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Paid Apprenticeships for early-career arts workers (Otago Region only)

Job details

Wakatipu Music Festival
28 Jan 2022
Work type
Work classification
Management & Admin, Music, Performing Arts


Local Workforce Career Development

The inaugural 2021 Wakatipu Music Festival initiated the Training Ground (master and apprentice programme) to address the shortage for professional-level and artistically-experienced management staff.  The programme was highly results-oriented and for 2022 we will pick up where we left off to further develop sustainable careers for key festival roles, thus lifting capabilities to meet the market demand as the district continues to artistically mature.  Through this, the festival is developing the local arts infrastructure, arts communities and audiences.

The 2022 Wakatipu Music Festival runs 11-18 April in Queenstown.

We will be advertising roles as they come available, so please check back if you are interested, or send an expression of interest by the deadline to

Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator deadline 28 January.  Contract runs 9 Feb - 22 April
Front of House and Ticketing Co-ordinator deadline 28 January.  Contract runs 9 Feb - 18 April
Stage Manager deadline 1 March.  Contract runs 11-18 April
Audio Engineer deadline 1 March.  Contract runs 14-18 April
AV Technician deadline 1 March.  Contract runs 9-18 April

The rangatahi apprentices will ‘own’ and deliver the presentation of the Festival, overseen by experienced music and event industry professionals.  This capability-building will be prioritised for and filled by district-based locals with an authentic effort to attract cultural and ethnic diversity. Best-practice mentoring techniques and associated duty-of-care will be evident.

If you are a resident of Central Otago, meet the legal requirements to work in New Zealand, be at least 18 years of age with an authentic appreciation for NZ arts, and are keen to develop quality professional skills that will look good on your CV and future job applications, complete an Expression of Interest and submit to by the deadline.

Apprentices must be fully-available and committed for the duration of the contract.

How to apply

Please visit our web page for full details and submit the expression of interest forms available there.  Note that two roles (Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator and Front of House and Ticketing Co-ordinator) are recruited the end of January, others will have a 1 March application deadline date.  Please keep checking for more information as it becomes available.




Written by

Anne Rodda

16 Jan 2022