New training programme launched for young women entering music industry

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The free Future1000 scheme is led by Jaguar and educational initiative FutureDJs.

Future1000 is a new training programme launched with an aim to get more young women into the electronic music industry. The free scheme is led by DJ and radio host Jaguar and in-school music education platform FutureDJs, which was founded by brothers Austen and Scott Smart. The Future1000 programme involves a mixture of interactive artist-led sessions and online modules focused on areas like DJ-ing, presenting and music production, alongside other industry-specific skills.

The 12-part online course is open to UK students aged 12-18 who identify as female, trans or non-binary. However, students must be enrolled by their music teacher in order to verify their identity. As the name suggests, Future1000 will be welcoming 1,000 students into its programme. In order to sign up, teachers will need to register their interest online through the Future1000 website. Students aren’t required to have prior knowledge, industry experience or equipment.

Elsewhere, Future1000 will offer schools that aren’t equipped with the appropriate music technology to support the course with the opportunity to apply for free practice equipment for students taking part. Additionally, the first 100 eligible schools who sign students up will receive a long-term loan of the Pioneer DJ DDJ-200 controller, FutureDJs’ How to DJ book and more.

Speaking on the new launch in a press statement, Jaguar said, “Our hope for equality lies in the next generation and that’s why Future1000 will help improve gender diversity and representation at the very start of young people’s journeys into music, at a time when access to opportunities and inclusivity is most critical.”

“My own experience of coming up in the industry, and often being the only girl in the room, has motivated me to make a change for others from similar backgrounds, and I hope that Future1000 helps to show young girls, trans and non-binary people what they’re capable of.”

Head to Future1000 to find out more about the programme. Learn more about the Smart brothers and FutureDJs here.