Saffron’s city coordinator will be passionate about Birmingham’s music scene and ready to bring more women, trans and non-binary people into DJing, music production and sound engineering in the city. The role requires someone super organised to be Saffron’s person ‘on the ground’, liaising with our course tutors, course participants, music venues and so on. The coordinator needs to be an extremely approachable and friendly person, primed to support Saffron’s course participants and tutors on their music tech journey. Possible progression routes for course participants will be identified by the coordinator, so they need to be immersed in Birmingham’s cultural life, aware of local events, promoters, community groups, record shops, festivals and opportunities.
Contract Type: Freelance, on a per-term basis
Payment: £15 p/h (admin/training), £20 p/h (all other work)
Hours/Duration: Three different courses take place each term, usually on weeknight evenings for 6 - 9 weeks. The coordinator will not be required to attend all course sessions, but will average approx 7 hours of work per week during term time. There will be paid training days in September. This contract is initially for the Autumn 2022 term (Sept/Oct/Nov approx).
Reliable, committed and extremely organised
Excellent communication skills
Able to problem solve, improvise and use initiative
Able to work to a flexible schedule, as this role involves work in the evenings and occasional weekends
Compassion and empathy - able to make people feel comfortable and supported
Have an understanding of the basics of what music technology is, eg. DJing, production, sound engineering, as well as a knowledge of the wider music industry and club culture.
Know Birmingham inside out - aware of and in touch with local events, promoters, community groups, record shops, festivals and opportunities.
Work with Saffron to shortlist course applicants (22 people across 3 courses)
Manage communications between the venue, course tutors and course participants
Attend at least 3 x 2-hour sessions of each course. Observe, assist and encourage participants and tutors.
Be on hand (remotely) during all course sessions to help deal with practical issues that may arise, eg. last-minute cancellation of rooms/studios or equipment not working.
Support every course participant to have the best learning experience possible.
Signpost participants to further Saffron opportunities
Be a steadying presence at the end-of-term Mix Nights showcase event, supporting participants and tutors.
Liaise with photographers hired to capture content.
Ensure that all participants complete Saffron evaluation forms at the end of the course
Weekly meetings with Saffron HQ to report on progress, participant journeys, challenges and wins
This role has the potential to grow into something more substantial with Saffron, developing a diverse talent pipeline in Birmingham
Saffron is a non-profit organisation that primarily offers training in music production, sound engineering and DJing, as well as running an artist development program and record label. Saffron’s aim is to advance gender equality in the music tech sector by creating a safe space for women, non-binary and trans people to learn and build confidence. In its seven years of existence, Saffron has fast built a reputation as one of the leading music tech development platforms in the UK and beyond. A key aspect of our work is nurturing the ever-growing community interested in music tech, especially those who may not have had access to it if it weren’t for the infrastructure and accessibility that we provide.
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