Volunteer with Us

For the third year running, Crowded is proud to offer volunteering opportunities during the rollout of their 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival program. Volunteers will be offered events, accessibility, customer service and crowd management training and experience. And free access to our program of 100+ festival shows across the four weeks. Our volunteers work alongside our team of professional venue staff to learn and develop their skills and abilities.

If you would like to volunteer with Crowded, you can register your interest and availability here. Read on for more information regarding our program and the core principles that guide our program.

Volunteering Principles

  • Volunteering is always a choice
  • Volunteers do not replace paid workers or constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers
  • Volunteering is of benefit to the volunteers
  • Volunteering is a legitimate way in which people can engage with the community
  • Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals to access new professional and social networks
  • Volunteering provides a professional training environment which can develop employable skills for participants

Crowded Volunteer Program

People volunteer for a variety of reasons. Over the past three festivals, we have found the main three motivations to be:

  • To gain events experience and develop skills that can be added to a resume.
  • To see comedy shows
  • To widen professional and social networks

As such, we have developed a program to include the following.

Events Experience

Volunteers will develop their Event Management skills sets, including but not limited to:

    • Crowd management
    • Internal events systems, including the option to learn about industry-specific software including ticketing platforms and sales software
    • Accessibility best practice: an action plan framework to assist people with accessibility requirements
    • Customer service and provision of information
    • Confidence in people-focussed roles
    • Resume building

Several of our volunteers have listed us at referees when applying for ongoing, full-time employment. We’ve been contacted by several employers during the recruitment process for feedback and recommendations, and many of these processes have led our volunteers to full-time work.

Comedy Shows

There are many people in our community that would love to see multiple MICF performances across the festival, however, with the average ticket costing $30, are unable to do so. We provide all of our volunteers with a Crowded access pass allowing entry into 100 comedy shows in all of our venues, including Crowded in the Vaults, Globe Alley (formally Belleville), Tasma Terrace, Campari House and The Butterfly Club (provided they are not already sold out to the public).

Social Experience

Many people volunteer to meet new people and to socialise. Whether people are working in jobs with little social interaction or are looking for a wider social experience outside their current situation, the festival environment can provide new networks, friendships and fun.

We are proud to create an inclusive environment, where our volunteers are encouraged to engage with venue staff, performers, producers and audiences. Many of our previous volunteers have returned multiple years running, or have taken on a professional role in our organisation, producing or performing comedy in subsequent years.

This year we are organising a social lunch for all of our volunteers to meet each other and talk about the festival, the shows and to spend time with us outside of festival mode.

If you would like to know more about the program, please contact us at comedy@crowded.net.au or you can register your interest and availability here.