We're recruiting for future music industry professionals

Do you want the experience of working with two iconic venues to programme and produce music events for young people?

Town Hall Symphony Hall is looking for a core group of ten young people aged 16-21yrs from Birmingham to be part of the Sound Lounge 21 Project. Over 11 months you will be skilled up by industry professionals and develop expertise in programming, producing, leadership, event management, marketing and digital media. Plus work towards gaining a Gold Arts Award qualification.
Working as a team from your base in Symphony Hall’s Patrick & Multimedia studio you will pilot your own events for young people alongside our established programmes: Folk for Free, Rush Hour Blues and Musical Picnic on our foyers at Symphony Hall. You will manage budgets, develop ideas and projects, fundraise and become ambassadors for one of the city’s largest music venues.
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Submissions must be received by 23rd August; successful applicants will be invited to an open interview on 28th August at Symphony Hall
Should you have any further questions about Sound Lounge 21 or if you require support with your application please contact Fay Todd Community Engagement Manager at THSH on T: 0121 644 5006 E: or Creative producer, Amy Martin on T: 07947 633 686 E:

Sound Lounge 21 is supported by LandAid Charitable Trust and Grantham Yorke Trust

I have worked in many different areas of the arts and I am passionate about using the arts as a means to generate debate and initiate ‘change’. For many years I did this as a theatre practitioner,but in recent years I have greatly enjoyed expanding my creative repertoire and working with many diverse creative people.

Recently, I have also worked a lot as an arts award advisor. Arts Award is an accredited award that recognizes young people’s achievements in the arts and can be done at either Bronze, Silver or Gold levels. I like each level of the award. I like Bronze because it can get a really cracking debate about the arts started. I like Silver because it’s very different to Bronze and requires people to really push themselves to develop their arts skills. But, Gold is probably my favourite because it combines extending your personal practice as an artist with developing your leadership skills.

I was very excited about being invited to get involved with SoundLounge21. I’m greatly looking forward to working with those taking part in the Gold Arts Award element of the project. My ambitions for the SoundLounge21 Arts Award experience is that it offers plenty of scope for making connections with industry professionals and it supports people to explore how they can develop their career in the arts. Through the process of taking part I also want people to put together an exciting portfolio of their arts practice and arts leadership skills.