Selector PRO 2017-2018, now in its third year, grew out of The Selector, an award-winning London-based radio show featuring the best in contemporary UK music, across all styles. Produced by the British Council, the show has an audience of over three million listeners in 40 countries around the world.

Selector PRO 2017-2018 features a brand new format, and will run as a professional development programme for the music industry. Selector PRO 2017-2018 aims to create links between UK and Russian industry and entrepreneurship, provide training and support for developing Russian musicians, managers and journalists and share professional expertise and showcase new talent from the UK.

Selector PRO 2017-2018 Programme

The British Council has curated the professional development programme, consisting of four short-courses, in partnership with the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM), a higher education institution in the UK specialising in contemporary music.

The courses will run in for a week in September and November 2017, as well as in January and March 2018 and will include:

  • an intensive seminar led by a BIMM tutor and a local partner;
  • a public lecture by an industry insider from the UK;
  • a music studio residency with musicians from the UK and Russia;
  • Selector LIVE parties with live music from the UK.

Selector PRO 2017-2018 sessions

March 2018

  • 20-23 March - free course  in artist management as part of Selector PRO 2017-2018, the professional development programme for the music industry. The workshop will cover the key principles of artist management in the global music industry today. This includes the role of festivals, conferences and cultural institutions in shaping an artist; making money in music; working with labels, distributors and streaming services; legal and financial matters; and development and marketing an artist. The course will be led by Graham Jackson - professor at BIMM. Deadline for applications 14 March. 
  • 23 March at the Powerhouse club in Moscow Nadine Shah with live band will present her recent album 'Holiday Destination'.
    Nadine Shah is a songwriter and musician from the north east of England and born of Pakistani/Norwegian heritage. Her first album 'Love Your Dum and Mad' was released in 2013 and received much critical acclaim not only for its musical components but also its political message of raising awareness to those suffering with mental health illnesses. Free upon registration. 

January-February 2018

  • 6 - 9 February 2018

Short course in music production in partnership with Izi Educational Assembly. The course will run as part of the educational programme for Selector PRO 2017-2018. 

The course will span four full days and will include lectures, presentations, workshops and group discussions as well as opportunities for participants to discuss their work with industry experts. 

The course will be led by electronic music producer and composer Jack Gibbons who also teaches music production at BIMM Bristol. 

  • 26 January 2018

As part of the programme, Powerhouse club (Moscow, 7/4 Goncharnaya street) will host Selector LIVE party featuring UK dance/electronic musician Gaika with his new album The Spectacular Empire as well as  God Colony, Gage, Flohio and Covco. 
Doors open at 8 pm.

September 2017

  • 26-29 September
    Music journalism workshop by Paul Lester
  • 27 September
    Public talk on music journalism by Paul Lester 
  • 29 September 
    Selector LIVE: Kojey Radical