Earn Your Stripes Bursary

Music Venue Trust is delighted to launch another initiative to support Grassroots Music Venues to give young people opportunities to be part of the live music team at your local venue.

The Earn Your Stripes Bursary, funded by Red Stripe and administered by MVT, will enable 50 young people to be placed in internships ranging from lighting assistant and promoter to sound engineer at one of the hundreds of small venues across the UK.


Mark Davyd:

Mark Davyd
 “Creating the next generation of sound, lighting, booking and promotion staff is key to building Grassroots Music Venues’ sustainability and to establishing a much needed succession plan – we want to make sure that the next generation of people running these venues have all the skills they need to create great shows for artists and audiences. We are delighted to have Red Stripe on board to deliver the much needed Earn Your Stripes programme to music venues.”



Izabela Glodeck:

Izabela Glodeck
 “The music industry is one of the hardest industries to break into, and work experience is key. As huge supporters of live, Grassroots Music for many years, we know the importance of the whole crew – not just the band on stage. Working with the Music Venue Trust means we can give 50 people invaluable experience providing them with skills they can use in their future careers.”


Your local grassroots music venue can access a bursary simply by writing to us at [email protected] with a short description of how they will use the £200 to support an opportunity for a young person to be involved at your venue.

If you’re a young person interested in getting involved at your local venue, why not pop in and ask them if they are interested in being part of this project?