Young & Serious is a professional development programme, mentoring and working with the UK’s most motivated and talented aspiring event producers, aged 18-25. 

This young producers programme is an exceptional opportunity for young people to build their professional network alongside career development, gaining experience of working within the arts, music and events sectors.  Over the year-long scheme, participants have the chance to attend industry events, talks and workshops, work with exciting national & international artists and programme and deliver music activity. 

This free programme kick-starts with a weekend residency in London. Throughout the year, participants meet individuals working across all areas of the music industry, including staff from each of our departments alongside individuals in the wider sector, during regular sessions. Young people also have the opportunity to gain work experience at our high profile flagship events such as our EFG London Jazz Festival and Serious Space. Participants work towards and Arts Award qualification, while programming, producing and marketing their own events and projects. 

Applications for the 2018 Edition of Young & Serious have now closed. We will be re-recruiting in Spring 2019. Please keep an eye out for further information on how to apply.  

  • ‘ 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)

Young & Serious 2017/18

A video of Young & Serious activity 2017/18, by Y&S member Rose Williamson