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2017 Volunteer Sign-Up dates!!!

  • Thursday, June 1 – Hiawatha Office on Baraga Ave – 5-8pm
  • Thursday, July 6 – Blackrock’s on Third Street – 2017 Blackrock’s Hiawatha Beer Release Party! 
  • Thursday, July 13 – Hiawatha Office on Baraga Aave – 5-8pm  LAST DAY OF ADVANCED TICKET SALES!  Join us at the Ore Dock on this night for our Hiawatha Kick-off concert with Chasing Steel at 8:30- Midnight!

Volunteer Responsibilities

volunteersPlease DO NOT sign up to volunteer if you think there is a possibility of not being able to work your shift.  NO SHOWS are a NO-NO!  It places a hardship on everyone.  We keep track of no-shows and you may not be able to sign up again in the future to work if you are a no-show! 

Please consider signing up for a Security or Traffic shift, especially on Saturday or Sunday! Clean up shifts are also available on Monday after the Festival, especially on our Green Team!  These are some of the most important shifts of the weekend and ones that many folks pass over.  If we all share in these important shifts, it makes for a smooth and SAFE Festival!  Note that some (but not all) of those hard to fill Security and Traffic shifts count 3 shifts for 2 shifts and you receive your full benefits for being willing to work some hard to fill shifts.  

All Vounteers should read and review the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival Volunteer Handbook prior to a shift.  These can be picked up at any Volunteer Sign up and at the Info Tent. 

All Volunteers are expected to wear their wristbands in a visible spot at all times.  Volunteers must arrive at the Info Tent within 15 minutes of the beginning of their shift to sign in.  Sometimes the line is long, so allow time to get signed in and then walk to your post.  At the end of your shift, please have a Monitor sign your Volunteer Card.  Once you have your Card signed, you may receive your compensation at the Info Tent Volunteer Station.  

If you are unable to attend or work your shift, please come to the Info Tent as soon as possible so we can try to find a replacement.  

As a Volunteer you are representing the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival, so please be pleasant and helpful to all Festival attendees.  Our Security Volunteers are present to keep the Festival safe.  Please be sure to contact any Security Volunteers to report any unsafe situations.

If you’re a doctor, nurse or EMT, please contact us if you can help in the First Aid Tent.

The Hiawatha Music Co-op does NOT allow the consumption of alcohol before or during a Volunteer Shift.  Anyone who is in violation of this rule will have their Shift immediately ended and will forfeit compensation for that shift.  

All Volunteers, please  review the link below, “2017 Handling Problems” to review the general Chain of Command at the Festival.  

Volunteer Incentives

Festival volunteers receive:

  • A Festival t-shirt for one three-hour shift;
  • A t-shirt and reimbursement of half your advance ticket price for two three-hour shifts;
  • A t-shirt and reimbursement for your full advance ticket price for three three-hour shifts.
  • Lots and lots of thank-yous and kudos for being a super Hiawatha Volunteer!!!! 

Please remember: you must purchase a ticket before working a shift. 

Download a printable 2017 Volunteer pdf 

Complete your information and send in the mail to the address listed on the bottom of the form.  Please do NOT email the form to the office.  

Please understand that requesting certain times and areas to work does not guarantee you will get those assignments. Our volunteer coordinators will make every effort to contact you and confirm your work times and places.

Please remember that volunteers pay for their tickets and are reimbursed according to the shifts they work. You will need to present a valid Festival ticket in order to enter the Festival and work your volunteer shifts.

To volunteer when you arrive at the Festival, or to check on your assignments, please visit the Information Tent. Thank you!