Underbelly Training Academy

Underbelly Training Academy

The Underbelly Training Academy is an opportunity for eighteen, 16-25-year-olds from the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, and Kensington and Chelsea, to gain insight and practical experience in the production and staging of large-scale events and festivals.

The Academy will run from Tuesday 06 June to Friday 15 July 2022 onsite at Underbelly Festival at Earls Court, SW6.

The six-week Training Academy is an initiative by Underbelly, supported by the Earls Court Development Company, and delivered in partnership with the Young Lyric Team at the Lyric Hammersmith.

The course will be workshop based with theoretical sessions covering a range of festival topics from creative programming, stage management, and technical production, to front of house, marketing, and finance. There will also be practical learning sessions with participants shadowing Underbelly staff on site, putting the classroom learning into practice.

This Academy programme will culminate with participants producing their own show as part of the Underbelly Festival programme. Participants will be responsible for booking performers, coordinating the promotion and selling of tickets with the marketing and box office teams, and working with the stage management and technical teams to deliver the show.

The aim of the Academy is to introduce participants to the process of producing a creative event from planning through to delivery, and to give them the confidence to seek further training in the field, or to apply for jobs within the sector. Previous participants have developed fulfilling long-term careers in the sector following their successful participation in the programme.

Anyone aged between 16-25 and living within Hammersmith & Fulham or Kensington & Chelsea can apply using a short online form before 10am on Monday 30 May 2022. Places are offered on a rolling basis so we encourage early application. Applicants may be required to attend a short phone interview with the Academy team. The Academy would particularly like to receive applications from those who have an interest in events and festivals, but have no previous experience of working or training in the field.

This is not a paid opportunity, but travel costs to get to the training sessions, and on-site catering will be provided.

To apply, please complete the online application form here.

If you have any questions or require further information on the Underbelly Training Academy, email academy@underbelly.co.uk

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