Work with us
Working with Diaspora Collective
Our number one value is communication. We also value loyalty, honesty and FUN. If you are interested in working with DIÁSPORA or any of our projects, you must fulfil the following 9 requisites:
1) Good work ethic
Working in a band is not always as glamourous as it seems, and it usually involves something called ‘hard work’ - on a musical and a social level, this makes it very rewarding. We do not encourage applications from temperamental people who just want to try it out a couple of times for the buzz and a bit of extra cash or to add it to their C.V., cause a drama and then disappear. DIASPORA COLLECTIVE works very hard with its directors and musicians to ensure that everything is made as easy as possible for everyone; in return, we only ask you to play your part and make the most of it!
2) Good communicator
Easy to contact via phone / email, and responds quickly to availability enquiries. Often, we need swift answers - even if the answer is ‘no’. If there is a problem, then by simply communicating it in confidence to your director and / or manager (in person, over the phone, in writing via text / email or whichever method you find most comfortable), we can sort it out but we are not telepathic!
We accept applications from anywhere in the UK. If you are a musician; fees and transport expenses are virtually always* calculated from postcode SW1A (London) or M1 (Manchester); on the flip side, this would obviously work in your favour if undertaking an engagement nearer to your home town. (*apart from exceptional circumstances).
If you are a technical supplier; fees and transport expenses are calculated from the primary postcode of your home town (e.g., SW1A for London, M1 for Manchester).
Potentially available take on engagements anywhere in the UK, or, at least on a regional level.
Sensitive to conflict of interest. Someone who knows not to advertise an unrelated project or venue during an engagement, or to distribute contact details without consent - we will always support the agent or promoter.
Able to make commitments and stick to them. We appreciate that some circumstances are unavoidable which renders it impossible to fulfil the terms of your engagement, however, please make every effort to:
- communicate this as soon as possible
- find a suitable deputy where appropriate
Someone who appreciates what we are doing and supports it, instead of working against it. We do not aim to make a quick buck here. We aim to invest in the sustainability of our projects. In reflection of this, our performance fees are extremely reasonable and great value for money, and we treat all of our clients fairly so that they might want to work with us again in the future. However, we also believe that individuals should be paid fairly and in accordance with the time and energy that goes into realising these engagements. Therefore, our pricing structure has a number of different levels incremented for each project, in terms of the calibres of musician or supplier that each project requires.
8) Sense of humour
Takes care of personal appearance and dresses up smartly for performances and photo sessions.
If you feel that you fulfil all of these guidelines, please check the BULLETIN for the latest positions.
We welcome interest from volunteers.
Whether you are interested in performance, production or arts administration, then please do get in touch.
We cannot promise that we can offer you anything immediately but we will always strive to find something for you.
We do not advertise anywhere else as we believe that it is only fair to give priority to those who approach us first, because they are genuinely interested in what we do.
For volunteers, we can offer:
How to apply: