Music Venue Trust has teamed up with Red Stripe to offer 50 young people an internship at a grassroots music venue in the UK.
The Earn Your Stripes Bursary, funded by Red Stripe and administered by the MVT, will enable 50 people to be placed in internships ranging from lighting assistant to sound engineer at one of the hundreds of small venues across the UK.
The MVT said the costs of staging events means many venues are unable to budget to support internships.
The scheme with the MVT offers a bursary for small venues to pay for short-term technical internships, general work experience and support for new promoting talent.
Mark Davyd, CEO of MVT, said: “Creating the next generation of sound, lighting, booking and promotion staff is key to building grassroots music venues' sustainability and to establishing a much needed succession plan – we want to make sure that the next generation of people running these venues have all the skills they need to create great shows for artists and audiences. We are delighted to have Red Stripe on board to deliver the much needed Earn Your Stripes programme to music venues.”
Izabela Glodek, from Red Stripe, added: “The music industry is one of the hardest industries to break into, and work experience is key. As huge supporters of live, grassroots music for many years, we know the importance of the whole crew – not just the band on stage. Working with the Music Venue Trust means we can give 50 people invaluable experience providing them with skills they can use in their future careers.”
Venues wanting to take part should email a short description of how they will use the £200 to support an opportunity for a young person to firstname.lastname@example.org