The Multitrack audio producer fellowship is an entry level scheme aimed at people from groups that are underrepresented in audio. In 2019, we invited applications from people who belong to one or both of these groups:
- People who identify as black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), or as a person of colour
- People from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds
You can read more about how we defined those terms, and why we believe these groups are underrepresented in audio, on our page about representation in audio.
Fellows on Multitrack are paid at the London Living Wage and are provided with a wide range of opportunities to meet and network with people from across the audio industry.
The Multitrack 2019 fellows (who you can meet over here!) are starting their placements in September, and will be spending a total of two months interning across two different production companies each.
You can read more detail on the structure of the fellowship on our FAQs page.
The 2019 host companies are…
If you work at an independent production company which might be interested in hosting a fellow in 2020, please do get in touch with us. The more production companies that get involved in Multitrack, the more opportunities we can offer to future fellows.
A note on regionality
It has always been our ambition for this fellowship to be national. However, our ability to offer places outside of London depends on production companies in other regions being able to offer placements. In 2019, we were only able to secure host companies in London. We know that this may have affected who was able to apply, and we are sorry that the fellowship is currently limited in this way.
We are really happy, though, to say we were offered the opportunity to partner with PressPad in 2019; to provide a supportive and affordable place to stay for applicants from outside London. You can read a little more about the partnership here, and do check out PressPad’s website for full details of how the scheme works.
If you own or work for an audio production company that might be able to offer a placement outside of London, please do contact us. We’d love to be in touch about plans for next year’s fellowship and beyond.
The history of Multitrack
The idea for Multitrack came out of an event in 2018, where members of the UK audio community got together to ask the question ‘How can we make our audio community better?’. After the event, a group of people got together to create a new initiative aimed at improving access to the audio industry, for people who are underrepresented and may be struggling to get their break.
Multitrack 2019 is being organised by a volunteer steering team. These are the people on the team right now:
- Arlie Adlington – freelance producer
- Leanne Alie – Podcast Project Manager and Diversity Consultant
- Deborah Dudgeon – Whistledown
- Lisa Hack – Goldsmiths Associate Lecturer, ex BBC World Service
- Husain Husaini – Wire Free Productions
- Zezi Ifore – broadcaster
- Nicole Logan – Transmission Roundhouse
- Joby Waldman – Reduced Listening
There will be opportunities for new people to join our steering team, and/or get involved in helping us deliver aspects of the fellowship. We’ll be really grateful for any support members of our community may be able to offer. We’ll update the news section when we have more information.
- Audio is an amazing medium for sharing ideas, telling stories and expressing creativity
- Everyone who has a passion for audio should have an equal opportunity to make it their job – regardless of background, race, class, financial means, disability or other factors
- Audio, like many creative industries, has an access problem caused in part by a culture of unpaid internships, low paid work and a reliance on personal and professional networks that not everyone can break into
- Everyone should feel welcome at work, and we need to work harder to help underrepresented groups to feel included
Building an audio industry that is representative of the society we live in, and is accessible to everyone, is the right thing to do because:
- We believe in fairness and equality
- A diversity of voices and opinions will make the work created within this industry better
Multitrack 2019 is backed by Audio UK.