ASPIRATION RAISING EXPERIENCES WITH INDUSTRY MENTORS

The GILIL Academy is committed to training, mentoring and supporting young people in their first steps into the creative and cultural industries through providing learning opportunities as part of the wider Get It Loud In Libraries programme.

Incorporated into the Get It Loud In Libraries programme is the GILIL Academy which supports young people’s participation and talent development in creative and cultural activities.┬áThe GILIL Academy provides unique learning opportunities for young people to engage with live music through workshops, mentoring and work placements.

There are two strands to the GILIL Academy. The digital media strand offers young people mentoring and learning in the digital and creative industries. Working with young people who are often excluded and living in socially challenging circumstances, this programmes supports young people to gain skills in film, photography, social media and blogging. The programme also provides arts management opportunities for young people to participate in the core programme, supporting the event management of our gigs, with marketing activities, ticket sales and merchandising.

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The Digital Producer Strand

We work with groups of young people to document gigs via video interviews, photography, blogging and social media. Young people are trained in different media disciplines, both practical/technical skills and also the theory/processes. They use this training to interview the artists, photograph the gigs, run social media campaigns, blog reviews and much more.

The workshops and on-the-job experience provide our young people with a grounding in media skills and work experience that they can use to create a portfolio of work for themselves in order to apply for future training or, in some cases, their first steps into the industry.

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The Arts Management Strand

We work with individual young people to mentoring them in skills related to the behind-the-scenes roles in the arts and cultural industries. This includes managing and running cultural activities and live music events, marketing and PR skills, engaging with audiences, evaluation and monitoring processes, project administration and much more.

Through one-to-one mentoring and learning on the job, our young people are gain expertise specifically related to the arts sector and creative and cultural industries, as well as a range of transferable skills (i.e. communication, time management etc.) that are useful for other career paths.