Some of the most fulfilling moments of my nascent professional career have occurred while I’ve been a member of an efficient and effective team. During my undergraduate music degree, I began to transition away from an academic and performing focus and towards practical development of events. This was partly because of changing professional preference but also practically as I realised that I wasn’t quite capable of supporting myself purely through performing and teaching music freelance. And so I began pursuing work placements with artistic institutions while otherwise taking opportunities to expand my professional experience in events management. When the time came to apply for placements, I focused my efforts on the Chorlton Arts Festival, Manchester International and Manchester Jazz festival and the Barnaby Festival in Macclesfield. I was referred to the latter by my tutor Abi Gilmore and began my placement in October 2015.
With the supervision of my Line Manager, I have overseen the construction of the stage for the “Maccles-Field”, begun programming and contracting artists and have collated and organised many of the artists copy and image contributions to the festival brochure. A prominent difficulty in performing this role has been the managing of budgets. The initial pitch for “Jigs in Space” was for Tom to perform on the roof of an established building in the town square. However, when it came to approaching the owners of the building, they were unwilling (quite understandably) to allow him to perform unrestrained, and the necessary safety precautions were costed at far beyond what the budget allowed (not to mention they were an eyesore). The Maccles-Field has undergone similar changes in format, mainly due to issues of material/construction costs as well a council by-law about traffic access to Macclesfield’s Market Square which limits our programming times.