Production and Logistics Intern - ArtsGreensboro / NC Folk Festival

Company Description

About ArtsGreensboro

With a history of more than 50 years, the mission of ArtsGreensboro is to lead and serve its creative community as a financial resource and catalyst toward innovation, excellence, and sustainability – in order to harness the transformative power of the arts in education, bringing the community together, and making Greensboro a vibrant place to live and work.

Once based on the classic united arts fund model, ArtsGreensboro has changed and adapted in recent years. While its signature ArtsFund campaign is still the community’s largest source of annual arts grant funding, the organization has expanded its activity to include hosting the North Carolinal Folk Festival and North Carolina’s largest collaborative arts & culture festival, 17DAYS – more than 150 events across two-and-a-half weeks each fall. In addition, ArtsGreensboro also hosts an online fundraising platform, and is a major catalyst in new arts and related projects across the community.

Centrally located in North Carolina’s Piedmont region, Greensboro is home to a dynamic and varied arts community, including the region’s award-winning Triad Stage, Eastern Music Festival & School, and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, and is home for seven colleges and universities.

The center city is experiencing a major renaissance, with the coming Tanger Center for the Performing Arts, the new downtown Greenway park system, the program-driven LeBauer Park, and a remarkable transformation of downtown – with new shops, galleries, restaurants and a myriad of street festivals and happenings.

About the North Carolina Folk Festival
September 7-9, 2018

The North Carolina Folk Festival is a free, 3-day outdoor celebration of cultural roots and heritage held annually in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. Built on the legacy of the National Folk Festival, the North Carolina Folk Festival continues to build and engage new audiences to celebrate our unique American heritage, with North Carolina character.

Each September Festival weekend features musicians, dancers, storytellers, crafters, craft brew makers, savory food makers and street performers – all to bring a spectacular array of sights and sounds from across the state, the nation and the world to North Carolina. Multiple stages downtown across a half-mile radius showcase continuous musical entertainment, including blues, rockabilly, funk, gospel, klezmer, jazz, bluegrass, cowboy, polka, tamburitza, old-time, mariachi, western swing, honky-tonk, rhythm and blues, zydeco, and an all-weekend tented dance pavilion. 

In addition to being both fun and inspirational, the Festival is also an economic engine, with an estimated annual economic impact of approximately $15 million

Intern Responsibilities

OVERVIEW: ArtsGreensboro is seeking a qualified intern to support the administration and implementation of various production elements of the 2018 North Carolina Folk Festival and other possible arts events produced by ArtsGreensboro during the internship. 

This intern should be prepared to work in a fast-paced, high volume office environment, and will finish the internship with increased knowledge and experience in the detailed aspects of producing and presenting highly successfully, complex, large-scale, non-profit cultural programs and events.

• Create group or individual itineraries for festival participants (artists, staff, and presenters) based on master performance schedule
• Create master grid for transporting festival participants during the festival
• Coordinate tech and management of any street performances in advance of and at the festival
• Coordinate tech and logistical planning of school performances (by festival artists) at various Guilford County schools.
• Manage creation and distribution of logistical documents to festival participants in advance of festival
• Manage creation and assembly of logistical and other documents for distribution to festival participants upon their arrival to the festival
• Manage collection and assembly of all artist technical and production information for distribution to on-site stage crew at the festival
• Manage complex festival parking plan for sponsors, vendors, participants, and other pre-defined local entities (NOT the general public)
• Prepare logistics and load-in documents for vendors and sponsors in coordination with the contractors overseeing those areas.
• Manage the collection and tracking of media releases from artists for festival recordings and/or broadcasts
• Keep festival database current – in support of logistics and production needs
• Participate and lead (if appropriate) volunteer training sessions before festival, as assigned
• Support the festival director and production staff with onsite event management, including set-up and breakdown at the Festival
• Provide customer service to event attendees
• Other duties as assigned

Pay Rate

$2,500 for 10-weeks



TBD - flexible

Start Date

6/20/2018 (must attend Leonard Kaplan Leadership institute on June 18 & 19, 2018)
End Date

9/10/2018 (must be available for NC Folk Festival)

Start / End date flexible?

Yes, with the exception of attending Leonard Kaplan Leadership Institute on June 18&19, 2018
Please note: all Fellows will attend the Leonard Kaplan Leadership Institute at the Center for Creative Leadership on either June 11 & 12, 2018 or June 18 & 19, 2018. If hired as an intern through the Fellows Program, you will attend one of the sessions in June.

Our organization is interested in hiring:

Undergraduate students
Students seeking a master's degree
Work Authorization: Our organization will consider hiring interns with the following work authorization:

U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
International student legally authorized to work on a F1 Visa
International student legally authorized to work on a J1 Visa

Majors Seeking

Arts Administration, Event Management, Music Business, Entertainment Technologies, Technical Theater, Performing Arts
Address of Internship location

200 N. Davie Street, Suite 201, Greensboro,NC 27401

This internship is located in downtown Greensboro in the Cultural Center

Required Qualifications:

Must be at least 18 years old and have transportation. Must be able to work onsite the entire weekend of the North Carolina Folk Festival – September 7-9, 2018. Strong verbal communication skills and demonstrated writing skills with ability to convey detailed production and logistical information to event participants. Organized, responsive, dependable, self-motivated individual who is successful in independently completing projects on or before the deadline. Knowledge of event production terms and familiarity with types and brands of event equipment (sound, lighting, backline, cables, connectors, staging, etc.). Ability to knowledgeably converse with technical managers about artist production and stage needs, and confidently convey the deliverables offered by the festival. Microsoft Office experience.
Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of and passion for the arts!

Work Environment

The ArtsGreensboro/NC Folk Festival offices are located in the Greensboro Cultural Center in downtown Greensboro. We have a small, dedicated, hard-working staff that operates out of individual offices and cubicle space. Summers are an incredibly active time for our staff, and we have numerous volunteers and seasonal staff coming in and out of the office most days. Staff work independently but also work as a cohesive, supportive team.
Additional Internship Perks

Kitchenette with sink, microwave and refrigerator. Coffee machine.

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You have successfully submitted materials for one internship in the Opportunity Greensboro Fellows Program. To apply for additional internships, please revisit the INTERNSHIPS page. Each internship requires separate materials, as noted on each individual internship page.

As a reminder, applying for the Opportunity Greensboro Fellows Program has two steps:

1. Complete the application on the APPLY page (you are required to submit a professional letter of recommendation as part of the application).

2. Apply for individual internships on the INTERNSHIPS page.

You must complete both steps by the deadline of Monday, February 26 at noon for consideration.

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