Saffron launch new development scheme for black female and non-binary artists

Saffron launch new development scheme for black female and non-binary artists

Posted on: 20 Jul 2021

The new programme is commissioning six South West-based music creators this summer.


Local record label and social enterprise group Saffron have opened applications for their latest opportunity for women and non-binary people in music, offering six creators a paid opportunity to create a sonic response to an architectural or outdoor space in Bristol.


Open exclusively to black female and non-binary applicants, the scheme aims to provide each participant with the tools and support to pursue and develop a viable career in music.


Applications can be filled in via Saffron's website, and will remain open until 18:00 on 25 August.



Saffron's latest development project is the latest in an extensive programme of workshops, tutoring sessions and online resources aimed at addressing the drastic gender imbalance in electronic music.


The latest Annenberg report, an annual study of representation and inclusion, showed that less than 3% of professional music producers are women, with an even smaller percentage of black women and gender minorities.


Intended to provide new opportunities for black female and non-binary creators in Bristol, Saffron and music-architecture agency MSCTY are inviting six successful applicants to create a piece of music centred around a specific location anywhere in the city.


The six-month project has been designed to encourage personal development and creative exploration, offering participants one-to-one mentoring and industry masterclasses, as well as a 12-month Saffron membership, an £800 commission fee and £850 to cover technical costs.


To be eligible for the programme, applicants must be a musical creative (i.e. producer, composer, lyricist, vocalist or instrumentalist), a woman, non-binary or gender non-conforming person, of black heritage, aged 18 or over and currently living in the South West of England.


For more information, head to Saffron's website to find a full application pack, or get in touch with the team via email.

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