The 2024 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival - June 14-22


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Jazz Winnipeg is the proud producer of the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival in downtown Winnipeg. The festival relies on a huge team of volunteers like you to make this annual urban festival possible. Thank you and welcome!

*Time commitment: We respectfully ask all Jazz Winnipeg Volunteers to commit to a minimum of 15-20 volunteer hours over the course of the festival and attend 1.5 hours of training.

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Volunteer Crews

Bar

Bar crew volunteers serve beverages at outdoor venues to patrons who provide pre-purchased beverage tickets for beer, wine, coolers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. These enthusiastic, friendly crew members spend their shifts on their feet, helping to set up, clean up and serve beverages in a responsible manner while listening to live music.

Duties

  • Set up bar service under the direction of the Bar Crew Coordinator(s).
  • Collect pre-purchased beverage ticket for every drink requested.
  • Serve drinks to patrons responsibly.
  • Report observed irregularities in alcohol service, security, or finances to the Bar Crew Coordinator.
  • Keep bar area clean at all times during the Festival.
  • Clean up & close bar service when on closing shift.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Smart Choices Liquor Service and Retail Certification is an asset.
  • Energetic, friendly and responsible.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with a team.
  • Ability to work some late night shifts.

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the start of the Festival.
  • Must be prepared to work outside in all types of June weather.
  • Must be willing to stand for long periods during your shift.
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds (11.4 Kg) or less is an asset. Please advise Crew Coordinator for any restrictions.
  • Abide by the Volunteer Code of Ethics and all policies referenced in the Jazz Winnipeg Volunteer Handbook.

Time Commitment

  • Attend one orientation meeting prior to the start of the festival (~1.5 hours).
  • Volunteer at least 16-20 hours (in 4 to 5 hour shifts) during the Festival.

Beverage Ticket Sales

Beverage Ticket Sales volunteers sell alcohol and non-alcoholic beverage tickets to Jazz Festival patrons at Old Market Square and other music venues. Volunteers work in pairs while seated at tables, efficiently processing cash and electronic payments. This crew enjoys speaking with patrons, and working in a fast-paced atmosphere.

Duties

  • Sell beverage tickets to patrons for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.  
  • Process electronic payments and cash payments.
  • Maintain inventory of tickets.
  • Keep all cash and receipts safe at all times.
  • Liaise with Finance Crew volunteers to ensure safe transport of cash and receipts.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Energetic and friendly.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Ability to work with a team.
  • Able to multitask and problem solve in a busy environment. 
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Able to accurately process financial transactions.
  • Basic cashier handling an asset.

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the start of the Festival.
  • Must be prepared to work outside in all types of June weather.
  • Abide by the Volunteer Code of Ethics and all policies referenced in the Jazz Winnipeg Volunteer Handbook.

Time Commitment

  • Attend one orientation meeting prior to the start of the festival (~1.5 hours).
  • Volunteer at least 15 hours (in 4 hour shifts) during the Festival.

Box Office

The Box Office crew members work at indoor and outdoor venues selling and scanning performance tickets where needed. Working in teams of 2 people, this crew enjoys greeting patrons, selling and scanning tickets, and can easily manage devices and handle cash to ensure Jazz Winnipeg concerts are successful.

Duties

  • Pick up pre-packed venue bins at Jazz Winnipeg offices with volunteer partners and deliver to venues prior to performances, ensuring safe transport at all times.
  • Liaise with Venue Managers for distribution of venue bin content at the venue.
  • Scan tickets at select indoor venues, and process electronic payments and cash payments for walk-up ticket sales as needed.
  • Process electronic payments and cash payments.
  • Keep all cash and receipts safe at all times.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Energetic and friendly with effective communication skills.
  • Able to multitask and problem solve in a busy environment. 
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Comfortable using electronic devices and handling cash.
  • Able to accurately process financial transactions.

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the start of the Festival.
  • Must be willing to stand for extended periods during your shift.
  • Ability to work some late night shifts. 
  • Abide by the Volunteer Code of Ethics and all policies referenced in the Jazz Winnipeg Volunteer Handbook.

