Saturday, 24 January 2015

Call out for new radio talent in the North

January 2015
New radio talent wanted for Verb New Voices
Calling artists in the North
Verb New Voices 3 is looking for four artists based in the North of England who would like to make a new piece of work for BBC Radio.

Created by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC and arts organisations from across the North, Verb New Voices 3 will support four artists to create innovative work for radio. We particularly encourage applications from artists with diverse perspectives.

Each artist will receive a commission from the BBC to create an eight-minute piece for Radio 3’s The Verb. Your broadcast on The Verb may be a short piece or an excerpt from a longer project. We are particularly interested in hearing from artists who want to integrate multimedia forms to enhance the audience’s experience of their work. Multimedia forms may include animation, music or sound, photography, film, interactive media, or site-specific work. Besides the opportunity for broadcast on The Verb, the partners can also support you by providing advice on showcasing your work elsewhere including on web-based platforms or in gallery and theatre spaces.

The package

Successful candidates must be available to take part in a creative development workshop over two days in March at BBC MediaCity in Salford. Sue Roberts (Editor, Audio Drama North, The Verb, Radio 3) will lead the workshop, and she along with other BBC staff will support the Verb New Voices 3 (VNV3) artists to develop their ideas.

As part of that workshop, project partners New Writing North, The Writing Squad, DaDa Fest, Arvon, and Freedom Studios, the BBC, and the Arts Council will discuss with artists a package of developmental support and creative input that they can contribute in-kind or buy in. Individual projects will then be developed with appropriate support between April and November. Also included in the package is an opportunity to undertake a fully funded residential creative writing course of your choice with Arvon (subject to availability).

In November 2015, VNV3 artists will appear at BBC’s Free Thinking Festival in the North East to record the piece for BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. During the developmental period the partners will support artists to identify other public platforms for showcasing their work.
Click here for full information and application details.

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