Event Manager

0121 454 7020

The Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival will celebrate its 35th consecutive year with 213 performances over 10 jazz-packed July days, from July 19th to 28th 2019.

Musicians will travel from France, Italy, Spain, Lithuania and USA to line up alongside musicians from throughout the UK to deliver more than 400 hours of good-time jazz and blues on our streets and in cafes, bars, restaurants, shopping areas, museums, libraries, hotels, parks and even on a canal boat, with 90% of concerts FREE to the public.

The festival offers more than just music, with jitterbug dance classes popping up all over the place, a photographers’ master workshop and a sketch crawl, which is a bit like a pub crawl except folks get to sketch jazz musicians. There are also ukulele workshops for all ages and levels of competence.

The Festival depends on the volunteer army whose efforts enable the event to function properly. We are looking for drivers, technical staff, distribution, marketing, PR and administration.

We are a small professional team who are organising the 35th year of this festival. We offer a full induction, support and training within every role.

Email to Festival Volunteer Coordinator: sarah[at]bigbearmusic[dot]com or telephone Sarah Yang on 0121 454 7020. We will allocate the most suitable role based on your interest, skills and general availability.

Start : 19/07/2019

End : 28/07/2019


  • Event Management
  • Coordinating events via musicians and management.
  • Delivering festival programmes and posters to venues, liaising with the staff of the venues.
  • Preparing the audience survey, and collecting responses from audiences during festival concerts.
  • Evaluating events and distributing programmes at the performances.
  • Selling Raffle Tickets and Festival CDs.

What are we looking for? 

The Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival is looking for friendly, hard-working and enthusiastic volunteers.

Volunteers will be needed from 20th to 29th July 2018 to help with all aspects of running a successful festival.

Practical considerations :

This would be a valuable experience especially for those passionate about arts administration and event management.