Join the Board of Directors
The DCMF Board (7 positions) operates using a hybrid model of operational, governance, advisory, and working styles. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of non-profits and support DCMF in an important capacity.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Dawson City Music Festival. Many people also consider it the best way to see the festival – from the inside. Some folks like to do what they do in their normal lives, while others like to completely change their personalities for one weekend a year!
DCMF offers a variety of winter programming such as concerts, fundraisers, and more. We’re always looking for general help – bartenders, door folks, raffle ticket sellers, and even folks to meet and greet our winter Songwriter in Residence!
Join the Board of Directors
Joining the DCMF Board of Directors is a fantastic opportunity to play a vital role in supporting staff, artists, and community members while ensuring the Association’s sustainability and structure. The DCMF Board operates using a hybrid model of operational, governance, advisory, and working styles. The DCMF Board meets bi-weekly from August to April and weekly from May to July.
While meetings take place virtually on Zoom, there is always lots to do on the ground – moving equipment, sorting merch, selling tickets, etc. Board members do not need to be Dawson residents, however there is an expectation to be present and active in a hands-on capacity leading up to and during the July Festival.
We encourage folks who are interested to review our most recent Annual Report, our bylaws, and our mandate, all available here, and/or reach out in advance to ask questions and learn more about what we do.
Interested? Please renew your DCMF membership and register for our next Annual General Meeting (usually March or April). You can let us know in advance that you would like to nominate yourself, or do so on-the-spot at the meeting!
Volunteer at the Festival
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Dawson City Music Festival. Many people also consider it the best way to see the festival – from the inside.
We’ve got many crews, each of which do different tasks over the weekend. Volunteer shifts are typically five hours and scheduled according to your availability!
A 5-hour volunteer shift earns you either a Friday wristband, or a Sunday wristband, + access to the VIP Volunteer Party in August!
Your choice! This is a great option for those who want to participate but are very busy during the festival weekend.
Two 5-hour volunteer shifts earns you a Friday wristband AND a Sunday wristband + access to the VIP Volunteer Party in August!
We’ve got morning, afternoon, evening, and night shifts so you can make sure to see all your favourite bands and plan your weekend in advance.
Three 5-hour volunteer shifts earn you a Full Weekend Pass + access to the VIP Volunteer Party in August!
This is the most popular option, as you get to be in Festival-mode the entire weekend, earn a full free pass, make a ton of friends and work on up to three different super fun crews!
Can I volunteer?
Yes, absolutely! Every year, over three hundred people from near and far volunteer with our different crews to help make the festival the best it can possibly be. We have positions for those of all ages, ability, and availability and are happy to accommodate.
What is expected of me as a volunteer?
We require all volunteers to be reliable and responsible. You will be representing the festival and our community so we ask that you be polite, professional, sober, and courteous at all times. Please stay in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator before the festival – and of course, show up for your shifts!
Where do I sign up?
Online sign-up is not yet available.
If you’re already in Dawson City, stop by our office at 3rd Avenue & Harper Street to get the low-down from our staff. We’ll ask you to fill out a volunteer application.
Friday OR Sunday pass + access to the VIP Volunteer Party!
Friday AND Sunday pass + access to the VIP Volunteer Party!
Full weekend pass + access to the VIP Volunteer Party!
What will I be doing?
Some people like to do what they do in their normal lives, while others like to completely change their personalities for one weekend a year! Below are examples of only a handful of our volunteer crews at the festival. We have many different areas and tasks for all different ages, abilities, and interests! Some crews are made up of just a handful of people, and some are several dozen.
Selling cold beverages to enthusiastic, thirsty patrons in our Mainstage Tent as well as in the Beer Gardens at Minto Park.
Keeping the festival safe and happy for everyone! This crew does a little bit of everything (checking ID’s, searching bags, keeping an eye out for hazards) to ensure everyone has a safe and fun time at the festival.
Welcoming patrons to the Minto Park festival grounds and helping them find what they’re looking for, exchanging e-tickets for wristbands, and distributing the festival program. You get to be the festival know-it-all!
Selling our sweet DCMF swag (t-shirts, hoodies, bandanas, hats, etc) as well as performer merchandise such as CDs, vinyl, posters, and all kinds of other fun stuff. The Merch booth is connected to the Mainstage and vendor’s area at Minto Park.
Front of House
This is a ‘people’ gig! Greet audience members, sell tickets, or be an usher at one of our indoor venues! This is a helpful and kind team that brings the shows to life.
Crafts! Activities! Snacks! Do you like hanging out with the little ones? Making sure families are comfortable? This crew caters to the needs of our (much) younger audiences!
Help cook up some DELICIOUS food to sustain the artists and festival crew! The Meals team works closely with Hospitality to deliver a world-class experience to artists and crew.
This crew brings the good vibes and serves the great food made by our Meals team to the artists and festival crew. This is a fun opportunity to say hi to the artists and make them feel welcome in Dawson!
Festival artists have places to be… Soundchecks, merch counts, performances… The Transpo team works as a unit to make sure everyone is where they need to be over the weekend.
This dreamteam works hard and plays hard, setting up the tents is no small feat!
Help us keep our sites looking green and clean!
First Aid & Safety
While we try to maintain the safest environment possible, it is very important to have alert and reliable medical aid onsite.
Wether you are a lifelong resident or “just here for a winter”, we’d love to get to know you! Though the summer Festival is our busiest time of year, we present programming such as concerts, workshops, fundraisers, and other events throughout the year.
These types of events are a great way to meet people, learn a new skill or two, and get involved with DCMF in a casual (but so helpful!) capacity.
Here are some of the skills we call on – if you fit the bill, let us know and we will get in touch when an opportunity arises:
– Bartending & Serving
– Cooking & Baking
– Craft Fairs
– Creative Writing
– Door & Box Office
– Hosting (showing folks around town!)
– Hosting (having house guests!)
– Organizing Merch
– Photo & Video
– Physical Labour
– Selling Raffle Tickets
– Stage Hands