Temple Music Foundation: Relationships and Fundraising Manager

Two days per week plus evenings of events and performances

Central London Office

The Temple Music Foundation (TMF) was founded in 2002 in The Temple, just off Fleet Street in the City of London. It was established to raise substantial funds to present Sir John Tavener’s commission The Veil of the Temple, a choral work of over seven hours, performed overnight in the historic Temple Church between dusk and dawn.

The work was composed for the Temple Church Choir with the Holst Singers.  Since the success of The Veil of the Temple, the TMF has planned and presented an annual programme of concerts in the Temple; it works particularly closely with the Temple Church Choir and has strong relationships with Middle Temple and Inner Temple and with barristers’ chambers within the Temple.

Relationships and Fundraising Manager:

The Temple Music Foundation (TMF) promotes around 20 events a year in the evocative and historic spaces in the Temple. Performances take place in the unique Elizabethan Middle Temple Hall and the historic and ancient 12th Century Temple Church. Repertoire is a mix of choral music, solo song recitals and orchestral and chamber music, some of which are broadcast.  Events are spread across the three legal terms of the year, none being programmed in August or September. 

The Relationships and Fundraising Manager is a key member of the small team, supporting the artistic programme by securing funding as well as developing and maintaining relationships with existing and potential funders.  Targets are dedicated project support as well as regular subscription funding across individuals, corporate supporters and barristers’ chambers.  The TMF has an existing loyal network of support within the Bar and the Judiciary, as well as outside the Temple and further afield, with generous support from individuals, chambers and corporate sponsors as well as trusts and foundations.  TMF now needs to grow and develop this support to take the Foundation forward to the next level.

Temple Song is a significant series within the TMF’s annual programme. Since its inception some ten years ago, in addition to fundraising from individuals, Temple Song has been underwritten by a dedicated group who collectively guarantee four song recitals each year against loss. The series has its own following and is a highly regarded and visible element of the annual TMF programme.  Pianist Julius Drake is the artistic director who identifies and engages with nationally and internationally renowned singers, inviting them to perform with him in the Temple.

Temple Music Foundation Board:

The TMF has a supportive Board of Directors who are generous with their time, advice and their own financial support. The Chairman is dedicated and readily involved when required.

In addition to managing its own events, the TMF also offers box-office and event management for some externally-promoted events within the Temple.

Hours:  TMF normal office hours are 9.30am to 5.30pm, plus evenings on event days and for board or other occasional evening meetings. 

Engagement:  The role of the Relationships and Fundraising Manager is a freelance post for an average of two days per week, mostly office based but with the opportunity for some flexibility to work from home at times. 

Essential Experience and skills

  • A practical understanding of philanthropic giving, particularly of the relationship with funders and the motivation of donors to give
  • Significant fundraising experience across all sources: individual, corporate, trust and foundation and legacy support
  • Ability to devise a programme of annual giving from multiple sources
  • Strong interpersonal skills in order to introduce, nurture and retain potential and existing donors, at all levels
  • Self-starting and accustomed to independent working
  • Thorough and consistent donor management
  • Experience of writing effective and convincing applications and donation requests
  • Experience of developing and designing excellent fundraising material
  • Awareness of General Data Protection Regulations
  • Computer literacy and database management in relation to fundraising
  • Ability to liaise with donors, sponsors and underwriters regarding their ticket and other requirements, working with the Events Assistant

Marketing assistance

  • Assist the Marketing Manager in maintaining the database in relation to donor management and crediting

Financial administration

  • Keep thorough and reliable records of all donations, both on file and through the CRM database
  • Manage annual donations and track Gift Aid reclaims
  • Manage and ensure renewal of annual subscription payments are notified in advance, requested and appreciatively acknowledged
  • Working with the Events Assistant, arrange for invoices to be sent to annual sponsors and advertisers
  • Working with the Events Assistant, ensure copies are kept of all donations and sponsorships received by cheque

Concert programmes and print

  • Be responsible for ensuring that appropriate credit and acknowledgement of support is shown in all TMF print

Board and Board meetings

  • Provide Fundraising reports and updates
  • Arrange regular one-to-one meetings with Board members, particularly liaising with the Chairman and the Director leading on the fundraising
  • Attend board meetings


  • Any other reasonable responsibilities commensurate with the role

Essential qualifications

  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to prioritise a busy workload
  • Experience of MS Word and Excel, databases and websites
  • Good telephone manner
  • Willingness to work on evenings when there are concerts (c. 20 a year) and board meetings (c. 5 a year)
  • Experience and knowledge of classical music


  • Some awareness of the workings and structure of the Bar and Royal Courts of Justice


  • According to experience by negotiation, iro £20,000 for two days per week.

Closing date for applications : Friday 19th July
Interviews in London in the week of 22nd July

To apply, please send a letter of application with your CV to Carol Butler.

Carol Butler


Carol Butler


Carol Butler