Our Story

NEKO Trust is the major charity for the live music sector and supports early career creatives both on and off stage. We were established in 2005 under the name CATO Trust before rebranding in 2018.

Our VISION is for a more sustainable live music industry underpinned by a workforce representative of the UK population.

Our MISSION is to help the next generation of music and live events talent reach their potential, no matter who they are or where they come from.

 

Our AIMS are to:

  • IDENTIFY diverse music talent both on and offstage to improve equality and inclusion across the music industry.
  • TRAIN talent in a range of skills taught by industry professionals, so they are more employable and able to make their own work. 
  • PROPEL talent forward through their formalisation as a co-operative, their participation in creative retreats, and commissioning and shadowing opportunities. 
  • HOUSE talent by providing them with affordable writing rooms, studios, and production suites as part of an Occupants Charter.
  • DIGITISE the output of music talent so as to increase profile, develop commercial propositions, showcase philanthropy, and share resources.

Our VALUES are:

  • To include everyone
  • To innovate and elevate
  • The power of partnerships
  • People focussed
  • Excellence in our delivery

OUR COMMITMENT TO A HEALTHY FUTURE

We know that a life in music and live events brings many rewards; but we know it can also be physically and emotionally demanding. And COVID-19 has brought with it additional challenges. With the industry in a state of flux, there is anxiety about the future and, for many, job insecurity. NEKO believes that developing emotional and physical resilience can help us all to face the future head on and be industry ready. That’s why we partner with dIRTY dOG YOGA to offer support to our creative community.

Mental health equals mental wealth, and an overactive mind can lead to a sick body. Studies show that regular yoga practice is known to be beneficial for people with a range of health conditions including lower back pain, depression and stress. Using just your own body weight as resistance, the dIRTY dOG YOGA workout will help you reach your peak potential physically and mentally, and enjoy the calm energy you’ll create. Creative minds race at a thousand miles an hour. 

At NEKO - we understand, we sympathise and we stand next to you on the mat!