“…the point of an animateur is to support musicians who are dedicated to ensuring that the interactions with our audiences are lively, creative, and inspiring – musicians who want to make sure that the music we play and love is made available to all our communities for a very long time to come. That’s not such a bad job description.”

Thomas Cabaniss writes in An Animateur’s Journey: A report from the field

This seems like a very nice job description indeed.  It’s not unlike some things I already do in my work, I just didn’t know that there was a word for it until today.  Animateur - it really has a nice ring about it :)