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Backstage crew need to be able to unload scenery, maintain and repair the 'flying' equipment and scenery.

Backstage crew

 18 October 2012

Building sets, helping create props and operating equipment, the backstage crew support the designers and performers with the running of the show.

Theatre sound technicia's look after a productions sound, from music to speech and effects

Sound work

 18 October 2012

Sound technicians and engineers are responsible for everything about what a production physically sounds like. They often also work closely with designers.

You will need a special blend of skills. Most important are fantastic organisation skills, with the ability to plan and think ahead.

Tour Manager

 12 July 2012

Tour managers are responsible for organising the logistics of a band, orchestra, choir or artist on tour, and making sure that everything runs smoothly and on time.

Aim to get as much experience of singing a very wide range of music.

Singing Coach

 12 July 2012

Singing coaches or singing teachers work with individuals or groups of singers to develop and improve their singing ability and technique.

Training can be gained on-the-job and via short courses.


 12 July 2012

Riggers work with complex audio and visual installations, moving light technologies, projectors and plasma screens.

A display might cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. There are no rehearsals, and mistakes can be serious.


 12 July 2012

Pyrotechnicians are involved in firework or pyrotechnic displays during a live music event.

Extensive experience in live events is essential.

Production Manager

 12 July 2012

Production managers have overall responsibility for managing the logistics of live events.

Lighting for live music makes use of lasers, strobes, spots, LED clusters and video screens.

Lighting Designer

 12 July 2012

Lighting designers plan the lighting for live events.

Studio management

 23 March 2011

Studio management staff in the music industry are needed to carry out a range of tasks. They work in recording studios to handle the daily administration of the venue. In the case of independent recording studios management staff also ensures the payment from clients.

Junior Alli, sound technician.

Sound technician

 23 March 2011

Sound technicians ensure that the best sound possible is available in a variety of venues for performances. They prepare, operate and maintain technical equipment to amplify, enhance, mix or reproduce sound. They work on audio recordings, films, radio and television programmes and live performances.

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