The Audio Content Fund is a new scheme supported by the UK Government to provide funding for original radio and audio production.

Audio Content Fund

It exists to provide financial support for radio programming that is difficult to fund on a commercial basis.

In 2019 it will invite applications from audio production companies planning to make content for UK radio broadcasters.

Applications will be assessed by an independent panel of experts and judged against a set of agreed evaluation criteria.

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The Audio Content Fund is a not-for-profit company supported by a grant from the UK Government’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Further details and specific guidance on how to apply will be available in early 2019.

Audio Content Fund


In October 2018 the Government announced its plans for a three year ‘contestable fund’ pilot scheme of up to £60million that will support the provision and plurality of public service content in genres and networks where it is currently financially difficult to fund production.

This included plans for the launch of a new Audio Content Fund, which will assign up to £3million to support a broad range of public service audio content, for all ages, on a wider range of UK radio stations.

Examples of the sort of programmes eligible for funding might include: long-form documentaries or speech programmes; comedy; drama; educational content; outside-broadcasts or events. Content will be expected reach significant audiences, with allowances made for UK minority indigenous languages, younger audiences and diversity.

Applications for funding will require a guarantee of broadcast from an Ofcom-licensed radio station and will be judged against a set of agreed criteria including Quality, Innovation, Additionality, Nations & Regions, Diversity, New Voices, Audience Reach and Plurality.

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Audio Content Fund

Helen Boaden to Chair Audio Content Fund Panel

The panel will assess all bids for funding, and will comprise of Helen Boaden, Mukti Jain Campion, Kate Cocker, and John Myers, working closely with Managing Director Sam Bailey.

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Audio Content Fund Bidding Guidelines published

The Guidelines for those seeking to bid for funding are now available, with details of assessment criteria and the dates of the three funding rounds in 2019.

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Our Partners

The Audio Content Fund is a not-for-profit company established by AudioUK and Radiocentre to distribute funding independently from Government.

Audio Content Fund

AudioUK (previously Radio Independents Group) is the industry trade body that represents the interests of the UK’s audio production industry. AudioUK represents over two-thirds of audio-led production companies and 90% of current independent radio production.

Audio Content Fund

Radiocentre is the industry body for commercial radio and works on behalf of over 60 stakeholders who operate 300 licensed radio station across the UK, representing 90% of the commercial radio industry.

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