On Sat 7 May, the Get In Mentor Promoters met at Rise Dance Festival in Findhorn to find out more about how they will be supporting the next generation of promoters through their involvement in our youth promoter scheme, GET IN. As well as a chance to catch up with each other, and see some fantastic dance shows programmed by Bodysurf Scotland at Universal Hall, the Mentor Promoters met with our ‘Mentors Mentor’, to discuss what it actually means to be a mentor.


The Mentors were encouraged to talk of their own experiences and lessons learnt, in order to establish the role. Everyone agreed that the Mentor should allow the Mentee to make their own choices, and guide them to take responsibility for their own development. The Mentors will be matched with a Youth Promoter in a different Highland location, to widen the young promoters geographic network, and they will dedicate an hour a month (6-8 sessions) to supporting their Mentee.

There are 14 Youth Promoters participating in the pilot year of the scheme, who are all looking forward to choosing their Mentor Promoter over the next couple of weeks, and learning from their experience over the course of the programme.

Become a Mentor Promoter

If you are a Promoter within The Touring Network and are interested in getting involved as a Mentor Promoter this year, please get in touch with Tamara, Get In Project Coordinator, by Mon 13 Jun 2016.

(Although a voluntary role, any expenses incurred as a result of being a Mentor Promoter will be reimbursed by The Touring Network.)

If you don’t have the time to commit to being a Mentor, there are other ways to get involved too.

Host a Go See Visit

As well as providing each Youth Promoter with a Mentor Promoter, we are also encouraging them to Go See events at Touring Network venues, to experience the breadth of shows that you programme, and see some of your fantastic venues. 

Offer a Volunteering Opportunity

If you have a larger event planned, and have volunteer opportunities, we are also happy to share these with the Get In Youth Promoters. 

Host a Training Event

We are also starting to put the training programme for 2017 together, and welcome expressions of interest from Promoters who would like to host a training event, or share their experience by facilitating a particular session. The topics for the training days are:

  • Budget Management & Fundraising
  • Audience Development & Marketing
  • Programming & Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Unconventional Venues
  • Contracting & Hosting Performers
  • Licensing, Insurance & Health & Safety

Get in touch if you are interested in being involved in GET IN in any of these ways.

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