Welcome to Audiotrain, the skills, training and mentorship programme to help audio production professionals get to the next level.
Whether it’s learning advanced microphone techniques or finding out how to build a business, we aim to help equip you with the skills you need to be a success in the growing audio production sector.
NEW – A Beginners Guide to Writing Audio Drama, with Caroline Raphael
13th / 14th / 20th / 21st June – 10.00-11.30am
Audio is flourishing in these lockdown times and this beginners guide to writing audio drama will help build your confidence in talking about and writing your own audio drama. You’ll build up a box of tricks through listening, discussion and a writing exercise.
Whether you are already writing drama in another medium, writing prose or poetry or starting from scratch as a writer, this course will give you a set of tools to help you tell and hear stories in sound.
Through group listening and discussion you will build a deeper understanding of what makes excellent audio drama and how to express yourself in sound. And there will be a writing exercise to set you going. Together we will explore the myriad ways of telling a story in sound and how audio drama has and still is changing as our listening habits change.
The course is taught by Caroline Raphael who has won awards for her drama and comedy work. She has worked as a theatre and radio director, was a former Head of BBC Radio Drama and was the Commissioning Editor for Comedy & Drama for BBC Radio 4 for many years. On leaving the BBC she set up her own production company www.doraproductions.co.uk . She made the first audio drama for BBC Radio 1Xtra and produces regularly for BBC Radio 4 and Radio 3. She is executive producer for Audible Productions working with new to audio theatre writers and directors on their collaborations with the drama school LAMDA and is executive producer for BBC New Creatives with Screen South and Pier Productions supporting first audio productions of 16 to 30 year olds. She is Associate Lecturer at UAL Central St Martin teaching the Audio Drama module on the MA Dramatic Writing Course.
Please book here.
FREE AUDIOTRAIN WEBINARS
At this strange and unprecedented time for people in the audio industry, Audiotrain is moving its masterclasses and courses online and offering weekly Friday webinars for freelance audio specialists in podcast and programme making. The webinars are free, but voluntary donations are welcome.
For webinars please book here
12th June 1400
MEET THE COMMISSIONERS: Jason Phipps, BBC Sounds. AudioUK members only.
Two years on from its launch, Jason Phipps, reflects on how BBC Sounds has evolved, and talks about the latest content and commissioning opportunities. Chair: Caroline Elliot (Audiotrain). This webinar is for Audio UK member companies, and their employees, only. Interested in joining Audio UK? https://www.audiouk.org.
PREVIOUS WEBINARS AVAILABLE TO VIEW
“How Do You Come Up With Your Ideas Then?” with David Prest of Whistledown Productions. Available to watch here.
“Remote Recording in Quality” Iain Betson of AV Resilience talks through the best methods and microphones for remote recording. Available to watch here.
“Top Tips For Surviving As A Presenter” with BBC Radio 5 Live’s Dotun Adebayo. Available to watch here.
“How to Market the F… out of your Podcast” with podcast and radio presenter Lance Dann. Available to watch here.
“Essential Law For Podcasters”, with Clare Hoban, Specialist Media Lawyer from Reviewed and Cleared. Available to watch here.
“Fake News – Sorting the fact from the fiction” with Rosie Bartlett, Specialist Digital Trainer, Quattrain. Available to watch here.
“Clearances, Copyright and Contracts for Podcast Creatives” with Nicola Hartley and Henriete Conway of Mint & Co. Available to watch here.
“Looking after your mental health” with occupational psychologist Fiona Dolton. Available here.
“Remote mixing your radio programme, podcasts or audio content” with Mike Hally from Square Dog Media. Available to watch here.
If you have found this valuable we would appreciate a donation here.
take control of your media career
… with the Audiotrain Career Development Scheme
“My session with Caroline helped to turn my career around. She helped me to recognise my skills and to have greater confidence in my CV. Within two weeks I had jumped from making 3 minute packages to having my first 25 minute documentary commissioned. The session gave me a wealth of ideas which I am steadily working through.”
It’s a new decade, so is it time to think about your career in the Media, and where its going in the next few years? The Audiotrain Career Development Scheme is there to support you whether you are at the start of your career, or you are little bit stuck and don’t know where to go next or if you have had years of experience but you want to think through your own personal development.
You can review your cv, increase your chances of promotion, improve your motivation and job satisfaction.
Specialist media training company Quattrain is offering one hour ‘one to one’ sessions that will focus on your requirements, have as many or as few as you like – each session via Skype is just £60 and in person face to face £65 [plus 20% VAT]. The sessions in person depend on location. Caroline Elliot is an experienced business coach with a background in broadcasting, a range of contacts across the industry and an extensive knowledge of the media.
It’s time to invest in you, whether you are a freelancer or an employee of an AudioUK company!
To find out more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
EU briefing videos, podcasts and newsletters
We have produced six videos of our Business Readiness briefing event, held on 25th October 2019, which
discussed the implications of the UK’s changing relationship with the European Union. They are now freely
accessible here (no password needed):
session 1 – opening address from Dept for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport: https://vimeo.com/369532173
session 2 part 1 – travel to and from the EU: https://vimeo.com/369319193
session 2 part 2 – people: https://vimeo.com/369307073
session 2 part 3 – data: https://vimeo.com/369305181
session 3 – IP, copyright, and data protection: https://vimeo.com/369314300
session 4 – future opportunities: https://vimeo.com/369533919
newsletter 1: plan, plan, plan
newsletter 2: travel, data and intellectual property
newsletter 3: legal implications
newsletter 4: future opportunities
newsletter 5: EU nationals in the UK, & working in the EU
newsletter 6: a British freelancer working in the EU
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Audiotrain Aims and Objectives
> To provide affordable quality training in a range of audio skills
> To promote skills sharing across the sector, including radio, podcasting, audiobooks and all forms of audio production
> To encourage new entrants and offer opportunities for networking, collaboration and partnership
> To encourage networking, collaboration and partnership across the sector.
> To promote diversity in audio production
> To be accessible to all those working in the UK Audio sector
Audiotrain is a scheme run by AudioUK Events, which is a trading name of Audio Producers Events Ltd. Registered number 6614180 in England and Wales. Regd office Unit 2, Olympic Court, Boardmans Way, Whitehills Business Park, Blackpool, FY4 5GU. Audiotrain was set up by AudioUK, the trade association for UK audio production companies