Trustee Positions Available

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We are looking for Trustees and Trustee Assistants for the Bristol Festival Community Group Board.


Here at the Bristol Festival Community Group we are looking to appoint 5 new trustees to the Board to provide oversight and guidance for our future strategy.

The role of the Trustee is a rewarding one. Meeting once a month at our city centre offices, our Trustees ensure the Bristol Festival Community Group delivers on its ambitious vision and charitable objectives to support and promote music, art and culture in Bristol, whilst aiding personal development and community cohesion. We do this through staging festival events that showcase the best local talent, organised by volunteers who receive training and experience, helping them get into the music and events industry.

The Board sets the overall strategic direction and provides scrutiny to our processes and decisions. Trustees also ensure standards of governance are upheld as well as assessing business development, risk management, performance management and internal control. Our Trustees are key to ensuring we continue to remain a viable organisation and stay on track to deliver our charitable objectives.

Bristol Festival Community Group is seeking to complement the skill set of existing trustees, and successful candidates must be able to demonstrate that they have good experience and can work at a strategic level in one of the following trustee roles available on the board:

We are also looking to appoint 11 Assistant Trustee Board Members.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals with a passion for our charitable aims and an interest in becoming a trustee of a charity in the future or learning the skills needed to fill one of the Trustee roles. In this position you would be mentored by an existing board member, attend meetings, and take notes and action points. Read the full job description here.

Please note that in this role you do not have vote and are not legal directors or trustees.


If you are interested in any of the above roles, or indeed joining the board in any capacity, please contact and we will let you know the next steps.


Vacancy: PR Manager Voluntary position. 8 hrs a week. Flexible hours.

As the PR manager you will be tasked with coordinating our press relations for Brisfest (our festival), our charity activity, our other fundraising gigs and special projects.


  • Contacting local and national press for exposure.
  • Writing press releases and managing media.
  • Designing campaigns.
  • Coordinating with social media.
  • Organising press events.
  • Responding to events and designing policy to deal with these.
  • Working at our festival and events with journalists.
  • Copy writing.
  • Helping on our local music blog.


If this sounds like you then please email with who you are, your experience, any links to your work and your social media channels (if you wish). Title the email ‘PR Manager’.


This would be idea for anyone with or looking for experience in the public relations field and or journalism. Any level of experience considered. Enthusiasm and self motivation essential.

Graphic Design Internship (P/T Unpaid)

2 Days Per Week

Contract to run from the start of Feb for 6 weeks.

Hours/days are flexible but must be based in our central Bristol office and will be an 8 hour day with half an hour lunch. However some evenings will apply for meetings, and weekends for the events we run.

The Bristol Festival Community Group is looking for a number of fresh, innovative Graphic Design Interns to assist our Marketing Manager in the development of the graphics for a variety of our events including Rave on Avon and Brisfest.

As part of the internship you will be given your own projects to lead alongside the creative work you will be asked to assist with. These should fit in with your coursework. The work will include;


  • Helping create and manage the Branding for both Rave on Avon and Brisfest 2016
  • Helping to create the posters and flyers for both Rave on Avon and Brisfest 2016
  • Developing images for social media
  • Creating online Flash banners
  • Creating GIFs
  • Media Packs and Sponsorship documents
  • Helping develop logos for video and other content

Please email with a brief written introduction to yourself, your work, what you’d like to do at Brisfest and a link to your portfolio. Title the email ‘Graphic Design intern’

Vacancy: Admin Assistant

The Bristol Festival Community Group are excited to announce a forthcoming vacancy for a part time Administration Assistant as we expand our team in preparation for 2016’s events.

Job Description:

Admin Assistant
3 days per week
£18k pro rata
Contract to run Jan – August 2016. Renewal then possible on an annual basis.
Hours/days are flexible but must be based in our central Bristol office, with the majority between the hours of 8:30am – 6pm. However some evenings will apply for volunteer meetings, and weekends for the festival events we run. No incomplete weeks(e.g. for holidays) will be permitted from May to July due to this being the busiest time for this role.


Main Duties:

Assisting the Operations Director, trustees and other team members in a variety of administration duties to facilitate the smooth organisation of the festival events we run. Primary responsibilities include:
  • Invoicing of commercial elements such as trade pitches, caterers, sponsors and fairground rides
  • Maintaining an accounting system and chasing unpaid debtors
  • Making payments using the online banking system
  • Upkeep of an expense reclaim system and petty cash
  • Facilitating the sales of catering and trade pitches, answering emails and general enquiries
  • Gathering H&S and power requirements from catering and trade pitch holders
  • Creating and maintaining databases and/or spreadsheets
  • Minute taking and distribution
  • Answering incoming email enquiries and phone calls
  • General office admin tasks
  • During the events you will be responsible for caterer and trade pitch liaison and payment systems


We are looking for someone organised, productive, good at time management, polite and enthusiastic. You will need an in-depth working knowledge of excel, which translates well into google docs for shared working, and other digital systems a plus too. The festivals we run are organised by volunteers from the local community, with a small paid staff team assisting with the administration and commercial elements to enable the volunteers to concentrate on the creative programming and production. You will become part of this dynamic high-achieving team, helping to bring the community festival to life which is a highly rewarding and exciting experience.


