Position Title: Hatch Show Print Education and Tour Guide
FLSA Classification: Part-Time Non-Exempt
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Hatch Show Print
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has an opening for a part-time, non-exempt Education and Tour Guide in Hatch Show Print.
Company Overview: Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum documents and interprets the history of country music—a musical genre and culture central to the identity of the city, the state, and the nation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the museum proudly combines subject expertise, ambitious research, and preservation of an unparalleled collection with expressions of creativity in music, art, and history. The museum collects artifacts that illustrate the evolving history and traditions of country music while providing diverse learning opportunities. The core exhibit follows the story of country music from its folk beginnings through its emergence as a commercial art form. Rotating exhibits examine a broad range of topics, from country classics to ultra-contemporary and emerging artists in American Currents. The museum owns Hatch Show Print, a letterpress print shop opened in 1879, and it operates Historic RCA Studio B, where Elvis Presley and many others recorded.
Departmental Overview: Hatch Show Print was founded in 1879, when brothers Charles R. and Herbert H. Hatch, from Wisconsin, opened a small shop near the Courthouse in Nashville. For much of the twentieth century, vibrant Hatch posters served as a leading advertising medium for southern entertainment, and included work for members of the Grand Ole Opry, such as Bill Monroe, Minnie Pearl, and Ernest Tubb, and for rock & roll icons such as Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. Thousands of posters and billboard-size advertisements were printed for traveling vaudeville and minstrel shows, circuses, and carnivals barnstorming across the country. Contemporary music clients range from Wilco to Willie Nelson, and recent design clients include such brands as Fossil, Taschen, Abingdon Press, the National Football League, and the U.S. Postal Service. Every job starts with letterpress printing.
This heritage is celebrated by the shop’s staff of designer-printers, who use the same wood and metal type the shop has had for over five generations, to continue the business of designing and printing posters, and a team of educators and tour guides who introduce visitors and members of the community of all ages to the history of Hatch Show Print and the process of letterpress printing, with tours, workshops, and other programs.
Job Overview: This position reports to the Hatch Show Print Tour and Programs Manager and is a non-exempt, hourly position. This position is responsible to provide in-depth group tours of Hatch Show Print, demonstrate letterpress printing, and assist individuals in printing a souvenir print. Drawing upon provided training and scripts, the Hatch Show Print Tour Associate will offer engaging and enlightening tours and hands-on opportunities for the public and student groups.
In both the Interior classroom, office environment and occasional outdoor venues, the person in this position will be responsible for group tours and educational programing.
Group Tours: Understand and convey historic (and historical) information about Hatch Show Print. Understand and demonstrate the letterpress process (design concept, typesetting, color separation, mixing ink, make-ready process, and printing). Understand and explain the mechanics of a platen press (Sigwalt) and be able to operate it. Understand and explain the mechanics of a sign press and be able to operate it. Assist tour participants in operating platen and sign presses. Clean presses, type and images and prepare classroom for tours and programs. Answer questions and engage individual visitors, and provide exceptional customer service.
Educational Programming: Assist Hatch Show Print Tour and Programs Manager and CMHOFM Education and Public Programs Managers with programming. Other duties as assigned
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