Berlin team develop their presence, reach and catalogue.




  • Supporting the commissioning and development of new work.



  • Ensuring current knowledge of the UK theatre market to highlight potential new playwrights, plays and musicals for Concord Theatricals to review.
  • Monitoring and researching what is being performed and programmed.
  • Reading and following the arts media including reviews and announcements.
  • Attending and reviewing productions and workshops as required.
  • Liaising with agents and authors regarding new work.
  • Developing relations with existing partnerships (awards, sponsored partners etc).
  • Encouraging, soliciting, pursuing, and managing all script submissions.
  • Courting and pursuing potential new titles as directed by the VP.
  • Overseeing all processes related to the submission of scripts to Concord Theatricals for review.
  • Maintaining submissions guidelines.
  • Tracking and regularly updating all submissions on Salesforce.
  • Reading scripts (both solicited and unsolicited), distributing to appropriate colleagues for review and reporting back to the wider acquisitions team, assessing the title’s literary and commercial value to Concord Theatricals.
  • Viewing productions and reporting back to the wider acquisitions team, assessing the title’s literary and commercial value to Concord Theatricals.
  • Communicating with authors and agents.
  • Responding to all submissions.
  • Updating the global and UK Acquisitions agenda accordingly.
  • Updating Salesforce CRM with all agreed terms and to ensure the fully executed contracts are filed.
  • Ensuring all administrative systems are effective, well-maintained and regularly updated.
  • Coordinating the UK Reading Panel to review and report on titles and authors for Concord Theatricals to consider acquiring and expand knowledge of the catalogue.
  • Managing the Theatre Coverage Committee and booking tickets to attend.
  • Aiding in the decision-making process about which titles to acquire.
  • Alerting US colleagues to authors, titles and productions of note that may be of use to their market.
  • Working closely with Concord Theatricals’ Finance department to ensure that timely and accurate payment of all advances is made, and proper documentation on the company’s financial commitments is maintained.
  • Providing support as required and be the AD point of call for any queries from the Publications team.
  • Circulating all necessary information about Concord Theatricals’ rights to both internal colleagues and external contacts, including overseas agents, comprising: o Notices of new titles acquired and released.
  • Notices of any restrictions on licensing.
  • Information for website listing.
  • Manage Concord Theatricals website with regards to all new licensable titles to be added plus ongoing general maintenance of website.


What you’ll need:

  • Arts-based degree.
  •  Experience in a literary department and/or theatrical agency an advantage.
  •  Experience working with scripts.
  • Excellent administrative skills and highly organised.
  • Previous experience of Salesforce and other CRMs desirable.
  • You’ll be an effective communicator.
  • You’ll be a team player and ready to jump in when required.
  • A willingness to attend theatre and other engagements out of office hours.


The position/salary:

This is a 6 month maternity cover, possibly extending up to 1 year.

Annual salary £32,000


At Concord, we offer competitive salary, private medical and dental insurance, generous time off, charity match, paid time off for volunteering and a culture committed to supporting everyone’s growth and development.


Application Details:

We actively encourage applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. Full and ongoing training will be an integral part of the role.

Please send your CV and covering letter to quoting ‘Acquisitions and Artistic Development Associate, Europe (maternity cover)’ in the subject line and stating where you saw the position advertised. Applicants must live and be eligible to work in the UK.


Concord is an equal opportunity employer. We employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of age, gender assignment, marital status, pregnancy, disability, race, religion, sex as required by law. We believe that diversity, inclusion and equity is paramount for the creation of music, theatre and film that celebrates and empowers all cultures.


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