Volunteers are the life blood of the festivals and events we put on. We’ll take you on a journey and give you loads of opportunities along the way.
As an organisation, we help people get their first leg up in their musical and events industry careers by providing free training and qualifications, work experience, mentoring and skill swapping. Many volunteers begin their journey with us as interns or stewards, working their way up to become managers of whole areas, stages or teams. Through the skills and experience this provides them with, countless volunteers have gone on to gain paid work in roles including stage management, production, event management, volunteer management, trader management, hospitality, site build, design and decor and we pride ourselves and the volunteers greatly on this.
Where Volunteers Fit In
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Marketing & Promotion:
- Graphic Designer – creating flyers and posters
- Press Liaison – coordinating press coverage
- Photographers & Film Makers – both before and during the event
Event Management & Production:
- Venue Liaisons – managing various venues as part of the festival
- Gate Managers – managing queues and accreditation processes
- Door Staff – issuing wristbands and selling on-the-day tickets
- Décor Crew – bringing various venues across Stokes Croft to life
- Artist Liaison – overseeing riders and artist liaison activities
- Accreditation Managers – collating guestlists and distributing passes
- Technical Coordinator & Crew – booking DJ and artist equipment
Graphic Design Internship // Part-time – Unpaid
We’re looking for a creative, young and innovative intern to join us at our central Bristol office from the start of January and assist in designing the marketing material for Rave on Avon (20th May 2017). We’d ask you to come in twice a week over an eight week period, with flexible hours and days. Rave on Avon brings together Bristol’s finest beatmakers and Stokes Croft venues for one massive party to kick off the summer festival season. You will be given your own project to lead on alongside the creative work you will be asked to assist with. This will include:
- Designing marketing materials for Rave on Avon using the recently developed branding.
- Creating content (still graphics/GIFs/Flash banners) for social media.
- Helping to develop logos for video campaigns and other projects.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Graphic Design Intern’ and brief written introduction to yourself including a link to your portfolio.
If you cannot devote this amount of time then we have a number of voluntary positions available for graphic designers, which can be done from your home. Please email or sign up below for more information.
A Volunteer’s Journey
Each team or “subcommittee” has its own meetings in between the monthly ones. Each team usually has a manager and an assistant manager or sub-section managers, with further volunteers under them. This allows for progression. Managers usually have a mentor to coach them; an experienced volunteer or the festival director.
A Volunteer’s Future
Volunteers that have been involved for a few years often progress to become Area Managers on the planning committee with further training and support available. This allows them to learn and grow, then teach others, ensuring a sustainable approach.
Volunteers are also given professional training and qualifications to build CVs, alongside hands-on real experience of various festival and project management roles. This improves employability as well as confidence, and helps many people into work each year.
“Hello I’m Russ and I was part of Brisfest’s Sustainability Team. Working with Brisfest really helped me progress my career in the events industry. I started 4 years ago as a steward, progressing to stage and area management, finally working on sustainability. There have been so many opportunities to learn and grow which I have not experienced anywhere else. I was recently successful gaining employment at Temwa (www.temwa.org) as their Events Coordinator and my experiences with Brisfest over the years really helped with this. Now I have my dream job and I am the happiest I have ever been!”
“I first got involved in 2008 when I was asked to sound engineer a stage in St. Nick’s market by a university friend. I decided to take up the offer as it was a new company I hadn’t worked for, and it got my foot in the door for events in Bristol. At the time I was based in Bath and wanted to make the move to Bristol, and so by working for the event I was able to make new friends, network for jobs and generally get to know Bristol better. The following year I stage managed the Croft stage, one of the two main stages at the festival. 2010 saw me take to the role of assistant production manager, and now here we are in 2013 and I have climbed up the chain to the role of production manager. Doing this job has made it possible for me to freelance full-time and get the career I was gunning for before I started university. Obviously I still can go a lot further in my career, but without BFCG I wouldn’t be doing what I love for a living, which few people can say!”
“I did an internship with Brisfest as I thought it would be a great way to get experience in Event Management now that tuition fees have rocketed! Not long after joining I quickly felt part of a team, and the trust and responsibility given to me made me feel like a valued member and encouraged me to prove myself at the task. I loved being thrown in at the deep end and found the pressure exciting, but at the same time felt there was still a support network in place to help me when I needed it. Not to mention that the enthusiasm of all team members is contagious!”
What would you say to someone that wants to get involved?
“Do it! Whether you want serious work experience, to find out more about the industry, to support a charity while having fun, or simply make new friends, it’s a great organisation to be involved in and I’ve had an amazing time. All the crew are friendly and welcoming and will gladly support you, you’ll find yourself getting involved every year!”
“I originally got involved as I had a lot of idle time on my hands and thought it would be an interesting thing to get involved in and a chance to meet new people.
I enjoy being part of something fun that is so locally focused – and it’s a great group of people. The experience it provides and the skills I have gained are things I can take with me and use in all areas of my life.
The first two years I was involved as a steward, helping with just about anything from setting up, to anything that needed doing on the day. I didn’t have a specific skill to bring to the table so opted to help with general roles. This lead to me taking on more responsibility this year by teaming up with my friend and becoming one of the Volunteer Managers. This has a lot more responsibility and a massive challenge for me that so far… I am thoroughly enjoying. (albeit, hard work!)”