MUSIC: Apprentice Scheme is recruiting apprentices to take up paid placements with record labels and music companies

Apprentice Scheme to boost more young talent looking to forge a career in the music industry

By Rory Murphy

THE BRITs Apprentice Scheme is back for a third round and is now recruiting for ten apprentices to take up 15-month paid placements with independent record labels and music companies.

Applications are invited from people of all backgrounds across the UK who love music and are passionate about working in the music industry. The Scheme also provides a cost-effective opportunity for the ten host companies to take on and train new talent that they might not otherwise be in a position to employ.

The deadline for applications is 31st July 2021, and the BPI/BRIT Trust organisers
and DiVA are calling on interested applicants to apply as soon as possible, here.

Full details are available on The BRIT Trust website.

The ten host companies in this latest round include Dirty Hit – home to The 1975 and Wolf Alice; Score Draw Music – the Belfast-based creative music and sound company; Come Play With Me – which supports people in Yorkshire into sustainable careers within music; live concert and festivals promoter, FKP Scorpio; Leeds-based indie record label, Dance To The Radio; label group, Full Time Hobby; and artist marketing agency, Blackstar.

Roles on offer across all the host companies include working in marketing, social media and label operations.

The scheme, first launched in 2017, has been created by labels association the BPI,
and is funded through music industry charity, The BRIT Trust, with monies raised by
The BRIT Awards.

It is managed for the BPI by DiVA, the recruitment and training organisation and their partners, All Spring Media, who have a successful track record in delivering apprentices in the entertainment industry.

The BRITs Apprentice Scheme is open to individuals aged 18 and over. Successful
applicants will be matched with participating independent record labels and music
companies – who, for the first time, do not have to be BPI members to benefit.
BRITs Apprentices will receive specialist training in either business administration
or content creation, and will also benefit from further structured support,
mentoring and industry networking.


The Chieftains at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Pictures by Bill Heaney

This latest cohort of The BRITs Apprentice Scheme will commence in November 2021 and will last 15 months, although it is hoped the experience will lead to further
employment opportunities in the industry.

All the apprentices who took part in the last round of the Scheme have to date either been offered full-time roles with their host companies or have taken up jobs with other music companies. The Scheme has also been encouraging and inspiring companies that have participated to develop their own apprentice openings.

There will be six places for candidates working in London with four in other parts
of the UK – in Belfast, Leeds (x2) and in Chesterfield. The BRIT Trust will fund two-thirds of each salary – leaving the host companies to cover the remaining third.

London salaries will reflect a London living allowance.

Additionally, Amazon Music will help meet the investment cost of training the BRITs
Apprentices, as part of the £2.5 million Amazon Apprentice Fund – here.

The company is committed to supporting career opportunities and skills development across England, by using Apprenticeship Levy Transfers.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive, BPI and BRIT Awards, said: “It’s a privilege to work in
the music industry and we want to give more young people who love music the
opportunity to turn their passion into their career.

“Thanks to the generosity of The BRIT Trust and BRIT Awards, the BRITs Apprentice Scheme has developed a great track record in boosting diversity and creating opportunities for aspiring industry executives. We are delighted that the scheme is returning in 2021 to support a further wave of talent breaking into the industry.”

Tony Wadsworth CBE, chair of The BRIT Trust, said: “Promoting education and creating positive opportunities for young people of all backgrounds through the
transformative power of music is core to the BRIT Trust’s ethos, and the trustees
are delighted to continue investing in future talent through the successful BRITs
Apprentice Scheme.”

Arit Eminue, director, DiVA, said: “We are excited to work with the next cohort of
apprentices and host companies. The scheme has been incredibly successful so far.

“All the apprentices from the last round moved into full-time jobs in the industry,
which was a fantastic outcome, especially during a global pandemic. Additionally,
off the back of the scheme, former host companies have launched in-house
apprenticeship schemes offering more opportunities to new talent. This shows the
ripple effect schemes such as the BRITs Apprenticeship Scheme can have for both
employer and new talent.”

Frank Wilkes of 2021 host company, Kycker, an online platform for artists to use to
manage their DIY careers, said: “Kycker is thrilled and privileged to be part of the
BRITs Apprentice Scheme as we see apprenticeships as both a great tool for new
entrants to the music industry and a great opportunity for new staff to help develop
our offer to DIY artists.”

Kycker is recruiting for the role of a digital marketing assistant.

Fred Jude, MD of 2021 host company and independent label, Snapper Music, said: “We are pleased and excited to be part of the BRIT Trust funded BRITs Apprentice Scheme.

“We look forward to adding a new member to the Snapper Music team, offering them great training and career opportunities within the music industry.”

The company is recruiting for the role of royalty and business affairs assistant.

Thorsten Sauer, CEO of 2021 host company, ICE Services, said: “At ICE we are working across all levels on Diversity and Inclusion. We thank the BPI for the recognition, in being selected for the BRITs Apprentice Scheme, that we offer the right environment to develop colleagues. We’re committed to our colleagues and their dedication to our purpose to support creators.”

ICE Services are recruiting for the role of licensing team assistant.

2019 BRITs apprentice, Bridget Branagan-Freeman, who joined Absolute Label Services as a business administrator and now has a permanent role as a digital poroduction manager, said: “Being part of the BRITs Apprentice Scheme was a great honour.

“Through my training, I have developed a greater understanding of all the different
elements of the music industry and how they all link in together. I have gained
confidence in administration work as well as developing my creative skills. During
our workshops we weren’t just limited to our apprentice roles in projects, we were
encouraged to take on different roles for us to gain confidence.

2019 apprentice, Ben Magee, taken on by Champion Sound Music as a content creator and artist management assistant, and now director and business owner of his own company, New Champion Management LTD, said: “The BRITs Apprentice Scheme was a colossal experience for me. It came along at a time where I was finding it difficult to establish myself in a meaningful way in the arts, and was fast-losing confidence.

“I was afforded training, skills, connection, self-esteem and a place of employment
that has set me up to a fulfilling career within the music industry, to the point
where I was able to formally start my own company and take on artists and freelance
work of my own.”


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