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FRESH AIR
invites you to meet their team and mingle with other audio professionals at the first AudioUK social.

Find out more about podcasting and branded content from people who understand the market for quality audio beyond broadcasting.

6.30 to 9pm Wednesday February 26th

12/14 Berry Street, London EC1V 0AU

Register here - https://bookwhen.com/audiotrain and don't delay as we can accommodate a maximum of 40 people! (check your emails for the password).

There is no charge, but please note that this event is for people associated with a AudioUK member company only.

Also we regret there is no disabled access at this location. AudioUK will ensure that future socials are fully accessible.

This new series of informal AudioUK socials is designed to give radio and audio professionals an opportunity to engage with like-minded colleagues, find out what other people in the sector are doing and how they do it and discuss areas of mutual interest. Future socials will include events with the team behind The Missing Cryptoqueen podcast and a visit to meet the Prison Radio Association team at HMP Brixton. The organising committee includes members of Folder & Co, 7digital, Whistledown and Listen. We also have a Manchester-based group working on events outside London.


 

Fresh Air team picture

FRESH AIR invites you to meet their team and mingle with other audio professionals at the first AudioUK social.

Fresh Air logoFind out more about podcasting and branded content from people who understand the market for quality audio beyond broadcasting.

6.30 to 9pm Wednesday February 26th

12/14 Berry Street, London EC1V 0AU

Register here - https://bookwhen.com/audiotrain (check your emails for the password) and don't delay as we can accommodate a maximum of 40 people!

There is no charge, but please note that this event is for people associated with a AudioUK member company only.

Also we regret there is no disabled access at this location. AudioUK will ensure that future socials are fully accessible.

This new series of informal AudioUK socials is designed to give radio and audio professionals an opportunity to engage with like-minded colleagues, find out what other people in the sector are doing and how they do it and discuss areas of mutual interest. Future socials will include events with the team behind The Missing Cryptoqueen podcast and a visit to meet the Prison Radio Association team at HMP Brixton. The organising committee includes members of Folder & Co, 7digital, Whistledown and Listen. We also have a Manchester-based group working on events outside London.


Listen to our special 'Brexit Ready' podcasts here - audioboom.com/channels/5008992 .  And to read the newsletters please click here for our Audiotrain site.


Our briefing event on 25th October was filmed and made into six videos, which are is currently open only to AudioUK members and subscribers to Audiotrain.  They will be made public at a later date.  If you wish to view any of them now, please go to the audiotrain site and follow the instructions to subscribe to the mailing list.



 

Jez Nelson & Trevor Nelson
Now in their ninth year, the mission of the Audio Production Awards is to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement in audio and radio production within the designated categories covering both producers and on-mic talent.  

Jez Nelson (pictured right, with host Trevor Nelson) won the Gold Award

For the full list of winners follow this link. Note: Categories in no particular order.  

The gold awards went to:

BEST ARTS PRODUCER: Michael Umney, Resonance/Reduced Listening
BEST MUSIC PRODUCER: Steve Urquhart, Listen To Steve
BEST FACTUAL PRODUCER: Dom Byrne, Greenpoint
BEST NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS PRODUCER: Rory Carson, BBC Radio 5 Live
BEST SPORTS PRODUCER: Ben Mundy, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat
BEST ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER: Dave Masterman, Absolute Radio
GETHIN THOMAS COMEDY AWARD: Gus Beattie, Gusman Productions
BEST LIVE EVENT/OUTSIDE BROADCAST PRODUCER: Chris Evans Production Team, BBC Radio 2
BEST PODCAST PRODUCER: Tamsyn Kent, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat
BEST DRAMA PRODUCER: Nicolas Jackson, Afonica
BEST AUDIOBOOK/READINGS PRODUCER: Karen Rose, Sweet Talk Productions
BEST NEW PRODUCER: Nick Harris, Absolute Radio
BEST STATION SOUND PRODUCER: Liam Hadley, BBC Radio Pop Hub Station Sound
BEST SOUND DESIGNER/ENGINEER: Steve Urquhart, Listen To Steve
GRASSROOTS PRODUCTION AWARD: Reform Radio
AUDIO PERFORMER OF THE YEAR: Oliver Jeffers for HarperCollins Publishers
BEST PRESENTER – SPEECH: Justin Dealey, BBC Three Counties Radio
BEST PRESENTER – MUSIC: Trevor Nelson, Somethin’ Else for BBC Radio 2
NEW VOICE AWARD: Jessie Ware, Table Manners
GOLD AWARD: Jez Nelson, CEO at Somethin’ Else
PRODUCTION COMPANY OF THE YEAR: Wisebuddah


 

Update - June 2019

Audio Content Fund first round winners revealed

The Audio Content Fund has announced the first round of winning bids - congratualtios to all the winners.

