The Touring Network’s Youth Promoter project which ran between 2016-2019 and provided young people aged between 16-26, who live in the Highlands & Islands, with the training, knowledge and expertise required to programme the live events they want to see in their communities.

What it involved

Training & Workshops

Residential training weekends, discussions and practical sessions which covered An introduction to Promoting, Getting Started as a Promoter, The Practicalities of prorgramming a tour..




Each Youth Promoter was paired with an existing network promoter from elsewhere in the Highlands & Islands, who encouraged them develop their skills and confidence throughout the programme.



Our Youth Promoters could apply for bursaries to attend a range of performances and events across Scotland. From major festivals to events in Touring Network venues enabling them to be inspired by and network with performers.. 


They worked together with other like-minded Youth Promoters to programme and promote a tour to venues in their communities across the Highlands & Islands..

Who took part

Youth Promoters

3 of these youth promoters are now members, and 2 of our youth promoters sat on the board between 2018-20


across the Network, including Music, Theatre Childrens Shows and Comedy 

Audience Members

attending their events across Wick, Inverness, Forres, Achiltibue, Knoydart, Skye, Fort Augustus, Islay, Cromarty, Edderton, Strathpeffer, Fort William and Forres


hosted by The Touring Network as part of their Youth Promoter’s training programme

I enjoyed listening to Yvonne from Strathpeffer Pavilion speak about how she costs an event and tips for applying to funding. You can see she is really good and passionate about what she does

On the Budget Management & Fundraising training session


I enjoyed seeing the Isle of Coll and what happens on the island. It’s inspiring to see the work that has gone on to build a beautiful community hall and put on events. It was also lovely to see the large number of people from the community attend their Spring Concert

On the Introduction to Promoting residential


I’ll gain an insight and perspective from an experienced mentor – experience is the best skill you can have and the best way to learn. It will be beneficial to have someone to keep in contact with regarding promoting in case I need advice in reference to contracts, costing, etc.

On the Mentorship scheme


Just been to an amazing concert in the little village hall in Bruichladdich. All the performances were magical, artistic and evocative. Thankyou Kerry Davene Baker for putting on the gig and inviting us along.

Sarah Lambert-Gates with Robert Fry seeing Kathryn Joseph, promoted by Kerry Baker


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