Job opportunity

Young Producer for BlackFest Live Lounge

This is a new role for an 18–30-year-old to get involved with BlackFest and work with a range of creatives to manage and deliver our monthly Live Lounge event. You will work with musicians, dancers, actors, poets and more and gain valuable experience as a professional producer.

Closing date: 23rd June 2021

Shortlisting: 24th June 2021

Interviews: 25th June 2021

Job title: Young Producer

Job description

This is an exciting role for a Young Producer who will have responsibility for managing and delivering monthly Live Lounge events end to end. Reporting to the Artistic Director, you will work with a range of creatives of various disciplines contracting up to 10 local artists to perform at every Live Lounge each month. You will help creatives to build confidence as for some it may be their first time performing to a live audience. You will also have the opportunity to build upon and develop your own skills within BlackFest and gain valuable experience as a professional producer.

Terms: Part time, fixed term contract
Contract details: 10 hours per month for 8 months: £1500
Payment: Payment will be made after receipt of a monthly invoice at £187.50 per month.
Please note, this is a freelance contract and the Young Producer will be responsible for their own tax and insurance contributions.

Key actions and responsibilities

  • Proactively research, engage and converse with artists and creatives for monthly events
  • Create call outs and further suitable content for the BlackFest website and social media channels to attract artists and audience members for the Live Lounge. 
  • Liaise with Liverpool venues and venue staff to book suitable venues for the Live Lounge in advance 
  • Ensure appropriate technical support is provided at venues for the events.
  • Source technical equipment for events when and if required.
  • Make good use of BlackFest’s technical assets and to handle all technical equipment appropriately and as directed. 
  • Create content and copy to market Live Lounge events widely.
  • Act as MC at events. 
  • Ensure any venues or technicians are paid for work they have completed for Live Lounge in a timely manner. 
  • Contract artists and creatives and to ensure they are paid by profit share as soon as possible after each monthly event. 
  • To handle cash at events for any audience members who wish to pay on the door and to handle money responsibly. 
  • Attend any meetings both online or in person as required 
  • Manage the merchandise table at events
  • Source volunteers to support the delivery of Live Lounge events
  • Inform the audience of festival key dates and how they can support BlackFest e.g. through volunteering
  • Manage creative opportunities for artists to take part in such as leading question and answer sessions and games to encourage engagement, participation and enhance audience experience
  • To meet with the Artistic Director to discuss creative vision. 
  • Managing the Live Lounge budget
  • Sell tickets at Live Lounge for festival events at the merchandise table using an iZettle card reader
  • Create surveys for evaluation to be completed by artists and audience members at events. 
  • Collate audience and artist feedback after each event. 
  • Collate audience emails for mailing list and work within GDPR. 
  • To undergo an Enhanced DBS check. 
  • To work in the best interests of BlackFest at all times. 
  • To work within equality and diversity policies. 
  • To work within all BlackFest company policies.

Person specification

We received a varied response to the original brief, and some of our artists were angry and full of pain. We quickly realised that we needed to hold space for this expression and that there weren’t many safe spaces in which our artists felt they could express their raw emotions. Everything our artists were feeling was valid, the hurt, the pain, the anger was part of this journey that we took with them, and it was a challenge to write positively as the media has conditioned a negative narrative, that is so deeply seated. This is when we returned to the artists to write another poem, which celebrated Blackness.

Essential

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organisational and planning skills
  • Work collaboratively with the team
  • Confident when working with a range of individuals including artists, audience members and venue staff
  • Knowledge of how to effectively market artists and events and ability to do so.
  • Knowledge of theatre and performance or experience as a performer
  • Integrity and resilience and the ability to remain calm and work professionally should events not work out as planned
  • Good IT skills and confidence with using Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PDFs.
  • Good working knowledge of the arts/ performance scene in the Liverpool City Region
  • Established network or connections with creatives or creative organisations, especially from Black or diverse backgrounds
  • Experience of working to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and manage own time effectively
  • Experience of creating and delivering online and offline surveys for evaluation
  • Experience of creating content for websites, social media channels and emails.

Desirable

  • 5 GCSEs at grade A-C
  • Experience of delivering small events
  • Experience of working with artists and creatives
  • Direct experience of working with venues and venue staff
  • Experience of marketing small events
  • Experience of hosting or acting as MC for events
  • Experience of completing risk assessments
  • Design experience and access to design software
  • Experience of working in the arts
  • Established links with artists or creatives and creative organisations from Black or diverse backgrounds
  • Project management experience
  • Experience of using digitised finance systems such as card readers to take payments
  • Experience of evaluating activities or events from customer and participant feedback
  • Experience of using Mailchimp

This post is part time and fixed term funded by LCVS. To apply please send in your CV and a letter of interest no more than a page long to info@blackfest.co.uk.

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