Read our reaction here.

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Update - April 2019

Audio Content Fund open for Bids

The Audio Content Fund opened at 12pm on Monday 1 April for bids from production companies - bidders can register and submit bids here.

Bidders will be able to submit ideas until 12pm on Monday 29 April, providing they have a letter from an Ofcom-licensed station guaranteeing broadcast.

 

ACF Briefing in South Wales

Also the Fund has announced a meeting in Swansea - Audio Content Fund MD Sam Bailey will be giving a briefing and several commercial broadcasters' representatives will be present.

If you are interested in attending you can sign up here

 

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Update - March 2019
AudioUK has published a Q+A for members on how to apply to the Audio Content Fund, which should be read alongside the Audio Content Fund's own Bidding Guidelines.
You can find our Q+A here.

 

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October 2018
We're delighted that the Government has today announced a new three-year £3m Audio Content Fund, to launch next April. This substantial investment will be used to support production of a broad range of public service audio content, predominantly on commercial radio, and made in partnership with audio production companies across the UK - companies like yours!

Audio Content Fund imageAudioUK and the commercial radio industry body, Radiocentre, have created a new independent not-for-profit organisation to administer the Fund. Decisions on funding will be made by a panel of independent experts, using the evaluation criteria, which include nations and regions, and diversity.

Recruitment for a fund manager and members of the panel has commenced today. Information on how to apply for funding, timing and the evaluation process will be published early next year, at the website: www.audiocontentfund.org.uk

This is a huge opportunity for our sector to build long-lasting creative partnerships with commercial radio and other broadcasters. It's the culmination of AudioUK's extensive lobbying work on your behalf since the Government first announced the idea of a contestable public service content fund in the 2016 BBC white paper.

Your membership allows us the staffing and other resources required to grow our sector through initiatives such as this. I'd particularly like to thank our Managing Director, Will Jackson, and our Policy and Communications Adviser, Tim Wilson, for their considerable work on this project; and our partners at Radiocentre for their strong support throughout.

The Executive Summary of the Government's policy paper, published today, is below, and I urge you to read the full document at:
www.gov.uk/government/publications/contestable-fund-final-scope

Phil Critchlow
Chair, AudioUK, 19 October 2018


Executive Summary

This document outlines the final design of the 3 year Contestable Fund pilot of up to £60 million that will support the provision and plurality of difficult-to-produce UK public service content.

Following the consultation paper and government response, this policy paper will confirm aspects of the design and outline new additions to the pilot, including:
● An Audio Content Fund
● Development funding to encourage new voices
● Support for UK indigenous language programming
● The evaluation criteria that applications will be measured against

The pilot phase of the Contestable Fund will be comprised of two similar, yet administratively separate funds:
● The Young Audiences Content Fund, administered by the BFI, which will assign up to £57 million to support public service content for young audiences up to 18 years of age.
● The Audio Content Fund, administered by a separate not-for-profit organisation set up by Radiocentre and AudioUK, which will assign up to £3 million to support a broad range of public service audio content, for all ages, on a wider spectrum of UK radio stations.

Both of these funds will create new opportunities for broadcasters and producers to make public service content that adds to viewer and listener choice. It will create innovative and challenging content from new and diverse voices that would not otherwise be made, and will enhance opportunities for greater diversity representation, both on and off air.

The full DCMS press release is here

new opportunities for AudioUK members

We're delighted that the Government has announced a new three-year £3m Audio Content Fund, to launch next April. This substantial investment will be used to support production of a broad range of public service audio content, predominantly on commercial radio, and made in partnership with audio production companies across the UK

AudioUK and the commercial radio industry body, Radiocentre, have created a new independent not-for-profit organisation to administer the Fund. Decisions on funding will be made by a panel of independent experts, using the evaluation criteria, which include nations and regions, and diversity.

Recruitment for a fund manager and members of the panel has commenced today. Information on how to apply for funding, timing and the evaluation process will be published early next year, at the website: www.audiocontentfund.org.uk


 

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