Applications to volunteer at Cheltenham Jazz Festival are now open.
We're looking for friendly, hard-working and enthusiastic volunteers. Volunteers will be needed from Tuesday 25 April - Tuesday 2 May 2023 inclusive to help with all aspects of running a successful Festival. This would be a valuable experience especially for those passionate about arts administration, events management and stage production.
In return for volunteers’ hard work, UK travel expenses are paid and accommodation is provided if not local (in shared apartments), as well as a small contribution towards living costs. You will also receive a free Cheltenham Festivals T-shirt to wear during the Festival and to keep. And of course, the opportunity to get behind the scenes at a famous Festival with the chance to see great events for free.
The work involved can be demanding, but the long days involve a lot of variety and hugely enjoyable teamwork along the way. This work includes:
Site Preparation (mainly on the day before the Festival starts)
Site vibing/ dressing the site
Keeping the site tidy
Checking banners and posters are still secure
Maintaining levels of security in No-Access areas
Securing posters and publicity
Maintaining directional signage
Maintaining venue signage
Directing audience members to locations and venues
Advising audience members of site facilities
Supporting less-able audience members to their venue
Front of House
Welcome audience to the venue
Tearing tickets and directing audience to their seats
Leading an evacuation if necessary
Preparing the venue for the next event
Answering telephone or radio calls
Typing or other word processing
Issuing radios, stationery, venue kit, etc.
Responding to call-outs
VIP Room Assistant
Supporting the Artist Manager
Maintaining the Green room
Assisting speakers with their preparations or requests
Sound and lighting assistance
Setting up the stage for rehearsal and performance
Responding to any radio calls asking for assistance
Preparing the stage for performance – chairs, tables, water, equipment, etc.
Some of our artists may need a lift to the station or to the airport. Volunteers who are willing to drive for us carry out this task and are called ‘Festival Drivers’ as well as ‘Volunteers’. Festival Drivers must have a valid driving licence and provide a DVLA check code before each Festival.
Drives could include artists / speakers, crew, volunteers, staff or kit
Driving our Festival Cars (if applicable)
We are looking for highly motivated and reliable volunteers who will be happy to do whatever task is required of them. Volunteers will need to have good teamwork skills, initiative, and the stamina to work long hours. Evidence of a passion for literature and/or skills in events management would be a plus.
To apply to be a volunteer please fill in our online application form below.