THE company behind a popular Cumbrian festival has launched a training placement scheme for young black, Asian and minority ethnic music promoters.

From the Fields has announced SHOUT- launching in October 2021- the initiative is supported by Youth Music’s incubator fund, with support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The Manchester-based agency is the team behind festivals Kendal Calling and Bluedot, in addition to electronic music brands, and arts and culture events including Arts By The Sea.

The SHOUT placement has been devised to tackle the lack of diversity amongst music promoters in the UK, with positions only open to applicants who are 18-25, and from a black, Asian or other ethnic minority background.

The roles will give young promoters the opportunity to train with the team behind some of the UK’s biggest music events and build their skills and network.

The training role will be paid based on a living wage of £10 per hour and will consist of twelve hours of training per week between October 2021 and June 2022.

In addition to access to coaches and mentors, education and training, workspace, professional and peer networks, business development support, funding access support and help to develop a freelance career, SHOUT will include fully funded attendance at industry conferences including The Great Escape and Focus Wales.

Support and funding will also cover resources needed including laptops and internet access.

Applications are open until July 15 at