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) 

Furniture distribution 

Venue set-up 

Backstage/Artist set-up 

Site vibing/ dressing the site 

 

Site support 

Keeping the site tidy 

Checking banners and posters are still secure 

Maintaining levels of security in No-Access areas 

Waste/recycling management 

 

Site Production 

Erecting banners 

Securing posters and publicity 

Maintaining directional signage 

Maintaining venue signage 

 

Audience Support 

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 

Queue management 

Tearing tickets and directing audience to their seats 

Leading an evacuation if necessary 

Preparing the venue for the next event 

 

Office Support 

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 

 

Stage Assistant 

Sound and lighting assistance 

Setting up the stage for rehearsal and performance 

Assisting artists/performers 

On Call 

Responding to any radio calls asking for assistance 

 

Stage Support 

Preparing the stage for performance – chairs, tables, water, equipment, etc. 

Driving (OPTIONAL) 
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. 

To be considered in first round interviews, please submit your application by 12 noon on Tuesday 28 February. Applications submitted after this date may still be considered if we require more volunteers.

First round interviews will take place at the beginning of March. If you have not heard from Cheltenham Festivals by April, unfortunately, your application has not been successful. 

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To find out more about volunteering contact

volunteers@cheltenhamfestivals.com or louise.carles@cheltenhamfestivals.com