Association of British Orchestras

BBC Open Music

BBC Bursary Closing date 08 July 2021

BBC Open Music brings new creatives and musicians of all genres, styles and backgrounds from across the UK to the BBC; designed to develop new collaborations, exciting ideas and reflect today’s audiences in live orchestral music.

Experience training sessions, masterclasses, hands-on experience and mentoring to develop your skills, your voice and your ideas in one of the following areas:

Radio and event production
Sound recording & engineering

All whilst getting the chance to work with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Proms and other BBC teams in building, shaping, delivering (and possibly performing in!) a BBC Prom in 2022.

Participants will receive:

*A matched mentor at the BBC from your discipline – including BBC presenters, production staff and sound engineers working on some of the biggest events at the BBC, and BBC Concert Orchestra musicians for those taking the music pathway
* Bespoke opportunities depending on your area of interest including masterclasses, training days and hands-on experience to gain new skills
*A chance to network, build contacts and form relationships across the radio and music industry

There are up to 30 places available for individuals over the age of 18 (on our start date of 6 September 2021) from across the UK and we are particularly interested to hear from those from Black, Asian or ethnically diverse communities.

You don’t need any formal qualifications or any experience of working with orchestras or orchestral music but an interest in the creative industries and audiences is essential. We’ll be looking to create a balanced group of participants across each of the four areas and selecting participants based on the three criteria above.

The most important thing to remember throughout the application process is that we are looking for your potential and creativity.

First, you will complete an application form that will help us get to know you a bit better. You’ll also have the opportunity to let us know the area/ areas you’re excited by or that are of interest to you.

If you demonstrate some of the qualities we’re looking for then you will be invited to a short interview (online). Depending on applicant numbers, we hope to let you know the final outcome of your application by Thursday 19 August.

Please click on the link to our Website to see full details about BBC Open Music and to apply.

Contact details
0370 024 3477

Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Bristol,
hosted by Bristol Beacon, from 24-26 January 2024.