Riverside Festival team to help stage gigs during national music event

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The team behind Stamford’s Riverside Festival are on the hunt for event organisers to help with a national music project.

The Riverside Association of Music and Arts, led by Jenny Collins, has taken on the role of East Midlands regional manager for a new event called Our Big Gig, run by not-for-profit organisation Superact.

The national event will run from July 11 to 14 and builds on last year’s Bandstand Marathon which was held to mark the closing of the Paralympics.

The Riverside team is now looking to recruit 27 volunteers to run live music events across Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Mrs Collins said: “Any organisation can apply to organise and host an Our Big Gig event. It could be a friends of the local park group, a school, a voluntary group, youth organisation, a church or faith group and so on.

“In fact anyone who is part of a group or organisation that has its own bank account can apply.”

Successful applicants will receive a grant of £400 to put towards their event, a package of marketing materials and training and support.

While the full support package will only be granted for 27 events, Mrs Collins hopes other groups and will be encouraged to put on their own shows at the same time.

She added: “If you are part of a voluntary or community group, Our Big Gig presents you with the opportunity to receive some funding to showcase your work, reach out to new members of the community, and attract new members as part of this nationwide mass participation event.

“You can also potentially use it as a fundraising platform for your group’s ongoing activities or to raise money for a local good cause, while at the same time bringing people together through the power of music.”

The Riverside team will be donating its time for free to act as co-ordinators for the East Midlands.

The fee received for the role will be donated to the Riverside Association to put towards future events.

To apply to hold an event you need to register at the Our Big Gig by May 12. For more details call Mrs Collins on 07415 799582 or e-mail jenny@superact.org.uk.