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September masterclass: The Secrets of Music Radio
How do radio stations decide which records get on their playlists? How different is music radio on commercial stations as opposed to the BBC? And how do you get a job presenting – or producing - your favourite music on the radio, or do you have to do as you’re told by station controllers to get ‘on air’? How do you decide the perfect mix for a show?
Featuring Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo with Al Booth (Radio 2 and 6Music), and Simon Long (Global Radio).
Date & Time: Tuesday 13th September 2016 6.30pm
Venue: 01Zero-One, Hopkins Street, London W1F 0HS
Tickets: £5 a head, includes a glass of wine and finger buffet.
Book: at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain
October masterclass: Listening off the Page - A Rough Guide to Audio books
The dark arts and crafts of audio book production are celebrated in this special RIGtrain masterclass. We are the guests of Penguin Random House for an evening featuring sessions with star readers, top producers, and the Penguin audio commissioning team. Speaker details to be announced.
Where: Penguin Random House, 80 The Strand, London WC2R 0RL
When: Wednesday 19th October 2016 at 6.30.
Cost: £5 a head, includes a glass of wine and finger buffet.
Book: at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain
Terrific Ira Glass masterclass
Legendary producer of 'This American Life', Ira Glass, in conversation with Fi Glover, entertained some 200 RIG members, associates and guests from the BBC and across the radio and audio industry. Here are some highlights of the evening - all pictures © Dan Vo 2016
In conversation with Fi Glover
Presenting a special Award for services to global radio
Ira Glass in animated mood
Networking after the event
Making radio safely
In response to many requests, RIGtrain has teamed up with 1st Option Safety Group to present a half-day course on safety in radio productions, concentrating on the practical aspects. Most indies will already know that BBC Radio is looking more closely at indies' knowledge and management of health and safety matters, and this course will provide sufficient evidence for most situations (though not those designated as Hazardous Environments - war zones etc).
It is very strongly recommended that every RIG member company has at least one person who has attended this course or one at a similar level. And it would be preferable for every company member who might be in charge of a production to attend - whatever their nominal role (this is certainly not restricted to producers and managers). In particular any one who could be responsible for, or tasked with, the completion of a Risk Assessment Form.
While we can't guarantee indies a "pass" from BBC Radio on their H&S questionnaire, we have discussed this course with them, and agreed that attendance will demonstrate a level of understanding of the issues that should be sufficient for most straightforward radio programme making
Date & time: Wednesday 14th September, from 1pm to 5pm (no lunch provided, so please eat beforehand!)
Cost: Flat rate of £78 per attendee (please see details page for cancellations, and VAT). Book your place(s) at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain
Venue: 1st Option Safety Group, 16 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JL
1st Option Safety Group, who RIG has long recommended as the radio indies' source of health and safety instruction and advice. It claims, with justification, to be "the leading provider of safety advice, support, training and equipment to the media and entertainment sector"
This course is designed to give you a broad overview of the health & safety issues to be considered when making a radio production. After the course you will be able to identify hazards that might be encountered in a production. You will also know what organisational procedures rules and guidance are in place to deal with them in a safe manner
For full details, including a summary of the course content and its aims & objectives, please click here
- Accident reporting procedure and the specific legislative requirements
- The selection and control of contractors
- Brief introduction to health and safety legislation to give an overview of the requirements placed on employers and employees
- How to complete a risk assessment, when it should be completed and who keeps records.
The Future for RIGtrain
It’s an exciting time for RIGtrain! We’ve just worked out that almost a thousand people have been on our courses and masterclasses. So, we’ve decided to celebrate the landmark by offering a bottle of champagne to our 1000th learner! (Hint: To be in with a chance, you’ll probably have to come to our next masterclass on Thursday May 26th - details posted here in the next few days.)
As many of you may know, RIGtrain has been supported over the last 18 months by our friends at Creative Skillset, the industry skills body for the Creative Industries. However, because of the current Government’s focus on apprenticeships rather than continuous professional development, their support has now come to an end.
This means that there’ll be a slight change of emphasis in what we’re doing. RIG itself will be supporting our monthly masterclasses at 01 zero-one in Soho, as well as the Leadership Forum (for those running Indie companies).
We’re hoping to roll out a new season of courses very soon, focussing on core skills. They will be largely single-trainer offerings, but with an emphasis on finding trainers with real radio skills and industry insight.
RIGtrain is a non-profit organisation, and we’re committed to keeping the cost of these courses as reasonable as possible, so you can expect to pay no more than £120- £150 a day. For top flight professional training, it’s great value.
We’ll be asking for a cover charge of £5 a head for masterclasses in future, but again that’s still a very good deal, and it includes a glass of wine and finger buffet.
I hope to see you at one of our forthcoming events.