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Time Out Tastemakers: FAQ

All you need to know about joining Time Out's army of city-scouring fun finders
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By Jon Cook |

So, what is it you’re asking me to do?

We want you to tell us all about the amazing things you’re doing in Manchester by leaving reviews and posting pictures on our listings. And because our editors can’t be everywhere at once, it would also be great if you let us know about hot new openings that might not yet be on our radar. 

How often would I need to post things?

Don’t worry, we know you’ve got other things to do. Most Tastemakers write around 8-10 reviews each month. If it’s more, great. Gold star for you.

Do I have to be nice about places, or agree with Time Out’s critics?

Absolutely not. If you hated the new dog-café-slash-Peruvian-cocktail-pop-up we gave five stars, we want to know about it, as long as you can explain your reasons.

Can I tell people I work for Time Out?

Afraid not – Time Out conducts all of its bar and restaurant reviews anonymously, and arranges film and theatre reviews through PR agencies. Dropping our name will result in bouncers getting shirty and things getting properly #awkward. It could also lead to your removal from the Tastemaker group. In any event, Tastemakers do not work for Time Out and nor are they paid. 

So what’s in it for me? Is there any, y’know [rubs thumb and forefinger together]

There’s no money involved, no, but you’ll gain access to special Tastemaker-only rewards, including exclusive access to new shows and exhibitions, a place on the guest list whenever Time Out throw a party and good old-fashioned material possessions.

What's the small print about selection into the Tastemaker squad?

Tastemakers will be selected based on a number of criteria including writing ability, having a true love of Manchester and knowledge about local areas. Time Out reserves its full discretionary rights in the selection of the Tastemakers and Time Out's decision wil be final; no discussions will be entered into reconsideration. 

Free stuff? Sold! How do I apply?

Stick your details in the Tastemaker form below and we’ll be in touch.

And does that mean I’m definitely in?

Not quite. Remember, we’re looking for people to represent Time Out, so we’ll only be calling upon the most outgoing, Manchester-exploring, sleep-shunning people we hear from. Write something original or funny and stand out from the crowd. Good luck!



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