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Saffron is coming to Birmingham

We are looking for people to join our mission this Autumn.

We are really excited to be able to launch Saffron activities in Birmingham later this year and are recruiting for 5 people in the city to join us in delivering our mission. Our 3 core music tech courses will initially each run for a term, offering music production and engineering education through Saffron for Sound and DJing through Mix Nights. Designed to provide women, non-binary and trans people with spaces to learn new skills and build community, the courses offer a combination of hands-on learning and mentoring. Birmingham is the fourth UK city to join Saffron’s family of music tech hubs, alongside Bristol, London and Nottingham.

Existing Saffron and Mix Nights tutors and course facilitators include the likes of Glade Marie, Dutchie, Giulia Tess, Danielle and Princess Trium. Ahead of welcoming Birmingham to the family this Autumn, Saffron are excited to open recruitment for five new freelance roles for people in Birmingham who love their city, its culture and its music.  All roles are on a freelance basis and require no previous teaching experience – most important is a passion for sharing your music tech skills with others and a solidarity with Saffron’s mission to change the gender imbalance in music tech.

Saffron for Sound Live Sound Engineering Course for women and non-binary people
Our Live Sound Engineering course led by Dutchie in Bristol

NEW ROLES IN BIRMINGHAM

The city coordinator will be passionate about Birmingham’s music scene and ready to bring more women, trans and non-binary people into DJing, music production and sound engineering in the city. The role requires someone super organised to be Saffron’s person ‘on the ground’, liaising with our course tutors, course participants, music venues, etc. The coordinator needs to be approachable and friendly, primed to support Saffron’s course participants and tutors on their music tech journey. 

Lead a group of 8-10 women, non-binary and trans people in a beginners course, introducing them to the basics of music production in Ableton Live 11, following an existing Saffron syllabus of teaching. This role is ideal for a new music tech/production degree course graduate or someone with at least 2 years of experience producing to a professional or semi-professional level.

Saffron for Sound Ableton Live Course
Saffron for Sound beginners Ableton Live course

Lead a group of 6 women, non-binary and trans people in a beginners course, introducing them to the basics of sound engineering (live sound, studio sound and the very basics of mixing/mastering concepts) following an existing Saffron syllabus of teaching. This role is ideal for a new music tech/engineering degree course graduate or someone with at least 2 years of experience running live sound at events and studio recording sessions.

Along with one other DJ tutor, you will co-lead a beginner’s DJ course for 6 people, introducing them to the basics of mixing on CDJs, following an existing Saffron syllabus of teaching. You will mentor the participants towards their first DJ set in public at the end-of-term showcase event.

The deadline for all applications is 6 pm on August 12th 2022

SAFFRON FOR SOUND & MIX NIGHTS

Over 6 weekly evening sessions, Saffron For Sound courses introduce aspiring producers and sound engineers to the fundamentals of their subject and provide them with the technical understanding, support and confidence needed to kickstart their careers or simply explore their creative curiosity. Intended for beginners, the sound engineering course walks participants through recording and mixing in a studio or live setting and the music production course focusses on beatmaking in Ableton Live 11. 

Mix Nights tutor J Oh Zee at one of our London showcases

Mix Nights, Saffron’s long-standing DJ course runs over 8 weekly evening sessions and culminates with a showcase event where the new DJ graduates play their first public set in a club. Over 200 people have passed through the course in the last 6 years and a measurable impact has been had on the gender balance in nightlife,  with graduates appearing in the upper echelons of club, festival and radio lineups across the UK. 

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