Ashley Rountree
  • 02-Jul-2022 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Louisville, KY, USA
  • 50000-65000 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time


The Louisville Orchestra (LO) has long had a strong reputation for innovation, creativity, and excellence. During Music Director Teddy Abrams' tenure in leading the local arts community at the helm of the LO, the Orchestra has achieved unprecedented civic impact and national recognition, and the momentum is manifest in the many creative programs and projects successfully conceived and developed over the past eight performance seasons made possible under Teddy's leadership. With an annual operating budget of $10M, 58 full-time musicians, and a 34-week performance season, it is currently an organization that is changing the very idea of what a 21st century orchestra can be and do. It is our constant hope that we can change lives throughout our entire community as only the Louisville Orchestra can - by promoting a culture of music through outstanding performances and education. Everything we do at the Louisville Orchestra is aimed at fulfilling that mission.

An orchestra should not be confined only to the concert hall or to limited quantities of two hours spent on a single performance. Music is a vehicle of profound cultural, political, and community change, and it must be considered as such. Over the past several years, the LO has participated in planning and visioning sessions with four distinct programming outcomes. All of these programs are linked vertically and horizontally and build an essential road map for the myriad ways audiences of the 21st Century can be comfortable engaging with the artistic essence of the LO. These new initiatives are represented through the following: Louisville Orchestra Creator Corps, The Kentucky Tour - a resource for the Commonwealth, Music Without Borders, and "Once Upon an Orchestra".


The primary purpose of the Grant Writer is to research new funding opportunities, identify grant prospects, write grant proposals, and track and report to funders. The Grant Writer is responsible for writing grant proposals and final reports, in support of both annual and special project funding campaigns. Total revenues received from grant funders exceeds $2 million. The Interim Executive Director seeks a candidate willing to maintain the current funder list but also seek to aggressively grow potential new funders through outreach, research and dialogue. The grant writer will engage and inspire funders by passionately telling the story of the Orchestra. The ability of the grant writer to secure funds for the Orchestra will allow the organization to continue work towards its goal of becoming known as "the most interesting orchestra on the planet."


  • Research existing funding sources and identify new funding opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date documentation of common grant questions and supporting materials to streamline grant writing.
  • Produce high quality proposals and supporting documents which accurately represent the culture, tone and vision of the Orchestra.
  • Oversee and ensure compliance with grant requirements, including reports and audits.
  • Write grant proposals and final reports in support of both annual and special project funding campaigns.
  • Communicate with other Louisville Orchestra departments to gather appropriate and compelling information for inclusion in proposals/reports.
  • Liaise with foundation/government staff as needed for information gathering and proposal/report compilation and submission.
  • Compose donor stewardship letters and reports.
  • Learn to tell the story of the Louisville Orchestra, its mission and vision for the purpose of securing grants.
  • Provide foundation/government prospect research.
  • Manage a small portfolio of individuals as assigned in consultation with the Director of Development.


  • Bachelor's degree, Master's preferred
  • Four - five years writing experience, previous grant experience preferred
  • Ability to work collaboratively across departments to support preparation and implementation of grant proposals.
  • Able to meet multiple deadlines with accuracy.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage complex processes.
  • Able to represent the LO in a professional manner both on the phone and in person with donors and patrons.
  • Strong computer literacy with working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and donor databases.
  • Familiarity with budgets.


The Louisville Orchestra is prepared to offer a competitive salary in the range of $50,000 - $65,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical insurance, life insurance, vacation and sick time, parking stipend, 403b contribution, and a diverse offering of voluntary benefits.

The Louisville Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, creed, sexual orientation or any other protected class.

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