NEKO Trust are building a network of artist ambassadors who will take charitable donations from those lucky enough to be put onto the guestlist of their shows. The charity's previous guestlist scheme raised £400,000 throughout UK shows alone. Our most recent ambassadors to join the team are the brilliant Nothing But Thieves.
NEKO BUS TOUR
Neko are embarking on a nationwide tour of UK schools and colleges in locations with limited access to arts opportunities, with a panel of industry professionals and experts.
The annual 2 week tour will visit as many educational institutions as possible, taking a group of professionals such as tour managers, sound engineers, lighting engineers and more to tell their stories of life on the road and of the opportunities that exist in their respective fields. These experts will also lead the students in various practical workshops indicating daily touring tasks.
The idea of taking a 12 birth professional tour bus will give students a realistic indication of touring life, and present them with an exciting working environment.
NEKO also plans to establish an yearly event called HULaBaLOO, which is a one day experience arranged to give students a first-hand, practical experience of working at a live music event.
They will be provided with real time, on-the-job learning. Each of the disciplines will be run by the students whilst being overseen by industry mentors.