Blowzabella is looking for an experienced organiser.
What we need you to do
Working to a forward plan (our goals for 1 to 3 years ahead) you will be able to do most or all of the following
- get gigs and provide everything that festivals and venues need from us.
- do all the publicity, promotion, audience engagement and PR - including the website and regular social media postings, print design and distribution etc.
- liaise with our booking agents and partners in other countries.
- organise self-promoted gigs (booking venues, ticketing, stewarding, PA/lights, liaison with local partners) and workshop days, weekends and the Blowzabella Festival.
- organise recording sessions (booking studios, engineers and logistics), photography and videos.
- issue contracts and invoices (you won't be required to do the banking / payments / accounts).
- help the band develop new ideas and projects. For example, education/workshops / new territories / audience development / new technology / communication strategies.
- have experience as an organiser in the area of music and/or other artforms and/or cultural venues/events
- be passionate about the band and enjoy the challenge.
- be pro-European - appreciating the depth of culture and history we share across Europe.
- be tough minded, flexible, focused, determined and motivated to keep going when the going gets tough.
- be imaginative and creative while being able to turn ideas into practical actions and see them through to completion - meeting deadlines at all times.
- be prepared to experiment and try new things and learn from experiences good and bad.
- have excellent social, persuasive, inter-personal skills.
- have excellent written and IT skills.
- be comfortable and creative with social media - using it to to engage creatively, and in a suitable tone, with the public - not just telling them when the next gig is.
- live in the UK and/or Europe. You don't have to be UK based.
Desirable skills and attributes
- Knowing about folk music is desirable but not essential. We need you to be a good organiser so we can focus on that.
- EU language skills are helpful but not essential. We need you to be a good communicator not a linguist.
We estimate that we need between 5 and 12 hours of organisational work a week, depending on how busy we are. This can be flexible around your other commitments. We need someone to start working with us from the beginning of September - even if it is only a few hours to start with.
We will agree an hourly rate comparable with an experienced arts administrator/manager role in a cultural organisation and/or a % based reward system.
Supporting you / other
- The band will develop a plan with objectives so we all know what we are trying to achieve, when and how. This will be flexible and designed to be achievable.
- You don't have to live in the UK, although that is desirable, but we will need to meet from time to time. Applications from across the EU are welcome.
- No one knows it all, or has experience to do everything we need doing. Paul James will be your key link in the band and will support you by answering questions, providing contacts, information, advice and any training you need.
- The band will organise their own transport, accommodation and food, CD and tune book merchandise, and all financial administration (banking, accounting, payments).
How to apply
Contact Paul James / Tel -00 44 (0)7887948853 / Email - firstname.lastname@example.org / What'sApp - pauljames.eu for an informal chat about the role and to answer any questions you have.
After talking to Paul email your CV to email@example.com with a covering letter/email that says..
- Why you are applying for this role.
- How your previous experience matches that of the person specification above (no one knows it all - where do you have most/least experience?).
- What do you think should be the band's priorities in the next 2 years?
- In 50 words or less - what would you say to a festival to convince them to book Blowzabella?
- What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of using social media to engage with music audiences?
The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 31 July 2019.