In our 8th festival the Barnaby Festival 2020 theme is Vision. Once again Barnaby will be inviting the people who live and work in Macclesfield out to play in a range of high-quality festival arts, inspiring and encouraging creativity. 

Macclesfield Barnaby Festival (MBF) are looking to contract for a Festival Programming Assistant to work with the trustees at a crucial point of festival programming for our June 2020 festival. The value of this contract is £2,000 (inclusive of VAT, exclusive of reasonable expenses).

Support is required for 3 days per week over a 6 week period. There is flexibility on where the successful candidate can work from, although regular meetings with trustees, partners and other stakeholders in Macclesfield will be required. This will include evening meetings throughout the week, and occasionally weekend meetings by prior agreement.

Application Procedure

Contract time: Oct- Dec 2019 , 3 days a week for a 6 week period


Responses to be received by 12 NOON Friday 4th October 2019

Please submit the following to chair @ barnabyfestival.org.uk




  1. CV (which demonstrates your suitability for this role against the criteria listed below)
  2. Brief written statement on your interest in the role

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Key tasks

The key tasks required are:

  1. Liaise with trustees and local partners to research, coordinate and deliver a plan for the programme of festival acts and events;
  2. Make enquiries on availability, costs and technical requirements, and book agreed ticketed entertainment for the 2020 festival. Bookings will be for all artistic forms e.g. music, performing arts, comedy, speakers;
  3. Establish and maintain the core programming schedule and database;
  4. Liaise with and start planning discussions and logistics with key venues, events and partners e.g. Macclesfield College, Visual Arts Trail, local music venues.
  5. Liaise with Parade organisers to deliver the process for inviting community groups to take part in the Barnaby Parade, and support an open public Parade meeting;
  6. Respond to queries, promote and manage submissions to the “Open Call” for events and projects;
  7. Provide support as required to other open meetings and programming activity.

About you

We are looking to hear from people with the following experience, skills and abilities to bring to MBF:


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills across a range of stakeholders and audiences, including festival participants, trustees and booking / artist agents
  • Excellent organisational skills 
  • Ability to create and maintain a database/spreadsheet of information
  • Attention to detail, e.g. able to read and interpret terms and conditions and technical requirements
  • Creative thinker with a knowledge of potential arts and entertainment acts
  • Some experience of working or volunteering within the arts, culture and/or heritage sector
  • Ability to ensure positive and sustainable relationships with stakeholders 
  • Experience of project and budget management


  • Knowledge of local audiences, venues and arts organisations in and around Macclesfield
  • Proven experience in booking and commissioning arts and entertainment
  • Experience of Festival administration, programming support or management
  • Experience working with artist liaison, promotion and touring


Successful candidates will be required to:

  • hold public liability insurance of a minimum of £5 million
  • Demonstrate they are allowed to work in the U.K.
  • Be willing to travel in and around Macclesfield in order to meet with stakeholders