2014 Make Music New York Fellow
Make Music New York - New York, NY

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2014 Make Music New York Fellow Make Music New York

(New York NY)
Make Music New York (MMNY), now entering its eighth year, is the city’s largest music event, with 1,000+ free concerts taking place in 400+ public spaces each June 21st. Any musician, amateur or professional, young or old, in any genre, can perform that day throughout the five boroughs and be part of the celebration.

MMNY is based on France’s Fête de la Musique, a musical holiday in which 1.7% of the French population sings or performs on the streets each year. Our goal is to create an event of the same scale in New York.

For five months in the spring, MMNY Fellows work intensively to help achieve that goal.


Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Director of Operations, MMNY Fellows assist with all aspects of planning, producing and marketing the Make Music New York celebration, and help develop and implement strategies for growth.

Fellows gain firsthand experience in all aspects of executing large-scale public art events in NYC, as well in insight into music-centered festivals and community organizing. Fellows develop relationships with community organizations, cultural institutions and city agencies, and are exposed to a wide range of players in the NYC arts scene.

In addition, each Fellow produces one major special project, and has the opportunity to create original, multimedia content. At the end of the program, Fellows join an alumni network of MMNY supporters and volunteers, who can assist them through the next stages of their career.

• Recruiting new locations and musicians to join the event, especially those outside of existing MMNY communities;
• Identifying and developing relationships with key organizers in underrepresented communities;
• Developing and disseminating helpful resources for participants;
• Assisting with the registration process, and troubleshooting issues case-by-case;
• Developing marketing materials to encourage participation, assisting with press pitches and social media strategy;
• Spearheading the production and management of signature special projects;
• Assisting with festival production, including permitting and day-of logistics.
The ideal candidate will have
• creativity, a broad knowledge of NYC music scenes, and familiarity with diverse ethnic, geographic and special interest communities in the city;
• strong organization skills and a demonstrated interest in community organizing;
• the ability to write quickly and professionally, with a sense of humor;
• superior communication and customer service skills (phone etiquette a must!);
• vigilant attention to detail;
• eagerness to take initiative and work independently under deadlines;
• ease in interacting with multiple internal and external parties, and managing expectations;
• working familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite;
• some relevant prior experience in marketing, arts administration, or community organizing;
• video production experience (scripting, shooting, editing), although this is not required.
The Fellows Program is open to current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as early-career arts administrators.
The Fellows program runs February – June 2014.
Fellows are asked to commit three full days a week during this time, with additional evening and weekend time as needed in the month leading up to Make Music New York on June 21, 2014. Specific schedules will be arranged on a case-by-case basis.
Fellows will receive a stipend of $4,000.
Please visit makemusicny.org/fellows for further details, including an application form.
Application deadline is November 1, 2013, with interview rounds held in the first two weeks of November.
All applicants will be notified of final decisions on or before November 22nd.
Website: http://makemusicny.org/fellows