What’s happening with the fellowship right now?
We have now announced the six 2019 Multitrack fellows! You can meet them all over here. They’ll be starting their placements in September, and we can’t wait to share more of their work in the coming months.
To stay up to date on news from Multitrack, including information about the 2020 fellowship, we recommend keeping an eye on this website and signing up to our mailing list, here.
Who is this fellowship for?
In 2019, the Multitrack fellowship invited applications from people who belong to one or both of the following groups:
- People who identify as black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), or as a person of colour
- People from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds
Read our definitions for these terms here.
Multitrack also welcomes applications from LGBT people and people with disabilities from within the target groups.
What does the fellowship entail?
This is an audio producer fellowship. That means it’s aimed at people who want to do work like:
- Coming up with ideas for podcasts and radio programmes
- Doing research to inform content and identify contributors
- Interviewing people
- Recording audio in studios or on location
- Using editing software to edit podcasts and radio programmes together
- Doing sound design
A producer’s role can include all or some of these things. While some producers also host or present programmes, this fellowship is aimed at the production side of podcast and radio making.
The fellowship consists of several elements:
Each fellow will spend a total of two months on the scheme, split across two different production companies. The first month will be spent at one production company, and fellows will move to a different company for the second month. Although fellows will be working at separate production companies, they will come together regularly as a group for training and networking.
The six production companies hosting fellows in 2019 are:
Training and networking
Once a week, there will be a training session which all fellows will attend together. This training will be provided by the six production companies who are hosting fellows, as well as special guests, such as independent producers and people from other production companies. These training sessions will provide a chance to learn new skills, spend time with the other fellows, and network with a wide range of people from across the audio industry.
Commissioned work – TBC
It is our ambition that at the end of the fellowship, each fellow will get the opportunity to produce a piece of professional audio work; for a real commission with a broadcaster or publisher. We are currently working on potential opportunities to make this happen, however we’re not yet in a position to fully confirm this element.
If the commission element is confirmed, fellows will be supported and mentored through the process. They will be paid for this work and get a producer credit.
What are the key dates you need to know?
Multitrack 2019 is beginning in September, and running for a total of two months. The final start date will be agreed through discussions with the chosen fellows and host companies.
Application deadline: 8th July, 2019 (11:59pm) Interviews: week commencing 29th July, 2019
Offers made to fellows: week commencing 5th August, 2019
Is this a London-based scheme?
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 the pilot year (2019), we were only able to secure host companies in London. We know that may have limited 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.
Do you need to be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this fellowship?
Yes – you do need to be eligible to work here in order to apply.
How many fellowship places are being offered?
In 2019, we were able to create three full, paid fellowships, and three ‘associate fellow’ positions.
The associate fellows do not take part in the internship element of the scheme. However, they have the opportunity to attend the weekly training sessions and networking opportunities. If we are able to secure the paid commission of the fellowship, the associate fellows will also get the commission.
Is this a full-time or part-time fellowship?
Fellows have the choice to either be full or part-time. We will flex the structure of the scheme to accommodate the needs of the three fellows who are chosen.
How much are fellows paid?
Fellows are paid at the London Living Wage for a total of two months (pro rated across a longer period for any fellows who choose to do the fellowship part time).
What are some examples of the type of experience fellows might have?
As we’ve said, this is an entry level scheme, aimed at people who are not currently earning a substantial proportion of their income from working in audio. However, we are looking for people who can demonstrate their passion for audio, through things they have made or worked on.
Here are a few examples of the types of thing you might have done, which would make you a great fit for this fellowship:
- Produced a podcast of your own
- Helped someone else produce a podcast
- Worked on an oral history project
- Volunteered at a radio station
- Hosted your own show
- Recorded interviews with friends or family
- Made experimental soundscapes just for fun
- Started your own YouTube channel
- Made your own videos / vlogs