Northern indie trio shortlisted for BBC’s Radio Indie Development Fund Prolific North

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Three Northern audio production companies are among 15 independents confirmed as first beneficiaries of the BBC’s Radio Indie Development Fund.

Manchester-based Naked Productions, Newcastle-based Sister Sounds and Audio Always, based at MediaCity in Salford, were selected for the funding following a competitive process involving 114 applications.

The £250,000 annual fund was launched in November by BBC Content Director Charlotte Moore and is expected to boost the audio sector’s development capacity as well as create a pipeline of potential commissions from indies who may not have be no BBC commissions yet. .

The funding is designed to help recipients in a number of ways, such as developing potential ideas for successful presentations, organizing internships and training programs, hiring people to build development and production capacity, and establishing new foundations of knowledge. studio.

It is part of the BBC’s plans announced last year to move its creative and journalistic center away from London, with BBC Radio committing to a number of changes, including increasing radio spending to 50% and network music outside London.

The majority of successful independents named as beneficiaries of the fund come from outside London, with a number of Birmingham audio production companies.

Tony Pilgrim, Head of Business and Change at BBC Radio & Music, said: “We were inspired by the range and quality of applications we received from the production community, so thank you to everyone who applied.

“The first recipients, with their ideas and projects, will help us and the audio production community champion new talent, increase diversity and be more representative of audiences. And that’s just the beginning, so we look forward to working with other bright-idea freelancers in the years to come as part of the development fund.

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