Doors Open and RA are bringing back our free music industry careers and knowledge sharing project, Access All Areas in October.
Taking place at the Rose Lipman Community Centre in East London on October 7th, Access All Areas 2.0 will host twice as many attendees as last year. There will be sessions geared towards helping people better understand the music industry ecosystem and identify possible career paths, as well as a panel on networking and a masterclass on best practices when applying for roles.
Access All Areas 2.0 will be hosted by RA chief impact and culture officer Amy Van-Baaren and renowned educator, RA board member and CDR founder Tony Nwachukwu. They'll be joined by various new guest speakers: artist manager Sarah Aitchison; cofounders of HE.SHE.THEY., Sophia Kearney and Steven Braines; Universal Music Publishing's Dane Bradshaw; NTS Radio programming director, Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura; Genevieve Taylor, owner of Glisten PR; RA's senior social media content creator, Whitney Ajayi and RA's people & culture manager, Bella Catling. Some of last year's speakers are also returning, with slots for DJ, broadcaster, creative producer and podcast host Vanessa Maria; RA's senior producer, Chloe Lula; RA's head of people and culture, Mike Zinkiewich, and Elijah, who will talk about his Yellow Squares project.
This event is free to attend and open to anyone in the UK - but the primary aim of Access All Areas is to address the lack of diversity within the music industry by helping to demystify the music industry and the roles within it for those who face barriers to entry. A 2022 study found that just 16-percent of people in creative jobs are from working-class backgrounds, and in an aim to redress such imbalances within the music scene, applications from women and people of gender minorities, POC, LGTBQi+ folk and participants from lower socio-economic backgrounds will be prioritised for places at this event.