New Support For Young Women Promoters

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Music Venue Trust and PRS Foundation have announced a new partnership to encourage more young women and gender minorities to break into promoting live music. Building on the success of the Fightback:Grassroots Promoter pilot project in 2018, this phase of FB:GP will offer a whole range of training, mentoring and practical support to young women and gender minorities who are passionate about live music and want to learn the skills to become an independent promoter.

Participants will work towards shows in grassroots music venues across the UK in Spring 2020. The project will be managed by Music Venue Trust and is supported by PRS Foundation.

In the past couple of years there has been a lot of discussion of the need to offer more opportunities for women, trans and non-binary artists. Alongside this, a change in the make-up of the bookers and promoters of live music events is needed to ensure that the rich diversity of music in the UK is represented and shared with audiences.

The pilot phase demonstrated that new promoters with fresh ideas tend to bring forward exciting and sometimes surprising line-ups, offering opportunities for artists to play in venues they might not previously have had a relationship with.

This programme is designed for young women and gender minorities who are interested in promoting but not yet taken the first step, or those who have put on a few shows and feel they need further training and advice. If you fit these criteria and are age 18 – 25, please fill out the application form.

If you are interested in promoting but do not fit within the age criteria, please email to discuss possible alternatives.

Liz Hunt