About Arts Executive Search

Arts Executive Search is a specialist recruitment company serving arts and music organisations in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

Our international network enables us to select the right candidate from anywhere in the world. Since 2000 Arts Executive Search has worked with client organisations and candidates in 18 countries.

We have placed CEOs and artistic directors as well as senior managers in technical and production; marketing and communications; development and artistic administration. We have been engaged by the leading nonprofit organisations as well as the major commercial companies in recording and music publishing.
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Mary Carlson

Mary Carlson, a dual British/American citizen, has worked in the music and performing arts field for over 30 years.

Mary spent the early part of her career in management positions at the New York Philharmonic, Radio City Music Hall and New World Records. After moving to London, she was engaged as a management consultant before focusing on marketing and public relations. As a PR consultant, Ms. Carlson worked with the world’s leading orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Ulster Orchestra, Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In 2000 Mary Carlson founded Arts Executive Search in response to industry demand for professional leadership in the performing arts sector for both commercial and nonprofit organisations.

From 2010-2013 Ms. Carlson managed an Intern Abroad Programme for New York University/Steinhardt School graduate students in arts administration.

Mary Carlson holds a B.Mus from Manhattanville College, an M.Mus from Northwestern University and an M.Sc from Columbia University, Graduate School of Business.
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