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.  You will 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.  

You will 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 throughout the year. You will 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 will work towards and Arts Award qualification, while programming, producing and marketing their own events and projects. 

Team Young & Serious will

- Take part in workshops, talks and panel discussions with industry professionals

- Gain backstage access to some of the UK’s top arts venues with backstage tours

- Attend a free residential weekend in London 

- Get free access to gigs and events

- Gain an insight into how a leading live music producer & promoter operates

- Work and socialise with the other top young producers to produce their own events

- Develop organisational and communication skills

- Gain an Arts Award qualification

- Receive mentoring and support from the Serious team


We are searching for applicants aged 18-25 who are committed, hardworking and passionate about music and events. We want to work with people who can get the most out of this programme, who may have exciting ideas for music projects that Serious can support them in delivering, or specific career aspirations within the industry.

We will be looking for applicants who can demonstrate:

- A keen interest in music and the arts and an aspiration to build a career in the sector

- A desire to develop arts administration skills

- A particular area of interest within the music industry (Production, Communications, Fundraising, Learning & Participation, Film-making, Digital etc.)

- A committed, driven and enthusiastic attitude


Successful applicants should be available for as many as possible of the following dates: 

Weekend Residency in London (full weekend - compulsory): 20 – 22 April 

Other dates

30 April – High Profile Event Work Experience opportunity (PM)

14 – 19 May – Festival Work Experience Opportunity

18 June – Young & Serious Session 

July – Activity TBC

20 August – Young & Serious Session

17 September – Young & Serious Session

15 October – Young & Serious Session

23 October – High Profile Event Work Experience Opportunity (PM)

16 – 25 November – EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 Work Experience Opportunity


Up to 15 young people will be selected to take part in this programme. 

To apply, please complete the application form and equal opportunities form found below to

The deadline for applications is 26 March 2018. 

If you have any difficulties completing the form, please do not hesitate to get in touch – we will do our very best to help. 

Serious is committed to equal representation within the organisation and would welcome applications from individuals from all sectors of the community.

We wish the programme to be completely representative. We will not discriminate against applicants on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic background, national origin, religion or disability.

We encourage applications from all areas of the UK. If you are from outside of London, some travel will be required for the residential weekend and meetings and events. However, we may be able to provide bursaries for travel or other prohibitive costs.

  • ‘ 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