Ten young people who successfully applied for the year-long BRITs Apprenticeship Scheme at British music companies have started in their new roles.
The applicants from England and Wales have a paid opportunity to work at an independent record label or music company where they can learn about the recorded music industry, receive experience, develop relevant skills, and make key contacts.
The Scheme has been devised by the BPI and is being funded in large part by The BRIT Trust from money raised at the BRIT Awards. The remainder will come from the participating companies.
The announcement of the Scheme, in October 2017, generated over 700 applications. Six candidates have been taken on by companies in London and the South-East, whilst a further four have been recruited to work at companies based in Birmingham, Norwich, Monmouth (Wales) and Leicester.
Geoff Taylor, chief executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said: “We congratulate all the BRITs Apprentices on their appointment and extend our very best wishes in the fervent hope they will gain a valuable and rewarding experience that, in turn, will help provide the foundation of a career in the music industry.”
Ten music companies drawn from across the independent community – ranging from record labels and digital distributors to vinyl and CD manufacturers and streaming app services – have each taken on an apprentice, as detailed below:
A&G Songs – Craig Jelf (22 years)
Believe Distribution Services – Jamal Wambugu (23 years)
INgrooves Music Group – Ella Harding (21 years)
Key Production Group – Toneka Bona (20 years)
Kudos Records – Lydia Blackburn (19 years)
PIAS – Emily Taylor (22 years)
Horus Music (Leicester) – TBC
Punch Records (Birmingham) – Alka Droch (23 years)
SupaPass (Norwich) – Chris Sellers (24 years)
Wyastone/Nimbus Records (Monmouth, Wales) – Oliver Jones (23 years)