Time Commitment

  • Attend one orientation meeting prior to the start of the festival (~1.5 hours).
  • Volunteer at least 15 hours (in 4 hour shifts) during the Festival.

Enviro

 

Are you “Green Minded” and love live music? If so, the Enviro Crew is the perfect place for you. As an environmental ambassador, you get to move around during concerts, maintaining the cleanliness of the outdoor venues. This includes the areas around the stages, beer gardens, and vendor area at Old Market Square or other outdoor jazz venues.

Duties

  • Empty & sort garbage and recycling containers throughout the site.
  • Act as a Festival Ambassador as you go about your duties.
  • Encourage patrons to use the waste reduction facilities, such as recycling bins.
  • Re-stock toilet paper in porta potties.
  • Ability to do some heavy lifting is an asset, but not required of all crew members.
  • Ideally participate in the final clean up during tear-down at the last night of the Festival.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Able to maneouvre on site without assistance.
  • Ability to work as a team and on your own.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues an asset.

Requirements

  • You must be 18 years of age or older at the start of the Festival.
  • Must be prepared to work outside in all types of June weather.
  • Must be willing to walk for extended periods.
  • Abide by the Volunteer Code of Ethics and all policies referenced in the Jazz Winnipeg Volunteer Handbook.

Time Commitment

  • Attend one orientation meeting prior to the start of the festival (~1.5 hours).
  • Volunteer at least 15 - 20 hours (in 4 or 5 hour shifts) during the Festival.

Event Safety

Event Safety Crew volunteers are considered festival safety ambassadors. Crew members function as the eyes and ears of the event, monitoring crowds to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all spectators. Safety crew volunteers work at various locations throughout the Festival and follow the Event Safety Volunteer No Force Policy.

Duties

  • Act as the eyes and ears of the Festival and keep a look out during the festival.
  • Assist with crowd control and restrict access to backstage areas, and other areas as assigned.
  • Help ensure the safety of volunteers, Festival attendees, Jazz Winnipeg merchandise and equipment.
  • Act as an ambassador promoting the Jazz Festival. 
  • Notify the Event Safety Crew Coordinator, professional security team, or Jazz Winnipeg staff of any safety issues that arise.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Ability to work with a team.  
  • Flexible and adaptable nature.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Requirements

  • You must be 18 years of age or older at the start of the Festival.
  • Must be prepared to work outside in all types of June weather.
  • Must be willing to stand for extended periods during your shift.
  • Understand and abide by the Event Safety Volunteer No Force Policy. 
  • Abide by the Volunteer Code of Ethics and all policies referenced in the Jazz Winnipeg Volunteer Handbook.

Time Commitment

  • Attend one orientation meeting prior to the start of the festival (~1.5 hours).
  • Volunteer at least 15 - 20 hours (in 4 to 6 hour shifts) during the Festival.

Finance

Working in pairs, finance crew volunteers are responsible for ensuring funds raised through donations, sales of beverages, walk-up box office, and merchandise are properly recorded and reconciled for deposit every day of the Festival. This crew’s important work ensuring the safety and security of funds raised in various venues are key to the Festival’s success.

Duties

  • Create floats for beverage tickets, raffle tickets, box office and merchandise sellers for each venue prior to performances.
  • Maintain inventory of beverage tickets.
  • Reconcile proceeds from all sales, and prepare deposits.
  • Complete daily financial paperwork for Jazz Winnipeg accountant.
  • Keep all cash and receipts safe at all times.
  • Liaise with Event Safety Crew volunteers to ensure safe transport of cash and receipts for all venues.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Background in managing money in a retail or accounting setting is essential.
  • Ability to work with a team.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Able to multitask and problem solve in a busy environment. 
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Able to accurately process financial transactions and conduct reconciliations.

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the start of the Festival.
  • Abide by the Volunteer Code of Ethics and all policies referenced in the Jazz Winnipeg Volunteer Handbook.

