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Roadie

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A roadie helps musicians while they are on tour by setting up and dismantling equipment, loading the van and perhaps driving it from gig to gig. Other names for a roadie include back stage crew.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates vary, depending on:

An unskilled roadie might start off on or around £7.00 an hour, rising with experience to £15 an hour. A roadie with specialist technical skills in lighting and audio might earn up to around £30 an hour. However some jobs are on a 'low pay/no pay' basis, with all expenses and any profits shared.

Conditions

Employment Status UK %

Past Unemployment
Scotland


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Getting In

Jobs are with individual bands, or with agencies or venues. Look for vacancies in music magazines, music shops or on the internet.

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You need:

Training

It is useful and sometimes necessary to get training in specialist skills such as sound production, audio console work, rigging or pyrotechnics (fireworks). You can get details of courses from the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) and Production Services Association websites.

Getting On

More Information

The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a careers section called Creative Choices which covers careers information, jobs and opportunities in music, including touring stage crew.

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Courtesy of Creative Choices

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT)
Tel: 020 7242 9200
Website: http://www.abtt.org.uk/
Twitter: @theabtt

BPI - The British Phonographic Industry
Tel: 020 7803 1300
E-mail: general@bpi.co.uk
Website: http://www.bpi.co.uk
Twitter: @bpi_music
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebpi

Production Services Association
Tel: 01225 332668
E-mail: gm@psa.org.uk
Website: http://www.psa.org.uk

Scottish Drama Training Network
Tel: 0141 270 8349
Website: http://sdtn.org/
Twitter: @SDTNtweets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sdtnofficial/

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