Opportunity for a young musician 18-25 with Black Acre Records

22 December 2020

An excellent Youth Music funded project that we've partnered on, led by Black Acre Records in Bristol, that includes an opportunity for a young musician aged 18-25 living in Somerset and the bordering rural areas. Activity will be in both Bristol and Somerset and there will be support for travel costs as well as payment for time spent on the project which runs from Spring to October 2021.

About Black Acre: We are diggers. Since our inception in 2007 our mission has been one of discovery. We have endeavoured to dig out the treasure buried in pirate radio playlists, forever hunting that golden, ‘Untitled’ by ‘Unknown’, streaming unheard in the deluge. Curation is our calling card. In our short life we’ve been lucky enough to develop artists like Romare, Connie Constance & Clap! Clap! As we discovered much of the world felt the same way as we did about our new finds, Black Acre naturally expanded into the music solutions company it is today. We cover artist management, publishing, music supervision and our precious record label at the centre.

Black Acre Pathways is a new 8-month programme which will run between March 2021 - October 2021. We’ll provide real pathways into the music industry through hands-on experience, networking and mentorship. Regular mental health support will also be included in the programme, plus dedicated time for personal reflection and development. The wage for this opportunity is £3,000 plus an additional micro-grant of £1,000 to develop and deliver your own project with our support.

Deadline: 6pm Monday 18th January 2021
Shortlisting: 25th January - 7th February 2021
Interviews via Zoom: 8th - 21st February 2021
Programme: 1st March 2021 – 31st October 2021 

Who can apply?

The programme is open to people aged 18-25 who are currently living in Bristol or Somerset and bordering rural areas. This is an opportunity to experiment and try things out, to learn about the skills needed for different roles in the music industry. No prior experience is required, but you’ll need to be enthusiastic, organised, curious and focused. Perhaps you have creative ideas you’d like to develop? Or a vision for how you’d like the music industry to be in the future? Maybe you’d like to start your own record label, be a tour manager, promote gigs or be a booking agent? If you’re interested in the music industry but don’t know where to begin, we encourage you to apply for this programme.

We want you to feel empowered to apply and particularly welcome applications from people with diverse and/or working-class backgrounds and also from rural/suburban areas, as these people are currently underrepresented in the music industry.


The programme will be a mix of virtual (online) and in-person working from our Bristol and Somerset bases. Any in-person working will be in line with Covid-19 government guidelines. We’ll contribute up to £14 per day towards travel and lunch expenses.


The total wage for the programme is £3,000 per person (£10 per hour). Plus a micro-grant of £1,000 to develop and deliver your own project. A contribution of £10-£14 per day towards travel and lunch expenses.

If you’re interested in mentoring others we'll guarantee you a place on the ‘Become It’ programme through Rising Arts Agency. You'll be paid £150 for this session and will have the opportunity to share your skills and experience with other people aged 18-25.


A maximum of 300 hours to be worked:

March to June – 10 hours a week across 2 days. July to October – 7.5 hours a week across 1 day.

We can be flexible about which days those are.

How to apply

Please complete the application form via this link: APPLICATION FORM


Send us a video or audio clip between 2-5 minutes long. In your clip please ensure you answer every question on the application form. The quality of the clip isn’t important as long as we can hear you. Please send directly to pathways@theblackacre.co.uk or via a sharing service such as WeTransfer, Google Drive or Dropbox.

For additional support and general questions please email pathways@theblackacre.co.uk and we'll get back to you within 4 days.

Good luck! Love, Black Acre

Black Acre Pathways has been made possible through the support of Youth Music's Incubator Fund and will be delivered in partnership with: Making Tracks (Trinity), Noods Radio, Rising Arts Agency, Strange Brew Bristol, Take Art and Young Somerset.