Another Summer Opportunity (Unpaid)

Hi, interns:

This might be of interest to some of you, especially if you’re thinking about working on grass-roots or local festival programming. It’s unpaid, but might work for credit if you have not yet done MSC 5051 and want to over the summer:


My name is Amanda and I am working on a wonderful local music festival called Make Music New York. MMNY is a festival created to celebrate music, summer, and community. Last year, on the summer solstice, MMNY coordinated 875 free outdoor concerts across New York City in an incredible array of genres and locations- from the New York City Opera to Tuvan throat singers to underground MCs, amateurs and professionals, young and old, on sidewalks, gardens and parks, from the Bronx to Coney Island.
I am looking to recruit people to be neighborhood organizers for lower Manhattan (everything below 59th st). Over the next three months, working with an experienced MMNY manager, Neighborhood Organizers will inspire and coordinate dozens of MMNY concerts in their communities. I thought this might be a perfect opportunity for music business, music, and performing arts students at Baruch College to become involved in the local music community.
While I am looking for organizers specifically for lower Manhattan we also need organizers for upper Manhattan and other NYC boroughs.  I am attaching a flier with the information and pasting the text below. I would love it if it could be passed on to teachers, students, and anyone else you think might be interested in this wonderful opportunity!

Thank you for your help and support.

Amanda Davidowitz

Needed: Downtown Manhattan Neighborhood Organizers

Hundreds of volunteers have come together over the last two years to put on Make Music New York — the largest musical event in NYC history. Thousands of amateur musicians, in every genre, played on the sidewalks for the biggest crowds of their lives. Professional musicians performed for new audiences, who came out from under their headphones to hear unfamiliar groups risk-free. And everyone was invited to sing along and enjoy the first day of summer.

Now, with your help, we’re going to make it even bigger. For the third annual festival on Sunday, June 21, 2009, we will empower 150 New Yorkers to serve as MMNY Neighborhood Organizers.

Over the next three months, working with an experienced MMNY manager, Neighborhood Organizers will inspire and coordinate dozens of MMNY concerts in their communities.

As an Organizer, you will:

* Meet hundreds of local musicians
* Develop relationships with venues in your area
* Decide how to promote your neighborhood’s concerts on the MMNY website, in our Metro New York program, etc
* Collaborate with other organizers throughout NYC
* Become the face of MMNY in your community, and a year-round liaison between performers and spaces
* (Optional) Create a MMNY mini-festival of your own design

Organizers will work in teams of 1-4 people in each precinct, on their own schedule.

Check out our Websites:

Sign up on the website or email us with any questions about becoming a downtown Manhattan Neighborhood Organizer:

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1 Response to Another Summer Opportunity (Unpaid)

  1. Demitri Kesoglides says:

    This sounds awesome, I will have to see what I’m doing over this summer though because I might go away. This is good to know though and I’m going to save this flyer, most definitely.

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