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.
Total from pledge in 2023: £13,955 split across 4 projects.
Programme 1: Forward in Sound, February 2023
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