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The BRITs Apprentice Scheme launches

DEDICATION: BRIT Trust Chairman John Craig pictured receiving his OBE in 2010, says it is the BRIT Trust’s mission to help young people through music

TALENTED YOUNGSTERS will get the chance to kick-start their careers in the music industry thanks to a new apprenticeship scheme created by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) and funded by money raised by the BRIT Awards.

The BRITs Apprentice Scheme will give 10 young people from England and Wales a unique, high-quality, paid opportunity to work at a top independent record label or music company. It will give them the chance to learn about the recorded music industry, receive practical ‘hands on’ experience, develop relevant skills and make key contacts.

The scheme was devised by UK record labels association the BPI, which owns and runs the BRIT Awards and also developed its charitable arm, the BRIT Trust, chaired by industry stalwart John Craig OBE.

The scheme will be open to individuals aged 18 and over. Successful applicants will be matched with independent record labels and music companies who are members of the BPI. They will receive specialist training in either business administration or digital marketing.

The deadline for applications is November 17, 2017, and organisers are calling on applicants to apply as soon as possible.


There will be six places for candidates in London and four outside, covering Wales, Birmingham, Norwich and Leicester. In London, the salary will be £18,000 and outside of the capital it will be £15,000 to reflect lower living costs.

The BRIT Trust will fund two-thirds of each salary – leaving the participating companies to cover the remaining third (approximately £5,000 or £6,000).

10 music companies drawn from across the vibrant independent community – ranging from the likes of record labels and digital distributors to vinyl and CD manufacturers and streaming app
services – have signed up to take on an apprentice as part of the scheme.

John Craig OBE said:

“It is a key part of the BRIT Trust’s mission to help young people through music and we have already done a huge amount of work through The BRIT School, Nordoff Robbins and other charities that promote education and wellbeing through music.”

Arit Eminue, director at DiVA, added:

“DiVA is delighted to collaborate with the BRIT Trust and BPI in the delivery of the BRITs Apprentice Scheme, which opens the gates of the music industry to the next generation of music talent.”

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