SOUND CHECK | Future Yard



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.

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 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.

Future Yard Sound Check training


Sign up to Sound Check now. Applications close on Monday 28th September at midday.

Apply to Sound Check at Future Yard

Sound Check is free to access. The programme starts on Tuesday 6th October, running until the end of January (with a fortnight break at Christmas). Sessions take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 5.30pm to 8.30pm at Future Yard, 75 Argyle Street. There will also be occasional additional sessions outside of these times when working on live events.

We will also be hosting two online info sessions at 6pm on 23rd and 24th September, where anybody interested can find out more about the programme and put questions to the Sound Check team. To take part in either of these info sessions, sign up here.

Anyone who signs up for the Sound Check course or either on the online Info Sessions by 18th September will receive a digital ticket to our live streamed show with She Drew The Gun on 19th September (7pm).


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.