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Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Crossroads. Please take a look at some frequently asked questions and then fill out the form below to help us learn a little about your interests and relevant skills and experience. (Don’t worry if you don’t think you have any – we’ll find something for you!)
Why volunteer for Crossroads?
We are a small not-for-profit with limited funding, so we depend on people like you to help us produce great concerts that wouldn’t happen in Philadelphia otherwise. Volunteering is a great way to learn about new kinds of music and meet new people. If you’re interested, we can also help you learn skills ranging from sound production to grantwriting and if you are a college student, we may be able to arrange for an internship for academic credit. All volunteers at concerts get free admission and dinner at events when they work (or for which they’ve done pre-concert work).
What do volunteers do?
Most volunteers work at the actual concerts, where they set up and break down seating, lights, and sound equipment, run lights and sound, help with artist hospitality, and staff the box office and café. Some also help with pre-concert publicity (including creating artwork for posters), outreach, ticketing and fundraising. We encourage volunteer input on all aspects of programming and organizational development.
How often do I have to volunteer?
There is no minimum commitment, but because new volunteers need more direction and people who know each other work better together, we encourage you to come at least once a month if possible, especially at first. Also, we can assign more interesting and varied tasks to you as you become more familiar with how the concerts work.
How much time does it take?
We begin setting up for most events at 4:00 PM and try to be out of the building by 11:00, but few volunteers work the whole time. If you’re doing setup and breakdown, you’ll have a long break in the middle during the concert, and if you’re doing gate or hospitality, you’ll probably start around 6:30 and finish up around 9:00. (We’ll stagger people’s shifts so no one misses more than a small part of the show). Schedules for more experienced volunteers are often worked out on an individual basis.
Sounds great – how do I start?
Please fill out a volunteer information form online or at any concert and we will be in touch to schedule an orientation. If you have questions, please contact us.