Michael Gee is the Festival Manager for Oxjam Sowerby Bridge. After running an amazing Oxjam last year, he is doing it again in 2019. I asked Michael 3 questions about what it’s like to be a Festival Manager. What’s rewarding about being a festival manager? None of this happens without you and your crazy idea to go for it! We’ve all got our own ideas on how we can make Oxjam a success but it’s down to you to make yours happen. The sense of accomplishment from seeing your events come to life, with all your artists performing and your volunteers making your plan come together is amazing. You really will be working with people from all walks of life to achieve some real good for your local music scene, your community and the world. It’s not every day you get to say that! What
There are so many reasons why gender representation is struggling to be where it should be. Festival organisers get the majority of the blame, and to some extent, they should be challenging themselves to do better. But it’s a domino effect. - Becca Vafeas
Over the weekend we welcomed this year’s group of inspiring Oxjam Festival Managers to Oxford for their Oxjam Induction. Over the course of two days we held talks, workshops and panel Q&A’s to introduce our wonderful volunteers – travelling from all over the UK – to their new role, and to the exciting journey that lies ahead!
It may only be January, but Oxjam18 starts now. That’s because this week we opened applications for Festival Managers, starting our search for this year’s crop of inspiring volunteers who will pull the strings and organise massive multi-venue music festivals all across the UK in October. Here are our top 6 reasons to apply.