LIFT PLACEMENT PROGRAMME 2020 Programme Application Pack for MARCH - JULY 2020


Thanks for your interest in LIFT's Placement Programme.

Applications are now open for our LIFT 2020 Festival placements, a 12 or 16 week engagement running from March until July 2020 that covers the lead-in and duration of our biennial festival - four weeks of exceptional, international adventures that will take place across the city.

Based at LIFT HQ in East London, successful applicants will work closely with staff members, venues, companies and other external organisations over the course of the placement on a three-day week basis.

This placement is open to everybody who can commit to the time commitments from March until July.

This work experience placement scheme can support higher education learning that requires contextual experience and is open to higher education students. LIFT is not able to offer payment however we will cover daily travel expenses (max £7 per day Oyster, within London) for the days you are at your placement duties.

"When I was looking to take the next step in my career, those that I admired talked so highly of LIFT’s placement scheme that I absolutely jumped at the opportunity to be involved."

If you are keen to explore a career in the arts or know you want to do a specific role within the industry, this is the right placement for you! LIFT placements have gone on to work at companies, venues and institutions such as: Dance Umbrella, Tate, Royal Court, The Yard, Battersea Arts Centre, Artsadmin, Jerwood Foundation, CASA Latin American Theatre Festival, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd as well as some going on to become highly successful freelancers

We Want You!

LIFT seeks to actively encourage applications from those with less visibility in the arts. We specifically welcome applications from women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQI+, those with low income backgrounds and those from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and international identities.

We’d appreciate it if you would complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form with your application. Your answers on this form will not be considered when allocating roles at LIFT.

About LIFT

‘a festival that lives up to its name… Its adventurousness is theatrical yeast…’ The Guardian, June 2018

We stand for radical empowerment and inclusion; we strive to be a diverse and progressive organisation. Every two years, we present a festival which connects London audiences with leading international artists, brave ideas and unforgettable cultural experiences.

We bring audiences to the city’s most iconic venues, landmarks and unusual corners, celebrating the character of London and gathering Londoners around incredible art. The theatre we present is compelling, meaningful, provocative, excellent, topical, singular.

We engage and create communities around international theatre artists and live art practitioners. Right now, that manifests as LIFT Tottenham, a five-year collaboration between LIFT, international artists and Tottenham locals creating festival works, artistic experiences, offering opportunities for learning and skill development and connecting Tottenham’s cultural offer to the rest of the city and beyond. In the future this vision will be delivered in new ways.

Fly By Night, LIFT 2018 (image: Victor Frankowski)

Key Dates:

  • Application deadline – midnight, Sunday 19 January 2020
  • Interviews will either take place week commencing Jan 27 or Feb 3 depending on the placement you are being interviewed for
  • Induction - 3 half day consecutive sessions: 9-11 March 2020 (tbc) expenses covered
  • Start date - 23 March 2020 (Development Placement, Marketing Placement)
  • Start date - 13 April 2020 (Audiences Placement, Producing Placement)
  • End date - week commencing 3 July 2020

Placements on offer:

  • Development & Events (4 months)
  • Marketing & Digital (4 months)
  • Audiences & Evaluation (3 months)
  • Producing (3 months)
Taylor Mac A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: The First Act, LIFT 2018 (image: Mark Allan)
"The LIFT team were wonderful, welcoming me straight into their family. The role provided a wonderful balance of guidance and agency. I would recommend a LIFT placement so highly, and am very grateful for all my time there – thank you LIFT!"

The LIFT Placement Programme is an opportunity to learn more about arts management by experiencing the day-to-day operation of LIFT. The programme is aimed at people who have chosen their career path as a specialist in the arts and who, through practical experience, wish to complete their education and advance their professional career.

Each placement provides additional, rather than essential support to the LIFT department in which they're based. As well as practical experience, the programme provides participants with guidance and structured feedback and opens doors to many professional networks and opportunities.

