Three Lakes Cultural Trust, Strategic Partner

Through an application and interview process, the Festival will select 9 early-career professionals who are keen to undertake hands-on training in a paid apprenticeship position.

The rangatahi apprentices will ‘own’ and deliver the presentation of the Festival, overseen by experienced music and event industry professionals.  This capability-building will be prioritised for and filled by district-based locals with an authentic effort to attract cultural and ethnic diversity.

If you are a resident of Central Otago, meet the legal requirements to work in New Zealand, be at least 16 years of age with an authentic appreciation for NZ arts, and are keen to develop quality professional skills that will look good on your CV and future job applications, consider submitting an Expression of Interest by 22 March.

Apprentices must be fully-available and committed for the duration and of the role.

Questions can be directed to ann@watsonandwyatt.co.nz

Apprentice roles

From 16 April – 15 June;
Fee to Apprentice $2000 based on approx 80 hours over the period

Competencies sought:

  • Appreciation for NZ arts and sound knowledge of the needs of classical musicians
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Able to multi-task and prioritise competing activities to meet deadlines
  • Scheduling and logistical dissemination
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Ability to take instruction and work as a team member
  • Professional self-starter with a growth mindset

Activities and responsibilities:

  • Work to the requirements of Artistic Liaison mentor, actioning all items in a timely and accurate manner
  • Organise all artist travel (professional and young artists) including local ground transportation and for festival activities
  • Coordinate all artist housing, proactively liaising and communicating with venues and host families
  • Create and disseminate individual itineraries to artists and host families
  • Co-ordinate specific artist performance and rehearsal requirements (eg technical, piano access, music stands, etc.) including performance configurations
  • Co-ordinate community musician requirements (eg workshops, venue access, technical requirements)
  • Obtain artist bios and photos for all artists including community ensembles for festival promotions
  • Manage artist comp ticket requests
  • Support artists and sensitively manage their needs to enable them to perform at their best

From 16 April – 15 June;
Fee to Apprentice $3200 based on 128 hours over the period

Competencies sought:

  • Appreciation for NZ arts and classical music in particular
  • Demonstrates effective working knowledge of wordpress, mailchimp, and social media tools
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Able to multi-task and prioritise competing activities to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal; demonstrates strong writing skills
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Ability to take instruction and work as a team member
  • Professional self-starter with a growth mindset

Activities and responsibilities:

  • Work to the requirements of Marketing and Comms mentor, actioning all items in a timely and accurate manner
  • Co-ordinate the distribution of promotional content and materials
  • Co-ordinates all advertising materials, ensuring accuracy and on time delivery
  • Addresses and resolves any problems that may arise with promotional content or distribution of materials
  • Writes and prepares copy for promotional and event communications; proofreads all material
  • Manages media schedules and prepares artists for media engagements
  • Coordinates and provides content for 3rd party communication exchanges
  • Contributes content to festival blog
  • Working to a communications calendar, provides daily presence on social media
  • Manage media comp ticket requests
  • Co-ordinates all event communication assets including photography, video and broadcast, social, web, media, blog, etc..

From 14 May – 7 June;
Fee to Apprentice $2,000 based on 80 hours over the period

This role suits an able bodied individual with physical stamina.

Competencies sought:

  • Appreciation for NZ arts and working knowledge of live music (preferably classical)
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Able to multi-task and prioritise competing activities to meet deadlines
  • Scheduling and logistical dissemination
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take instruction and work as a team member
  • Professional self-starter with a growth mindset

Activities and responsibilities:

  • Work to the requirements of Production and Stage Manager mentors, actioning all items in a timely and accurate manner
  • Create runsheets for the Memorial Centre festival events including all rehearsals, piano tunings and performances; continually update and amend as needed to incorporate changes or additional information
  • Safely assist pack in/out, installation and testing of equipment
  • Test and troubleshoot equipment regularly
  • Design and implement stage configurations for various ensembles
  • Set all stage configurations for venue rehearsals and performances, taking into consideration musicians’ needs (stand lighting, music stands, piano lid, etc…)
  • Coordinate back-of-house operations before and during performances including heating and light, use of stage doors, bell and announcement system, PA or other stage equipment
  • Advise Film/Broadcast crew of any repertoire performance order changes
  • Remind artists call-times and usher them from dressing room to stage door, assisting with entrances and exits

From late May – 7 June;
Fee to Apprentice $1,100 based on 44 hours over the period

Competencies sought:

  • Appreciation for NZ arts and a working knowledge of classical music
  • Practical experience with sound equipment
  • Superb ear for sound
  • Ability to work under pressure and stay calm when things go wrong
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take instruction and work as a team member
  • Professional self-starter with a growth mindset

Activities and responsibilities:

