By Courtney

Gina Walters

What will you be doing at Union St?

One day a week I will be working freelance as the Administrative Assistant for the new touring mid-scale dance production of Gary Clarke’s COAL. As the show reflects upon the mining strikes of 1984, there was no doubt that this would be a community project so after securing ACE funding for this national tour, Gary will be working with a core team of 5 male dancers but also with brass bands and a cast of women local to each city. It will be job to manage the schedules of each cast and crew member for the duration of the tour into Spring 2017 add well as managing the social media campaign.

How did you get into this area of work?

My line manager Jane works with me at Music in the Round as the Finance Manager and we sit next to each other. This year I was the Digital Marketing Officer for the first Classical Sheffield Festival of Music, Jane didn’t realise I also worked freelance until this point. One day I got an e-mail from her asking if I’d be up for getting involved with this new touring production and I couldn’t refuse!

What do you enjoy most about your work?

As a musician & creative soul myself, I feel very lucky to be working in Arts Admin in order to support my own work as a performer when I feared I may end up stuck in a temp job or washing pots (which I did for a quite some time!). To be working so closely, and helping to deliver, high quality output in both music and dance is an inspiring, exciting place to be.

What type of individuals / organisations are you looking to work with in the future?

In the future I very much hope that I will be earning the majority of my income from singing, in one form or another. However, now my first year immersed in Arts Admin is coming to an end, I would love to be working with more Classical Music ensembles and/or venues who think outside the box, with a focus on dissolving the reputation that this genre of music has acquired over the years. The Manchester Camerata, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Wigmore Hall are all prime examples of this.

What are you looking to get out of Union St?

To have a central base in which to work productively in an informal, creative environment with interesting, inspiring people.

For more information on Gina and her work visit www.garyclarkeuk.com and follow @ginamaldina on twitter.