The deadline for application is Saturday, Dec. 31. However, the number of applications that can be considered by the volunteer program’s jury is 150, so earlier application is advisable, for those interested in participating.
According to the Foundation, the purpose of the volunteer initiative is to document the 2012 JazzFest, which will be held at the Fair Grounds Race Course over two spring weekends, April 27-29 and May 3-6.
Volunteers will be selected in three categories, including student, amateur and professional. Participants must be at least 18 years old. All applications will be reviewed by a four-person jury consisting of one member of the Foundation’s board of directors and three volunteer photographer/curators.
The Foundation notes that selected photographers will be asked to use their own gear, if selected. They are also told to understand that their volunteer work will be physically demanding, given that photographers walk many miles a day around the Fair Grounds, whether in rain (an at-least semi-regular festival feature, along with ensuing mud), blaring sun and heat and humidity.
Selected volunteer photographers will be responsible for providing the Archive with a CD or DVD of the images taken at the festival, along with a complete index of images on the disc. The photographers selected will ultimately own all images taken, but with the understanding that they may be used by the Foundation to promote its programs, including the JazzFest.
For more information, please contact the Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive by calling (504) 558-6138, or visit the Archive’s website.