Job Vacancies at Live & Local

Company Manager (Maternity Cover)

£30,507-£32,029 commensurate with experience (0.6FTE / 21 hours per week)


Live & Local is seeking a Company Manager (Maternity Cover) to work alongside the Executive Director and Engagement Manager to facilitate, manage and support the growth of our organisation. They manage the Business and Operations Department and have specific responsibility to manage and supervise the smooth running of our office, core administration, financial administration of the company, HR, and physical resources.


The role is a key element in delivering a cost effective and efficient support for all our activities focussing on the financial, internal business processes and the innovation, learning and skills perspectives in our Business Plan.


The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience in HR, Business Development, and Finance.


Live & Local is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.


Deadline: Midday on Wednesday 3rd February 2021
Interviews: Tuesday 9th February (Zoom)
Application: Via online application form only

Application Pack: Available for download


Artist Engagement Officer

£21,589 to 23,836 commensurate with experience (equivalent 0.5FTE / 17.5 hours per week / office based flexi time OR remote annualised hours)


You will be responsible for managing relationships with artists across all our work-streams including the Community Touring Scheme, DART (artist development scheme) alongside researching artists (established and emerging), companies and films to feed into the programming of our live shows and our cinema schemes. In addition, you will deliver time limited artform specific initiatives and oversee our ‘It’s a Gas’ (Go and See scheme) You will play a central role in shaping the evolving commissioning, curation and producing strategy for the organisation.


The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience in interacting with professional artists/companies, a wide knowledge of artforms and music genres, a knowledge and interest in films and/or film programming, and an interest in furthering the aims of the Creative Case for Diversity. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a range of stakeholders are required, as is an understanding of the power of arts and culture at professional and grassroots, community, and voluntary level.


Live & Local is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.


Deadline: Midday on Wednesday 3rd February 2021
Interviews: Friday 12th February (Zoom)
Application: Via online application form only

Application PackAvailable for download

Pubs, poems, positivity: National poem of thanks to resilient publicans and ‘Winter Warmers’ pub poetry collection unveiled

A ‘National Poem of Thanks to Our Nation’s Publicans’ has been released today by arts project INN CROWD and Pub is The Hub to thank publicans for their resilience and continuing support of their local communities during this Covid-19 pandemic, despite the huge challenges they continue to face themselves.

The poem’s release marks the launch of a ‘Winter Warmers’ campaign, a collaboration between INN CROWD and Pub is The Hub, the not-for-profit independent organisation that offers specialist advice on the diversification of services at rural pubs and ways publicans can support their local communities.

 The ‘Winter Warmers’ initiative is based on a collection of seven heart-warming poems about pubs, specially commissioned by INN CROWD, who work with pubs to provide them access to professional live literature, which is specially commissioned for pub audiences.

The poems have been written by poets in six regions across England, with the initiative aiming to bring cheer and hope to publicans, their staff and their communities and to help keep people connected during this challenging start to 2021 with this current lockdown.

Watch the ‘Winter Warmers’ poem here: https://inncrowd.org.uk/winter-warmers/

Praise for resilient publicans

The thank you poem for publicans is called the ‘The Public House’. It has been written and performed by poet and actress Alexandra Ewing, the daughter of a former publican who grew up in pubs in Suffolk. Ewing also, until last year, worked for a decade as front of house staff in the hospitality industry, including pubs. 

Alexandra Ewing said: “I hope the poem will make publicans really smile and that they will feel incredibly proud of how much talent they have and how much their presence is felt, even when it doesn’t feel like it is.”

Victoria MacDonald, publican of the Cellar House in Eaton, near Norwich, said: “After such a tough 2020 for the pub industry and such a challenging start to 2021 it is wonderful that Pub is The Hub and INN CROWD have thanked publicans in this way. It is a really beautiful and touching poem.”

Watch the thank you poem here: www.inncrowd.org.uk/2021/01/13/alexandra-ewing-the-public-house-rumbles/

‘Pubs still key hubs of support’

During this lockdown many pubs have again been offering essential services to people in their local communities, including phone support to those at risk of loneliness, grocery shops, takeaway and delivery food and meals for the elderly and those financially stretched.

John Longden, chief executive of Pub is The Hub, said: “Despite the immense challenges and pressures publicans have endured, and continue to face during this pandemic and current lockdown, many pubs are still a key hub of practical and wellbeing support for many people in their local communities.” 

He adds: “Publicans and their teams have worked tirelessly and selflessly to help support others and keep them safe and we wanted to do something to say a special thank you and recognise their efforts. We hope they enjoy these lovely poems.”

Postcards of positivity

Many publicans are sharing the ‘Winter Warmers’ poems with their locals on social media or putting them up as posters in pub windows.

Selected pubs around the country are also receiving ‘postcards of positivity’, featuring the ‘Winter Warmers’ poem written by the poet from their region. The idea is for publicans to use the postcards to help spread cheer and keep them connected with people in their local community. Publicans are planning to use the postcards in food boxes, in takeaway and delivery food bags and to reach out to customers who may be at risk of experiencing feelings of loneliness.

Positive collaboration of arts and pubs

The ‘Winter Warmers’ campaign sees two industries, pubs and the arts, which are among the sectors most detrimentally impacted by the pandemic join forces in a positive collaboration.

INN CROWD’s Dawn Badland said:These two sectors make an invaluable contribution to our society, and it is brilliant to be able to come together with Pub is The Hub to do something positive for the publicans and artists working in these hard-hit industries.”

INN CROWD will continue to support local pubs this year through its bespoke events which help keep publicans connected with their communities and also with digital poetry performances which will enable them to reach a wider audience, whether people can make it to the pub or not.  

Creative residencies

Its work last year included residencies with pubs to help support artists, publicans and their communities. Remotely delivered residencies included a lockdown zoom sharing of audio stories with locals of The Dog Inn, Belthorn, Lancashire and a new song written for the community of The White Lion in Selling, Kent, celebrating the rich tradition of carol singing in pubs. Before Christmas INN CROWD also released a short collection of poems by poet Arji Manuelpillai, who worked with the community of Allhallows in Kent, conducting remote phone meetings to devise the collection.

Pic captions: Poetry in motion: Poet Alexandra Ewing reads her poem written in thanks to our nation’s publicans to licensee Victoria MacDonald of the Cellar House, near Norwich.

In praise of pubs: This group of talented artists have written poems in praise of pubs for the Pub is The Hub and INN CROWD ‘Winter Warmers’ campaign

*For further press information contact Georgette Purdey, marketing@applause.org.uk, 07894145328