Indie Development Fund

Published: 16 November 2021
“The independent sector is booming with creative ideas and there are many small to medium sized companies who can help us to deliver more for our audiences. This development fund will support selected indies with their plans, feeding directly into the BBC’s commitments to champion new talent, increase diversity and be more representative of the UK as a whole.” – Charlotte Moore

BBC Radio & Music Indie Development Fund

The Radio Indie Development Fund will see £250,000 annually allocated to back talented independent production companies, specifically supporting the BBC’s strategic priorities, with a current focus on its Across the UK plans and ambitious diversity targets.

The BBC hopes the fund will boost the development capacity of the sector as well as create a pipeline of commissions from indies who may not already have sizable or regular commissions from the BBC. Successful indies will receive funding for a specific idea or aspect of their work, and will also receive mentoring from the relevant BBC commissioning team.

Earlier this year, BBC announced its wide-reaching plans to move its creative and journalistic centre away from London. As part of the BBC Across the UK plans, BBC Radio has committed to numerous changes, including increasing the network radio and music spend outside London to 50%, key daytime programmes on Radio 1, 1Xtra and Radio 2 coming from across the UK, rooting Radio 3 and Radio 6 Music in the north, and Radio 4 moving a number of factual strands out of London.

As part of the BBC’s diversity commitments, BBC Radio has allocated £12 million of its existing commissioning budget over the next three years specifically towards diverse and inclusive content, which meet specific criteria around diverse stories and portrayal on air, diverse production leadership and diverse company leadership.

Applying to the fund

Access to the fund is managed via an annual application process. The most recent application window closed on 21 December 2021 at midday. Please continue to check this page for further information and new dates.