Live events university centre Backstage Academy today (January 22) began a three-week tour across England and Wales to talk to prospective students about roles available in the sector.
Staff from the Wakefield academy will be on board the Beat the Street tour bus which will visit schools and venues up and down the country from Cornwall to Newcastle.
Students will spend some time on the tour bus to gain a glimpse of life on the road, and will also get hands-on and learn about the skills required to safely load-in and load-out of a venue.
Glen Rowe, managing director at Backstage Academy, said: “We are really excited about getting out to schools and colleges and showing them what a great industry this is. I’ve sustained a career in tour management for over twenty years and am now on the lookout for young talent to take over the reins. There are so many opportunities for people to develop careers in live events we just need to go out there and show them how to do it.”
Shure, d&b audiotechnik, VER, A.C. Lighting and Melody VR are all supporting the tour alongside Beat the Street who donated the vehicle.
Jörg Philipp, owner and founder of Beat the Street, said: “I’m very pleased to be able to support this initiative. Having a job that takes you around the world on one of our busses is a wonderful thing. I hope this tour will inspire more people to consider joining our wonderful industry.”
The Backstage Academy tour ends on February 9. It starts in Wakefield and will visit Leeds, Selby, York, Chesterfield, Lincoln, Gateshead, Liverpool, Truro, Paignton, Glastonbury, Swansea, Cardiff, Croydon, Cobham, Battersea, Purfleet and Southampton. A second tour is scheduled to start in September.
If you are in the industry and would like to get involved please contact Sara Gleadhall at firstname.lastname@example.org