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Public Engagement Assistant - Great Exhibition of the North (12 month paid placement)

Posted on 28 November 2017

Do you have an interest in arts and culture?

Do you love the North East?

Are you inspired by music and musicians?

This could be the job for you!

Sage Gateshead is a music venue in the North East and we are looking for a creative, dynamic and fun individual to work with us on a 12 month paid entry level placement supported by the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme. The purpose of this placement is to support our Public Engagement work, particularly focusing on the Great Exhibition of the North; a festival project funded by Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

This is a paid placement open to graduates who were in receipt of a full maintenance grant throughout university and have graduated within the past two years.

In this placement you’ll work closely with our Public Programme Producer and Festival Producer to provide coordination and practical delivery of various parts of Sage Gateshead’s Public Engagement offer for the Great Exhibition of the North.

What we’re looking for


It’s all about you and what you can offer us. Energy, enthusiasm and a can do attitude are more important that experience.

What you’ll be doing in this role

  • Assisting with planning and delivery for the Great Exhibition of the North, Public Engagement activity, Christmas season and other festivals as appropriate.
  • Managing and overseeing the day to day running of events.
  • Supporting audience data capture.
  • Contributing to social media content.

What you’ll gain in this role

  • Experience of working on a major regional cultural project.
  • Experience of working with artists and musicians.
  • Varied work opportunities; everything from learning how to write an event plan to planning a music tour.
  • Knowledge of using cultural management software such as Artifax and Tessitura.
  • Behind the scenes access to Sage Gateshead as well as great networking opportunities with our staff and partners.
  • You’ll be part of a cohort of forty individuals on similar placements supported by the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme across a national network of arts organisations.
  • Great experience to fast track your future career.

What training is provided

Jerwood Charitable Foundation provide all participants with…

  • A paid mentor
  • Four training events during the 12 month placement including one international field trip likely to be a 3 day event in Europe
  • Two networking events for hosts and participants; the opening and closing programme receptions

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Survey Code

PRIOR to application all applicants MUST complete a brief and anonymous survey questionnaire (below) to be considered for interview. The results will be held by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and will not be shared with the organisation you have applied to and will not be used in assessing your application.

You will be given a code on completion of the survey – please enter this code on your application form.

How to apply

Please click the link below which will take you to the North Music Trust application form.

Download the job description

About the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries

This post is offered as part of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme, aimed specifically at recent graduates from low-income backgrounds looking to start a career in the arts.

In order to be eligible applicants must:

  • Have graduated from a first degree (BA or equivalent) within the past two years (i.e. in 2015, 2016 or 2017. No minimum grade required AND
  • Have received a full maintenance grant during the full period of their course and be able to verify it with the necessary paperwork AND
  • Be a full-time UK resident.

Please ensure that you meet these criteria before applying for this position. More details about the criteria can be found in the programme’s Eligibility FAQs. You can find full details of this national programme and other opportunities available across the UK here.

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme is designed and managed by Jerwood Charitable Foundation in partnership with the British Council. It has been made possible through the combined support of Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, CHK Charities Limited and PRS Foundation.

Please ensure that you include the following information in your application:

  1. Student Finance Breakdown letters for each year at university: the breakdown must include a figure for your Maintenance Grant for each year
  2. Proof of your year of graduation
  3. Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Survey Code

You will be required to take part in an evaluation which is conducted by the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme.

Application closing date: 9am on Wednesday 3rd January 2018