Speak & Sound

Our Mission

To empower young people aspiring for a career in music by connecting them with diverse & inspiring individuals successfully embarking on careers in the industry. From those working in records, publishing and rights management, to lawyers, artist managers and everything in between, we not only want to provide young people with the knowledge to succeed but also connect them with mentors that promote acceptance and individuality, rather than endorse the industry as an exclusive members club.


Project Educate, Engage, Empower



A government survey conducted in 2016 found that 89% of people in jobs within the creative industries in 2015 were white. With the music industry specifically in mind, 87.4% of people in jobs were from what the survey described as "more advantaged backgrounds." Access to the creative industry should not be a privilege. We want to deliver free seminars, panels and training sessions for 16-22 year olds, in partnership with schools & colleges to help young people from more diverse & less advantaged communities develop their skill set in order to pursue a career in music.


Access to education is step one. In partnership with some of the biggest companies in the industry, we want to create a pipeline from schools & colleges into the music industry, offering long and short term internships and placements making "getting your foot in the door" more accessible, no matter what your ethnicity or socio-economic background.  


We know the industry is committed to creating an environment that has equal opportunities for all and recognise that there is still a way to go, but the will is there. We want to ensure career progression & development is always encouraged. Because of this, we want to create a support network for young people at the start of their careers, whether they have come through the Speak & Sound program or not, creating a community that promotes acceptance and diversity, through social & networking events as well as mentorship programs.

Success Stories

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Jadon Hodge - Release Management Intern, AWAL

“Being a part of Speak & Sound has been a phenomenal experience for me. Because of this organisation, I was provided a two week internship at one of the top publishing companies in the world, which for me was a very big deal. Prior to being introduced to Speak & Sound, I never thought I'd get any major placements like this, especially having no connections to anyone in the music industry. Being at Kobalt and working at AWAL not only provided me with useful career insight, it also answered the many questions I had a about labels, royalties, record deals, publishing and other parts of the music industry that I was either curious or unsure about. The team at AWAL was absolutely fantastic, everyone I met was cool and friendly which was welcoming. I'm truly thankful for Speak & Sound for providing the opportunity. I hope that more young people who are driven, use this organisation.”

Having a mentor through Speak & Sound has been an incredible experience. As well as having many opportunities opened up for me, the advice I’ve been given has been invaluable. The constant support from both Speak & Sound and from my mentor has given me so much more confidence! I’m very excited about my future with Speak & Sound and I definitely recommend anyone wanting experience in the industry to get in touch with them.
— Molly-Mae Taylor
Speak & Sound has opened up so many opportunities for me. The CV advice I received definitely boosted my confidence when it came to applications and as a result, I was approached by a recruiter. I absolutely support what Speak & Sound stands for and am so grateful for the time so selflessly invested.
— Kristina Semcenko

We’ve teamed up with DiVA on this summer’s Get Creative! Traineeship. It’s specially designed for young people aged 16-24-year-olds with fewer than AS Levels who are motivated to get a job in the creative sector but do not yet have the skills or experience needed.

The 9-week full-time programme starting 06 May 2019, consists of a combination of employability skills workshops, personal development sessions and opportunities to gain an insight into the world of work. You’ll also get 4 weeks of meaningful work experience designed to help you put what you’ve learned into practice!

For more info, follow Get Creative! or drop us a message!

Get Involved

Are you a young person aspiring for a career in music? A college that would benefit from the Speak & Sound program? Or a music company that shares our vision of equality & diversity in the industry?

We’d love to hear from you!

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