Muse tour director and Cato Music founder Glen Rowe has been appointed MD of Backstage Academy, the Yorkshire-based live industry centre of excellence for future generations of touring pros.
Rowe brings 'roadie school' Cato Academy under the Backstage umbrella and the two academies will continue to offer short courses and degree-level qualifications to those wishing to work in the live sector.
Backstage Academy chairman and founder Adrian Brooks said: “We are beyond excited to announce Glen as the new managing director of Backstage Academy. Back in 2009 when we came up with this small idea for educating people in our wonderful industry, never in my wildest dreams did I think that it would one day become such a force as to attract someone like Glen Rowe.
“His passion for industry-focused education and unparalleled experience in touring and production will undoubtedly benefit our ambitious plans for the future. He will lead us as we continue to challenge the norm within education and will bring an infectious energy to the place in a way that only Glen can.”
Rowe, who won Tour Manager Of The Year at last week's Live Music Business Awards, said: “I was blown away by Backstage Academy the moment I walked through its doors. To now be responsible for leading its strategic development as well as expanding its industry links is an absolute privilege. We have huge plans for the place so watch this space.”
Touring specialist Cato Music joined the Production Park family earlier this year. Speaking at last month's MUSEXPO Europe conference, Rowe hinted at what Muse’s next tour spectacular could look like.