Time Commitment

  • Attend one orientation meeting prior to the start of the festival (~1.5 hours).
  • Volunteer at least 15 hours (in 4 hour shifts) during the Festival.

Hospitality

Hospitality crew volunteers are part of a small team providing hospitality services to visiting Jazz Winnipeg performers and crew from all over the world. Hospitality crew members shop, organize, deliver, set and clear food and specialty items in green rooms and hotels, meeting and exceeding the expectations of all Jazz Winnipeg performance groups.

Duties

  • Working from a specific list, purchase and pack supplies for hospitality services.  
  • Deliver supplies punctually to specific venues as directed.
  • Clean, prepare, and decorate performer green rooms and spaces as directed.  
  • Prepare and present food and specialty items as required in performer contracts.
  • Tidy and clean venue rooms at completion of event, including some laundry.
  • Act as an ambassador promoting the Jazz Festival and Winnipeg.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Must have an up-to-date Class 5 Manitoba Drivers’ Licence (standard license).
  • Mature, flexible and adaptable nature, with excellent problem solving skills.
  • Effective communication and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Punctuality and reliability are critical.
  • Enjoys working with others as a team.
  • Able to multitask and problem solve in a busy environment. 
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to adapt to last minute schedule changes.

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the start of the Festival.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Must be able to climb stairs.
  • Abide by the Volunteer Code of Ethics and all policies referenced in the Jazz Winnipeg Volunteer Handbook.

Time Commitment

  • Attend one orientation meeting prior to the start of the festival (~1.5 hours).
  • Volunteer at least 15 hours (in 4 to 6 hour shifts) during the Festival.

Merchandise Sales

The Merchandise Sales crew collect, set up and sell Jazz Winnipeg and performer merchandise at both indoor and outdoor venues. Working in teams of 2-3 people, this crew enjoys helping fans purchase merchandise to support performers and Jazz Winnipeg. Crews manage inventory, and process cash and electronic payments from patrons.

Duties

  • Liaise with Jazz Winnipeg staff, Venue Managers, and performers to complete inventory of all merchandise prior to selling.
  • Set up and sell merchandise at performance venues and Old Market Square.
  • Process electronic payments and cash payments, and balance sales at the completion of the shift, keeping all cash and receipts safe at all times.
  • At the end of the shift, complete inventory count, balance sales, and verify performer payment amounts. Final merchandise payouts to performers are the responsibility of Venue Managers and Jazz Winnipeg staff.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Energetic and friendly with effective communication skills.
  • Able to multitask and problem solve in a busy environment. 
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Comfortable using electronic devices and handling cash.
  • Able to accurately process financial transactions.
  • Able to manage inventory, and professionally display product for sale. 

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the start of the Festival.
  • Must be willing to stand for extended periods during your shift.
  • Ability to work some late night shifts. 
  • Abide by the Volunteer Code of Ethics and all policies referenced in the Jazz Winnipeg Volunteer Handbook.

Time Commitment

  • Attend one orientation meeting prior to the start of the festival (~1.5 hours).
  • Volunteer at least 15 hours (in 4 hour shifts) during the Festival.

Photography

Photography crew members record live performances and the surrounding activities using their own photography equipment. Often working in crowded spaces at performance venues, crew members use equipment appropriate for low-light photography and know how to work discretely. Timely clean up of photos and delivery to Jazz Winnipeg is key.

Duties

  • Photograph live performances as assigned, capturing the excitement and energy of the Festival.
  • Provide your own camera equipment appropriate for low-light photography.
  • Clean up your images as needed (colour correct etc.), using your own software.
  • Deliver photos to Jazz Winnipeg office by deadline.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Experience photographing live performances.  
  • Ability to shoot in a low-light setting.   
  • Proven photography and software skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Comfortable shooting photos in a crowd, often from a small space, with discretion to ensure the live performance is not interrupted.

