Unity Radio and the Manchester Hip Hop Archive supported by the National Heritage Lottery, are recruiting four Hip Hop community researchers to represent the four main areas of Hip Hop; Music, Graffiti, Breakdance and Fashion. The 18 month part-time posts will be responsible for capturing first-hand accounts, oral histories, searching out rare and at risk items and, raising awareness of the Hip Hop Archives.
The Manchester Hip Hop Archive project focus is to garner together a single resource and reference of Manchester’s undocumented Hip Hop community history, sharing the story of the urban and suburban youth movement between 1980 and 2020.
By shining a spotlight on the creative elements of Hip Hop; Rap, DJing, Graffiti Art, Breakdancing, Fashion and Pirate and Urban Radio, the project aims to reconnect, invite, and engage contributors related to these art forms from both the past and present.
By documenting the historical journey and growth of the youth movement, and by digging into these sub genres and time lining the scene changes, when combined together will weave the rich tapestry of Manchester’s underground scene. Documenting the journey from humble beginnings to present day, and aligning this with the wider picture of the UK and Global story will illustrate the strong identity of the city’s Hip Hop community.
For further information on how to apply for the Hip Hop community researcher posts email firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline, midnight Jan 31st 2020.
Job Title: Community Researchers
£18 k PA ( Part-time) 18 Month (72 Wk) fixed post flexible hours
Reporting to: The Project Manager
Key Contacts: Project Manager, Volunteer & Youth Coordinator, Studio Manager
Job Profile: Communication, Organisation, Established in the Hip Hop community, Flexible working, Writing and Reporting
Purpose of Position:
To connect on a trusted and respected level with hard to reach community members in the Hip Hop Music, Breakdance, Fashion and Graffiti disciplines and build trusted access to underground networks to discover rare items, uncover first hand accounts and capture oral histories for the first 40 years of the city’s culture.
Tasks & Responsibilities
- To be trained in archives and oral histories
- To research communities in each specialist disciplines through the decades 1980 – 2020
- To collect a range of oral histories from key pioneers and influencers through to fans of Hip Hopfrom across the period
- To identify rare and significant items and materials and document/collect for the archive
- To provide Volunteers with materials and items for cataloguing
- To promote Volunteering opportunities amongst the community
- To report to the Project ManagerSkills & QualificationsEssential
- Excellent knowledge of the Manchester Hip Hop Community and specialising in one or all disciplines
- Strong communicator
- Literacy and IT skills
- Time Management
- Well organised
- Passionate about Hip Hop
- Team workDesirable
- Driving License
- Disclosure and Barring Service clearance