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 new training programme from Future Yard, designed to introduce young people to the skills they need to pursue careers in the live music industry. It is open to young people aged 16 to 24 from the local area. Now taking applications!  Now also offering a full-time 18-week programme.




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From sound engineers to event managers, lighting designers to box office, 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 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.

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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 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. There will also be a number of follow-on employment opportunities available.

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.


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We’re pleased to announce that, for the upcoming Spring-Summer 2022 round of Sound Check, there will be two different ways you can take part. There’s the 12-week Monday night course, which also includes shadowing opportunities on Future Yard shows; and a new 18-week full-time version of the programme (Tuesday-Friday), run in partnership with The Learning Foundry. The 18-week course also includes hands-on work experience with shadowing at live shows.
*Specific eligibility criteria apply for the 18-week full-time course – see below for details.*

If you’re 14-15, you can start on the Sound Check journey as part of our Saturday morning New Noise Music Centre, which is run in partnership with Edsential Musical Routes Music Education Hub. See here for more details.

The next round of Sound Check is currently underway – the Monday night programme starts on Monday 9th May 2022. Applications are open NOW.
No previous experience is required. All we ask is that you have a passion for live music and an interest in turning that into a career.

12-week Monday night programme

  • aged 19-24
  • live in the Liverpool City region
  • not in education, employment or training (preferable)

Sessions take place Monday evenings from 5.30pm to 8.30pm at Future Yard (75 Argyle Street, Birkenhead), with additional shadowing sessions at live shows (mainly evenings). Deadline for applications is 4th May 2022 (5pm).

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18-week full-time programme (Tues-Fri)

  • aged 16-24
  • live in the Liverpool City region
  • not in education, employment or training

Core sessions take place Tuesday to Friday daytimes from 10am to 5pm at Future Yard (75 Argyle Street, Birkenhead), with additional hands-on work experience sessions at live shows (mainly evenings). The programme has already started, but applicants can still apply and catch up the first week’s activity. Deadline for applications is 29th April 2022.
Apply via The Learning Foundry. You can contact The Learning Foundry’s team for more information before applying by email (, phone (0300 123 8088) or text (07966 970 899).

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Thank you to our partners for supporting the Sound Check programme, enabling music-making for young people and creating life-changing opportunities: The Learning Foundry, Daneway Foundation, The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (through the Strategic Investment Fund), WEA (through the European Social Fund), Edsential and Wirral Council. AdLib are our Production Partner on the Sound Check programme.


Sound Check kickstart your live music industry career

“Gaining the skills involved in sound and light engineering was difficult, which made it all the more rewarding when I found myself able to successfully do the tech for a set of live performances from a local band, Denio.”
Ellie Collier, Sound Check participant