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​ArtCorps Student Worker Program (Fall 2022)

SOUNDS Academy
Program Apprentice

  • Departments: Development, Marketing, Programming, Operations
  • Art Forms: Art Education, Community Engagement, Music, Performing Arts
  • Communities: Youth
  • Work Mode: Hybrid
  • Address: ​3738 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
  • Supervisor: ​Kirk Johnson, Founder and CEO


Please note:
all ArtCorps student worker positions receive $16/hr before taxes and work 400 hours over the course of the semester (around 20 - 25 hours a week). To apply, you must be a current or recently graduated undergraduate student attending an institution in Phoenix or living in Phoenix yourself.

Interested in applying? Keep reading to read the full job description, meet your supervisor, and apply for this position today!

About this position

Read the job description

What you'll do

The SOUNDS Academy Program Apprentice is responsible for assisting the CEO and Managers in a providing professional leadership to organize, administer, and provide support for SOUNDS Academy, including but not limited to: increasing the social awareness of SOUNDS Academy by driving marketing and social media traffic to the program; increasing the charity efforts and monetary donations of SOUNDS Academy; tracking the progress of donations; connecting professionals in the field of music to SOUNDS Academy students; and scheduling Musical Access opportunities for children.

Specific responsibilities

  • Work the director to carry out the SOUNDS Academy mission in order to continuously improve student achievements
  • Model the SOUNDS Academy character values while implementing the vision and mission of the organization.
  • Utilize social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to inform the public of classes, events, news updates, etc. of SOUNDS Academy in order to increase awareness of the program and Internet traffic
  • Utilize social media to develop, strengthen, and maintain partnerships with program participants, supporters, organizations, etc.
  • Create and maintain a social media calendar to include potential posts, video interviews, blogs, student spotlights, newsletters, etc.
  • Uploading and posting appropriate blogs, videos, pictures, status updates, etc.
  • Tracking and reporting the growth of SOUNDS Academy on various social media vehicles and the Internet
  • Data entry of all donations
  • Create and distribute gift acknowledgements
  • Follow up with donors (via letters, e-mails, phone, etc.)
  • Assistance in soliciting donations for raffles, silent auctions, etc. 
  • Develop rapport with current and future music professionals
  • Create and maintain a Musical Access calendar to include concerts, Q&A Sessions, video interviews, blogs, artist spotlights, newsletters, etc.
  • Tracking and reporting the impact of the Musical Access Program​


Desired qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in a two or four year college degree program
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Experience in a customer service role
  • Other attributes and characteristics include being a creative problem solver, able to switch tasks quickly, detail oriented, persistent, personable, strategic, a team worker, and a leader​

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To apply for this position, visit SOUNDS Academy's website to complete an application at https://www.soundsacademy.org/internships/​​.

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Meet the​ supervisor

Founder and CEO Kirk Johnson

Kirk Johnson is a performer and educator that believes that the zip code of a child should not dictate their access to music education. Out of this belief, he founded SOUNDS Academy, a nonprofit music education organization that teaches, mentors, and provides musical experiences and opportunities for underserved youth. SOUNDS Academy teaches character values through music education. Kirk’s musical journey began in Boston, Massachusetts where he learned to play the violin and viola, took theory classes, played in orchestras, touring countries like Italy, Mexico, and Cuba. Today, Kirk has guided SOUNDS Academy in providing over 47,000 lessons and classes to children, and has impacted 19,000 students through the Musical Access program, where students attend concerts and are introduced to instruments in their Instrument Petting Zoos. SOUNDS Academy is also making an academic impact with 100% of the students in their SOLO program being accepted into college on scholarship. As the manager of this organization, he believes in giving his team the guidance necessary for them to learn key tasks and meet project deadlines, while balancing this with giving them the opportunity to add their creative spirits. His team consists of individuals on a mission to impact music education.

About this organization

SOUNDS Academy

SOUNDS Academy is an organization that teaches, mentors, and provides musical experiences and opportunities for underserved youth. Students receive instruction on all instruments and voice. Instruments are provided to those who cannot afford one. SOUNDS Academy students learn the character values of creativity, leadership, perseverance, resilience, and teamwork through music education. We teach these values in our Musical Access Program; connecting students to live music and instruments through our Instrument Petting Zoos, our School Programs for lower income schools and community centers, our SOLO Program; providing one-on-one instruction, and The Collective Ensembles; teaching music theory and ensemble playing techniques. To learn more about SOUNDS Academy, visit their website at http://www.soundsacademy.org​.

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About the program

The Phoenix ArtCorps​​

The Phoenix ArtCorps is a student employment program from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture  that seeks to provide students with​ the comprehensive skills, mentorship, and experience ​they need to launch their arts and culture careers. Over the course of a semester, each student works 400 hours for $16/hr (around 20 to 25 hours a week), with additional stipends and professional development opportunities. To apply, students must be current or recently graduated undergraduate students at a community college, university, or other institution of higher education based in Phoenix (or live in Phoenix themselves). Applicants must be at least 18 years old. There are no other enrollment requirements. Students do not need to be majoring in the arts or similar fields to apply. To learn more about the program and browse positions, visit our website at http://phoenix.gov/arts/artcorps​. ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​

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