ACKSTAGE ACADEMY® was set up on 15th July 2009 with the aim of doing things differently. The vision was to create an industry-led training centre that brought together the best expertise from the world of production and education, to deliver relevant, quality and practical courses. Projected growth in the UK live music industry and predicted shortfall in sector skills, together with a passion for changing the way vocational courses are delivered to students, inspired a small team of like-minded industry practitioners and educators to stop talking about making a difference and actually get up and do it.
BACKSTAGE ACADEMY® has developed a ground-breaking Foundation Degree in Live Events Production, which is validated by The University of Bolton. The Foundation Degree is delivered on-site at the LS-Live rehearsal studio facility and is pioneering in its links with industry, its fast-track intensive format, amount of work placement experience and its online assessment style. The course sets a precedent for the delivery of vocational courses for the future and BACKSTAGE ACADEMY® is currently working on further progression routes into the industry.
BACKSTAGE ACADEMY® also provides a range of industry based short courses covering all manner of backstage skills, from rigging and pyrotechnics to Apple training from its Apple Authorised Training Centre.