To apply please complete the application form by 6pm Thursday 24th December:
Successful applicants will be invited to interview between 4th-8th Jan.

Vacancy: Marketing Officer


The Bristol Festival Community Group (BFCG) is seeking a creative, results-driven Marketing Officer to develop, manage and implement a campaign for our bi-annual fundraiser event, Rave on Avon and a launch campaign for our annual festival event, Brisfest (returning in 2016). You will contribute to the broader activities of the department, the ongoing success of the charity, and drive the charity’s presence within a busy and dynamic local and regional events environment.



Marketing Officer

Part Time – 2 days p/w

26k pro-rata

Freelance contract until 19th Dec (second contract available from Jan)

Application deadline Monday 2nd November

The Role:

Joining the organisation at an exciting and transformational time, you will be an experienced marketing professional with demonstrable success and a proven track-record in the events, arts or cultural spheres. The role calls for an eye for detail and an ability to work at a strategic level, coupled with a genuine passion for sharing your skills with our volunteers and interns.

The successful applicant will possess excellent client and volunteer management abilities, coupled with superb interpersonal and negotiation skills. You should be experienced in managing multi-media campaigns encompassing elements such as websites, social media, local and national press, with a keen grasp of the sector and able to communicate strategy within a diverse and unique organisation.

You will be managing BFCG activity and communication with local promoters, artists, musicians and people who would like to volunteer, work and / or train with us; pursuing opportunities to expand BFCG’s charitable activity.

The role requires you to operate effectively under pressure, managing multiple projects and engaging with a diverse and energetic group of volunteers.

You will be responsible for the management of a challenging budget. An outstanding verbal and written communicator, you will be expected to produce engaging material for all of our communication platforms whilst having excellent computer and some design and website design skills. Applicants should have at least two years of professional experience working in a marketing role for an events, arts or educational organisation, preferably both.

Tasks to include:

Working with Marketing Trustees helping to draft and implement campaign plans and materials including promotion of Rave on Avon event and the launch and potential rebranding of Brisfest 2016.

Distribute and follow up on press releases to national and local media including print, radio, TV and online.

Ensure a vibrant and up to date social media and website presence at all times.

Work with a small team of volunteers who are receiving work experience and training from BFCG across various areas of marketing. You will manage this team engaging them in areas such as copywriting, graphic design, social media and print distribution to ensure the delivery of successful marketing campaigns.

Assist with the development of our charity communications as part of the launch campaigns.

About the charity:

The Bristol Festival Community Group is a charity, led by a board of trustees, and a volunteer committee for each event we stage comprising of up to 250 volunteers. This includes local promoters, venue owners, musicians, performers, festival crew and volunteers with a wide range of skills to give, or areas of interest that they are seeking to expand.

All proceeds from our events go back into the community festival and supporting our charitable work in training volunteers and providing a major showcase for local talent. We keep the festival as affordable as possible, making tickets the lowest price they can be, while offering free tickets to anyone who cannot afford them through our volunteering opportunities.

We are in the midst of an exciting relaunch of Brisfest, our annual music and arts festival.


This is a freelance position, so you’re responsible for your own Tax and NI.

Please send your cover letter, CV and examples of previous campaigns to Sarah Keates, Operations Director, on before 5pm 2nd November.

You will be asked to provide examples of dynamic marketing campaigns that you have delivered at interview.

We apologise but we cannot reply to everyone. If you do not hear from us by the 24th November 2015 you have not been successful this time.

Major 2015 event announced: Arcadia Spectacular

The Bristol Festival Community Group are proud to announce a unique partnership in 2015 to bring the Arcadia Spectacular to the city centre this September. The Brisfest team will be collaborating with Team Love and Bristol 2015 to help bring this huge event to Bristol as part of the European Green Capital Celebrations.

Arcadia_INSOn the 4th and 5th of September 2015, we will help bring the legendary Arcadia Spectacular to Queen Square, Bristol. The festival promises to be a spectacular and unparalleled showcase of Bristol-based talent and event production, marking the city’s status as European Green Capital 2015.

Bristol Festival Community Group (BFCG), the not-for-profit charity behind Brisfest, is immensely excited to announce the joint venture, which aims to celebrate the city as a hub of cutting edge live entertainment. Through sharing of resources it also aims to promote sustainable collaboration throughout the local community. The news that Arcadia will have a platform to present their renowned Spider Stage is sure to make the event one of Bristol’s hottest tickets amongst festival-goers this year. Featuring breath-taking pyrotechnics, stunning physical performance and a unique futuristic design, the Spider is a 360 degree masterpiece of stage design and will feature top name DJ’s from the festival circuit and beyond. The stage is one of the largest recycled sculptures in the world and will be run on sustainable fuels, in keeping with the aim of lowering the environmental impact of the event in as many ways as possible.

