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Cato Music will be running FREE workshops for 14-18yr olds at The Half Moon

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Half Moon Putney have been chosen as the London venue to support a new initiative offering twenty 14-18 year olds help and advice in developing a career in non-performance live music.

Independent Venue Week will be working with live music company, Cato Music and their Cato Academy to put together five workshops around the UK, offering twenty 14-18 year olds help and advice in developing a career in non-performance live music. The two London ones are in Putney on Saturday 17 and 31 January

The ‘Live Music And Touring – An Introduction’ workshops will run in January and are the latest addition to the growing activity taking place around Independent Venue Week. The workshops, which are supported using public funding by Arts Council England will each take 20 students aged between 14 and 18 years old and run over 2 Saturdays in January with a specially designed programme created by Cato Academy.

"The Cato Academy focuses purely on live music and touring and we want to bring up the next generation of touring crew professionally and honestly, we don't sugar coat anything. The live music industry is stronger than ever and we need these new skilled 'roadies' to look after it” said Glen Rowe, Owner of Cato. “We're proud to be part of such an important week for live music, especially when it comes to teaching young people the reality and opportunities that come from such an exciting and rewarding industry. Without these independent venues where would live music grow from?"

“Thanks to the support from Arts Council England, we really chuffed to be able to offer this introductory course to live music free of charge to young people who are interested in a career in music” said Sybil Bell, Co-Founder IVW. “Live music isn’t just about the artists – there’s a whole network of crew and people behind the scenes that need operate the venues produce the tours. Cato are a first class live music business and to have them create and run these courses is a fantastic opportunity for young people all around the UK and a great addition to the Independent Venue Week program.”

If you would like to be considered for the course, you will need to email your:
• Name
• Gender
• Age (Must be aged between 14 and 18 in January 2015)
• 250 words why you should to be given a free place on the course - this can include any live music experience, best gigs/live music seen and why and any other music related information
• List of other work experience or jobs
• Do you have any registered disabilities we should be aware of?
• 1 Reference (150 words)

Emails for the Half Moon workshops should be sent to reo@independentvenueweek.com by noon on December 23rd 2014.

December 19, 2014