Salford-based Audio Always is offering free podcast production and mentoring support to arts organisations across Greater Manchester.
As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, the audio production company is launching Manchester Amplified, a new scheme created to “amplify” the talent and creativity of arts and culture in Greater Manchester.
Recognising that the arts and culture industry has been particularly impacted during the COVID pandemic, the scheme will support individual artists and arts organisations by reaching new audiences via podcasting.
It is open to arts organisation in all forms, from theatre groups and music performers to the visual artists and writers, who may be looking to tell their creative stories, improve existing work, promote a project, or improve audio accessibility to the arts in the form of a podcast.
Audio Always says it will support projects through access to studio recording, production and editing support, remote recording kit hire, mentoring and training from radio producers or audio technicians, and creative project development.
Successful projects will be selected by a panel of experts from across arts and media. They include Director of Music at MIF, Jane Beese; BBC Radio 3 presenter and Chineke! Orchestra bassoonist, Linton Stephens; theatre-maker, writer and actor, Nathaniel J Hall; and the new Artistic Director and CEO of Contact, Keisha Thompson.
Audio Always was founded at MediaCityUK in 2012, when the BBC moved a number of their programmes and departments to Salford. Over the past decade it has grown to be the biggest independent audio production company outside of London.
Stuart Morgan, Audio Always Managing Director, says: “We’re so proud to be based in Greater Manchester, and as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we’re delighted to be able to support the artists and organisations that make the region so special.
“We’ve seen podcast listenership grow as more people stayed at home over the last two years and hope Manchester Amplified will bring new audiences to some of the incredible work being forged by our creative communities.”
Siân Roberts, Development Producer for arts and culture at Audio Always comments: “We’re really looking forward to uncovering some of the exciting and inspiring work that is taking place across the ten boroughs. We want Manchester Amplified to truly represent the diverse breadth of talent and ideas that we know is out there.”
To submit a proposal for Manchester Amplified visit audioalways.com/amplified and complete the short application form, including a written or audio pitch. Applications close on Wednesday 25 May.