Jobs & Internships – Abbey Arts Presents, Seattle (Fremont Abbey Arts Center)

    Upper Fremont at 43rd
    On the #5 bus line and short walk to E line

    4272 Fremont Ave North
    Seattle, WA 98103

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    For all positions, please send a simple resume and cover letter (or email introduction) to
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    For best results, please read below before applying.

    Jobs Information:


    Abbey Arts is an always growing nonprofit based in Seattle, WA.

    Before applying we highly recommend you read our About Pages (Mission / Events) and if possible stop by the Abbey to experience a concert or event in real life. This may help you better understand the organizational style and what we are about.

    We are not your typical arts nonprofit. We’re a “lean & limber” music & arts venue operating in more of a small business style so working here will not likely be equivalent to larger nonprofits or corporations.

    Abbey Arts is looking for people with positive energy and a strong worth ethic to help make the world a more creative & connected place.


    Applicants should love to
    – learn while doing (growth mindset)
    – tackle creative challenges
    – grow their own job & program within the organization
    – think quickly & solve problems with limited resources
    – and of course increase access to help people of all ages and incomes experience music and the arts in a welcoming setting

    All Abbey Staff have the opportunity to contribute to and/or lead select creative projects such as curating a show, helping design a poster or ad, contributing to program development, managing arts & music events, etc.

    Most positions here require typing speeds of at least 60wpm, familiarity with Google docs, ability to lift objects such as chairs/tables, setup event spaces, help with building reset, etc.

    Read our Respect Policy.  Abbey Arts is an equal opportunity employer.  


    Open Positions:

    Sound Techs
    Production Manager
    House Managers
    Event Assistants / Security
    Venue Manager
    Work Study & Internships


    Due to the volume of inquiries we cannot reply to everyone but we do sincerely appreciate you taking the time to apply.  

    Please do not call or stop by the building for hiring related matters.  If you are unsure if your resume got through via email please feel free to resend and maybe try changing the subject line a bit. 

    We also have many volunteer opportunities which is a great way to meet staff & volunteers and get some training on how to produce events and concerts.   We welcome anyone to come by for a show, volunteer, or otherwise get to know the Abbey experience and staff in real life.  






    Live sound audio engineers for events in our various venues around Seattle

    Must be of sufficient experience level to mix live for a band or acoustic group (solo to 5-6pc bands), usually with opening acts and fast 5-10 min changeovers between sets.  Rarely are string sections or larger bands involved.

    16-24 channels typically on Midas M32 digital w ipad (large shows), or Allen & Heath 16ch analog (small shows).

    Includes setup & testing of PA in most of our locations.

    Sound check times vary but approx 30-60 min per band so must be able to keep things moving.

    Concert spaces are typically very live acoustically and need full EQ each show. Tech must also be able to work nicely with artists & staff, keep sound checks on time, and problem solve quickly on the fly. Basic lighting work and other event support may be involved as well.    May need vehicle depending on event location.  All PA equipment typically provided.

    $20-30/hr depending on experience level, event complexity/location, etc.  Tips share on select bar shows.


    Similar to House Manager skillset (see below) but more ongoing job for managing and improving our venues, planning events, producing and advancing shows, etc.

    Salary TBD, can be FT with some events work



    Part time for select events including weekends, $18/hr to start, $20-25/hr, plus tips share. Looking for people who can commit to 4-15 events each month, depending on the season. Other Abbey perks apply. Great opportunity to grow into more advanced position (Minimum commitment is 6 months)

    Ideal applicant traits:

    • Strong work ethic
    • Attention to detail
    • “Can do” personality
    • Strong problem solving skills
    • Quick thinking on your feet
    • Enjoy working with people
    • Love gaf tape!
    • Ability to Fix-it
    • Desire to create beautiful events
    • Desire to support the community behind the scenes

    Duties include:

    • Managing events: weddings, nonprofit benefit events, concerts, parties and others both at Fremont Abbey and our partner venues in NW Ballard, U-District and N Capitol Hill.
    • Usually 6-10 hour shifts, scheduled out 2-6 weeks in advance
    • Potential for 2-8 events per month depending on training & events schedule
    • Typical shifts are 4p-Midnight, some later or earlier
    • Reliable transportation required

    Further Details:  House Managers at Abbey Arts typically have to do lots of hands on work with setup (such as tables & chairs), not just coordinating volunteers/caterers/clients.  Experience managing volunteers and other assistants is key to be able to delegate in a efficient manner and keep the event moving along in a timely manner.

    Must have experience managing events, working with people in a complex fast paced and sometimes stressful environment.  Must be assertive, outgoing, kind, polite and welcoming usually all at the same time. Must be able to take constructive feedback while on the job and improve systems and setup on the fly.

    Often the job becomes a mix of managing artists/clients, attendees, and equipment in a specific but often changing timeline.  Some events will have “down time” in which House Managers will do other projects around the building while checking in on the event occasionally.  Taking the opportunity to relax and enjoy the music/art for a bit is always encouraged during house manager shifts.

    Other important experience & skills:

    Attention to detail; professional, friendly & assertive communication style; quick on your feet; good visual memory; reliable; able to multi-task efficiently; heavy lifting typically required (tables, chairs, equipment) up to 50 pounds.

    Good at on the spot problem solving with a limited budget.

    Must know what “clean” means. This job does involve some cleanup up after events, sometimes with assistance and sometimes without. It isn’t an ‘easy’ job, but it is a fantastic one!

