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Applications are closed. 

What’s A/D Garage you say? 

A/D garage is our new initiative which will train and develop 8 women and gender marginalised people of colour aged 18-25 who want to learn what it takes to build a career in live sound engineering. We will prioritise applicants based in the Midlands. 


As part of this initiative, we are recruiting for 2x freelance roles for those aged between18-25 to help us deliver the programme. More information about these positions can be found over on our opportunities page. 


Selected participants will access;


  • 10 workshops which cover the theory and practical learning of live sound engineering, exploring sound concepts, mixing for monitors & FOH, miking, audio systems, working with live bands as well as career development.   

  • 1-1s with industry professionals to discuss next steps in your live sound engineering career. 

  • Paid work experience opportunities to put the learning into practice

  • A £250 grant to support costs such as travel to attend industry events enabling network building and gain an understanding of various industry environments. 

  • Festival pass to attend Liverpool Sound city in 2022.

  • Free access to She Said So Northern events.  

  • A taster shadow session into the world of studio engineering.

  • Monthly virtual hangout sessions centred around well-being, self advocacy and community. 

  • Access to the wider cube music-loving community and referrals to similar networks. 

  • A bespoke music resource pack to equip you with practical tips and the latest opportunities to increase future employment, whether that be a freelance career or full-time roles in the music industry. 

What do the workshops look like?

The workshops will be a combination of theory and practical led by our experienced tutor. Theory sessions will be delivered at our project partner and friends' Mimm creative studios. Practical sessions will be delivered at the award winning independent music venue Peggy's Skylight. All workshops will be delivered in Nottingham. 

There will be funds available to support travel costs to attend the workshops. This will be assessed according to the needs of successful applicants and is subject to restrictions on the amounts available. 

What commitment does the training require? 

There will be 2 monthly in-person workshops starting from September to December 2021. Workshop sessions will start from 10am - 3pm. 

Workshop Dates: 

Wednesday 29th Sept, Thursday 30th Sept // Wednesday 27th Oct, Thursday 28th Oct // Wednesday 24th Nov,

Thursday 25th Nov // Wednesday 1st Dec, Thursday 2nd Dec // Wednesday 15th Dec, Thursday 16th Dec.


5 monthly virtual hangout sessions from January 2022


You will receive a festival pass to attend Liverpool Soundcity 2022 


Paid live sound engineering gigs from May 2022


This Programme has been designed with the intention to work alongside successful participants' other commitments e.g. existing employment, education, etc. 


In-person workshop dates and times are subject to change due to potential future lockdown restrictions or venue changes. In the event of this happening, successful applicants will be notified with as much notice as possible to support their full engagement with A/D Garage. 

Why is this programme prioritising applications from women and gender minorities of colour?

Like with many STEM - oriented fields, they are dominated by men. Although there are slow shifts happening in music production and sound engineering, there is still just 5% of women working in audio tech production. Women are vastly underrepresented and this figure further declines with women of colour and gender minorities at the intersection where challenges to navigate and build careers in music are nuanced. 


This initiative exists to contribute towards active change from a regional perspective, as the UK music industry is often viewed as London-centric. We are just trying to do our part to balance the playing field and equip those with the tools to tell their stories and thrive in a career that they are empowered by. 

How much does it cost? 

It’s free. We do expect you to show up for yourself to invest in your development which supports your career progression. 

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How to apply? 

Applications are now open. Apply HERE


If you would like to apply via video or audio, please answer the questions outlined in the application and send to email: with subject line: a/d garage: Live sound engineering programme

Applications close Friday 17th September 2021

Successful Applicants will be notified Monday 20th September 2021 


If you have any questions about the application process, programme, or you’re interested but not sure if it’s right for you, get in touch with us and email 

This development programme has been supported through Youth Music’s Incubator fund thanks to funding from players of people’s postcode lottery.  


Special thanks to: Mimm, Liverpool Sound City, Peggy's Skylight, She Said So Northern. 

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