  • Work to the requirements of Audio Engineer mentor, actioning all items in a timely and accurate manner
  • Coordinate with RNZC and festival production manager ensuring pre-event requirements are met
  • Safely assist RNZC’s pack in, installation and testing of equipment
  • Recording all performances and public talks in the festival venue to RNZC’s specifications
  • Test and troubleshoot equipment regularly

From 24 May – 8 June; two roles
$2,500 based on 100 hours over period
$1,200 based on 48 hours over period

Competencies sought:

  • Appreciation for NZ arts and a working familiarity with classical music
  • Practical experience with video equipment
  • Talent for camerawork
  • Ability to work under pressure and stay calm when things go wrong
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take instruction and work as a team member
  • Professional self-starter with a growth mindset

Activities and responsibilities:

  • Work to the requirements of Video and Livestream Producer mentor, actioning all items in a timely and accurate manner
  • Accurately populate video holding screens with content provided by the festival’s artistic and development teams
  • Safely assist pack in, installation and testing of equipment
  • Shoot and recording all performances and public talks in the festival venue to the festival’s specifications
  • Test and troubleshoot equipment regularly
  • Upload approved festival livestream videos (‘top and tailed’ into individual works) onto the Trust’s youtube channel, ensuring its branding and content integrity
  • Create and deliver videos of performances in a format agreed by festival within 48 hours of the event

From 24 May – 7 June;
Fee to Apprentice $1,000 based on 40 hours over period

This role suits an able bodied individual.

Competencies sought:

  • Appreciation for NZ arts and sensitivity for the needs of classical musicians
  • Provision of own professional-quality camera
  • Superb eye for photography and proven skills capturing live events
  • Ability to work under pressure and stay calm when things go wrong
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take instruction and work as a team member
  • Professional self-starter with a growth mindset

Activities and responsibilities:

  • Work to the requirements of Event Photographer mentor, actioning all images in a timely and accurate manner
  • Coordinate with Marketing and Comms Manager to provide immediate imagery for the festival’s live feed and web presence
  • Test and troubleshoot equipment regularly
  • Photograph selected community outreach activities and hospitality functions adhering to the photography brief
  • Photograph all performances and public talks in the festival venue adhering to the photography brief

Note – all imagery created will be the property of the Festival

From 14 May – 7 June;
Fee to Apprentice $1,300 based on 52 hours over period

This role suits an able bodied individual.

Competencies sought:

  • Appreciation for NZ arts
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Able to multi-task and prioritise competing activities to meet deadlines
  • Scheduling and logistical dissemination
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a customer service mindset
  • Ability to manage and account for cash and sales transactions with impeccable integrity
  • Ability to take instruction and work as a team member
  • Professional self-starter with a growth mindset

Activities and responsibilities:

  • Work to the requirements of Front of House mentor, actioning all items in a timely and accurate manner
  • Conduct pre-show FOH personnel briefing sessions ensuring all FOH staff are well-informed of event details, Health and Safety responsibilities and evacuation procedures
  • Manage student volunteers during pack in/out, programme sales and usher duties
  • Ensuring all FOH areas including restrooms are clean and provisioned for the public’s enjoyment
  • Assume and act in the role of Fire Warden during the event at the main theatre
  • Address and resolve any public accessibility needs including disability seating
  • Manage the sale of programme books
  • Facilitate the distribution of comp tickets

From 14 May – 7 June;
Fee to Apprentice $1,150 based on 46 hours over period

This role suits an able bodied individual with physical stamina.

Note – applicants must be minimum of 18 years old to be eligible

Competencies sought:

  • Appreciation for NZ arts
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Able to multi-task and prioritise competing activities to meet deadlines
  • Scheduling and logistical dissemination
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a customer service mindset
  • Ability to manage and account for cash and sales transactions with impeccable integrity
  • Ability to take instruction and work as a team member
  • Professional self-starter with a growth mindset

Activities and responsibilities:

  • Work to the requirements of Hospitality Manager mentor, actioning all items in a timely and accurate manner
  • Work in the capacity of supervisor for artist reception event 1 June 6-8pm and Festival kick-off reception 4 June 5:30 – 6:30
  • Serve team refreshments 5, 6 and 7 June

Training Ground Lead

“Watson & Wyatt Events are delighted to be lead of the Training Ground team for the inaugural Wakatipu Music Festival. Ann Wyatt, our creative director and project manager, will be supporting all the wonderful mentors and apprentices on their Training ground journey as they deliver this speculator showcase to the community. With over 30 years’ experience creating some of New Zealand’s most prestigious events, Watson & Wyatt are proud to be working alongside the MHIVC and the Three Lakes Cultural trust.” www.watsonandwyatt.co.nz