Kickstart Your Creative Career with BBC Radio 1’s Academy

Many young people dream of becoming musicians, actors and radio presenters, but how many of them get the opportunity to be schooled by the stars themselves? You could learn the tricks of the trade from some of the very best talent in British music, radio, TV and film with BBC Radio 1’s Academy in Hull from 21-25 May 2017.

Taking place at The Albemarle Music Centre in the run up to BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, the Academy offers a host of free workshops, Q&A sessions, advice clinics and live performances aimed at providing you with the tools, contacts and information to kickstart your dream creative career.

Want to know more? Here’s what you can expect to see…


Put down your hairbrush and pick up a microphone – you’re probably about to become a star!

Learn from the best as some of the UK’s hottest bands and musicians head up workshops and Q&As designed to give you the skills to become a songwriter, guitarist, beatboxer and an all-round performer. Previous celebrity guests have included Ella Eyre, Jake Bugg, Lower Than Atlantis and AlunaGeorge, so we can’t wait to discover who will be coming to town this year.

If that doesn’t provide your celebrity fix, feast your eyes and ears on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge in Hull, where world-famous musicians perform unique covers and stripped-back versions of their latest releases. You’ll also have chance to catch the best up-and-coming musicians in a series of BBC Introducing performances.


Do you dream of becoming the next Nick Grimshaw or Alice Levine?

Listen to the personal insights of BBC Radio 1’s best-known DJs and learn the tricks of the trade from top BBC bosses and producers. You’ll receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about writing content for broadcast, curating playlists, interviewing on-air and life in the studio. Who knows where it could lead?


If you fancy your chances on the telly, then the Academy’s TV & Film programme could be perfect for you.

Listen in awe as the BBC’s television and film stars spill their top secrets and get involved with script-writing, filming, directing and backstage preparations in a number of workshops led by writers, directors, producers and camera operators.

Previous sessions have included filming a Live Lounge performance, quizzing BBC 3 actors and writing storylines for the cast of EastEnders.


There are plenty of creative careers that the Academy can help you with, with masterclasses in social media, photography, business-planning and new technology.

If you’re into a more informal approach to learning, you can head to The Hangout, a drop-in area where you can chat to TV and radio insiders over a coffee, catch a live broadcast, receive career and CV advice and much more.


For the very first time, the BBC will be recruiting a select group of 10 young people aged 16+ to receive personalised employability training, careers advice, production skills training, behind-the-scenes tours of the BBC studios and opportunities to shadow at BBC events, plus events in Hull throughout 2017.

You’ll need to attend an Academy event in order to be considered, but if you are chosen you’ll have the support of the BBC as you progress into your dream creative career.

Louise Kattenhorm, Radio 1 Editor, says: “Radio 1’s Academy always brings such brilliant and motivating events. We are relishing the chance to meet the talented young people of Hull and we’re inspired by the passion and enthusiasm for creativity we’ve already seen from them.”

We can’t wait to see what the city’s young people have in store, so get involved and do us proud.

Find out more about BBC Radio 1’s Academy by tuning in to BBC Radio 1 from 10am on 10-11 February, when Matt Edmondson and Alice Levine broadcast live from Hull.