Volunteer: Archival Preparation and Organization

Contact Information for Applicants: 
Lisa Cay Miller, Managing Artistic Director info@nowsociety.org
Name of Organization: 
New Orchestra Workshop Society
How to apply: 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Lisa Cay Miller, Managing Artistic Director at info@nowsociety.org

Opportunity Description + Organization Information: 

2017 is the NOW Society’s 40th Anniversary. To mark the occasion we are celebrating our rich and varied history of presenting stellar new works in engaging and unique concerts, offering inspiring and informative improvisation workshops, collaborating with world-renowned artists, commissioning and premiering new compositions by Canadian and international composers and releasing celebrated recordings. NOW presents improvising ensembles drawn from the city’s premiere mature and emerging artists with instrumentation specific to each project. Deriving from contemporary new music, big band jazz and musique actuelle, NOW ensembles create community by linking improvisers from different disciplines with the shared goal of presenting innovative music. The NOW ensembles have performed in a multitude of venues and formats, from formal concert halls to DIY stages, from showcases to concerts and installations.

In order to both look forward to the future and draw inspiration from our past, we are seeking an intern to assist in the preparation and organization of over forty years’ worth of archival materials. Ranging from posters, handbills, and audiotapes to procedural and financial documentation and more, the documents we have on hand are unique and historically integral to the story of new music in Vancouver. After forty years of producing new and challenging art, we are looking for assistance to prepare, preserve, and share this story in an organized and user-friendly way.


Specific Duties of this volunteer position are flexible and will be discussed with the NOW Society Artistic Director and Archival Committee. They include:

i) providing appraisal, arrangement, and description and of the NOW Archives,

ii) preparing a finding aid for the Archives;

iii) overseeing the conservation and preservation of documents, photographs, audio and video recordings, and electronic records;

iv) researching institutional history and verifying timeline of NOW events and governance;

v) finding a permanent home for the Archives.


Qualifications Required

- a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word and Excel,

- reliability, and the ability to to work independently for extended periods,

- the ability to lift materials weighing up to 20 pounds,

- knowledge of sound practice preservation techniques for a variety of media,

- experience in archival or library studies, public history, or a program in media arts with a strong audiovisual focus,

- interest in creative music and improvisation.


Volunteer hours required: over 80-90 hours in the Spring Semester of 2018.  Schedule and location are flexible.


Monday, January 15, 2018 - 11:59am