Backstage Academy Goes on Tour
Backstage Academy is training the next generation of live event talent but, in order to attract the best to the South Kirkby university centre, it hit the road itself for a tour of major sixth form colleges around England and Wales.
Teaming up with Beat the Street Bussing it attracted interest from students compelled to find out what a life backstage would be like and learn about the multiple career opportunities.
MD, Glen Rowe, lead the tour inspiring the next generation technicians with stories of his own life on tour for bands such as The Thrills, Ronnie Wood, Ginger Baker, Hard-Fi, The Kooks, Magic Numbers, Amy MacDonald and Gareth Gates.
“Careers in live events are so diverse but offer great employability to young people looking for a channel for their creative talents to use as production managers, stage managers, sound engineers, lighting designers, guitar technicians, riggers, carpenters and tour managers. No two days are the same because no two acts are the same.
“At the same time the creative sector is growing incrementally and is now worth £91.8bn to the UK economy with live events offering some of the best opportunities in highly skilled well rewarded careers.“Employability is an important feature of all our courses. Recent graduates of Backstage Academy have gone on to careers touring with major musicians such as Robbie Williams and Ed Sheeran or working at events such as Glastonbury or the Radio One Live Weekend. Work experience during their course includes tours and live festivals in the UK and overseas.”
One of the key areas of life on tour is to be able to load in and load out of venues quickly and efficiently. Backstage Academy took a trailer full of flightcases and music equipment and challenged each school to a timed load in and load out. The Brit School in Croydon won on the last day with a time of 6 minutes 18 seconds. They were given £2000 to spend on technical equipment for the college.
“Potential students came to see us never having heard of Backstage Academy and applying for our degree courses. It demonstrated how a unique approach to recruiting works and we will do it again,” he said.