Global Radio’s Capital FM and the BPI are joining forces with youth work charity UK Youth to set up the initiative. The aim is to increase access to music industry jobs for young people from all backgrounds.
The www.thebigmusicproject.co.uk website contains career advice from the likes of Example and Katy B as well as the On Track industry experience portal containing details of internships and work experience opportunities.
The initiative will also see a series of Big Music Project live events take place in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow and London as well as a national music competition. Artists including Plan B, MNEK and Chase & Status are all backing the project.
Peter Ainsworth, chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said: ‘The Big Music Project is all about inspiring young people across the UK to fulfil their potential and achieve their personal goals.
‘It is about giving them opportunities to learn some new transferable skills that could help them excel in the world of work, whether they choose a career in the music industry or decide to try something else. It is just one of a number of initiatives the Big Lottery Fund is backing that aim to empower young people to shape their own futures and to play an active role in their communities.’
The Big Music Project is backed by a £4m grant from the Big Lottery Fund and will aim to support young people aged between 14 and 24.