Eight talented young participants have been selected and are now hard at work organizing a series of gigs at local venues, thanks to the support of micro grants. Our Young Promoters are: Rueben Saunders, Callista Stickells, Lauren Vickers, Leo Namamura, Nye Ghosal, Bellza Moore, Louie Anderson, and Sam Kranidiotis.

To kick off the program on July 6, we hosted an Industry talk that was open to all young people. During this engaging two-hour event, we had the privilege of hearing from experienced promoters Taz Long and Billy Wood, DLWP Tech Manager Mat McQuade, Ed Frith and Greg Norrington from the live programming team, and Max Mowbray, who handles marketing & communications for the live program at DLWP. Following each presentation, participants had the opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable insights from these highly skilled professionals.

Following the Industry talk, our eight young promoters participated in a two-hour masterclass. They delved into the important aspects of budget planning for events and received guidance on finding the perfect venue for their own inaugural events.

Stay tuned for more updates on their upcoming gigs and the amazing work they are doing!


We sat down with our Young Promoters and asked them what they thought about the programme in this film by Red Kite Films.


DLWP sought young people, aged 18 to 25 from coastal East Sussex who wanted to develop their careers as music promoters.

The organization offered a paid one-year programme to discover and empower eight emerging music promoters to develop their careers within the vibrant live music scene of coastal East Sussex, from Eastbourne to Rye.”

Eight young participants have been selected and will receive micro-grants to promote and deliver a series of gigs at local venues, supported by talks, masterclasses and mentoring from music industry professionals and DLWP’s Talent Accelerator programme.

The project will be managed by DLWP’s Head of Live Programming Ed Frith and delivered by freelance music professionals Sam Halligan and Sally Greig, all of whom have extensive experience at regional music organisations and venues. Other key partners include Artswork and DLWP’s Talent Accelerator programme, supporting young people into creative careers in East Sussex.

By connecting talented emerging promoters with expert industry mentors, DLWP staff and extensive networks, the aim is to empower them to fulfil their ambitions in the music industry, wider cultural and creative sector, and beyond.

Young Promoters is supported through Youth Music’s Incubator Fund thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Download Young Promoters Scheme Press Release.