Staff Opportunities at National Festival Birmingham & Scotland

Date Published:21 March 2012
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Would you like to have some exciting hands on experience of working at a music festival? Would you like to earn some money at the same time?

Festival Staff Vacancies

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

What will YOU be doing at the National Festival?

If you apply to work with Music for Youth for either of our National Festivals you will be joining a small but busy team in the day to day running of our various performance sessions, workshops, master classes and massed participation events.

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.

Platform Assistant
The platform (stage) of each venue is where all of our groups will be performing. The platform 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.

Workshop Assistant
Workshop assistants are required to assist in the day to day running of our National Festival workshops. This may include but is not exclusive to assisting with our large-scale participatory events, free ticket workshops and many more. Your role would involve ensuring that groups get to their correct workshop room at the correct time and supporting the workshop leader.

This role requires the ability to work independently and have a flexible attitude to the needs of the workshop leader.

Outdoor Music Assistant
Our exciting live music outdoor tent will be a constant buzz of performing and workshopping. The outdoor music assistant will coordinate the smooth running of this additional venue and liaise with a member of our stage crew so that we can have as many performances in this space as possible.

This role would be suited to someone who can work efficiently and calmly at all times and who is confident working independently.

All of these roles will be paid opportunities, paid on an hourly rate of between £5.00 and £7.00 depending on your role and experience. 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 National Festival Scotland you need to be available for:

  • A training session on Thursday 7th June (time TBC)
  • The festival itself on Friday 8 June 2012 (08:00 – 17:00)

You must also be based in the Perth area or be able to stay in the city.

If you are interested in working at National Festival Birmingham you need to be available for:

  • A training session on Monday 18th June (time TBC)
  • For as much of the National Festival week as possible Monday 2nd July- Saturday 7th July (09:00 – 20:00)

You need to be based in Birmingham or be able to stay near Birmingham City Centre.

You must be over 18 years of age.

If you would like to apply for any of these roles, please fill in the job application form and the availability form, including details of your references, and return to Dearbhaile Nairn ( at Music for Youth by:

  • Monday 16th April for National Festival Scotland
  • Monday 14th May for National Festival Birmingham

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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