"PiP aim to be a catalyst for innovative, dynamic and exciting live arts programming for young adults by young adults"
PiP Mission Statement, September 2008

PiP Promoters were an independent group of young people aged 15-25 who worked with the Barbican Theatre Plymouth and other venues in the city to host performances that young people in Plymouth would want to see.

PiP aimed to create new 'arts enablers', and to bring accessible, inspiring, quality new work to young adults - specifically targeting those not normally engaged by the arts - which challenges pre-conceptions and expands their horizons. PiP also aimed to facilitate the creation of a city-wide network of venues, organisations and businesses working with young promoters to influence programming decisions in the city.

PiP focused on the promoting and marketing of events. The group aimed to help established organisations make decisions about what performances for young people are going to happen in Plymouth, and how best to market them to a young audience - PiP would decide what goes on the flyers and posters, get articles in the newspaper, go to festivals to find artists, talk on the radio and organise publicity stunts in the city centre. PiP encouraged young people who wanted these events to go and see them.

  • Professional Companies - PiP worked in partnership with venues and companies to bring events and workshops to Plymouth that young people wanted to take place.

  • Educational Links - PiP were also linked with a number of local schools, where the group facilitatde workshops with young people on how to set up their own PiP satellite groups. By providing support and mentoring these groups, PiP enabled them to promote their own events and gain experience they would not receive elsewhere.

  • Formed in 2007, PiP were based at the Barbican Theatre Plymouth, and were supported by Youth Service Grants, RiO and the Barbican Theatre Plymouth.

    PiP Promoters, Plymouth

    PiP Promoters, Plymouth

    Aims:

    To create new 'arts enablers';

    To bring accessible, and inspiring new work of a high quality to young adults within the area, specifically targeting those not normally engaged by the arts;

    To challenge pre-conceptions and expand horizons through working with artists to programme and stage a diverse range of work;

    To facilitate the creation of a city-wide network of venues, organizations, and businesses working with young promoters to influence programming decisions in the city;

    To ensure the legacy & sustainability of PiP and its work.

    Objectives:

    To provide weekly group meetings for group development, dissemination of training and brainstorming;

    To program at least four events per year, with at least one that is a partnership between several venues;

    To research into a model for bi-monthly/quarterly forums between venues and young adults;

    To provide training opportunities for group members, including shadowing professionals, training courses and seminars;

    To actively maintain an 'open door' policy, ensuring a flow of members through the group;

    To ensure open, on-going channels of communication between PiP and their target audience about what young people want to see through on-going market research and consultation, and pro-actively publicising the group's work by out-reach work in schools, colleges, youth group and organisations;

    To set up at least one satellite group in a Plymouth school.