Call for applications:Live music show production masterclass

The British Council is pleased to invite applications from aspiring and emerging sound engineers for a live show production master class with Sam Jones from the Sound Thread Company, UK.

This 6-day training is set to help young music technicians demonstrate how a live show is planned and executed.  This means recording, mixing and implementing their production inputs within a live performance.

The workshop will involve short modules on the following:

  • Pre show Preparation
  • Understanding microphone types and choices of application
  • Setting up a desk for a show
  • Recording a show
  • Introduction to basic Dynamic Processing
  • How to use EQ on desk channels and how to EQ ‘Front of House’ and Monitors
  • Understanding the use of monitors

This 6-day master class is set to help young aspiring and existing sound engineers to help learn key skills when producing a live music show. This master class will involve 2 days of workshop, 1 day of producing sound for a live event and 2 days of mixing sound that has been recorded from live event.

Who should apply?

  • Sound engineers who a looking to improve their skill in producing live events.

Criteria required

  • Have evidence of producing live music shows (these could be weblinks of show or pictures of event).
  • Is available to attend the master class between 17 till 21 of June 2014 from 9am till 5pm excluding the 19 when all participants will produce sound for a show together. Call time for the show will be confirmed a day before. 

How to apply

To participate, please fill the attached form either as a producer or as a band or visit the British Council website to download the application form. 

All applications should be sent to by 06 June, 2014. Subject title should say ‘Live and Show Production Masterclass’

Sam Jones profile
Recent projects include mixing for Africa Express and other West African musicians and artists including: Orlando Julius Afrocubism, Kanda Bongo Man, Seckou Keita Band, Jaliba Kuyateh & The Kumareh Band, The Endless Journey, Femi Kuti & Positive Force, Diabel Cissokho, Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra. Producing with Brit Award winner Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys, co-written tracks with the Grammy award winner Corinne Bailey Rae and MOBO prize winner Soweto Kinch, worked with Reverend and the makers, some co-righting and production work with Marcella Detroit, mixing for Shlomos Mouthtronica EP and have helped artists through production and development to go on to work with the likes of Rick Rubin and Guy Chambers.

Alongside the commercial work Sam does, he runs an organisation called SoundThread “SoundThread identifies with the social and economic development possibilities offered through the music creative economy. Our international programs centre on training for local music production and the representation of both contemporary and traditionally authentic artistic expression. We believe supporting local creative industries helps build self-sustainability, ensuring investment remains locally, and creative industry skills are kept alive”.

“We have run successful projects extensively throughout Africa and Europe, working with wonderful music and inspirational people. We collaborate with cultural institutions such as the British Council, Goethe institute, Hivos and the BBC along with various agents and labels. These partnerships enable us to effectively develop and implement creative industry projects to directly benefit local grassroots economies”.

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Soundthread is an international music production organisation, advocating for skills training and cultural authenticity, supporting self-sustainable local creative industries.