Young & Serious is an exceptional opportunity to build your professional network alongside career development, gaining experience of working within the arts, music and events sectors.

The 2019 Edition:

In our 2019 edition of the Young & Serious programme, we are recruited candidates to work in the Production, Programming and Communications teams at Serious.

Participants had the opportunity to work closely with the Serious teams to support delivery of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2019, taking on specific projects and pieces of work. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain hands-on experience of live music production, working with our vibrant and dynamic Festival team and alongside leading industry experts.

The 2019 Scheme included:

• An induction process to the organisation where participants met the other placements and the Serious team.
• A placement period of 2-3 weeks during the summer holiday period.
• Support across the weekends of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

The Young & Serious programme works to a set syllabus, where the work you deliver to support the EFG London Jazz Festival will feed into a Bronze Arts Award. 

This qualification, alongside the placement and our offer of professional references for job applications, enhances each participant's CV for future work opportunities. 

Young & Serious 2018/19

A video of Young & Serious activity during the 2018/19 edition of the programme

How do I get involved?

Applications for Young & Serious 2019 have now closed. Please be sure to check this page for updates on recruitment for the 2020 edition of Young & Serious

If you have any queries on the scheme, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing

  • ‘ The independence we’ve got as Y&S is great. I feel we are really given the opportunity to explore our own ideas and make our own decisions, which helps us grow as individuals and a group. ’
    (Y&S alumnus)
  • ‘ I didn’t expect to get the opportunities to collaborate with Serious in such depth, for example working at London Jazz Festival and BT River of Music, and feel part of the team (and make some great friends). ’
    (Y&S alumnus)