February 10, 2022
Words by: Nathan Reece
With less than 5% of technical music roles being made up of women, trans and non-binary people, and with less than 2% being POC, there is a clear imbalance in the music industry that needs to be addressed.
Based in Bristol, but expanding to Nottingham, London and beyond, Saffron is a platform and community that is creating opportunities for minorities in music. They run courses (online and in real life), schemes and training to help minorities get a head-start in the music industry, whilst building skills that will allow them to cultivate a sustainable career. The courses include teachings on sound engineering, music production, DJing and more.
Over 2021, Saffron ran the Springboard scheme, which gave six individuals, aged 18-25, access to funding, training and mentoring. Each participant used the scheme in different ways, such as creating a podcast, writing and recording an album, and personal/career development. You can read more about each individual here.
You may recognise one of Factory’s own, Izzy. She was one of the participants in the scheme where she has been furthering herself as a sound engineer alongside working here at Factory Studios.
“The Springboard scheme has been life-changing for me and allowed me to secure my place in this notoriously difficult industry. I can’t thank Saffron enough for their support, I have learnt so much, and they continue to encourage me after the scheme has ended. Being a part of the Saffron community has created so many opportunities for me, and I encourage anyone who feels stuck or unsure about their place in the music industry to seek out their resources.”
You can find out more info about Saffron’s upcoming courses and events via their website. If you aren’t applicable, you can donate and be an ally in supporting Saffron’s cause.