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Music Curator

The deadline for this volunteer opportunity has passed.

Femme Wave is looking for a dedicated volunteer to curate music programming for the 2019 festival and manage artist care. With this being the fifth year of Femme Wave, this is an exciting opportunity to help shape the musical direction of the festival.

Role Description

Working heavily with the Artistic and Executive Directors, as well as the Board of Directors, the Music Curator will program accessible, diverse, forward-thinking music performances for Femme Wave that is in line with the festival’s mission, vision and values.

The role will focus on four objectives to deliver quality, diverse programming:

  • Expand the reach of Femme Wave’s music submissions call.
  • Work alongside Artistic Directors and music committee to select 2019 festival musicians that represent as many genres and communities as possible.
  • Ensure participating artists’ needs are met, providing a warm and welcoming festival environment.
  • Maintain Femme Wave standards of diversity and inclusiveness.

Role Duties:

  • Develop and circulate the call for submissions.
  • Coordinate listening sessions with the committee and community members.
  • Working with Artistic and Executive Directors, select musicians for 2019 festival and develop the festival schedule.
  • Ensure all tech requirements of artists are met, including coordination of a backline, stage managing, and liaising with sound tech when required.
  • Select and book appropriate venues.
  • Develop online content about music programming.
  • Work within a designated budget laid out by the Board and report on the finances of the programming.


  • Passion, knowledge and participation in the music community in Calgary.
  • Research, time management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication, both oral and written, and facilitation skills.
  • Understanding of technical equipment for musicians an asset.
  • Experience with social media administration and graphic design an asset.

The Music Curator will work from February 2019 to January 2020, with the possibility of extension. Time commitments will vary and increase in June and July for the selection process, and October and November when the festival takes place. Hours are flexible and will vary. This is an unpaid volunteer position, with the potential of two co-curator positions.

Femme Wave is an inclusive feminist organization and those involved in the organizing of the festival should identify as such. People with multiple marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply, including queer, trans, and disabled people of colour and size. We will review applications in accordance with our mission, vision and values which are included below.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter no later than January 11, 2019, to

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


To create a safe, positive, and inclusive space for women and non-binary artists.


A local and national arts scene that celebrates and supports women and non-binary artists and provides them with safe spaces and opportunities to share their work.


Creating a positive, safe, supportive space/s and opportunity for women and non-binary artists.

Applying a punk rock, feminist lens to all arts programming.

Championing the creativity of women and people with non-binary identities.

Providing opportunities for, and inclusive access to, diverse stories, experiences and perspectives.

Educating and being educated about feminist intersectional issues.

Facilitating feminist fun.

Ultimately being badass feminist bitches.