Tour production company Cato Music has launched a school for aspiring roadies and announced the opening of its first US office in Los Angeles.
Based in Wandsworth, the Cato Academy will provide courses in tour management, production management and training for backline technicians.
Five free scholarships per year will be awarded to those who can’t afford the course fees. The course was written five years ago and has been so far run out of a music school in Guildford.
Headed up by Cato managing director Glen Rowe (pictured), the exec wants to encourage more females to get involved. Course content is based on his experience of working in the industry.
“I think women are naturally good at calming bands down. There’s less ego, less testosterone. We’re also hoping to train the next generation of freight agents and we don’t know many female freight agents,” he explained.
“This is an industry course. It’s work-experience-based and supported by industry sponsors, giving students a way to get the best services from our partners.
“It’s taught by the kind of people I love to be around. We are not teachers, we are road crew and proud of it. I want to give something back, and shape the next generation of hero roadies.”
Sponsors are MM Band Services, Shure Distribution, Sound Moves UK, KB Events, William Morris entertainment and Appointment Group.
In July, the company’s LA office will open. A new music event Cato Festival has also been announced, it will celebrate new music and take place in Wandsworth within the next two years branded as the St George’s Day Fete.
Cato Music work with the likes of Muse, Queen, Rhianna, Mumford & Sons, Take That, Robbie Williams, Kylie, Bastille, Haim and many more through tour management, tour production and their private rehearsal space.