Producer, Sound of 2021

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August 28, 2020
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Job Introduction

The BBC's 'Sound Of' list is an annual event which surveys music critics and industry figures to provide a barometer of the most promising new musical talent.

First conducted by the BBC News website in 2003, the Sound Of list has established a reputation as being a key destination for highlighting and discovering emerging artists each year, with a Top 5 list published every January.

Around 200 critics, editors and broadcasters take part in the Sound Of surveys. Previous winners include 50 Cent, Keane, Corinne Bailey Rae, Adele, Little Boots, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Michael Kiwanuka, Haim, Sam Smith, Ray BLK, Sigrid, Octavian and last year Celeste.

This is a high profile project which has gained much exposure and impact over the past 17 years.

Bringing together all interested parties the successful candidate will co-ordinate, compile and deliver the Sound Of 2021.

This is a unique opportunity to work across the BBC with popular music radio networks, BBC News and Online.

Please note as the Sound Of 2021 list rolls out in early January the successful applicant will need to be available around late December/early January, including some contact during the Christmas break.

Role Responsibility

  • The successful candidate will be responsible for the organising and smooth running of the project from start to finish:
  • Dealing with all the stakeholders and artist representatives to ensure the maximum coverage and impact of the project.
  • Reviewing the list of opinion formers on the data base that contribute to the list.
  • Adding new opinion formers and reviewing those that have not contributed.
  • Contacting the opinion formers with details of the Sound of 2021
  • Liaising with all the stakeholders to agree and co-ordinate coverage these include:

-     BBC News

-     Radio 1 - lead radio Network

-     1Xtra

-     BBC Sounds

-     Radio 2

-     5 Live

-     6 Music

-     BBC Music

-     BBC Introducing

  • Contacting record companies and artists to start negotiations on behalf of the stakeholders for performance and interviews with the acts as appropriate.
  • Undertake interviews as necessary to ensure up to date content is available to all interested parties.

Are you the right candidate?

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • Knowledge and passion for contemporary new music
  • Experience of working with external partners, for example contributors, artists or agents
  • First class organisational skills and a keen eye for detail
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken
  • Experience of working on complex events and projects
  • Proven ability to prioritise and work to strict deadlines
  • Excellent IT skills and knowledge of BBC finance systems
  • Ability to work on own initiative, without supervision, and as part of a team
  • Must be a highly motivated self-starter with the ability to prioritise between competing demands.
  • Good understanding of the internal structure of the BBC

Package Description

Band:                 D
Contract type:    4-month attachment/fixed term contract
Location:            London

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.


  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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