Freelance Field Researchers

Levitt Shell
Job Description
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation (Levitt Foundation), a national private foundation based
in Los Angeles, is conducting on-site surveys at permanent outdoor Levitt music venues,
including the Levitt Shell in Overton Park located in midtown Memphis, beginning this June. The
survey fielding effort will be conducted by a team of field researchers who collect surveys during
2-hour shifts at 12 to 16 outdoor concerts throughout June and July. This is an excellent
opportunity for students to learn about audience research and evaluation methods specifically
related to free, outdoor concerts and community events.

Concerts occur Thursdays through Sundays. Fielding session schedules will vary and will require
researchers to be available for evening and weekend hours. Depending on weather conditions,
some fielding sessions may need to be rescheduled to another evening. Dates for each fielding
session, including back up dates to accommodate inclement weather, will be provided upon the

Duties include:
• Collect surveys according to a detailed methodological protocol
• Provide the Field Research Coordinator with daily fielding reports
• Manage on-site fielding supplies, including fully-charged tablets, tracking sheets,
name tags, etc.
• Respond to emails and calls from the Field Research Coordinator in a timely manner
• Communicate with a representative of the Levitt Shell, as needed

The candidate should be a responsible, organized, prompt, and detail-oriented individual with
excellent inter-personal and communication skills. Ideally, we are seeking freelance field
researchers, undergraduate or graduate school students who have a background in the social
sciences and/or experience with on-site survey collection.
The ideal candidate will also:
• be knowledgeable of the Levitt Shell mission and its programming
• be proactive in approaching potential survey respondents
• be comfortable working in diverse communities and cultures, including those
traditionally underrepresented in the arts
• have the ability to “think on your feet”
• be extremely reliable with a positive, friendly attitude
• be able to stand for long periods of time
• maintain a professional, neat appearance

• freelance fielders will receive an hourly wage of $15-20, depending on qualifications and

Please email a brief cover note and resume to with “Freelance Field
Researcher – Levitt Shell Memphis” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. We look forward
to hearing from you.

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a national private foundation that exists to strengthen
the social fabric of America. Through its support of creative placemaking projects, the Levitt
Foundation empowers communities to transform underused public spaces into welcoming
destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates
community life.

The Foundation’s primary funding areas include permanent outdoor Levitt music venues and the
Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. In 2018, free Levitt
concerts will be presented in 26 towns and cities across the country. Levitt music venues and
AMP concert sites collectively reach more than half a million people annually through nearly 500
free, family-friendly concerts. As an example of the high caliber talent presented across the Levitt
network, the 2018 GRAMMY nominees included 15 artists who have performed on Levitt stages
in recent years.

Permanent Levitt venues are located in cities as diverse as Los Angeles; Denver; Dayton, Ohio;
Westport, Conn.; Bethlehem, Pa.; Memphis; and Arlington, Texas. Each Levitt venue is
programmed, managed and supported by its own 501(c)(3) Friends of Levitt nonprofit partner,
presenting 50 free concerts every year featuring music of all genres. Due to accelerating interest
from cities and engaged citizens, the national network of Levitt music venues is growing.
Developing Levitt locations include Sioux Falls (opening 2019), and Houston (opening 2021),
amongst other cities.

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