Calling creatives and musicians: BBC Open Music training scheme returns
The scheme offers experience, masterclasses and mentoring in classical music radio production, sound engineering, presenting and content production
BBC Radio and Music has launched the second edition of its Open Music training scheme, with a callout for applications from creatives and musicians across the UK.
Open Music is part of the BBC’s continued commitment to creative diversity, ensuring that the teams making content include talent from the widest range of backgrounds and disciplines. The scheme will offer 30 successful applicants, without any specific requirement in terms of qualifications or professional and academic background, the opportunity of hands-on experience, masterclasses and mentoring in the fields of radio production, sound engineering, presenting and digital content production in classical music.
Running from September 2023 to September 2024, Open Music aims to develop skills and ideas, and to instigate new collaborations, reflected in broadcasts throughout the year and culminating in a BBC Prom created by the Open Music trainees as part of the 2024 season.
The first edition of Open Music ended in October 2022 and the former trainees have gone on to take up opportunities at the BBC and beyond, in the fields of radio production, presenting, communications and sound engineering. The participants were mentored by BBC radio presenters Mary Anne Hobbs, Linton Stephens, and Katie Derham – amongst others – and by staff across BBC Radio and Music, from Radio 3 to BBC Introducing, Radio 1Xtra to the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The scheme culminated in The Dream Prom, part of the Proms 2022 season, which brought together all trainees in a collaborative concert, drawing on their own experience of racism and mental health. Every participant had a role in the Prom, whether presenting on stage at the Royal Albert Hall, playing in the orchestra, creating the sound design, or working on the radio broadcast as presenters, producers or sound engineers.
On The Dream Prom, Open Music 2022 trainee Jenika Patel said: 'It was an opportunity and an experience that I am never going to forget […] I hope that everyone that watched and listened to the Prom has been inspired to get more involved in radio and classical and orchestral music.'
Sam Jackson, BBC Radio 3 Controller and Open Music Sponsor, said: 'We’re looking for people with an undeniable spark of creativity, who feel that what they offer can help us to create truly special and memorable radio. The BBC may just be the place for you: we are one of the biggest media organisations in the world, with a staggering reach, and we commission more new music than anyone in the UK.
'If you have creative ideas and want tailored mentoring and inspiring career experience as part of this unique organisation, whatever your ideas, age, talent or background, we want you to be part of our story – so, please do put in an application!'
Steve has been an avid listener of classical music since childhood, and now contributes a variety of features to BBC Music’s magazine and website. He started writing about music as Arts Editor of an Oxford University student newspaper and has continued ever since, serving as Arts Editor on various magazines.