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.
A new version of the programme for 14-15 year-olds will be starting in January 2022, taking place on Saturday mornings within a new Music Centre at Future Yard.

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 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.

Sound Check at Future Yard

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. There will also be a number of follow-on employment opportunities available, including through the Government’s Kickstart scheme.

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. 

16-24 year-olds
Sessions take place on Monday evenings at Future Yard, 5.30pm-8.30pm. There will also be occasional additional sessions outside of these times when working on live events. The programme begins on 13th September.

Applications for this round of Sound Check are now closed. The application process will re-open shortly for the 14-15 January courses. Sign up to our mailing list to be kept informed about updates and details of the next applicant intake.

sound Check at Future Yard

We’re pleased to announce that, for the upcoming January 2022 round of Sound Check, that 14-15 year olds will be able to take part on a specific programme on Saturday mornings. This is thanks to a new partnership with Edsential Musical Routes Music Education Hub.

14-15 year-olds
Sessions take place on Saturday mornings, 10am-12pm, within our new music centre at Future Yard. There will also be occasional additional sessions outside of these times when working on live events. The programme begins on 2nd October.


Sound Check sign up


Thank you to our partners Youth Music for supporting the Sound Check programme, enabling music-making for young people. We’d also like to thank our partners at Edsential, WEA (through the European Social Fund) and Magenta Living for supporting this programme. AdLib are our Production Partner on the Sound Check programme.


Sound Check training session at Future Yard

“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