RIG members on twitter
Take a peek at the amazing level of activity from RIG members on this twitter list
Indies on Air this week
Indie programmes are on the radio at home and abroad throughout this week, including these 72, some of which are featured in BBC Radio's highlights of the week, from Somethin’ Else (21), Wise Buddah (11), Unique (5), We Are Grape (5), TBI Media (4), The Noisehouse (4), Folded Wing (3), Whistledown (3), Pozzitive TV (2), Smooth Operations (2), Wire Free Productions (2), A Certain Height Productions, Big Finish Productions, Channel X, Foldback Media, Howlett Media, Loftus Media, Ora et Labora, Reduced Listening, Ruth Evans Productions, and Trevor Dann's Company.
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RIG Skills Training
RIGtrain is a wide ranging programme of inexpensive specialist training courses and free masterclasses for adults working in Radio and Audio in England*. It is an initiative of RIG, supported by Creative Skillset and partly by HM Government with 'Employer Ownership' funding. More details at www.rigtrain.co.uk or to join the RIGtrain mailing list email email@example.com
RIG supports British Library 'Save our Sounds' project
The Radio Independents Group is delighted to give its support to the British Library's project to create a major new radio archive, which it is announcing today:
"The British Library outlined its ambitions today to work with the radio industry to explore how to preserve a representative sample of the UK’s vast radio output.
The British Library already has a valuable archive of some 200,000 hours of radio going back to the 1920s, from pre-war Radio Luxembourg to commercial stations such as Capital Radio, and a full decade’s output by the radical London arts station Resonance FM. This resource is used by historians, academics and the creative industries to offer a unique, living portrait of what the nation is talking about – and what they listened to – at any given point in time.
However, this represents only a tiny fraction of the extensive output of the more than 600 public service, commercial and community stations currently broadcasting across the country. Sound archivists at the British Library estimate that 92% of UK radio is currently not subject to long term preservation or access, and thus will be lost to future generations of researchers.
This gap in the national collections has been identified as a key part of the British Library’s major preservation programme, Save our Sounds, which sets out to protect both the Library’s existing historic collection of more than 6.5 million recordings, and to safeguard the acquisition of future sound production in the UK, including the national collection of radio and published music. "
RIG members are among those producing content for Richard Curtis's novel project, 'Radio Everyone', which is part of 'Project Everyone', a highly ambitious attempt to publicise the United Nation's new 'Millennium Sustainable Development Goals' by reaching every person in the World over a seven-day period from September 26.
The nature of the project is set out in a document that can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here.
* deadline extended *
We're delighted to announce the launch of this year's Radio Production Awards, organised by the Radio Independents Group, through its trading arm RIG Events Ltd, and supported by The Radio Academy.
This year we have 18 awards, our largest number to date and that includes four NEW ones: "Audiobook/Readings Producer”, "Grassroots Production”, "Nations and Regions Producer" and "Presenter Hero”.
Check out our new dedicated website www.radioproductionawards.co.uk for the details, and when you're ready to put your entries in, note that we've moved to an impressive new submissions and judging system. We continue to keep entry fees low at just £30 for RIG members (including associated freelances etc) and Radio Academy members - the full price for non-members is £48.
For full details please see www.radioproductionawards.co.uk and note that entries CLOSE at 5 pm on Thursday 1st October with the Gala Awards Night happening on Tuesday 24th November
BBC Licence Fee
RIG is pleased to announce it has signed up to Broadcast's 'Backing the BBC' campaign of 'qualified support' for the Corporation.
BACKING THE BBC: THE PLEDGE
"We believe the licence fee is the best way to fund the BBC and that it should be set at a level that ensures the corporation remains the cornerstone of the successful British creative industries. We support a transparent, accountable and efficient BBC and believe charter renewal should be conducted openly, giving the creative community and audiences a voice in the broadcaster’s future."
To find out more, visit broadcastnow.co.uk/backingthebbc
Broadcast reported on RIG joining the campaign in June:
In the article, RIG Chair and Chief Executive of TBI Media Phil Critchlow said suppliers were being pushed close to breaking point: “Radio can sometimes be taken for granted, but it is critical that it should not be. Once it is gone, it will be very difficult to replace. Some people in TV are working with challenging budgets, which push them right to the edge of what is possible. In radio, we are already perilously close to being tipped into an impossible position.”
Other RIG Board members were also quoted in the Broadcast article.
7 Digital chief executive Simon Cole said: “This chance to grow our sector will be stifled if the BBC is forced to cut radio budgets and services further.”
Somethin’ Else chief executive Jez Nelson said the BBC commissions act as vital seed capital to help grow young businesses.
RIG launches Diversity Training Scheme
The Radio Independents Group (RIG) is committed to encouraging a diverse workforce in the independent radio production sector and to ensuring that radio in the UK reflects the full diversity of the population, in its programmes and in the people who make them.
As part of this commitment, RIGtrain is launching a development scheme for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups and those who are disabled. The diversity scheme is being run by Training Specialists Quattrain in association with RIG companies. It is backed by Creative Skillset England and is designed to encourage those who want to improve their audio skills and support those wishing to develop their careers in radio.
The Scheme is in two parts - please follow the links for full details:
Another 'World's Best Radio' Award for a UK indie
Folded Wing wins Mixcloud's 'World's Best Online Music Radio Show" for "The Selector"
In the words of Mixcloud's announcement, The Selector is "the British Council sponsored radio project hosted and presented by legendary DJ Goldierocks and produced by Folded Wing. The show launched in 2001 with the aim to discover and promote the best new and undiscovered music the UK has to offer, since then the show has continued to grow and is now syndicated to over 30 countries worldwide."