Thanks to the City of Gold Coast and its new Music Action Plan’s Professional Attachment Program, Blank GC is able to offer a temporary paid opportunity to a music, arts and culture writer keen to increase their portfolio and gain experience in the publishing industry.
The Music Action Plan 2021 (MAP 2021) provides a blueprint for the City that will positively impact the live music sector on the Gold Coast by providing access to resources, promotion of Gold Coast music nationally and internationally and stronger partnerships across all tiers of government, peak bodies, and private enterprise.
As such, the City is looking for Gold Coast based emerging and mid-career music industry professionals looking to expand their experience and learn from senior mentors through practical development opportunities, and one of those fabulous opportunities is with us. Yay!
A bit about us: Blank GC was launched in 2013 as a response to the rather outdated notion that Gold Coast lacked ‘culture’. Created by Samantha Morris and Chloe Popa and now employing five people in a permanent part-time capacity, the print magazine has grown from an initial print run of 2000 magazines to 12,000 a month, with distribution across 350 points spread between Beenleigh and Byron Bay. The magazine is the city’s cultural voice, using social enterprise principles to grow its advertising base so that it can better support emerging artists and the Gold Coast’s growing arts and culture scene.
Now onto the juicy stuff. What’s the role?
The Music, Arts and Culture Writer will be responsible for creating content related to the city’s emerging artists, arts spaces, cultural and live music events and underground music and arts scenes for publishing in print and online, and assisting with administrative tasks related to creating and promoting editorial content. This includes:
- Creating well-written print and digital content as per briefs provided by the editor
- Attending local music, arts and cultural gigs and providing written reviews the next day
- Sub-editing the print magazine each month
- Contributing to the online gig guide
- Pro-actively identifying local music, arts and cultural content
- Undertaking administrative tasks to support the editorial creation process
The attachment is a paid placement for 25 days over the placement period, the timing of which can be negotiated with the right person, but as a guideline we’re thinking around 1-2 days per week (7.5 hour days) worked in a negotiated combination of hours, commencing in the second week of August, meaning you’d get to experience three of Blank’s monthly publishing cycles. We’d prefer you to work from your own space and with your own equipment, although we have a small office area in Broadbeach that can be used if no other options are available.
You’ll receive mentoring in writing and editing from Blank’s Managing Editor Natalie O’Driscoll, training on Blank’s back end systems and administrative software, get a hand building a career in publishing, network with industry professionals and will most importantly get to be part of a small but passionate and positive team that is keen to promote all things Gold Coast music, arts and culture. Oh, and you’ll also get the opportunity to catch live music, cultural events and get paid for it. Whaaat?!
We’ll stay in touch in person, by phone and email during the placement.
Applications close on 21 July, and interviews will take place in between 29 July and 1 August.
Click here to apply through smartygrants. And good luck!