New Training Bursaries for Festival Crew and Artists

Posted on 30 September 2020

We are pleased to announce a new training bursary scheme, in partnership with the WOMAD Foundation, for crew and artists affected by the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the festivals industry.  The live events industry collapsed overnight in mid-March and there has been no work since then for the hundreds of thousands of people who make events like WOMAD happen in the UK.  Currently it could be that the industry will not reopen until spring 2021 at the earliest.  A year without work because of necessary government restrictions on the Events Industry.
At WOMAD, we know as well as anyone how important these people are to making festivals and events happen and what an extraordinary range of skills they possess.  These are skills that can transfer into other areas of our economy now and into an uncertain future. 
This community of crew, technicians, caterers, artists and everyone who makes the difficult look easy, the people who #WeMakeEvents need help.

Live events around the world and across the entire landscape, from major festivals to grassroots venues and business events have been devastated. The live events sector employs over 600,000 highly skilled people in the UK – event production, audio, lighting, video, logistics, planning, transportation, and technology – over 70% of which are freelancers. All of whom have had no work for the past six months with little likelihood of restarting until Spring 2021 at the earliest. A lot of high arts have now been given some support, but people working on the festival side of things and in live events have been forgotten about and I hope they are not forgotten about any longer. This industry urgently needs proper support of the like that has been given to many other businesses. Without this immediate support from government, the entire supply chain is at risk of collapse.

Peter Gabriel
The WOMAD Foundation has also launched a fundraising appeal to raise more funds so we can reach more people who need help. To donate, follow the link directly through to our justgiving page.
For further details, eligibility criteria and on how to apply for a bursary or to donate to the WOMAD Foundation and help us to help the people who make events please go to
We are sad to announce that the WOMAD Foundation Training Bursary Programme has now been closed.  This is due to the very large volume of applications that have been received, and the total sum of funds requested significantly exceeding the available amount.  We are still hoping to raise more funds to reduce the number of disappointed applicants so please do contribute if you are able to here.  Successful applicants will be notified in the coming weeks.