The Chelsea Music Festival offers interested and qualified interns and volunteers the opportunity to leave their mark on New York City’s cultural landscape. Selected candidates will be exposed to world-class musicians and their craft and gain a behind-the-scenes view of a growing multi-dimensional cultural event in downtown Manhattan.We would love to see you June 2017 in Chelsea!


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers will participate in a variety tasks before & during the festival, centered around concerts (stage management, audio/video production, and ushering), culinary events (receptions), outreach programs and other operational functions, such as logistics and transportation.

Qualifications
Candidates with proven dependability, good organizational skills and ability to work as a member of a team.

Dates
June 9-17, 2017 in New York City (flexible and subject to volunteer availability)

Benefits
Volunteers will receive free lunches and concert tickets on the days they serve.

Specifics
CMF volunteer positions are unpaid and housing is not provided. If accepted, we will do our best to match your interests to a specific area of service; however, all volunteers should be willing to serve where needed.

Apply
Email the Volunteer Manager: volunteer@chelseamusicfestival.org. (No phone calls please.) Candidates should submit a one-paragraph statement of interest, a list of qualifications, dates/times of availability and a reference with contact information. Volunteers will be selected through a review process.

Deadline: March 1, 2017.


Internship Opportunities

Interns will have the opportunity to work with experienced professionals and contribute to the Chelsea Music Festival in an exciting period of its growth. Qualified and entrepreneurial candidates will be given commensurate responsibilities. Upon successful completion of the internship, interns will be recognized with a letter of recommendation from the Artistic Directors. During the Festival, interns will be provided with lunch and concert tickets on the days they work.

The CMF internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. If accepted, we will do our best to match your interests to a specific area of service; however, all interns should be willing to serve where needed.


Culinary / Hospitality Internships
Take advantage of a great opportunity to gain experience in event catering and upscale food preparation.  See first-hand how a theme-based menu is created. Selected candidates will be working with our experienced Culinary Artist-in-Residence.  

Duties
Assist with food preparation, transportation, set-up and presentation for CMF events.

Requirements
Successful applicants must be able to think on their feet and work clean and fast in a mobile, changing environment.  Culinary students with a strong background in knife skills and solid cooking technique preferred.

Dates Needed
TBD


Marketing/PR/Outreach Internships
Help the Chelsea Music Festival’s Marketing/PR team promote public awareness of the festival and stimulate ticket sales for individual events.

Duties
Assist with electronic and social media updates, distribution of promotional materials, coordination of schedules and press contacts, editing interview and performance videos for the web, and audience development/retention initiatives.

Requirements

  • Excellent interpersonal and writing skills
  • Mastery of one or more of the following: database management; web site management; social media; graphic design; video editing
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Customer relations experience a plus. A cheerful attitude necessary
  • Attendance at some evening events will be required

Operations / Production / Stage Internships
Come be a part of the Chelsea Music Festival in our Operations department and learn how concerts are setup, broken down, and organised from backstage. We are looking for Production assistants and Stagehands. Page-turners who can read music are also available positions.

Duties
Assist with on-stage setup and strike of chairs, piano, mics, props, and music stands. Monitor the rehearsal rooms and green room for artists backstage and cue them when it’s their turn to be on-stage. Keep the office area stocked with supplies and PR materials. Usher before and during concerts. Drive (if licensed with a good record) one of our sponsored BMWs and shuttle supplies between venues and/or assist artists with large instruments. Help move/transport materials, such as programs, gift bags, music stands, etc. from our headquarters to concert venue(s). Page-turn at concerts and coordinate with CMF librarian to ensure musicans have sheet music at rehearsals and on stage.

Requirements
Reliability is critical. Must be early and/or consistently on time.   Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to liaise politely with artists and understand their needs. Operations interns must be flexible, able to follow complex instructions and ready to pitch in wherever needed!

Dates Needed
June 3-20, 2017


Audio Production Intern
The 2017 Chelsea Music Festival is looking for motivated, enthusiastic audio interns to help produce this year’s festival!  The Chelsea Music Festival’s audio staff is responsible for providing high-quality location recording of the festival’s world-class performances, as well as sound reinforcement support for concerts and pre-concert lectures.  The audio team also works hand in hand with the festival’s film crew, documentarians, and facilitates press coverage by international media.

