Call for Volunteers for 2022 Festival


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The Radio Academy is seeking volunteers to contribute for The 2022 Radio Academy Festival, with opportunities for Event Co-ordinators, and Session Producers.

The Festival, which takes place on 7 September, is our annual day of celebration, debate and discussion, where delegates can hear from the movers and shakers in UK radio and audio - the bosses, the presenters, the politicians, and the leading creatives in our industry.

It is the largest gathering of the radio and audio industry in the UK - volunteering at The Festival therefore provides a really exciting opportunity be part of the event, meet new people, learn from the day's content, and build new connections.

We are inviting expressions of interest from people who would like to volunteer in two specific roles - either as an Event Co-ordinator, or as a Session Producer.

Event Co-ordinators

  • Help keep the Festival moving smoothly, by supporting the production of Festival content, and the logistics of the event
  • Production may include: supporting speakers and volunteer producers, the stage management, the Exec producers, eg with scripting, formatting, editing, PowerPoint, audio, photo work as needed
  • Event support may include: stewarding, delegate check-ins, responding to delegate queries, acting as a runner
  • You’d attend the Festival for the full day (approx 10hrs) with an expectation of working for 50% of the time, and being free to enjoy festival sessions the other 50%.
  • This is an entry-level voluntary role, and would suit people with an interest in starting out in the audio/radio sector, demonstrating their skills and making new connections.
  • Travel expenses will be paid, and meals will be provided.
  • You will also get a year's free Membership of The Radio Academy
  • If you are interested, please email your CV and a brief covering letter to marking your subject "Event Co-ordinator - Your Name" 

Festival Session Producers

  • Produce and deliver Festival sessions (ideally at least two), working with the Festival Execs and our speakers and panellists
  • Shape sessions from early ideas into clear editorial propositions, preparing presenters and speakers, and any necessary supporting AV content
  • This role would require work in the weeks building up to the Festival, as well as on the day itself - flexibility will be key
  • You would receive a delegate pass to the Festival, so you can enjoy the day outside of the sessions you’re producing. A delegate pass includes lunch.
  • Voluntary Session Producers should have experience of content production, particularly live radio, podcasts, events or journalism. We’re looking for people with experience of structuring a good story and making compelling content.
  • This role would suit more established practitioners, who are looking for the opportunity to 'give something back' to a charitable cause.
  • If you are interested, please email your CV and a brief covering letter to marking your subject "Festival Producer - Your Name"

All volunteers should:

  • Be over 18 and have the right to volunteer in the UK
  • Have an interest in radio broadcasting and/or audio production
  • Have a positive, can-do attitude, and be flexible to applying themselves as needed
  • Be enthusiastic about learning new things, and making connections in the industry
  • On this occasion, we are looking for volunteers who are based in or around London, as we are unable to provide accommodation.

Our approach to volunteering:

The Radio Academy is a charity, and as such welcomes offers of voluntary support. We do not ask freelancers to give us their regular services free of charge, though we welcome freely-given donations of time. We acknowledge voluntary support with access to our output through membership or tickets to events. We cover travel expenses and meals as necessary.