New Weird Australia Launches Volunteer Network – Applications Now Open

Posted on Aug 17, 2011

New Weird Australia is entering its third year of operation with a continuing mission to promote and support Australian underground and experimental music.  In order to expand and evolve our work, we’re establishing the New Weird Australia Volunteer Network – a networked team of specialist volunteers, collaborating together on the ongoing development of the project.

The Volunteer Network is designed for people who have some initial background or expertise in a particular specialist area, but are looking to sharpen their skills and develop their experience.  Whilst we have an initial indication of the types of activities we’d like the Volunteer Network to be involved in, we’re also open to the ways in which the Network might evolve over time – an evolution that will be determined in a large part by the volunteers themselves.  Naturally, everyone in the Volunteer Network will have an appreciation of and an affinity with Australian underground and experimental music.

We would expect that everyone in the Volunteer Network would contribute at least four hours per week, and that the commitment would be for a minimum of three months. As the work would be managed via an online collaborative platform, volunteers can be based anywhere in Australia, working in their own home / premises.

The first batch of roles in the Volunteer Network are outlined below. To apply, please send an email with info about yourself, examples of / links to your work, and a few lines about some new Australian music that recent caught your attention to Please include the title of the role(s) you’re interested in as the Subject line. Closing date for applications is Monday 5th September 2011.

The Web Producer will be primarily (although not exclusively) focused on developing the content of the main NWA web site. This will initially involve the creation of a new strategy for ongoing content (such as feature articles and interviews), coupled with updating & maintaining the current site (artist pages, release pages, news articles etc). The Web Producer will also assist the Director in the maintenance and development of NWA Facebook, Twitter & Flickr profiles and update the NWA presence on Bandcamp, Free Music Archive, Soundcloud & other platforms. WordPress and Photoshop experience essential.

The New Weird Australia publicist would be responsible for managing all physical and digital promo for NWA releases and activities. They would naturally follow-up and develop relationships with priority press contacts, as well as maintaining and developing a healthy contact database of national & international press, and co-ordinating the manufacturing of NWA promo discs. All promo mailout costs (postage, manufacturing etc) would be covered by NWA.

The Event & Tour Co-ordinator would play a pivotal role in helping New Weird Australia to develop its live event program and national touring network. Initially, this would involve working with the Director on the development of NWA’s 2012 touring program, as well as scoping opportunities for NWA events in towns and cities outside of Sydney. The functions of the role would be across all aspects of gig management – including venue management, artist liaison, technical co-ordination and event marketing.

The Video Co-ordinator role is somewhat speculative, in that its initial function would be to scope the feasibility of an ongoing video strand for the NWA project. We therefore anticipate that the Producer would develop a video content strategy (which may encompass content such as recordings of live performances, interviews, features, promo clips and similar), and thereafter source & manage voluntary contributors for such video content. The Producer would also source & manage voluntary resources for filming, editing and graphic development and investigate various options for online distribution.

Of all the volunteer roles, the Artist Development & Label Co-ordinator role is the least defined – and therefore most open to evolution by the person in the role. We expect that the Co-ordinator will seek out and develop new promotional, curatorial and performance opportunities (both nationally & internationally), as well as working with the Director on the development of NWA compilation series and New Editions release program. Curatorial and / or artist development experience would be an advantage, but not essential.

image: New Weird Australia Axxonn Tour, Excelsior Hotel, Sydney, 28th January 2011. Photo by Miles Martignoni.

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