Background and History

Launched in 2012 

In answer to the huge talent pool in the city that lies outside formal education routes

Liverpool Sound City certificate.

Wholly vocational

Intensive business programmes that are specific to the music, new tech and digital business environment

Targeted content that employs a tool box approach to understanding the sector in great depth

Dramatically increases employability

A range of effective routes for creating realistic start ups and freelancers within the sector

VIP access to Sound City and a range of unique business opportunities (Round Table, mentor programmes, EXPO)

Since 2008 Sound City has brought in over £15 million and created over 100 new jobs (Cobham-Murphy independent audit statistics) in the music, new tech and digital business community

In the short term our programmes have been running our former graduates have already had some great success and gained invaluable insight into the business environment they want to position themselves within long term.

To date, we have delivered training to 121 people in 4 cohorts in Liverpool, 74% of whom graduated with a Sound City Training Certificate.  This is an achievement considering retention and pass rates in further education are 63% nationally (Ofsted 2015).  Those who completed the training have gone on to work at companies including Glastonbury, Festival No6, Sunday Best Recordings, Warner Chappell, Festival No6 


Many of them are now running their own projects and businesses more effectively.  Some of these include:


Music Tuition School

Band and Artist agency

Record Label

Freelance music and culture journalist


This is an Industry based course with Industry knowledge to give you the tools to prepare, nurture and start your journey in the creative and digital industries.  The Sound City programmes were an amazing journey.  I learned so much about how to go about setting up and running my own business within the music and digital economy.  I have also been on the mentor programme for the last 12 months and this has been great to keep me focused and on course with my plans.
— Dominic Dunne
I’ve learnt more on this course in the last 12 weeks Industry wise than I have ever done  on any other funded courses or at college
— Connor Melling