Marketing/PR Officer

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 : 10/06/2019

End : 28/07/2019


Marketing / PR Officer

Sending electronic promotional material such as images, videos, social media links to Festival venues and local media.

Preparing and sending information to listings websites.

Preparing for the Festival VIP Launch, including sending invitations and collating the guest list.

Retrieval of press coverage for festival files and dissemination to key contacts and stakeholders. 

Writing and distributing press releases and sourcing relevant and high-quality content.

Maintaining the festival media database.

What are we looking for? 

If you have excellent and engaging communications skills and enthusiasm for jazz and blues music, this role would really suit you.

Practical considerations :

Having excellent English language, proof-reading and writing skills would be really helpful for this position.