by Pat deVarennes (Thing 2 of the Filk Track) singers

Yay! Good for you! We’d love to have you! We have a lot of fun, get to listen to great music in both large concerts and smaller, more intimate settings. We assist our guests and participants to create Insta Filks! We have workshops to help us hone our singing, songwriting and recording skills. We hobnob with talented performers, sing and play in the Open Filks, and eat cookies! Who wouldn’t want to do that?

All of the above is true. Some of us return to the Volunteer staff year after year and love it. Before you go over to the Volunteer Application link on the DragonCon website, pause for a few moments, and read the rest of this post.

DragonCon has requirements for Volunteers over which we have no control (thank Ghu). If you haven’t already read them, please do that now. We’ll be here when you get back.

Okay, before we move briskly on from there, we’ll have a very short review:

$20: How much? If you are a first year volunteer, you pay $20 for your badge. If you return the following year to work, your badge is free.

No drinkin’ or druggin’ when workin’. That should be self explanatory. We need you to be reasonably sane and sober.

Attire: Clothing is not optional. Use common sense. What does this mean? If you can’t worm around under tables or move chairs and tables in it, don’t wear it. If it’s not rated PG during the day or PG-13 at night, don’t wear it when you are scheduled to work on our track. Our audiences are all ages.

What about me? We try to schedule in a way that allows you to attend things that are near and dear to you, but there are no guarantees. What does this mean? We start scheduling months in advance of DragonCon. That means that given some notice, we’ll try to schedule you so you don’t miss your favorite author’s panel, etc. However, if you suddenly discover there’s a party you want to go to at the last minute, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to do anything to help you.

All of the above information and more can be found at the DragonCon, “Be a Volunteer” page. Don’t miss it!

Our track is growing! We sometimes have simultaneous programming in two different rooms. One or more volunteers must be present in each room. Due to this wonderful logistical challenge, we’ve had to become more specific in our Volunteer needs.

What we need from Filk Track Volunteers:

1.Show Up! Be on Time! Communicate! What does this mean? Stuff happens. If you’re going to be late, text or call. Remember that your actions impact the rest of our Filk Volunteers as well as our Guest Performers. We stand or fall together.

2. We have some significant physical requirements for our track. If you have medical or other impairments, please advise us sooner rather than later. We can accommodate you by pairing you with another volunteer.
We execute track room set ups and changes. Our Filk Track room is used for Panels, Concerts, and Open Filks. During part of our day, additional rooms accommodate workshops. Rearranging chairs, moving tables, realigning or resetting A/V equipment, crawling under tables, etc. are all common activities that occur multiple times over the course of the show. In addition, we have large room concerts in ballroom sections. Those sections may have to be rearranged.

3. Assisting our Guest Performers as needed. Whether it’s schlepping stuff or helping to schlep them, we do it. Some of our participants, as well as attendees, require additional assistance.

We need you to be welcoming, friendly, and helpful to our participants, attendees, and guests. It’s usually easy…sometimes it’s not. People get tired, cranky, lost, confused, inebriated, or otherwise impaired.

4. We all participate and facilitate Open Filks. If you can carry a tune in a bucket with holes, we’ll even supply you with the bucket and the songs. Our entire philosophy is to welcome EVERYONE at every level of expertise. In addition to experienced filkers, we have many “new” filkers. We have a lot of people (and musicians) who are just discovering us. We monitor our Open Filks, and will stop the “flow” if it’s the same people over and over again to ask if anyone has anything…or to encourage someone who is too shy to jump in. We have people who don’t play instruments at all, people who play them badly, and people who are quite expert. All shapes and styles are welcome.

5. We all work hard. We also work LATE! We have 4-6 hours of continuous late night Open Filking each night of DragonCon. During the earlier hours, we have workshops, panels, and concerts. We have events that require us all to be working at once.

So you still think you want to volunteer for the Filk Track?

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Yay! Good for you! We’d love to have you! We have a lot of fun, get to listen to great music in both large concerts as well as smaller, more intimate settings. We assist our guests and participants to create Insta Filks!We have workshops to help us hone our singing, songwriting and recording skills. We croon soulfully together in Sing Alongs! We hobnob with talented performers, sing and play in the Open Filks, and eat cookies! Who wouldn’t want to do that?