MFY Staff Opportunities - National Festivals

Date Published:17 April 2013
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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?

Founded in 1970, Music for Youth is a national music education charity providing free performance opportunities for young people aged 21 and under through an annual season of nationwide events.  

MFY offers young people the opportunity to perform live in a supportive environment in festivals across the UK, celebrating and supporting the breadth of music-making by young people both in and out of school.  MFY also stages a series of free concerts, performed by young people for young people, providing first-hand experience of live music-making.

This spring thousands of young musicians took part in MFY's Regional Festival Series, over fifty festivals taking place at venues across the UK.  After the last Regional Festival of the season (late March/early April), MFY collates the feedback from the Music Mentors and their recommendations as to which groups should be invited to perform in MFY's National Festivals; the one-day National Festival Scotland or the five-day National Festival Birmingham. Held in top venues such as Perth Concert Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham's Symphony Hall and Town Hall, these vibrant celebrations will showcase an eclectic mix of musical styles.

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 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.

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:

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 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 in delivering these events. 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 between £4.98 and £6.19 depending on your role, experience and national minimum wage. Please note that some roles may require you to undergo a DBS check.

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 Wednesday 12 June at 17:30 and for the event itself on Thursday 13 June (08:00 – 19:00). You must also be based in the Perth area or be able to stay in the city as MFY does not provide staff accommodation.

If you are interested in working at National Festival Birmingham you need to be available for a training session on Wednesday 19 June (11:30-13:30) at Birmingham Conservatoire and for as much of the National Festival week as possible Tuesday 2 July- Saturday 6 July (09:00 – 20:00). 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 fill in the job application form and the availability form, including details of your references, and return Dearbhaile (Dervla) Nairn ( at MFY by:

  • Monday 22 April for National Festival Scotland.
  • Monday 13 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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