Paid Contract, beginning in May/June for approx 8-16 weeks.
The Ashkenaz Foundation, a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the presentation of global Jewish music and art, is currently seeking a candidate to fill the position of Festival Assistant. Through its internationally-renowned, Ashkenaz Festival (featuring 250 artists in 90 performances for an audience of 60,000+ people) and an expanding slate of year-round programming, Ashkenaz showcases the work of leading contemporary artists from Canada and around the world working in all artistic disciplines. Ashkenaz’s mandate and programming encompasses a vast range of pan-Jewish music and art, including Sephardic, Ladino and Mizrachi traditions, and also strongly emphasizes fusion and cross-cultural exchange with artists from outside Jewish cultural traditions. The Festival Assistant will work closely with the Artistic and Managing Directors on a number of elements related to the 2018 Ashkenaz Festival (August 28 – September 3).
The Festival Assistant will work under the direction of Ashkenaz’s management team on a variety of tasks related to the development and execution of the 2018 Festival. The intern will receive hands-on, experiential training in event planning and a “behind-the-scenes” view of the various elements, including concert/event production, programming, artist relations, donor relations, community outreach, marketing and public relations, volunteer coordination and festival logistics. The intern will be mentored directly by Ashkenaz senior staff and routinely interact with Ashkenaz’s diverse constituency of artists/musicians, arts managers, PR professionals, suppliers, production crew, donors, and audience members, and assist with any duties related to the running and functioning of the Foundation. There is some flexibility in the duties of the position based on the applicant’s skills and experience (eg: outreach, fundraising, admin, marketing, education, etc)
Due to funding restrictions, the applicant must be under 30 years of age, a Canadian Citizen, and have been in school full-time in the prior year and planning to return to school full-time in the fall.
Strong communication skills (both oral & written)
Excellent organizational/time management and problem-solving skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Some computer experience, including basic familiarity with word, excel, email, internet & on-line social networking tools
Great independent research skills
Must work well both independently and as part of a team
Must be positive, mature-minded, flexible and comfortable working in a fast-paced, time-sensitive, non-corporate environment
Knowledge of and interest in music, the arts and/or Jewish culture is an asset