Music Scheduling Volunteer

Music is a critical component of the friendly community that magically comes together every Sunday during the operating season of the Eastern Ingham Farmers Market.   We are looking for a music scheduling volunteer who shares our love of music and understands the importance of providing a variety of talented performers who can play musical instrument(s) and/or sing with accompaniment at the Farmers Market.

Covid permitting, Sowing Growth is currently intending on offering live music at the Market for the entire 2022 season.

With the return of live music, the scheduling volunteer would work alongside the Market Manager who schedules the music for the Eastern Ingham Farmers Market.  The Market operates from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. every Sunday from May 15, 2022 through Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 and the two additional holiday Markets on November 20 and December 18.

This music scheduling volunteer would perform the following tasks:

  1. Assists in finding talented volunteer performers to play their instrument(s) and/or sing for 2-4 hours for any of the Market Sundays. The Market is open, rain or shine, unless the Market closes due to a weather emergency. Performance time is scheduled in 2-hour segments: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm and 12:00 -2pm.
  2. Obtains and records performer contact information and performance needs (electricity, extra table, chairs, etc.) to share with the Market Manager. The Market provides performers with canopy tents to protect them and their instruments and equipment from the hot sun or rain.
  3. Works with the Market Manager to create a “Volunteer Performers” schedule for the entire Market season.
  4. Contacts the scheduled performer(s) 3-4 days prior to their appearance to confirm their appearance and to make sure the Market Manager can provide the appropriate support for their setup.
  5. Assists scheduled musicians at the Market by greeting them, helping with their set up and take down when possible.
  6. Creates the chalk board sign announcing the scheduled performer(s) for the day (displayed in front of the performance area).

It is important for Market Music Scheduling Volunteers to know we are not able, at this time to pay, our musical performers. They are also considered volunteers.  However, we encourage Market patrons to place tips in donation buckets while musicians perform, and to purchase CDs if the performers offer these for sale.  The Market promotes its performers and publishes their appearance in its various media (newsletter, website, Facebook).

NOTE: High school students applying for volunteer positions to earn community service credit will be given a weekly report documenting volunteer service time.

Contacts:
Carol Grainger,  Volunteer Coordinator – 517-774-2020 or grainger.carol.cll@gmail.com