The unique venues and the eclectic repertoire presented at the festival provide audio opportunities ranging from traditional classical recordings to unconventional contemporary music setups.  As such, the audio team is always working creatively to meet each event’s needs.

Dates
June 3-20, 2017 (inclusive)

Qualifications: The ideal applicant will have experience with acoustic music recording (classical, jazz, world), with at least some classical experience.  Sound reinforcement experience is helpful, but not required.  All applicants should be comfortable lifting and loading equipment weighing 35 lbs. Applicants should be highly motivated, professional, able to adapt to a variety of recording conditions, to work in a fast-paced setting!

Benefits
Working at the festival provides a great opportunity to work with world-class musicians, hone your recording and sound reinforcement skill, and gain professional experience, all in an exciting, fast-paced festival setting in the heart of New York.  The festival pays for subway/bus transportation within New York City.

How to apply
Please send a short cover letter describing your interest in the festival, as well a brief outline of your relevant experience, as well as a resume and the name and contact (email and phone preferred) of two references.  A link to your previous recording work, particularly in the classical genre, is helpful, but not required.  If you choose to submit demo material, all links should direct to full-resolution audio and should be accompanied by some descriptive information about the recording (in .pdf format), as well as your role in producing it.

Please submit all audio application materials electronically to: Brett Leonard, chief audio engineer, bleonard@unomaha.edu with CMF Audio Internship in the subject line.

Dates Needed
June 3-20, 2017


Camera Operator
As a Camera Operator you will operate two remote controlled cameras (Panasonic AW-HE130) at the directions of the video director and score reader. Sometimes shots are achieved through presets setup earlier in rehearsals and sometimes you are expected to find new interesting shots or to make a pan or zoom through the ensemble to add some life to the recording. This can be a stressful job as shots often need to be found quickly before the moment is gone. But also an artistic one as you are the one (guided by the video director) that decides what the final product will look like. Finally, you are also expected to help with setup and teardown of the set each day and be responsible with the expensive equipment.

Qualifications

  • a feel for good shots, both static and dynamic and the ability to relate this to the music
  • experience with videography or photography is useful, as is experience with joystick related video games
  • preferably experience with shooting classical music, but at least the ability to distinguish between the different instruments used in classical music
  • ability to think on your feet and be organized
  • willingness to work late nights and sometimes long days

Apply
Email the Internship Manager: volunteer@chelseamusicfestival.org. (No phone calls please.) Candidates should submit a one-paragraph statement of interest (speak to the specific internship area requirements if applicable), a resume, dates/times of availability and a reference with contact information. Interns will be selected through an interview and qualification review process.

Deadline: March 1, 2017.


Score Reader
As a Score Reader your job is to follow the score. Really really really well. When we do a scripted production you are in charge of calling the shot numbers at the right moment. When we do unscripted productions (which will be most of the time) you will follow the score and look ahead to cue the camera operators of which instruments are coming up so we can line up the shots before they start playing. This is a key position within the team because we all rely on you to line up the right shots. Sometimes you will also have to decide which of the parts that are coming up is most interesting just by looking at the score. A little prep work each day is useful to mark important solos and pivotal moments in the music to get those exactly right. This can of course be done in conjunction with the video director. A knowledge of classical music and score reading is essential. Finally, you may also be asked to help with setup and teardown of the set each day and be responsible with the expensive equipment.

Qualifications

  • being able to follow a score easily and while doing so, looking ahead to see what’s coming up
  • being able to follow a score and call shot numbers at the right moment
  • knowledge of classical music; being able to distillate the most important parts of the music either on the fly or when preparing for the shoot
  • being stress resistant
  • willingness to work late nights and sometimes long days

What We Offer

  • being part of a great music festival in the center of New York City
  • work in a video crew and learn all about multi camera video productions
  • gain experience as a remote camera operator or score reader, people who do this really well are hard to find and very much sought after
  • work with high quality HD video equipment from a company that throughout the year facilitates live broadcasts from the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam


Dates
June 3-20, 2017

Apply
Email the Internship Manager: volunteer@chelseamusicfestival.org. (No phone calls please.) Candidates should submit a one-paragraph statement of interest (speak to the specific internship area requirements if applicable), a resume, dates/times of availability and a reference with contact information. Interns will be selected through an interview and qualification review process.

Deadline: March 1, 2017.