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NOW HIRING: Duniya is looking for a Managing Director

Job Summary

Duniya Dance and Drum Company is seeking a part-time Managing Director to assist the Artistic Director with organizational administration and growth, fundraising, program and event organization and logistics, and budgeting.  Duniya’s mission is to cultivate respect for traditional forms, effect social justice, and engage in community building.  Duniya performs and teaches traditional and innovative performance pieces from Guinea, West Africa and Punjab, India. We are a diverse group of dancers and musicians, who love using our creative skills to create change, and we are looking for a Managing Director aligned with our mission to help take us to the next level!

Responsibilities include:

  • Tracking program activity, attendance, and demographics, including volunteer hours
  • Maintaining a shared event/rehearsal calendar
  • Compiling and inputting data into the online DataArts database
  • Producing and tracking program and event budgets in conjunction with the Artistic Director and Bookkeeper
  • Working closely with the Artistic Director and Grant Writer on fundraising, including:
    • Maintaining a shared fundraising calendar including grant and final report deadlines
    • Researching appropriate grant opportunities
    • Coordinating the grant application process
    • Producing budgets and financial notes for grant applications
    • Producing final reports for grant funders
    • Coordinating fundraising event logistics as needed
  • Coordinating productions and special events
  • Maintaining donor database and tracking donor outreach


The ideal candidate will have experience in arts administration, event coordination, budgeting, and fundraising.  Familiarity with non-profit fund accounting concepts a plus.  The candidate must possess excellent communication skills and be able to work independently. We are willing to train the right person for this position. Duniya is a community-based organization, and we seek a Managing Director who wants to collaborate to find creative solutions to move forward Duniya’s vision. This part-time gig could be ideal for working moms or others wanting to supplement their income and work with an amazing, fun and dynamic group of artists!

The Managing Director will be expected to work 15 – 20 hours per month in collaboration with the Artistic Director. Managing Director and Artistic Director will meet monthly.

Pay is $25/hour or a $500/month stipend. Potential for more hours and higher pay in the future.

Interested applicants should send a resumé and cover letter to

Duniya Dance and Drum Company is honored to receive the California Arts Council Grant!

With support from the California Arts Council, Duniya will produce its 10th anniversary year of community-building events culminating in November 2017 at Dance Mission Theater with a weekend of performance, classes and celebration of India’s Bhangra and West African dance and music, and a new work by artistic director Joti Singh: Blood and Ink, exploring the connection between current movements and the South Asian movement in the U.S. in the early 1900’s led by Singh’s great-grandfather.

“CAA – Grants totaling $15,032,837 have been awarded to various nonprofit organizations statewide this year, the California Arts Council announced today. A total of 1,076 grantees will receive state grant funding for their work spanning the Arts Council’s 15 unique program categories, benefiting California’s students, veterans, arts educators, at-risk youth, formerly incarcerated individuals, underserved populations, and communities at large.”

More info HERE.

Celebrate Americans for the Arts Leadership Awards

Saturday, June 17, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel
333 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, California, 94102

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Come back together for a special plenary celebrating the winners of the Americans for the Arts Leadership Awards and exploring the complex interchange between politics and the arts in our current political climate. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will share some thoughts about the role of the arts in politics (and vice versa) and will then join Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert Lynch for a wide-ranging conversation and Q&A.
Nancy Pelosi
House Democratic Leader
United States House of Representatives
San Francisco, California

Robert Lynch
President and CEO
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Abel Lopez
Associate Producing Director
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Washington, District of Columbia

Resistance Mixtape, Volume 1, June 1st, 2017

Thursday, June 1 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St, San Francisco, California 94102
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Part of Thursday Nights at the Asian Art Museum and our current exhibition #TombTreasures.

Resistance Mixtape, Volume 1, brings together Bay Area activists and artists for an evening of performance, storytelling, history, and inspiration.

Join movement elders and activist musicians, poets and organizers — and discover ways to plug in to the resistance. Performers and presenters include Joti Singh, Pam Tau Lee, Zakia Afrin, Aparna Kanungo, Rupert Estanislao, Rupa Marya, and Zahra Billoo.

This event is curated by Barnali Ghosh and Anirvan Chatterjee of the Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour.

(original photo of Joti Singh by Kegan Marling)

Thursday, June 1 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM | Free with museum admission ($10 after 5 PM)

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Artistic Director Joti Singh 510.213.1537