What You Get

  • daily travel expenses covered (max £7 per day on Oyster)
  • a 12 or 16 week placement with London's premier international festival
  • a reference for future jobs / opportunities
  • at least 2 free tickets to a selected show
  • opportunity to shadow festival staff
  • invites to dress rehearsals and parties
  • preferential access to ticket offers and special events
  • festival merchandise - the infamous tote and lanyard combo plus more
  • entry to free ticketed shows

What you will have the opportunity to learn (depending on the role)

  • event management
  • festival programming
  • international producing
  • on the job learning in marketing and sales
  • digital content creation
  • how a festival nurtures people who invest money
  • running and/or dressing events
  • working with international artists
  • database management
  • working with audiences
  • working with iconic London venues

To apply, please ensure you have read the Person Specification for all placements and the individual placement details below before completing the online Placement Programme Application and Equal Opportunities form by midnight on Sunday 19 January 2020.



Nightwalks with Teenagers, LIFT 2018 (image: Jalaikon)

Person Specification for all Placements

  • You have the right to work or train in the UK
  • A passion for LIFT's vision
  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills including good written and spoken English
  • Ease with using computers
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently whilst also willing to work in a team
  • A starter-finisher who is organised and enjoys a fast-paced, supportive working environment
  • Flexibility and the ability and willingness to occasionally work outside of office hours
  • You show up on time
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Good sense of humour
SESSION, LIFT 2018 (image: Paul Blakemore)

Development & Events Placement (4 months)

To sustain our ambitions in programming the most exciting and diverse work, LIFT needs significant financial support and other resources. The role works across all activity that supports LIFT’s fundraising efforts, to include: assisting with Trust and Foundation applications and research and relationship building with individuals and corporate sponsors. This placement will provide a window into the year-round development work of our organisation.

Your Role and Responsibilities at LIFT

  • Maintain and update LIFT’s database Spektrix
  • Support any brand/sponsorship activities in venues or site specific animations during LIFT 2020 shows
  • Give specific support to higher level Commissioning Circle members e.g. book tickets; arrange launch invites
  • Assisting with LIFT’s Trusts and Foundations pipeline for the period 2020-2022 e.g. helping to complete funding applications; desk research
  • Assisting with ongoing development communications via email
  • Helping to organise events e.g. preparing invitations; managing and administrating RSVPs and updating guest lists
  • Help with the smooth running of the LIFT office
  • Answering office calls and box office calls (box office training provided, if/when necessary) - each placement completes at least a half day each week
  • Collate information for surveys on our supporters as audiences

Person Specification

  • A curiosity about how a large-scale international festival is paid for and achieved
  • An interest in data
  • An interest in why people and organisations give money to the arts
  • Some experience in working on events – small or large scale
  • A clear speaking voice
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Has a good sense of humour
These Rooms, LIFT 2018 (image: Hugo Glendinning)

Marketing & Digital Placement (4 months)

The Marketing & Digital Placement will help ensure that the stories behind all of LIFT’s work are being told to as many audiences as possible.

Digital communications is integral to the LIFT brand. Our festival campaign is primarily online-led. During your time you will see us launch a new website, work with a digital PR agency, a marketing agency, and create a large amount of bespoke, diverse content to increase our online reach and drive ticket sales. You will have structured exposure to the full marketing mix while working on the LIFT 2020 campaign, learning learn how to use a number of online tools for social media management, content generation, email marketing, website management and Box Office and data management.