Requirements

  • Must be 16 years of age or older at the start of the Festival.
  • Must be willing to stand for extended periods during your shift.
  • Ability to work some late night shifts.
  • Abide by the Volunteer Code of Ethics and all policies referenced in the Jazz Winnipeg Volunteer Handbook.

Raffle-Survey

Raffle-Survey volunteers sell raffle tickets at all Jazz Winnipeg shows and encourage patrons to fill in the Jazz Winnipeg Online Survey to help raise money and make the Festival better every year. As a Raffle-Survey Volunteer, you get to move around between songs and enjoy the music and atmosphere as you interact with patrons.

Duties

  • Gather all materials to carry out your duties, such as signage, a tablet, and/or a float prior at the start of your shift.
  • Approach Jazz Festival patrons to sell raffle tickets using a tablet and/or cash.
  • Encourage patrons to fill in the Jazz Festival online survey about their experience.
  • Act as an ambassador promoting the Jazz Festival. 

Skills & Knowledge

  • Effective communication and customer service skills.
  • Enthusiasm for speaking with new people.
  • Able to work in a team with little or no supervision.
  • Comfortable using electronic devices and handling cash.
  • Experience volunteering as a 50-50 or raffle ticket volunteer is an asset.

Requirements

  • You must be 16 years of age or older at the start of the Festival.
  • Must be prepared to work outside in all types of June weather.
  • Must be willing to stand for long periods during your shift.
  • Must be willing to walk for extended periods.
  • Abide by the Volunteer Code of Ethics and all policies referenced in the Jazz Winnipeg Volunteer Handbook.

Time Commitment

  • Attend one orientation meeting prior to the start of the festival (~1.5 hours).
  • Volunteer at least 15 - 20 hours (in 4 or 5 hour shifts) during the Festival.

Social Media

Social Media crew members work as a tight-knit team to promote all aspects of the Jazz Festival by creating timely and positive social media posts before and during the Festival. Crew have significant experience with creating visual and written content for social media, and work to fulfill sponsorship obligations and generate buzz about Festival performances.

Duties

  • Photograph artists, venues, performances, and audience members having fun in assigned locations, capturing the excitement and energy of the Festival.
  • Provide own photography/videography equipment with low-light capabilities and smartphone to post content to social media channels.
  • Carry out sponsorship fulfillment photography/content before and during the festival.
  • Edit and caption photos for use in popular social media platforms as directed.
  • Document additional elements of the festival as required.
  • Liaise with Jazz Winnipeg staff for consistent posting and management of content.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Experience producing social media content for promotional use.
  • Ability to work with a team.  
  • Ability to take direction and carry out assigned tasks.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must be flexible and energetic.

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the start of the Festival.
  • Must be prepared to work outside in all types of June weather.
  • Must be willing to stand for extended periods during your shift.
  • Must be willing to walk for extended periods.
  • Ability to work some late night shifts.
  • Abide by the Volunteer Code of Ethics and all policies referenced in the Jazz Winnipeg Volunteer Handbook.

Time Commitment

  • Attend one orientation meeting prior to the start of the festival (~1.5 hours).
  • Volunteer at least 15 - 20 hours (in 4 to 5 hour shifts) during the Festival.

Stage and Set-Up

Stage and Set-Up volunteers set up and tear-down seating, beer gardens, performance spaces and stages at various venues at the start and end of Jazz Festival. During the Festival, this crew works backstage under the direction of Stage Managers to assist Audio Visual staff with changeovers between sets and other duties during on-stage performances.

Duties

  • Set-up Old Market Square venue with tables, chairs, tents, fencing, water station, signage, umbrellas, and all infrastructure needed at Old Market Square.
  • Assist with stage set-up and tear-down at various venues as needed.
  • Assist Audio Visual staff with changeovers between acts during performances at Old Market Square and other venues under direction of Stage Managers.
  • All Stage and Set up Crew volunteers are asked to help with tear down at Old Market Square on the Sunday morning after the last night of Jazz Festival.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Ability to work with a team.  
  • Ability to take direction and carry out assigned tasks.
  • Experience working with on-stage musical equipment is an asset.

