Soundstreams is seeking a summer student of Indigenous heritage to fill the role of Community Outreach Assistant. The Community Outreach Assistant will help plan and coordinate a number of touring performances and community outreach events that will be part of a longer-term artistic project in Indigenous languages, inspired by Indigenous themes.
To be eligible you must be 15 to 30 years of age and a full-time student intending to return to your studies in the next school year
Contract length: July 16 – August 31, 2018
Salary: $16.50 / hour
(240 hours over 7 weeks)
Office hours: 10am-6pm, Monday-Friday
Soundstreams is one of the world’s leading contemporary music companies, and the largest global presenter of new Canadian music. Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney and Executive Director Ben Dietschi are committed to showcasing the work of living and international composers with a focus on innovative thematic and experiential programming.
Purpose of Role:
In collaboration with Signal Theatre and director Michael Greyeyes, Soundstreams will stage The Journey: Pimooteewin & Gállábártnit in our 2019-2020 season. This signature production is comprised of two operas in Cree and Sami languages that are based on Cree and Sami legends. The project will premiere in Toronto before touring to Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario, and internationally. In the summer of 2018, the Community Outreach Assistant will play a key role in organizing community workshops and performances related to the production’s themes, and researching its regional touring potential and logistics.
The ideal candidate will have/be:
- Excellent problem solving skills with the ability to use independent judgement
- Strong scheduling and organizational skills
- Ability to conduct research independently
- A clear verbal and written communicator
- A motivated self-starter who enjoys working in a small collaborative, fast-paced office with a close-knit team of music lovers
- Knowledge or interest in learning indigenous protocols and Traditional Knowledge
- Experience or interest in community engaged arts practices
- Knowledge or experience in event production (ideally related to performing arts)
- Fluency in Indigenous language(s) is an asset, but not required
Soundstreams welcomes applicants of indigenous heritage enrolled in any post-secondary degree. This opportunity may be of interest to those studying the arts, cultural studies, indigenous studies, cross-cultural communication / international relations and diplomacy, human services degrees, folklore and mythology, and museum studies to name just a few.
Role and Responsibilities Overview:
Reporting to, and with guidance from the Director of Artistic Planning and Outreach, The Community Outreach Assistant will:
- Research regional touring potential of The Journey: Pimooteewin and Gállábártnit, and coordinate necessary touring logistics
- Research, identify, and liaise with key contacts and locations for thematic community workshops
- Assist Soundstreams in other community outreach tasks and activities as required
Opportunities for Student:
The Community Outreach Assistant will work across Soundstreams’ outreach, marketing, and production departments. This multi-faceted approach will ensure skill development in areas such as budgeting, financial management, and long-term artistic and strategic planning.
Contributing to a production of national and international significance at Soundstreams offers the summer student the opportunity to work closely with a highly skilled staff, and contribute meaningfully to the vibrant artistic activities developed during the summer period and projected in the longer-term.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to:
Ben Dietschi, Executive Director