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About Us

Backstage Academy provides the best possible training for the booming live events sector, with fantastic industry links and state-of-the-art production facilities.

Our degree courses are designed to give you the academic knowledge and hands on skills you need to enter this vibrant and fast-paced industry. You will also get firsthand experience of a career in live events through our unrivalled placement opportunities which allow you to put theory into practice and create your own professional network that money can’t buy.

At Backstage Academy, you don’t just learn it. You live it.

The time you spend with us at Backstage Academy should be viewed as one long job interview. If you show the kind of skills, personality and acumen needed there is plenty of work out there for great crew. And a degree from Backstage Academy will put you ahead of the game.


Founded in July 2009, we have quickly earned a reputation as a centre of excellence for backstage training, specialising in degree courses, short courses and bespoke training programmes for young students, established professionals and community groups.

Backstage Academy is uniquely positioned right at the heart of Production Park, Europe’s leading Live Industry destination, surrounded by world-leading Live Events companies who have welcomed such clients as Jay Z, The Stone Roses, Dizzee Rascal, Lady Gaga, Robbie Williams, The BBC, ITV and Monster Energy amongst its clients.

As a privately funded organisation, we bridge the gap between industry and education, working closely with leading professionals to respond quickly to current skills shortages and write training programmes in line with specific demands.

We provide relevant, up-to-date training so that degree students get a real taste for what life is like in the backstage entertainment industry, with a focus on employability.

Our graduates have gone on to gain employment with the Jay Z world tour, the Winter Olympics, the Mumford & Sons tour, the Glastonbury site office, Leeds Festival, LS-Live, Alton Towers, Well Pleased Events and Genesis Theatre.