BBC composer bursary

Subject: BBC composer bursary
From: Richard Whitelaw (
Date: Tue Jul 20 2004 - 06:08:57 EDT

Composer Bursary 2005 (vacancy no: 75042)
Close Date: 31/08/2004
Job Ref: 75042
Department: Radio Drama
Location: London
Grade: N/A
Contract Length: 12 month Bursary
Contract Type: Secondment
Job Specification
BBC Radio Drama Composer Bursary 2005 The BBC Radio Drama Department in
London, Birmingham and Manchester produces 400 hours of drama and readings a
year for Radio 4, Radio 3, Radio 5, BBC7 and The World Service. Over 20
Producers work alongside Broadcast Assistants, a Development Team and
support staff. The work covers a huge range of genres, styles and content.
We thrive on the challenge of seeking new ways to develop the soundscapes of
our programmes and on new opportunities of increasing the diversity of our
considerable audience. In 2002 we ran our first bursary scheme for a
Composer/Sound Designer, and we are now pleased to announce a second bursary
scheme for a Composer-in-Residence to work part-time in the department
during 2005. We have in recent years had three writers in residence and,
much on the same pattern, we are now looking forward to working alongside
someone who can stimulate us by looking at our work, our ideas and our work
processes from a "sound" perspective. This twelve-month bursary will run
from January 2005 - December 2005 and the Bursary Award is for #10,000 -
paid in instalments through the year. The bursary is open to composers who
are fairly new to the medium of radio drama. We are looking for someone who
has some professional experience in composing for film, TV, theatre or for
the music industry in general, so you'll have had one or two commissions
already but will have achieved some progress in another area of composition
or sound design. Further you'll have a sound grasp of the dramatic art form
and how music can compliment and at times drive the drama itself. We regret
that the bursary is not open to those currently studying in full-time
education. The composer-in-residence schedule would be flexible but would
average out at no less than two days per week in the Department. The
successful candidate would be attached to a mentor producer and also to a
number of drama projects during the year. However, we envisage there to be
considerable freedom around this to follow up other ideas and engage in the
life and creativity of a busy and productive department. All broadcast
material would be commissioned in the normal way. The composer-in-residence
would have access to a basic sound mixing set-up (Pro-Tools) within the
department but it is recognised that some of the work might need to be
undertaken in their own home/studio. They would work alongside our three
in-house Programme Managers and other BBC Studio Managers. To apply to for
this scheme please submit an application on line as well as sending us a
short demo CD of your compositions, indicating the reference number 75042,
to the following address: BBC Recruitment Response Team PO Box 48305
London W12 6YE Applications and CD's will be received up until 31st
August. If you are shortlisted, you will hear from, us in week commencing
18th October. You will be sent two radio drama productions to critique and
asked to provide a short composition to accompany a passage from a projected
radio production. Interviews will take place week beginning 8th November.
Please note if you are applying from inside the BBC you must obtain your
manager's agreement to apply.
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