BBC Open Music

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Package Description

Start date: 6 September 2021

Scheme duration & payment: Minimum 12 paid days spread across 12 months (plus travel expenses for those outside of London)

Location: Open to everyone in the UK. The culmination event and some training/ hands-on experience sessions will take place in London.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 8 July


NB:  This scheme is not open to those who are currently on a BBC fixed term or continuing contract. 




BBC Open Music brings new creatives and musicians of all genres, styles and backgrounds from across the UK to the BBC; designed to develop new collaborations, exciting ideas and reflect today’s audiences in live orchestral music.

Experience training sessions, masterclasses, hands-on experience and mentoring to develop your skills, your voice and your ideas in one of the following areas:


  • Music*
  • Presenting
  • Radio and event production
  • Sound recording & engineering

Discover more about these four areas here.


All whilst getting the chance to work with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Proms and other BBC teams in building, shaping, delivering (and possibly performing in!) a BBC Prom in 2022.


Participants will receive:

  • A matched mentor at the BBC from your discipline – including BBC presenters, production staff and sound engineers working on some of the biggest events at the BBC, and BBC Concert Orchestra musicians for those taking the music pathway
  • Bespoke opportunities depending on your area of interest including masterclasses, training days and hands-on experience to gain new skills
  • A chance to network, build contacts and form relationships across the radio and music industry

*Not restricted to orchestral musicians and open to all genres - applicants can be instrumentalists, mixed media artists, composers, writers, vocal performers or something not listed here (surprise us!). Applicants should have experience of group music-making or collaborating with musicians. Mentoring will focus on creative collaboration with an orchestra, rather than instrumental skills.




There are up to 30 places available for individuals over the age of 18 (on our start date of 6 September 2021) from across the UK and we are particularly interested to hear from those from Black, Asian or ethnically diverse communities.

  • Do you want to build your knowledge, skills and contacts within the BBC and the radio and music industry?
  • Do you have a passion for sharing music with others?
  • Do you have a desire to learn, be curious and collaborate?

Then BBC Open Music could be a great fit for you.


You don’t need any formal qualifications or any experience of working with orchestras or orchestral music but an interest in the creative industries and audiences is essential. We’ll be looking to create a balanced group of participants across each of the four areas and selecting participants based on the three criteria above.



The most important thing to remember throughout the application process is that we are looking for your potential and creativity.

First, you will complete an application form that will help us get to know you a bit better. You’ll also have the opportunity to let us know the area/ areas you’re excited by or that are of interest to you.

If you demonstrate some of the qualities we’re looking for then you will be invited to a short interview (online). Depending on applicant numbers, we hope to let you know the final outcome of your application by Thursday 19 August.

If you require any reasonable adjustments to be able to apply; please contact us at

Please click here for more information about BBC Open Music

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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