The Talented Rich Mix Team: Issue 4

This month we talk to Gemma Unwin, the Private Hires Manager at Rich Mix. 

Hailing from Nottingham, Gemma has worked in events for many years on varying scales and timelines. She came to Rich Mix in 2015, and continues to drive the success of the private hires department, which supports our charity and outreach programmes as all profits from hires go back into this work.


  • How long have you been part of the Rich Mix team?

Two and a half years


  • What do you wish more people knew about Rich Mix?

That we’re fiercely independent.


  • Tell us more about your professional background. 

I come from working on festivals for Continental Drifts in a production capacity. Then I moved in the Arts & Culture department at Lewisham Council, where I programmed large festivals and supported community event organisers with various projects for over two years.

This lead me to Camden Council where I was an Event Manager for their venues and parks, raising income for the council and duty managing large scale events, among many other things!

I was over the moon to get the job at Rich Mix as it is a truly unique place where good quality entertainment meets strong community work all under one roof.


  • How did you end up working in the arts?

 I come from a musical background, with both parents being full time musicians as I was growing up. It was inevitable that I would work in the arts in some way but I found my niche back stage rather than on stage.


  • What do you like doing in your spare time?

I love cooking, yoga and most importantly going out dancing!