FREELANCE Business lead- Studio Manager - New Role - Deadline 16th Sept


Intended start date: as soon as possible- ideally last week of  August or earlier

Deadline for applications: 16th Sept

FEE: Freelance - Competitive, Dependent on Expertise and day rate

Opportunity for a creative and commercially-minded, natural and motivated organiser to join a fast moving, creative, pluridisciplinary and exciting studio. 

Responsible for internal and external business development FOR NELLY BEN HAYOUN STUDIOS and Tour de Moon Ltd (sister company). A hybrid role focussed on enhancing ways of working, processes - to supporting founder on generating new business opportunities and to work on implementing managerial processes in the studio with projects’ leads. 

Key responsibilities: 

  • Identify targets and support founder on business growth and lead generation across industries: from brands, to councils, to institutions and beyond! 
  • Ensure the team’s tasks in line with business goals and responsibilities, ensuring tasks are achieved and the team’s workflows are feasible. 
  • Manage budget and spending across all the project leads.
  • Support the business development of the studio and legacy plans for our festival called Tour de Moon.
  • Ensure clear communication, acting as the key liaison point for the project between and and the artists, partners, participants and suppliers. 
  • Working with the Executive director managing freelance hours and management of staff and expenses.
  • Helping manage, and assisting the Director in the successful delivery of projects,working closely with the project leads’ partners and artists on the production of the programme.
  • Work with the Executive director to ensure project deadlines are met
  • Management of select creative programming
  • Attend programme and partner meetings as required
  • Keep track of Team task and project progression using software management tool and excel sheets
  • Help to outline the priorities for the team and Director with regards to a strict timeline. 
  • When required and in conversation with project leads- to coordinate/ insure the contracts process for the artists, performers and contributors is smooth and filed. 
  • When required and in conversation with project leads- to manage the pre production of show days in a detailed and operational manner. And if required- be the main point of contact for artists, performers and collaborators regarding logistics and pre-production arrangements      


  • London based
  • Experience working in a similar role
  • Excellent knowledge of the UK immersive experience scene and international cultural scene
  • Excellent communicator 
  • Abilities in sales and pitch, producing decks for clients 
  • Ability to work under time pressure 
  • Experience managing large and small teams
  • Experience working with task management platforms
  • Strong familiarity with Google products (Gmail, calendar, docs) and a passion for implementing technology to increase efficiency
  • Good knowledge of developing youth engagement projects
  • Experience with accounting software
  • Experience with live event planning and performing arts management 
  • Clever problem-solver who can thoughtfully anticipate needs, uses good judgment and is resourceful
  • Ability to execute against defined objectives and communicate the results clearly and effectively to both senior management and wider team and other stakeholders
  • Bookkeeping and budget management skills
  • Ability to lead and strategically define timetable and delivery
  • Support and promote a culture of innovation, excellence and equity.

Deadline for applications:  Tuesday 16th August                                                                                                                                                                                  

Intended start date: as soon as possible- ideally last week of  August or earlier

This is a fixed-term position starting immediately until December 2022 with a trial period.

Salary: Freelance or PAYE(end contract december 22)- Competitive, Dependent on Experience 

28-30k PAYE


This job will be based at The Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ. Our offices are into a train carriage on top of a nightclub so you need to be at ease with unusual, original looking offices.


Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios is committed to equal opportunities employment and has a zero tolerance policy against any forms of harassment. 


To apply please send a copy of your CV and Cover Letter to Megan Humphreys at


About Tour de Moon

Tour de Moon is a cosmic adventure, a large-scale public festival of immersive experiences and live events developed in collaboration with our “universal satellite”: the Moon, seen as a character, a landscape and a prompt for radical imagination. The festival, composed of 8 programming strands, aims to reach millions of visitors across the UK and the world in 2022, through live and virtual experiences, supporting youth, nightlife creators, scientists and digital creators through cooperation. With Tour de Moon, we seek new beginnings, to empower others to create, to initiate, to innovate with new thinking and pluralistic practices so that history does not repeat itself on and beyond Earth.Tour de Moon is composed of more than 90 individuals as a part of its team, Youth Reporter Board and Advisory Board and further collaborative organisations, all working together to build a festival committed to plurality, decolonial practices, social and racial justice, solidarity and equity.


About Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios

Founded in 2009, Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios Ltd. designs experiences for you to become an astronaut in your living room while dark energy is being created in your kitchen sink and a volcano erupts on your couch. We are an interdisciplinary design studio which devises subversive events, experiences, and feature-length films. We work on multimedia, highly ambitious projects to empower countercultures and communities by building platforms for them to challenge power structures, while also allowing for change and critical thinking through multi-faceted immersive experiences. We are pioneers in the design of experiences, our mission is to reveal meanings and power structures through experiential practices and to foster critical thinking within institutions across the world. We have consulted and worked with leading scientists, creatives, writers, brands, politicians, policymakers, musicians, and engineers worldwide and we have a track record of having successfully challenged public engagement mechanics through theatrical, experiential, films and design practices. We rethink and question systems in education, design, distribution, communication, public speaking, politics, economics, history, and sociology towards further pluralistic models which we implement in our projects. We are a team of architects, graphic designers, textile designers, philosophers and more based in an artist collective in a train carriage on top of a nightclub. Plurality is one of our core tenets and as a result we support various forms of educative and alternative training, through the University of the Underground, a tuition-free charity we founded in 2017 with board members such as Pussy Riot, Noam Chomsky, and Massive Attack; it supports free, pluralistic, and transnational education. In 2020, Dezeen shortlisted Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios Ltd. one of the world’s best design studios and in 2021 The Dots selected Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios Ltd. as one of the “Top 50 companies to work for in 2021”.