So, you love live music, festivals and concerts. You’ve been hooked on the thrill of the live experience since your very first gig or club night. But, do you know that you can actually make this your career? Do you know the huge range of jobs that the live music industry can offer?

SOUND CHECK is a brand new training programme from Future Yard, designed to introduce young people to the skills they need to pursue careers in the live music industry.

From sound engineers to festival bookers, lighting designers to concert promoters, this brand new programme will introduce you to the range of job roles and skills you need to make your career in the live music industry.

Based at our brand new venue on Argyle Street in Birkenhead, Sound Check will support you to build your skills and knowledge in a real industry setting. A core programme of workshops runs alongside the opportunity to gain hands-on skills at live events.

The live music industry is worth £1.1bn each year to the UK economy and is exported around the world. It has been growing at 10% year on year and offers hugely fulfilling creative careers across a range of job roles.

Like many industries, COVID-19 provides a short term challenge. But, the live music industry remains a hugely significant industry locally, within the Liverpool City Region, and nationally. It will return, and Sound Check is an opportunity to develop the skills required to flourish within it as it does.

The free to access programme focuses on two areas; Technical Production and Live Music Event Management. These are then followed by an Independent Group Project, in which you will utilise your new skills to deliver your own live event. There will also be occasional additional sessions outside of weekly sessions when working on live events (shadowing).

The programme is delivered by Future Yard’s hugely experienced team of tutors and boasts a broad range of guest speakers from across the industry.

After completing the programme, you will have the opportunity to join Future Yard’s ongoing training programme, further developing your skills and experience.

The programme is accredited through Arts Award. In completing Sound Check, you will achieve a Bronze level qualification. Arts Award is a trusted, UCAS-accepted arts sector qualification accredited by Trinity College London and Arts Council England.

Sound Check is free to access and is open to all local people aged 16-24 with a passion for live music and an interest in making it their career. No previous experience is required. 


We will be starting another round of the Sound Check programme in early 2021. Please sign up to our Future Yard Training mailing list to be kept informed about the next intake, and further training and volunteering opportunities.

In January, we will be holding an Open Day at Future Yard ahead of the second Sound Check round, where you can come along, meet the team and get an idea of what the whole programme entails. We will also be announcing a volunteering programme to run alongside Sound Check, offering the chance to work alongside our in-house production team on delivering high quality live events. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of this news, sign up to the mailing list now.

Thank you to Youth Music for supporting the Sound Check programme, enabling music-making for young people.

We’d also like to thank our partners at Wirral Council and Magenta Living for supporting this programme.
AdLib are our Production Partner on the Sound Check programme.

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