Shetland Arts, in partnership with Inner Ear, are offering performance artists professional development training in the use of streaming equipment and online broadcast channels to help them reach new audiences.

Artists will be paid a fee to take part in the online training and will be provided with equipment and performance opportunities via a series of online events throughout the year. The programme is open to those based in Shetland, or with strong connections to the isles.

All you need is a smartphone, an internet connection, and a desire to share your performances with the world!

Established in October 2000, Inner Ear launched one of the world’s longest-running internet radio stations, Radio Magnetic, in March 2001. Since then this content company has become the go-to provider for cultural live programme production; helping creative people bring their audiences closer. With specialisms in programme making, live streaming, documentary and podcast production, Inner Ear works for a wide variety of cultural organisations, brands and public sector bodies. Underground, electronic music champion Radio Magnetic is still going strong and is complemented by Inner Ear’s other creative brands TRADtv and Walking Heads

The 2-hour workshops will be delivered by Dougal Perman of Inner Ear in March and include:

  1. Introduction to smartphone live streaming: live production overview, best practice examples.

  1. Setting up your studio: framing, set, lighting, sound and grip.

  1. Processing: vision and audio mixing, effects and enhancements, recording, apps.

  1. Platforms and distribution: going live and reaching your audience.

There will be additional support sessions through 2021 comprising a mix of group Q&As and one-to-one catchups.

I love hearing and seeing how people tell their stories using readily available technology. Everything I know about programme making and media production I’ve learned on the job over the past 20 years and I enjoy helping people get to grips with tools and techniques that can help them reach their audiences (Dougal Perman, Inner Ear).

The opportunity is available to artists in any performance medium such as music, drama or dance. Places are limited so applicants must be able to demonstrate how the training, equipment and performance opportunities will support their professional development.

Participants will be paid a fee of £250 to take part in the training and provide at least one streamed live performance. Please note that the opportunity is for individuals – group applications must be made by a nominated individual who will receive payment, be responsible for the upkeep of the equipment and take part in the training.

this is an excellent opportunity for performers to work with Inner Ear, a company at the leading edge of streaming, to make use of readily available technology to broadcast to the wider world (Bryan Peterson, Shetland Arts).

Provisional dates for training are Tuesdays 7-9pm on 16th, 23rd, 30th March and 6th April. Please note spaces are limited.

To apply, please send a CV and Cover Letter outlining how the training will support your professional development to admin@shetlandarts.org with the subject line “Upskilling — Streaming Live Performance”

Deadline: 5pm Wednesday 10 March, places will be confirmed on Friday 12 March.

Supported by Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund.

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