It takes over 150 volunteers to put
on the Free Folk Festival! We need
your help. Just an hour of your time
at the festival will make a huge difference.
There are jobs for everybody, from
sitting at the Folk Club table selling
tapes, CD's, & books to working
at the instrument check room (making
sure people's musical instruments
are kept safe), to helping out with
parking, setup, or cleanup. To volunteer
please send an email to:
or call 510-287-9095
For more information on available
jobs, see Volunteer Job Descriptions
below, or click the links below for
a quick summary of jobs and times
in handy sign-up sheet format. Enroll
Job Descriptions: PDF
Ask folk club members to help put
on the event (25).
Post flyers and contact people interested
in music events.
Contact vendors about coming to the
festival; ask them to place an advertisement
in the festival program (1 coordinator)
Help check instruments in and out
& keep them safe. Requires 2 people
per shift. Opens at 11:45 am each
morning until 7 pm; Saturday evening
shifts 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm and 11 pm
- 11:30 pm; Sunday evening shifts
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm -10
pm. Shifts are one hour in length,
except the evening slots. The instrument
check coordinator will be responsible
for checking at the beginning of each
shift to make sure that the volunteers
have shown up for their slot and will
need to set up/take down the room
at the beginning and end of festival
(2 coordinators; 30 one- hour shifts).
Help set up the school for the festival.
This job includes: putting up signs,
setting up tables, assisting sound
crew, moving desks out of rooms, etc.
Setup generally begins at 9:00 am
on Saturday morning and goes until
noon. The setup coordinator will need
to commit to being the first person
onsite that day. He/she will also
need to make a map of each classroom
so that the cleanup person will know
how to put the rooms back together
after the festival is over (1 coordinator,
10 two-hour shifts).
Three people who will go through the
rooms and halls to make sure the place
is in good order on Saturday evening.
At 6 pm Sunday, approx. 6 strong people
will put the workshop rooms back into
classroom formation. At 10 pm Sunday,
about 6-8 people will assist in cleaning
up the main hall and dance hall, including
taking down the sound equipment. Slots
last about 1 hour or less, depending
on the number of people who can help
out. The cleanup coordinator will
need to be at the festival through
to the end (1 coordinator, 3 people
on Saturday evening, 6 people at 6
pm Sunday, 8 people at 10 pm Sunday).
Folk club table.
Give out literature, sell folk club
stuff as well as performer tapes and
CDs. Be available to provide information
on the club, the festival, where the
bathroom is, where different workshops
are located, etc. One-hour slots.
Folk-club table coordinator will set
up the table, will coordinate the
selling of things, and will make sure
the table has volunteers throughout
the day, filling in as needed (2 coordinators,
14 one-hour shifts).
Circulate donation cans during the
festival. Coordinated by folk club
table (14 one-hour shifts).
Emcee Open Mic.
Introduces acts & fills in as
necessary. Should know how to run
the sound system. The open mike coordinator
must be available throughout the day
to make sure that the slots are filled
(2 coordinators, 10 one-hour shifts).
as parking lot attendant behind school.
Check for parking permits. The parking
coordinator will set up the lot to
ensure that the largest number of
vehicles can park. (2 coordinators,
12 one-hour shifts)