    For sustainability and employee health, we do not typically allow staff to work another morning job and then work at the Abbey for a late shift.

    Technical knowledge very helpful — simple sound, projector, lights, computer skills, etc.

    PT position, no benefits.  Position does include Abbey Perks.

    • Abbey Perks include health & wellness stipends for massage/etc. (credits build depending on how many hours worked), organic local veggies, healthy lunches & snacks, unlimited Vitamin D/C/B, good tea & coffee, fantastic catering & leftovers, use of the Abbey & Homestead for personal events or rehearsals, free entry into most classes & workshops, free tickets to select events including Paramount Theatre, Triple Door, Tractor, Crocodile, Showbox, Neptune and more music venues.



    Ongoing. $15/hr + tips share (typically $20+/hr)
    Good with people, friendly, etc. as per normal bartender roles.  Must be able to handle fast paced environment as most events have intermission with a rush of people all at once.

    Setup & cleanup also involved in this job. Heavy lifting required, at least 50 pounds.  Efficient and fast operation, ability to work on your own as needed.  MAST Permit required. Most bartender shifts are approx 5 or 6p start to around midnight. Some offsite events require a vehicle.


    ($20-25/hr DOE, usually 4-8 hour shifts)
    Events are typically on Friday or Saturday nights, sometimes til 1am or 2am. Work includes light security duties, managing crowds, cleaning, bussing, reset, moving tables, sweep/mop, etc. Must be good with people and friendly but assertive and able to keep people inside, following appropriate rules, etc. Tech experience helpful (sound/video). Must know how to work hard, move quickly, clean well, and lift heavy objects like old 8′ metal tables at least 50 pounds.




    The positions below are for State Work Study funded students.
      $16.69-20/hr depending on experience & position

    *Students must qualify for WA State Work Study or be interested in an unpaid internship with supervision for credit.  10 hours per week minimum, typically 12-19 hours per week during the school year and up to 35 hours per week in summer.

    Some prior work experience required.  Generally suitable for Sophomore-Senior level students or grad students, some exceptions may apply for exceptional applicants.

    Unpaid Internships – On some occasions with exceptional applicants we can offer non-work study unpaid internships (typically for school credit).

    Digital Strategist

    (Now Hiring) – Film & edit live shows, develop promo videos, shoot takeaway shows, etc.  Edit audio from live performances such as The Round, iTunes podcast editing & publishing, bandcamp audio, etc.  Publish & promote media and videos to promote the arts & community events.

    Graphic Design

    (Now Hiring) –  Create posters, flyers, and other designs for concerts and events to be used in print & web.   Experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. preferred (at least proficient in one).  Understanding of marketing and design concepts helpful. Attention to detail, proof read, etc. very important. 

    Production Assistant

    (Now Hiring) – Sound tech setup & operation for concerts and events. Assist sound & lighting techs with live events. Learn from professional technicians.
    Intern also may work on creating and promoting video and audio media while helping to grow the reputation of quality eye opening arts experiences for all ages & incomes in King County. May include podcast, live concert video shooting & editing, promotional videos, and more. 

    PR & Marketing Assistant

     (Now Hiring) – To assist Public Relations/Marketing Director and Abbey staff in telling Seattle and the world about amazing concerts, creative arts events, education & community programs.  Good writing skills and attention to detail are a major requirement.  Experience with technology tools, marketing, social media, and creative promotions very helpful.  Attention to detail and fast typing skills are critical for this job which involves proof reading and sending Press Releases to media outlets, updating event listings, website, etc.  PR Assistant works alongside graphic design & media interns.  WORK STUDY ONLY 


    working with event staff and volunteers to ensure a welcoming and successful experience for all attendees. Includes setup, volunteer management, box office, artist hospitality, some tech, lighting, cleaning, reset, moving tables, etc. May also include video/camera work depending on experience.

    – Training and hands on experience in every aspect of event setup
    – Potential to house manage concerts and nonprofit events
    – Organize and improve event processes, setup etc.
    – Learn how to manage volunteers during an event
    – Experience and learn how to work in a fast paced, professional, creative environment

    Work with Production Manager to support projects, work with Abbey Director or Lead Sound Techs on specific projects or events, managed by Operations Manager.

    Booking Assistant

    (Now Hiring) – Assist with booking concerts & arts events.  Paid internship with room to grow.  WORK STUDY ONLY

    WA State Work Study only please. Unpaid internships may exist as well if you don’t qualify for Work Study.



    The Abbey is an equal opportunity employer and we ask that you read our About page including the respect policy. 

    Some jobs do involve heavy lifting and other physical requirements.

    Fremont Abbey is ADA on both levels but does not have automatic doors. 

    Abbey Arts follows all WA state employment law practices and rates posted on this website may not reflect current pay rates which adjust year to year depending on current minimum wage and policies. 



    (Contract) Want to create & promote a new class at the Abbey?  All it usually takes is 4-6 paid students to activate your class.  Teachers are paid $30-60/hr depending on experience and class enrollment. Note that you’ll be primarily responsible for creating, promoting and filling the class to minimum enrollment levels though we certainly do our best to help out as well.  Best fit for dance, visual arts, literary, culinary, and some music, film, theatre, etc.  Daytime hours are usually mostly available M-F and Saturday mornings at the Abbey or Homestead. Homestead has more weekday evenings available.  Email us your class proposal and feel free to followup in a week or two.