Requirements

  • Must be 16 years of age or older at the start of the Festival.
  • Must be prepared to work outside in all types of June weather.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be willing to stand for extended periods during your shift.
  • Must be willing to walk for extended periods.
  • Ability to work some late night shifts.
  • Abide by the Volunteer Code of Ethics and all policies referenced in the Jazz Winnipeg Volunteer Handbook.

Time Commitment

  • Attend one orientation meeting prior to the start of the festival (~1.5 hours).
  • Volunteer at least 15 - 20 hours (in 4 or 5 hour shifts) during the Festival.

Transportation

Transportation crew volunteers pick up and transport Jazz Winnipeg performers throughout the Festival at all times of day and night, using vehicles provided by Jazz Winnipeg. Transpo crew members are often the first person performers meet when arriving in Winnipeg, so are excellent ambassadors. They are problem solvers and responsive to all transportation requests by their Crew Coordinator.

Duties

  • Pick up and transport Festival talent and management from airport to hotels and performance venues as scheduled. All performer requests to change the scheudule, pick up or destination must be cleared with the Crew Coordinator.
  • Act as an ambassador promoting the Jazz Festival and Winnipeg.
  • Assist with moving performer bags (not exceeding 50 pounds, no equipment).
  • Pick up and drop off of supplies and items as requested by Crew Coordinator.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Must have an up-to-date Class 5 Manitoba Drivers’ Licence (standard).
  • A Class 4 Manitoba Driver’s License is an asset, (for larger vehicles), not essential.
  • Mature, flexible and adaptable nature, with excellent problem solving skills.
  • Effective communication and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Punctuality and reliability are critical.
  • Drivers are responsible for any parking or speeding tickets incurred, and for arranging and paying for parking of their personal vehicles.

Requirements

  • You must be 25 years of age or older at the start of the Festival.
  • Must be willing to work outside in all types of June weather.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to climb stairs.
  • Must be willing to stand for long periods during your shift.
  • You must adhere to the Jazz Winnipeg Volunteer Code of Ethics. 

Time Commitment

  • Attend one orientation meeting prior to the start of the festival (~1.5 hours).
  • Volunteer at least 15 - 20 hours (in 3 to 5 hour shifts as assigned) over the course of the Jazz Festival, including some late night or early morning airport runs.

Ushers

Usher crew volunteers are key ambassadors of the Jazz Festival, providing Festival and venue information to patrons at indoor performance venues. Ushers assist patrons with seat location and sometimes scan and sell walk-up tickets at indoor venues. Ushers enjoy serving the public and jazz music performances.

Duties

  • Familiarize yourself with all details about the Festival to assist patrons.
  • Provide information to patrons about performances, venue details, facilities, cash machines and directions at indoor venues.
  • Assist people to and from seats at indoor venues, adhering to venue requirements.
  • After indoor performances, ensure all patrons have left, check for ‘forgotten’ items.
  • Scan tickets at some indoor venues, and process electronic payments and cash payments for walk-up ticket sales.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Effective communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, and able to multi-task and problem solve.
  • Comfortable using electronic devices and handling cash.

Requirements

  • You must be 18 years of age or older at the start of the Festival.
  • Must be willing to stand for extended periods during your shift.
  • Must be able to climb stairs.
  • Willing to work on balconies as needed.
  • Ability to work some late night shifts. 
  • Abide by the Volunteer Code of Ethics and all policies referenced in the Jazz Winnipeg Volunteer Handbook.

Time Commitment

  • Attend one orientation meeting prior to the start of the festival (~1.5 hours).
  • Volunteer at least 15 hours (in 4 - 5 hour shifts) during the Festival.

Mandate

Jazz Winnipeg champions jazz music in its myriad expressions through presentation, promotion, community outreach, education and audience engagement. Jazz Winnipeg is a non-profit organization bringing people together through the art of jazz. Producers of the annual TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival.