Written by Kate Jones
| 20th April 2020
We are currently recruiting for new Regional Ambassadors for our 2020-2021 season - apply now!
About Young People in the Arts
Young People in the Arts (YPIA) is a social network for arts professionals at the outset of their careers. We run a monthly programme of talks, professional development opportunities, and networking drinks where young professionals can learn about the arts sector and get a chance to connect with experienced and inspiring speakers from within and outside their field. YPIA has a diverse membership base covering all major arts disciplines, and although currently most of our activity is based in London, we are increasingly branching out into other regions in the UK.
About the positions
YPIA is run by a diverse committee of friendly volunteers who are all involved in organising events as part of the season, encompassing planning, marketing, administration and relationship building. We are looking to take on some new volunteers to join our committee to establish and expand a season of events outside of London. This role includes the normal liaison in making events happen, and also an exciting opportunity to create a YPIA base outside of London in your chosen city/region and expand the programme. We are provisionally looking for representatives in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff and Cambridge but are open to other opportunities to expand our network so do get in touch.
Reports to: Director of Finance and Regional Partnerships
- Planning and delivery of our season of events in 2020-21:
- Submitting event ideas to the Director of Finance and Regional Partnerships
- Designing event plans by researching and exploring options for venues and themes and speakers if necessary;
- Liaising with venues for events, which can be prominent cultural locations and bars in your city base;
- Recruiting and liaising with any speakers, who are often renowned cultural and creative professionals in the UK;
- Creating and utilising networks in your city/region to promote your event;
- Running the delivery on the night of the event, including registering guests, setting up rooms and audio, handing out programme notes, and potentially some public speaking.
We are looking for enthusiastic regional ambassadors from across the arts industries who are keen to dedicate some of their time and creative ideas to organising events for YPIA and growing our cultural network, while developing experience and learning new skills. We seek people who are not afraid to use their initiative, and who demonstrate enthusiasm for working in the arts. Having a good knowledge of current issues in the arts sector is desirable, and so is previous experience of organising and marketing events.
The amount of time you spend on YPIA depends on how much time you’re willing to give, although to start we would aim for one event in each city base per season. Typically, this means you wouldn’t spend more than four hours per week on YPIA business, and probably much less during periods in which you aren’t helping to run an event. The majority of the committee do this alongside full-time jobs, so if you don’t mind giving up a few hours of your time, it is perfectly doable. Full committee meetings take place approximately three times a year, and are held in central London on weekdays after work, typically from 18.30-20.00.
If you require financial assistance with travel expenses to attend any meetings or events, Young People in the Arts may be able to provide assistance. Please email Kate Jones email@example.com if you have any questions about this.
What we can offer you:
- Fantastic opportunity to develop new skills and experience outside of your work or area of expertise in a nurturing and friendly environment.
- Volunteer with like minded professionals and increase personal networks.
- Opportunity to boost C.V. in an increasingly competitive market.
Please send us your CV and a short covering letter. Think about what you would bring to the team and what you hope to learn from volunteering with us, along with any ideas of what you would do with an event outside of London.
The application deadline is 12 midday on Monday 11 May, and interviews are planned remotely via Zoom after working hours on 13, 14, 15 and 18 May. Please submit your application and any queries to Esther Poole at firstname.lastname@example.org.