BBC Radio 1 DJ Jaguar is spearheading a new training programme, 'Future1000', to equip more women, trans and non-binary people under 18 with the skills they need to kickstart their careers in the music industry.
Launched in partnership with school music education platform FutureDJs, the free initiative aims to redress the persistent gender imbalance in professional music, which was recently identified in the latest UK Music Diversity Survey, with women making up only 16% of all artists in the industry.
The 12-part online course, which takes place over summer, will cover a range of industry career paths, including radio presenting, DJing, music production and management. The course doesn't require any equipment or previous knowledge and gives students opportunity to learn from some of leaders in the music business via a mixture of interactive artist-led sessions and a series of online modules developed in line with London College of Music Education [LMCE] accredited course tutors.
Speaking about the programme, Jaguar said; “Our hope for equality lies in the next generation and that’s why Future1000 will help improve gender diversity and representation at the very start of young people’s journeys into music, at a time when access to opportunities and inclusivity is most critical. My own experience of coming up in the industry, and often being the only girl in the room, has motivated me to make a change for others from similar backgrounds, and I hope that Future1000 helps to show young girls, trans and non-binary people what they’re capable of.”
The programme is powered by FutureDJs, a music education platform who have been instrumental in securing DJing as part of the GCSE syllabus, and have been working closely with schools since 2015 to provide opportunities for British students to learn from industry greats such as Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Goldie, Tiffany Calver and Yasmin Evans.
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