Call for applications to BBC Open Music training scheme

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Open Music scheme is open to creatives and musicians of all genres, styles and backgrounds.

Successful applicants will participate in a programme designed to develop new collaborations and ideas, through paid training and development opportunities. 

The scheme will cover four areas: making music; presenting' radio and event production; and sound recording and engineering. Participants will be provided with training sessions, hands-on experience, masterclasses and mentoring to develop their skills and ideas. 

Candidates will also be able to work with the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Proms in building, shaping, delivering (and possibly performing in) a concert at the BBC Proms in 2022.

Applicants do not need to have any qualifications or experience of working with orchestras or orchestral music. The scheme is open to all and particularly those from Black, Asian or ethnically diverse communities.

Alan Davey, controller of BBC Radio 3, said: 'Open Music is an important way to engage people of all classes and backgrounds and to help them to develop their talents. It’s not just a good thing to do, it is a real investment in the future of music and radio.

'At BBC Radio 3, the Orchestras and Choirs and the BBC Proms, we want to broaden and deepen the music we play, the people who play it, the audiences we play it for and the creative culture that underpins all of our work. Creativity – from people with different backgrounds, who bring different ideas through such initiatives – can help us with this. The end result will be even better content for our audiences.'

Applications open from Tuesday 8 June on the BBC Careers website, and the deadline is 8 July.