Keen to develop your ability to put on incredible arts and culture events and build your connections and experience within the industry? We are looking for the UK’s most motivated and talented aspiring event producers to become part of our FREE professional development programme, Young & Serious - for participants aged 18-25. 

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:

This year, we are recruiting candidates to work in the Production, Programming and Communications teams at Serious.

Candidates will have 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 a vibrant and dynamic Festival team and alongside leading industry experts.

The 2019 Scheme includes:

• An induction process to the organisation where you will meet the other placements and the Serious team.
• A placement period of 2-3 weeks during the summer holiday period of July – September.
• Working days through October in the lead up to the EFG London Jazz Festival (where possible, we understand that other work or education commitments may affect this).
• Support across the weekends of the EFG London Jazz Festival (16 & 17 and 23 & 24 November).

The 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, will enhance each candidate’s CV for future work opportunities. This is an unpaid work experience opportunity; however we are able to contribute a weekly expenses budget for travel and lunch costs. 

The role will be based in our offices in Clerkenwell, London, and will require local travel for meetings and to attend shows. 

Young & Serious 2018/19

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

How do I apply?

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 [email protected]

  • ‘ 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)