Audient has joined forces with the Women In Music scholarship, an initiative at the University of the Creative Arts, aiming to decrease the audio industry’s gender gap by giving support to women during their degree.
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 Music Composition & Technology course 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 have access to the newly installed Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition 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, whose students are already familiar with Audient. “We also have iD4s for all our Macs – and a few iD44s. We like the D.I on those,” he said, citing “design and reliability” as the basis for choosing Audient.
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.