As it has done since its foundation, BFCG will remain steadfast in its position as a not-for-profit organisation that supports and nurtures emerging talent and skills in the local community. We will be programming slots on the main spider stage, as well as afterparty rooms, with artists that have been making waves in the local music scene. It will celebrate the phenomenal musical talent this region has, and will offer new audiences and valuable media attention to up and coming local acts. With such an exciting opportunity the full BCFG team are putting their voluntary time into helping bring this show to the city as part of the Bristol 2015 European Green Capital celebrations, in place of our usual Brisfest event, which will return in the future.

There will be a huge range of volunteering opportunities on offer across the event including gate teams, stewards, logistics and stage teams. In providing these recruitment opportunities, the event will offer long term sustainability by giving back to the local community via training and up-skilling.

The festival will be produced in conjunction with another well respected Bristol-based events company, Team Love, extending the emphasis on the show as an amazing opportunity to show what the region is capable of in the events world. Their input will enable BFCG to continue the hugely popular twice yearly Rave-on-Avon events during 2015 and areas at Harbourside Festival and Volksfest. In addition, there will be opportunities for volunteers to do further work placements at Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Shambala and many other festivals. This represents the continuation of an arm of BFCG’s wider body of work, providing local people with direct routes into festival and events work and paid employment.

Tickets will sell fast for this event – the gigantic, explosive, multi-sensory thrill ride of Arcadia’s Spider show is unlike anything else seen in the music festival world. It is an experience not to be missed. Expect a hard hitting, high energy bill of some of the most exciting names from across the dance music spectrum to rock the party in Bristol this September – huge line up announcements will be revealed soon. Added to this, the multi-genre stage showcasing the best in local music will make this an unforgettable show and it is a link-up that BFCG are honoured to be part of.

For more information about the event and tickets visit

Get your tickets for Brisfest: Best of Bristol The Official Arcadia After Party here

To sign up to volunteer at the event for a free ticket, and to join our community of dedicated event crew see

To register your interest to perform at this event as well as others see

Brisfest Announces Plan to Expand Charity Work

After six successful years The Bristol Festival Community Group is taking a break in 2014, from Festivities at Ashton Court, to focus on our other events and activities, such as Rave On Avon Stokes Croft Takeover, and to work on an exciting array of new projects (watch this space). Brisfest hopes to return bigger, better and greener than ever before after the break. 


Laura PalmerOrganised by hundreds of local volunteers as a showcase of the hottest rising acts from the region, Brisfest faces a huge challenge each year as we try to deliver an incredibly diverse, fun, and top quality event on a shoestring budget that we raise ourselves. Previously everyone worked and performed for free in order to keep ticket prices as low as possible, but we want to try to find a way to raise the funds to pay local artists, whilst still remaining affordable.

Andrew Gawthrope Hapy ImagingSo the team of 204 local volunteers, venue owners, music industry professionals and musicians have decided to take a break from the major festival at Ashton Court, in order to focus their skills on the new projects being launched next year, and plan for 2015.

Brisfest is one of several organisations hoping to launch a new Festivals Centre for Bristol next year. The new hub will hopefully become a home to many of the city’s events to encourage sharing of resources and collaboration.

Terry RookThe organisation is also launching its new Event Staffing agency and Local Music Search Tool.

“We listen to feedback each year about what people want” says Volunteer Manager Emily Gibbs, “and what’s come from that is that local musicians and volunteers want our help in more ways than the Festival alone. We’ve been working on these behind the scenes for the last few years so we’re looking forward to going live soon.”

Adam GassonThe Bristol Festival Community Group is a registered charity, set up to support and promote music, art and culture in the region which it does through gaining media attention for artists at the festival, bringing bookers and music industry to see the cream of local talent, but also by providing training and real experience to volunteers who want to get into the events industry. “We help many people into work each year, fund recognised qualifications and acts as a way in especially for those that have struggled on other career paths” says Emily “so its brilliant to be able to focus on this and help more people in the future by connecting employers with staff, and bookers with bands”.

And local musicians need not worry as the team will still be staging their other festival “Rave on Avon Stokes Croft Takeover” in May for up to 5,000 people, and there is talk of launching “Brisfest on Tour”. So it’s by no means a year off!

Adam Gasson“All the volunteers work flat out all year to plan the event, giving up their free time as they feel its such a valuable asset to the city’s creative scene. The support team in the office give up almost every evening and many weekends too, it really does take that much to plan with so many stages and over 2000 artists involved….  so to finally have the time to focus on some of our other projects is very welcome. It will be sad to not have the major showcase in 2014, as many bands say they feel its vital to their careers, but with this longer lead-in time to fundraise we hope to be able to come back with a bang in 2015 as this festival means so much to local people, we want to do them proud” says Oliver Mochizuki. “We’re looking for sponsors and partners to help us moving forward so if anyone is interested or wants to talk about how they can get involved, or help make it happen, please do get in touch”

Adam GassonFor more information about projects in 2014 please see here.

For information about our charity work and aims see here.