Jaguar has launched a new training programme for women and gender minority students entering the music industry.
A free initiative, Future1000 will see the BBC Radio 1 DJ offer 1,000 under-18s training and up-skilling in production, mixing and more. The scheme is run with in-school music educational platform FutureDJs, which was previously successful in getting DJing added to the UK curriculum.
The 12-part digital course requires no previous knowledge or specialist equipment, and takes the form of artist-led workshop sessions and online modules developed with tutors from London College of Music Education (LCME). The hope is to address a significant imbalance within the industry: a recent report by UK Music found just 16% of artists are female or a gender minority, while 2020's Gender Disparity Radio Report, from Why Not Her and Linda Coogan Byrne, found major underrepresentation in radio play.
"Our hope for equality lies in the next generation and that's why Future1000 will help improve gender diversity and representation at the very start of young people's journeys into music, at a time when access to opportunities and inclusivity is most critical," Jaguar said of the programme.
"My own experience coming up in the industry, and often being the only girl in the room, has motivated me to make a change for others from similar backgrounds and I hope that Future1000 helps to show young girls, trans and non-binary people what they're capable of," she continued.