Roots to the Future is the title of the new podcast series from Tomorrow’s Warriors, produced by Folded Wing, focusing on the UK jazz scene and presented by musician Cherise. Episode 1 launched today, and a full series is planned for later this year. You can subscribe here: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Anchor

Calling all aspiring radio and podcast producers!

To accompany the podcast, we’re launching a new audio industry development scheme in collaboration with Folded Wing.

The scheme will provide professional training in key aspects of audio production for a group of 6-8 young people, followed up with practical learning opportunities and paid work for aspiring presenters and production assistants. It aims to broaden access points to the industry and diversify the talent both on and off mic.

An initial group of young people will be given two days professional training with industry experts – established production staff with decades of experience in the sector and presenters of high profile shows for the BBC and other outlets. Participants will be given a grounding in everything from show planning and idea generation, to editing and sound design, presenting, editorial decision making and learning how the business works.

One participant will be offered paid work on the series as a co-presenter – getting practical opportunities to conduct short interviews, develop their skills and begin to build a portfolio. Another participant will be offered a paid role as Production Assistant on the series – working with the Folded Wing team to learn every aspect of crafting a podcast, from booking guests to the final cut. 


Applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are encouraged.
To apply, you need to be aged 18-25 and without a previous substantial history of paid employment in the audio industry. Applications are open until noon on September 6th. Apply by hitting the button below:

Janine Irons MBE, Tomorrow’s Warriors CEO and Co-Founder said “It’s a very proud moment to team up with our friends at Folded Wing and the wonderful Cherise to launch, not just a brand new podcast that celebrates UK jazz legacy alongside the scene’s future, but also a training programme that aims to diversify the next generation of audio industry talent. For 30 years, Tomorrow’s Warriors has supported, educated, mentored and championed young musicians with a focus on those from diverse and challenging backgrounds, providing a platform that simply wasn’t there. But now it’s clear that more of a platform is needed for aspiring young radio professionals.  We are delighted to launch the training scheme with the radio industry experts at Folded Wing, to provide pathways into radio careers for young people and create that positive change we all want to see in the industry.”

Karen Pearson, Founder and CEO of Folded Wing said “I’ve been a huge admirer of Tomorrow’s Warriors for many, many years! When you look at the current health and vibrancy of the UK jazz scene, a large part of it can be traced directly back to Tomorrow’s Warriors’ work and the many talented young musicians they have nurtured and given a space to grow, who might not have otherwise had the opportunity. Training has always been at the heart of what Folded Wing do. As a company we’re dedicated to shaking up the audio industry, which is in much need of more pathways for young diverse talent and giving people with potential from all backgrounds a practical route into work.  Tomorrow’s Warriors have excelled at offering opportunities to underrepresented communities in the music world and as longtime producers of The Jazz Show with Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2, we’ve seen the immense positive impact this has had on the music and the people behind it—so Tomorrow’s Warriors are the perfect partners to go on this journey with. With Roots to the Future, we have a shared vision, and I can’t wait to get started!”

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