We're Looking for Our Next Executive Director

What began in the summer of 1972 as a small gathering of musicians, their friends and acquaintances, and a few onlookers, has grown to a renowned three-day celebration of traditional music. Musicians of all stripes and like-minded enthusiasts now come by the thousands from across the country and beyond to join our annual celebration of traditional music’s fellowship and camaraderie.


With an engaged and enthusiastic membership and volunteer base, the support of arts organizations, and the generosity of sponsors, Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering has grown in scope to include activities and programs such as teaching underserved students as part of an after-school arts program, a music scholarship program, and additional concerts and community outreach programs. That said, we feel that we have only begun our journey of “Enriching lives by preserving traditional music through performance, education, and outreach.”     


The outgoing Executive Director will mentor, train, and onboard their replacement through this year’s annual Fiddlers’ Gathering to be held in August 2021 and give guidance and support to their successor and to the Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering organization at large beyond their departure.


Partial List of Responsibilities:

§ Actively engage with and energize Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.

§ Manage & oversee the planning, organization, and execution of the annual Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering festival. 

§ Attend Board of Directors and committee meetings.

§ Research and prepare grant proposals and other funding applications.

§ Work with the Board of directors on fund-raising events and activities.

§ Submit invoices and other expenditure documents to the treasurer for payment and accounting purposes.

§ Assist the Board of Directors in the development of annual budgets.

§ Assure all necessary forms are filed with the appropriate agency for all necessary permits, memberships, licenses, financial records, etc.

§ Maintain and refine tracking systems for both volunteers and Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering membership.

§ Oversee release of press packets and news releases, and follow-up of any media coverage.

§ Receive & respond to day-to-day communications, including telephone, postal, and electronic (email & social media).



§ This person will be thoroughly committed to the Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering’s mission. Candidates should have proven leadership, administration, coaching, relationship management, and problem-solving experience, preferably within a volunteer, non-profit, or community service type organization.

§ Excellent organizational management skills with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop effective teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage budgets.

§ Highly effective written and verbal communication skills.

§ Proven organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.

§ Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector.

§ Skills to collaborate with board members, board executive committee, and other volunteer elements.

§ Previous experience working with volunteers and knowledge and understanding of festival or similar event planning is preferred, but not required.


This is a part-time position. Hours vary dependent on events and meeting schedules.

Interested candidates - send your resume to EDsearch@indianafiddlersgathering.org by March 18, 2021.

All other inquiries can be directed to Charlie Hoovler, Governance Chair, (765) 404-0011