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This is Distorted launches paid internships with Youth Music funding

This is Distorted has announced a paid internship programme, Sonic Youth, backed with funding from Youth Music, that will launch the production careers of two young people in Yorkshire who are passionate about audio and electronic music.

The eight-month long scheme will start in January 2024 and will give 2 successful interns professional level production skills, access to industry networks, career coaching and a professional portfolio of work.

One trainee will be dedicated to learning how to make an electronic music radio show and the other producer a professional speech based podcast, and both will learn the production skills to create a radio shows or podcast including creative development, editing, scripting and managing talent and will have access to industry mentors suited to their individual career goals and skill set.

This is Distorted works with some of the biggest names in electronic music including Defected, Alok, Claptone, Nora En Pure, Sister Bliss, Deadmau5, Don Diablo and Korolova and is the biggest supplier of electronic music radio programmes in the world.

Andi Durrant, director This Is Distorted and producer, DJ and broadcaster said: “At This Is Distorted we are passionate about our Yorkshire roots and want to nurture new production talent and help open doors into what is a notoriously difficult profession to break into.”

Rebecca Lamb-Pritchard Head of Marketing at This Is Distorted said: “In the last 10 years the digital advancements in audio have made it much easier and accessible for anyone to start creating music and shows. But, it has also led to the closure and streamlining of many regional radio stations, making it even more difficult for people starting out in music and audio to access industry

level coaching and mentoring. We are proud to be partnering with Youth Music UK to ensure young people in Yorkshire are given the opportunities to nurture their talent and work in the music and audio industries.”

Matt Griffiths, Youth Music CEO says: “It’s crucial we enable more young people to make, learn and earn in music, whatever their background or goal. That’s why we’re excited to invest in innovative organisations like This is Distorted, who are leading the way with their dedication to

diversifying music. It’s really inspiring to see their Sonic Youth initiative removing barriers into the music industries for young people in Yorkshire, and hope it prompts others to take proactive steps that will equalise the sector.”

Applicants have until midnight on January 19th 2024 to apply and need to be aged 18-25 from the date the scheme commences. They don’t need to have qualifications or previous work experience, but they do need to be able to demonstrate passion for electronic music and the audio industry and a raw skillset, live in Yorkshire and be avialable for the duration of the course, which lasts until September.

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