MFY National Festival Staff Opportunities: 5-9 July 2016

Date Published:12 April 2016
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Keywords:National Festival, staffing
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Would you like to have some exciting hands-on experience of working at one of the biggest youth music festivals in the UK? Would you like to earn some money at the same time? Are you 18 and over?

Music for Youth

Music for Youth creates life-changing experiences for young people and publicly celebrates their musical achievements. Every year, we deliver events that showcase the richness and diversity of music performed by over 40,000 young musicians, from our Regional Festival Series to the spectacular Music for Youth Prom concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

What is the Music for Youth National Festival?

Over 8,000 of the UK’s most gifted and talented young musicians are invited to perform at the five day MFY National Festival in Birmingham. Every day of the festival brings something new for our audiences of over 2,500 attendees from local schools and 5,000 parents and supporters across the week. Held in top venues such as Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham Town Hall and the CBSO Centre, 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 our staff to ensure that all the young people that attend our festivals get the most out of their experience as they possibly can. We also hope that it will be a valuable opportunity for your own 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 Festival. Some people will have been before but 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Festival Fringe Assistant – Festival Fringe Assistants are required to assist in the day to day running of our additional National Festival events outside of our main stage performances. This may include, but is not exclusive to, assisting with our large-scale participatory events, workshops, satellite stage performances 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.

  • Communications Assistant – Communications Assistants are required to speak to members of the public about how to access the festival online and in person, contribute to press stories by gathering quotes from young people about their experience and sell programmes and merchandise for young people to remember their experience of performing at the National Festival. This role forms an integral part of the MFY Communications team at the National Festival, working to drive Social Media content, press activity, and promote sales through merchandising and flyer-ing at our main and satellite or fringe events.

Please feel free to call us to talk more about the vacancies on 0207 759 1830.


PAY All of these roles will be paid opportunities. Temporary Staff are paid at an hourly rate of £5.30 for 18-20 year olds, £6.70 for 21-24 year olds and £7.20 for anyone aged 25 and over, which is the current national minimum wage. Please note that some roles may require you to undergo a DBS check.

What do I need to do to get involved?

  • You don’t need lots of experience, just lots of enthusiasm and an interest in music and events.
  • You must be 18 years old or over.
  • You need to be based in Birmingham, or be able to stay near the centre of Birmingham as MFY is unable to provide temporary staff accommodation.
  • You must be available for a training session in Birmingham on Monday 4 July, approx. 14.00 – 16.30.
  • You must also be available for as much of the National Festival as possible from Tuesday 5 - Saturday 9 July approx. 09:00 – 20:00 each day.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of these roles, please complete the attached job application form and return to Alexander Tucker at (

Deadline for applications: Monday 16 May 10.00

If we would like to take your application forward we will get in touch with you directly to arrange a short phone interview. Phone interviews will be approximately 10 minutes long and will take place during the week beginning Monday 23 May.

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