Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016

With the Mile of Music festival growing in size and popularity, its 2016 offering, dubbed Mile 4, needs a sizeable volunteer workforce to help make the music happen. This year’s all-original music festival takes place August 4-7 along a one-mile stretch of College Avenue in Downtown Appleton. Festival planners expect there’ll be 200 artists and bands converging to play 800 live music sets in 70 venues. They’re looking to recruit more than 300 volunteers to help in a number of ways. “Mile of Music is all about the fan experience,” says Nathan Litt of Willems Marketing and Events, who is operations director for the festival. “We rely heavily on community volunteers to help us make this a truly outstanding event.” According to Litt, volunteers carry out necessary logistical duties, but he also encourages them to soak up the sounds and sights of the event while they are providing assistance. “Besides helping with logistics, assisting the performers and venues and other duties, we want them to take it all in and enjoy the same experience as other attendees while still helping to keep the event functioning smoothly,” says Litt. “In addition to providing festival assistance and guiding attendees, the volunteers demonstrate the spirit and uniqueness of our community and all it has to offer, and the impression they make on visitors lasts long after the festival wraps up. They can help visitors find their favorite bands or discover a new sound, as well as suggest a place to eat. It’s really a fun way to volunteer and support something special in our community.” Festival organizers say they are looking for friendly, hardworking people who are excited to show what the city’s downtown and surrounding community have to offer to the artists, bands and many visitors who will be coming from across the state, Midwest and nation to experience original music by emerging artists. Corporate and community groups are encouraged to volunteer, as are groups of friends, neighbors and relatives. “We have specific roles where teams of co-workers or friends can work together,” says Ian Thomson, volunteer coordinator. “We think that makes it even easier to volunteer, and to enjoy the festival.” Volunteer shifts are mostly four hours in length. Volunteer assignments run the gamut including preparation, serving as stage hands for the performers, selling festival merchandise and staffing the headquarters and the artist lounge, plus many other duties. Information for volunteers and a volunteer application form are available online at Click on “Volunteer” in the upper right hand corner, or scroll down to find the Apply Here button. Details of the entire festival may be found at and on most social media channels.

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