New Creatives – Audio Brief

New Creatives - Audio Brief


We’re looking for creative and thought-provoking ideas for new works that are fresh and innovative proposals. We want to see reflections on living in modern England, particularly given the interesting circumstances we are currently living in. Tonally, pieces can be comedic, serious, absurd, challenging, provocative, abstract or polemic.

We’re open to creatives who push the boundaries on what constitutes art, makes people think, and encourages new ways of understanding ourselves and the world we live in. At this time you might also be thinking about finding innovative ways around the challenges of physical production and new ways working remotely.

You do not need to have had previous experience, as long as you have something to say. The New Creatives team will help manage the production and technical aspects of this commission.

Core characteristic we’ll be looking for in our commissions:

  • Relevance: The ideas and themes that really matter to you and your community – however you might define it.
  • Talkability: Shareable content that gets people talking
  • Timeliness: Things that impact young people’s lives here and now
  • Originality: Content can’t be derivative, only innovative


Deadline: 23rd February 2021

In our audio commissions, we would like to hear from new young writers who are creating spoken word pieces. Proposals can be slam poetry, rap, spoken word or poetry etc. We want new fresh and exciting poems or spoken word pieces; perhaps provocative and searching, or antidotes to today’s strange world, perhaps reflective and thoughtful considerations celebrating life. We are looking for pieces which give you a chance to air your thoughts and feelings, invoke discussion and reflection or give you a chance to shout about something which is important to you. We are open to different styes comedic, joyous, thoughtful, surprising, or simply telling us how it is from your point of view

These audio pieces may be single artist driven or collaborations. Lead Creative writers must be aged between 16-30yrs We’re interested in receiving pieces that are around 5 minutes long.

Audio projects can range from 1 minute to 15mins. Full technical delivery details will be given at the point of commission and are in line with BBC compliance and delivery guidelines.

Each commissioned New Creative will receive a budget; these are variable depending on the scale and ambition of the work.

Your New Creative Production Manager will work with Screen South to assign you a professional mentor who will support you to produce your work.

From signing the Artist Agreement, you will have 1 month in production, including post-production and quality checks on your final work.

Successful applicants will attend a 4 day workshop/production session in mid March. During this time, you will work with an Audio Exec and the New Creatives team to workshop and finetune your piece. You will then go through the process of recording and mixing your piece.

As well as this, you will also recieve on-going training throughout the duration of the programme with a focus on guiding you through the process and what to do after you have made your piece.

Finished work is delivered to BBC Arts and may be selected for a new strand, BBC Introducing Arts, which will showcase and introduce new artistic talent from across the UK via all BBC Platforms – on BBC iPlayer, BBC Taster, BBC Sounds, BBC television, BBC Radio – and beyond. We’ll look to identify the best platform for each idea.

Screen South will also be showcasing the work via events and festivals as well as encouraging and supporting you to do the same.

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