Community Projects

Doors Open Pledge to Giving Back  

 

Doors Open has committed to reinvesting 100% of profits to create free programmes and initiatives alongside other charities and non-profits to help people find employment in our industry.  By transforming access to opportunities and resources, we hope to drive equitable change in the community.

As of November 2023, we are beginning the process of formalising Doors Open into a Community Interest Company to solidify our intent to give back to the community.  Included within the legal documents of this formation will be our commitment to donating 100% of profits to the creation of free programmes and initiatives to support the mission, as well as working alongside charities that share these values

Below you can find a year-on-year account of each programme and initiative that has been developed to date, including the platform's charity donations. 

 

2024

Programme 1: Forward in Sound 2.0, March-August 2024

Participants: 6

Brief: Tackle the lack of diversity in sound tech. Women, non-binary and trans people occupy less than 5% of the music tech industry. 

Concept:

Part 1 consisted of an online webinar and Q&A demystifying the role of the live sound engineer, featuring insights from Rich Cufley (he/him), Technical Director for Sound Services, and Kyle Acab (they/them), freelance ​​record producer, mix/mastering engineer and live sound technician. 

Part 2, the IRL main body of the project, follows a similar format to 2023's edition, with six participants undertaking 6 days of training at The Shacklewell Arts and the Sound Services warehouse followed by live band mixing work experience at The Shacklewell Arms and club night engineering placements at 93 Feet East.

Through Forward in Sound, we aim to remove as many barriers to the profession as possible by providing a solid foundational base of knowledge and experience for the new engineers. We also provide participation bursaries of £650 for all participants and cover the cost of a year’s public liability insurance and steel cap boots so that programme graduates can move into employment without those costs causing issue.

Additional support for this project comes from Full Fat Audio and Funktion One.

Projected costs: £8792

 

Programme 2: Doors Open: Unlocked (Berlin) in partnership with Refuge Worldwide

Participants: 30

Brief: Create a fairer and more diverse electronic music industry by demystifying the industry and the roles within it. In August 2022, research found that just 16% of people working in creative jobs are from working-class backgrounds. 

Concept: The third edition of our free music careers development day (FKA Access All Areas) we ran in partnership with Berlin-based radio station and community platform Refuge Worldwide at their new events space and studio in Berlin. 

Taking place at the Refuge Worldwide studio in Neukölln on May 16th, Unlocked was a free event that aimed to equip participants with knowledge around roles that exist within the scene. The day spanned a series of sessions with leading industry figures, such as !K7 label manager Sofia Jönsson, setten booking agent Yuko Asanuma, Fandango DJ and promoter Tania Just, Inverted Audio deputy editor Asmi Shetty, Radio 80000 programmer Sianza Zink, Refuge Worldwide senior project manager Nicky Böhm, CDR founder Tony Nwachukwu, RA chief creative & brand officer Kazim Rashid, RA chief impact & culture officer Amy Van-Baaren, RA senior producer Chloe Lula, and RA head of people and culture Mike Zinkiewich.

 

 

2023

Total from pledge in 2023: £13,955 split across 4 projects.

 

Programme 1: Forward in Sound, February 2023

Participants: 6

Brief: Tackle the lack of diversity in sound tech. Women, non-binary and trans people occupy less than 5% of the music tech industry. 

Concept: Forward in Sound is a free fully-funded audio careers development project for women and gender minorities in partnership with Bristol-based non-profit Saffron, and London-based PA/Sound System hire company Sound Services.  Six participants undertook a week of live sound theory, system setup and mixing techniques before moving on to shadow Sound Services engineers and paid work experience placements at venues of their choosing.  Through Forward in Sound, we aim to remove as many barriers to the profession as possible by providing a solid foundational base of knowledge and experience for the new engineers in a supportive environment.  The programme also covered the cost of a year’s public liability insurance so that programme graduates can move into employment without that cost being an issue. 

Cost to deliver programme: £4,694

 

Programme 2: Access All Areas 2.0

Participants: 60

Brief: Create a fairer and more diverse electronic music industry by demystifying the industry and the roles within it. In August 2022, research found that just 16% of people working in creative jobs are from working-class backgrounds. 

Concept: The second edition of our free music careers development day which took place at the Rose Lipman Community Centre in East London. The day included 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. The event also included travel bursaries for those from outside London.

Cost to deliver programme: £7,500

 

Direct donation support to free third party projects run by: 

Programme: Crosstalk

Project: Crosstalk is a free to attend day of talks and workshops exploring the intersection of music and creative careers in Bristol.

Donation: £500 

 

Programme: Ladies Music Pub

Project: Ladies Music Pub is a community, collective and record label supporting women, trans and non-binary people within music that meet-up on a monthly basis.

Donation: £500 



2022

Total fund in 2022: £2,150 split across 2 projects.

 

Programme 1: Access All Areas 1.0

Participants: 30

Brief: Create a fairer and more diverse electronic music industry by demystifying the industry and the roles within it. In August 2022, research found that just 16% of people working in creative jobs are from working-class backgrounds. 

Concept: The first edition of our free music careers development day which took place at the RA offices in East London. The day included 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. The event also included travel bursaries for those from outside London.

Cost to deliver programme: £2,150

 

Programme 2: Take the Reins

Participants: 5

Brief: Support the diversification of the roles behind the scenes at the Warehouse Project in Manchester.

Concept: Working with Warehouse Project and Brighter Sounds Charity in Liverpool, create pathways to careers in the industry with 5 apprenticeships in Sound, Artist Liaison and Lighting.

Cost to deliver programme: £0 

 

2021

Covid, no profits or revenue donated

 

2020 & 2019

100% of revenue from 2019 and 2020 given to Small Green Shoots: £2,371.10 

 

2019

When the platform launched in 2019 we pledged to support organisations that help those who may be at a disadvantage to find work by donating 20% of profits to charities anchored in inspiring and engaging people through creating programmes.