Sound Women launches 2015 mentoring scheme

Sound Women is to offer 10 Sound Women members the opportunity to be mentored by some of the most influential women in the industry.

The scheme will match the successful mentees with mentors who have experience in their specific field and will run from November 2015 to May 2016.

All women with at least two years working in audio are encouraged to apply, regardless of their stage in their career. Mentees can work in any area of audio including BBC, Commercial, Online, Community and Student Radio as well as Podcasting, Digital, Audiobooks and Radio Sales and Marketing.

The scheme is being run with the support of the BBC, Creative Skillset, and Somethin’ Else. It is free to enter and an additional five places will be available for women working at Somethin’ Else, separately funded by Somethin’ Else.

The mentoring scheme will especially target women who have caring responsibilities, or are aged over 35 – as Creative Skillset’s research shows these women can find it harder to progress in the industry. It will also encourage applications from women working in technical areas, BAME women, and women with a disability. However all Sound Women members who meet the ‘two years in audio’ criteria are invited to apply.

Maria Williams, Founder of Sound Women said: “Our mentoring scheme has proved a huge success in the past and I’m so proud to be launching it again. It gives women who work in UK radio and audio the opportunity to learn from some of the very best in the industry, and I look forward to seeing the impact that this year’s scheme has on some of our brightest talents.”

More details here.

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