Ahead of welcoming Birmingham to the family this Autumn, Saffron are excited to open recruitment for five new freelance roles for people in Birmingham who love their city, its culture and its music. All roles are on a freelance basis and require no previous teaching experience – most important is a passion for sharing your music tech skills with others and a solidarity with Saffron’s mission to change the gender imbalance in music tech.
Role Summary: Lead a group of 6 women, non-binary, trans and gender non-conforming people in a beginners course, introducing them to the basics of sound engineering (live sound, studio sound and the very basics of mixing/mastering concepts) following an existing Saffron syllabus of teaching. We are recruiting for someone to teach our Autumn course in Birmingham. This role is ideal for a new music tech/engineering degree course graduate or someone with at least 2 years of experience running live sound at events and studio recording sessions.
Contract Type: Freelance, on a per-term basis
Payment: £15-25 per hour (admin & training = £15p/h, course delivery = £25 p/h)
Hours/Duration: Courses are 12 hours total, usually split into 6 x 2-hour evening sessions over 6 weeks, beginning early October. There will be paid training days in September. Initial contract is for the Autumn 2022 term.
Have a knowledgeable command of up-to-date sound engineering practices in live and studio settings
Empathy and patience to accommodate different learning needs from course participants
Awareness of time and space and equal priority given to participants
Good command of written and spoken English
Good organisational skills and punctuality
Passion for music and associated sub-cultures
Passion for diversity in the music tech industry
Role model - able to set a good example
Ability to work flexible hours (weeknights)
Already hold (or be able to obtain) a valid and approved DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) certificate.
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.
Ethos - Our work is as much about confidence-boosting and community building as it is about music teaching. We want to meet people wherever they are at. We are not just there to teach, we are mentors and role models.
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