Audient has unveiled details of the Women in Music scholarship, an initiative at the University of Creative Arts aiming to reduce the industry’s gender gap by supporting women at the start of their careers.
The scholarship coincides with the installation of an Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition desk in a new studio at the Farnham UCA.
Three £5,000 scholarships will be awarded along with industry mentoring to three women enrolling on the BA/BSc (Hons) Music Composition & Technology, Farnham Surrey in 2019, with a single prize-winner also receiving equipment from Audient.
Dr Harry Whalley, course leader of the BA/BSc (Hons) Music Composition & Technology, said: “As well as offering financial support, the initiative will encompass talks, workshops and mentoring that not only celebrates innovators but also seeks to inspire a new generation.
“We embrace the true plurality of music in terms of the tools, styles and people involved in the invention of new music. We want students to follow their individual passions while also learning the skills required to become creative practitioners today. We are committed to positive change in music education and the music industry, and are excited to be forging new links which will further support women in music.”
All students on the course will be learning their craft on the new Audient desk, which will also be used for postgraduate study and the Audio Research Cluster at UCA. “We have 24 channels of ASP8024-HE going in with DLC, live room and tie lines down to the TV studio if we want to do orchestral recording,” explained Whalley. “We also have iD4s for all our Macs – and a few iD44s. We like the D.I on those.”
Marketing manager for Audient, Andy Allen added, “With strong partnerships in education, Audient is delighted to support the initiative. We champion inclusivity and are happy to help ensure everybody has the opportunity to be the best they can be in this industry, regardless of gender.”
Applicants to the scholarship scheme are asked to submit a portfolio of work and will be assessed on their creativity, originality, technical skill, contextualisation and potential for development, alongside their academic record.