Your Role and Responsibilities at LIFT

  • Generating original content including blogs, films, images and audio (training will be given where required)
  • Researching artists, bloggers, journalists, film/video makers and social media influencers who LIFT might engage to create content
  • Scheduling and monitoring of LIFT’s social media channels
  • Managing reciprocal marketing with London venues
  • Managing print distribution as and when required
  • Liaising with the wider LIFT Communications team (including PR agency, marketing agency, photographers, filmmakers, designers)
  • Updating liftfestival.com and any other websites managed by LIFT
  • Help with the smooth running of the LIFT office
  • Answering office calls and box office calls (box office training provided, if/when necessary) - each placement completes at least a half day each week
  • Gather information for surveys

Person Specification

  • A curiosity about digital and marketing strategies
  • An interest in content generation (films, podcasts, writing, imagery)
  • Photoshop and/or video editing software is an advantage (not essential)
  • Interest in social media and content marketing
  • Fluent in the English language (written and oral)
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Has a good sense of humour
Creation, LIFT 2018 (image: Jalaikon)

Audiences & Evaluation Placement (3 months)

As Audiences & Evaluation Placement, you will help us analyse what we know about our audiences so we can grow and develop the LIFT of tomorrow to be even better and for as many people as possible. This will include building and delivering our evaluation strategy for LIFT 2020.

Alongside developing our knowledge of our audiences, the role will support the team to ensure excellent internal record keeping to allow LIFT to visibly demonstrate its impact and progress with regards to audiences, programming, fundraising and communications. This placement suits anyone with an interest in interpreting and learning from data and has a keen eye for detail.

Your Role and Responsibilities at LIFT

  • Reviewing LIFT audience data analysis reports to inform strategy for 2020 evaluation
  • Cross-referencing audience survey with other LIFT documents
  • Researching and employing opportunities to activate these data sets to inform LIFT business model, strategy and marketing/communications
  • Liaising with our partner venues and organisations to acquire statistics
  • Attending regular LIFT Tottenham update meetings with external evaluators (and minuting these meetings)
  • Undertaking evaluation and collecting responses on-site during events
  • Working alongside the Audience Agency to activate LIFT’s data
  • Helping to maintain LIFT’s database – Spektrix
  • Help with the smooth running of the LIFT office
  • Answering office calls and box office calls (box office training provided, if/when necessary) - each placement completes at least a half day each week
  • Gather information for surveys

Person Specification

  • A curiosity about how data can inform the strategy of an arts organisation
  • Enjoyment, confidence and ease with talking to people: artists, participants and the team
  • Interest in and a basic level of understanding of data analysis including use of Excel
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Has a good sense of humour
Trojan Women, LIFT 2018 (image: NTOK)

Producing Placement (3 months)

LIFT 2020 will take place across a range of venues and sites across London. The shows are delivered by LIFT’s Producing team with LIFT’s Senior Producer working on shows that are developed by renowned international artists in collaboration with non-professional performers in London and working with new international voices/artists. The LIFT 2020 Festival Producer works alongside LIFT's Full Time Senior Producer on shows developed in the UK by UK based artists that have strong links with internationalism and LIFT.

We are looking for a producing placement to assist LIFT’s producing team to facilitate in the development and delivery of LIFT festival shows.

Your Roles and Responsibilities at LIFT

  • Assist the producers on delivery of LIFT productions
  • Liaising with artists and venues
  • Arrange travel and accommodation for visiting artists and LIFT producing staff, including LIFT’s Artistic Director
  • Assisting with hosting any visiting artists during their time in London
  • Booking rehearsal spaces and production equipment for rehearsals
  • Assisting with the evaluation and documentation of any artist visits
  • Attending meetings with LIFT Production Manager and/or artists, acting as note taker
  • Help with the smooth running of the LIFT office
  • Answering office calls and box office calls (box office training provided, if/when necessary) - each placement completes at least a half day each week
  • Gather information for surveys

Person Specification

  • A curiosity about the process of producing an international theatre festival
  • An ease with communicating with a wide range of people of different ages, roles and abilities
  • Ability to multi-task and work proactively and accurately
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Has a good sense of humour
Here are three of our former placements who have gone to secure jobs in fantastic arts organisations. Lara's now the Assistant Producer at The Yard Theatre, Selma's the Marketing Manager at Village Underground and Francis went on to become LIFT's very own Partnerships and Development Manager.