23 July 2021

Launch of The Underbelly Training Academy

The Underbelly Training Academy is an exciting and unique opportunity for 18-25 year-olds resident in the London Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea to gain an insight and practical experience in the production and staging of large-scale events and festivals.

The Training Academy will run from Monday 16th August to Friday 10th September 2021 on-site at London Wonderground at Earls Court, SW6. The four-week Training Academy is an initiative by Underbelly, producers of London Wonderground, supported by The Earls Court Development Company, and delivered in partnership with the Young Lyric Team at the Lyric Hammersmith.

The first two-weeks of the course will be workshop based, running 11:00am to 16:00pm, with theoretical sessions covering a range of festival topics from creative programming, stage management, and technical production, to front of house, marketing, and finance. The following two weeks will concentrate on practical learning with participants shadowing Underbelly staff on site, putting the classroom learning into practice. Some of the shadowing sessions will be in the evening (up to 22:00pm) when the two on-site venues have shows running.

This Academy programme will culminate with participants producing their own show as part of the London Wonderground programme. Participants will be responsible for booking performers, coordinating the promotion and selling of tickets with the marketing and box office teams, and working with the stage management and technical teams to deliver the show.

The aim of the Academy is to introduce participants to the process of producing a festival such as London Wonderground from planning through to delivery, and to give them the confidence to seek further training in the field, or to apply for jobs within the sector. Previous participants have developed fulfilling long-term careers in the sector following their successful participation in the programme.

Anyone living within Hammersmith and & Fulham or Kensington & Chelsea can apply using a short online form before Wednesday 4th August 2021. The Academy would particularly like to receive applications from those who have an interest in events and festivals, but have no previous experience of

working or training in the field. Applicants may be required to attend a short online interview with the Academy team. We are particularly keen to ensure the programme and careers in events are open to people of all abilities and backgrounds.

This is not a paid opportunity, but travel costs to get to the training sessions, and catering will be provided during the programme for participants. To apply, complete the online application form HERE.

If you have any questions or require further information on the Underbelly Training Academy, please email academy@underbelly.co.uk