The Sound of Cov

'The Sound of Cov Network' is a community project, supported by the Coventry City of Culture Trust and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, bringing eight of the city’s community, student and hospital radio stations together to work collaboratively. 

The project is part of the legacy of the successful Sound of Cov: On Air (in which the eight stations ‘took over’ the BBC CWR airwaves over two days), the Radio Festival Live Event and the Community Radio Conference in 2021. 

Creative Lives will be supporting the stations to form a radio network, as well as offering workshops, development opportunities and encouraging the stations to build strong connections together and with other creative organisations in their city. In addition, we will be working closely with BBC CWR to develop audio content with the stations, this will be supported by our Creative Lives On Air project in Coventry.  

Sound of Cov Network Workshops

April - June 2022

After the success of last year's community radio collaboration, Sound of Cov is back with a series of workshops and network meetings in collaboration with industry leading professionals. Join us at our regular sessions where you can discover the latest skills and tips for radio that will allow you to grow your shows and build your network to continue after Coventry City of Culture 2021.

See the full list of workshops below and register to attend:

Tuesday 26 April

(6pm - 8pm)

Coventry City Council House, Earl St, Coventry CV1 5RR

Sound of Cov Network Setting up Terms of Reference (ToR) and next steps

Join this meeting to discuss and set up the Terms of Reference and plan how to make the best out of the Sound of Cov network moving forward. This session will be led by Jess Plant and Roze Navab from Creative Lives.

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Tuesday 17 May

(6pm - 8pm)

Coventry City Council House, Earl St, Coventry CV1 5RR

Fundraising Workshop by Laura Drane

Find out how to raise funds to deliver your projects both as individual stations and as a collective network. Laura Drane will talk you through how you can find where the best posts of funding are and how you can successfully apply for them.

About the facilitator: Laura Drane is an arts and cultural producer, consultant and project manager, based in Cardiff, Wales. With over 20 years of experience on a wide variety of projects across different art forms and sectors, Laura has an extensive portfolio of leading national organisations across the U.K under her belt.

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Tuesday 31 May

(6pm - 8pm)

Coventry City Council House, Earl St, Coventry CV1 5RR

Social Media and Marketing with Tabarah Emovon

Discover how social media can be used to extend editorial reach, create a new discourse about your show and keep your shows relevance high amongst others. Focus on the transferable skills between editorial radio production and social media asset creation, as well as the importance of personalising social media content

About the facilitator: Tabarah Emovon is a social media and content creator who specialises in radio production and promotion. After an extensive career working in both community and commercial radio, Tabarah joined The Playmaker Group as an Assistant Producer, whilst simultaneously managing their social media profiles across many of the company’s shows.

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Tuesday 14 June

(6pm - 8pm)

Coventry City Council House, Earl St, Coventry CV1 5RR

Radio Tech Workshop by John Offord

Discover how to edit your radio show to flow perfectly. Find out what the best tech is available for your station from a national industry professional.

About the facilitator: John Offord is a freelance Broadcaster, with extensive experience in TV production, event management, radio production and podcasting.

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Tuesday 28 June

(6pm - 8pm)

Coventry City Council House, Earl St, Coventry CV1 5RR

Sound of Cov Network: Wrap Up session

Join Chris Rolls and the Sound of Cov coordinating team as we wrap up and say goodbye to the City of Culture, in Coventry. Have a say about the future of the network and take part in the planning process of what comes next.

About the facilitator: Chris Rolls FRSA is 64 Million Artists’ Head of Training and Development. Chris runs successful training on facilitation, cultural democracy, inclusive, safe spaces and project management.

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This programme of activity is produced by Creative Lives and Coventry City of Culture and, in collaboration with BBC CWR.

It is advised that you take an LFT to protect yourself and others ahead of the event. Please do not come if you have any Covid symptoms.

Please note that this is a capped capacity event, and will be on a first come first serve basis. If you sign up but cannot attend, then please let me know so we can open your space to another person. More information, or if you are no longer able to attend, please contact Roze Navab via on [email protected]


This project is being delivered in collaboration with Creative Lives, The Coventry City of Culture Trust and BBC CWR.