National Festival Staffing Opportunities

Date Published:3 March 2014
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Would you like to have some exciting hands on experience of working at the biggest youth music festival in the world? Would you like to earn some money at the same time? Are you 18 and over?

About Music for Youth
Music for Youth is a national music education charity that provides free performance and audience opportunities for young people aged 21 and under through an annual season of nationwide festivals and concerts. The MFY season is designed to inspire, nurture and support musicians at every level of experience in a supportive and non competitive environment.

What it the Music for Youth National Festival?
This spring 40,000 young people will have taken part in our 50 strong Regional Festival Series held across the country. 8,000 young musicians will then be invited to perform at the five-day National Festival in Birmingham. Held in top venues such as Birmingham Symphony Hall and Birmingham Town Hall, these vibrant celebrations will showcase an eclectic mix of musical styles.

Festival Staff Vacancies
The National Festival is a huge artistic and logistical undertaking and we need committed, enthusiastic people to come and join our team to help us deliver this ambitious festival. We want everyone that attends our festivals to get the most out of it and we want YOU to make sure that they will get the most from their experience. We also hope that it will be a valuable opportunity for your career development.

What will I be doing at the National Festival?
If you apply to work with Music for Youth for our National Festival you will be joining a small but busy team in the day to day running of our various performance sessions and workshops. If your application is successful, you will be allocated one of the following roles:

  • Reception Supervisor – The reception desk is the first point of contact for groups participating in the National Festivals. Some people will have been before and for some this will be their very first time. The Reception Supervisor is in charge of the smooth running of the reception area and liaising with all MFY staff, informing groups of where they should go and what they need to do. This role requires the ability to manage and coordinate other temporary staff and the ability to use your initiative in problem solving. This role would suit someone who is confident meeting and greeting new people and who can maintain a professional manner at all times.
  • Backstage Assistant – The Backstage Assistant will coordinate groups arriving to the stage from their allocated dressing room in sufficient time for their performance. You will work directly with the Hall Supervisor to ensure the performances run in a professional manner. This role requires a person with extremely good timekeeping skills and with strong attention to detail. It also requires the ability to bring groups to the stage in an efficient yet polite manner.
  • Group Guide - A group guide is responsible for showing groups around each of our venues and making sure that each ensemble is in their appropriate dressing room in sufficient time for their performance. They will also guide groups to the auditorium to watch other performances. This role would see you working closely with the reception supervisor and would suit someone who is confident meeting and greeting new people.
  • Stage Crew - This role involves assisting our professional stage management team in the fluid changes between groups. This would involve moving equipment, setting and clearing the stage between groups and ensuring that each group has all it needs. This is a high- paced role which provides valuable insight into the team work involved in stage production. This role requires a basic level of fitness as heavy lifting may be involved, the ability to work well within a small team and good listening skills.
  • Production Assistant – Production assistants are required to assist in the day to day running of our additional National Festival events outside of our main performances. This may include, but is not exclusive to, assisting with our large-scale participatory events, free ticket workshops, satellite stages and general support of the core MFY team. Your role would involve ensuring that groups get to their correct workshop room at the correct time and supporting the workshop leader in delivering these events, as well as assisting at various satellite stages. This role requires the ability to work independently and have a flexible attitude to the needs of the workshop leader.

All of these roles will be paid opportunities, paid on an hourly rate of either £5.03 or £6.31 (depending on your age) which is the current national minimum wage. Please note that some roles may require you to undergo a CRB check.

What do I need to do to get involved?
You don't necessarily have to have lots of experience, just lots of enthusiasm and an interest in music and events. Please feel free to call us anytime to talk more about the vacancies – 0207 759 1830.

If you are interested in working at the National Festival you need to be available for a training session on Tuesday 17 June (11:30-13:30 at Birmingham Conservatoire) and for as much of the National Festival week as possible which is Tuesday 8 - Saturday 12 July (08:30 – 20:00 approx each day.)

You need to be based in Birmingham or be able to stay near Birmingham City Centre as MFY does not provide staff accommodation.

You must be over 18 years of age to work in any of these roles.

If you would like to apply for any of these roles please complete the job application form and the availability form and return Dearbhaile (Dervla) Nairn ( by Friday 25 April 2014.

Phone interviews are likely to take place on Friday 9 May (10 minute interview.)

If we would like to take your application forward we will get in touch with you directly to arrange a short phone interview.

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