Our industry is uniting to provide free online training opportunities and virtual events for students and live events professionals during these uncertain times. 

Below, you'll find an expandable list of companies, their training opportunities and virtual events and links to find out more. 

This page is live and will be updated as and when we hear of online industry training opportunities. 

Last updated: Monday 30th March


  • ArKaos

    Offering an extensive library of video tutorials

    Access the library here
  • Audinate

    The Dante Certification program provides an easy way for system designers, engineers and others in the industry to learn about Dante with in-depth training and promote their expertise.

    More details here
  • Avid

    For their commercial customers, they're offering free creative tools licenses so team members can keep working remotely. 

    More details here
  • ETC

    Access to the learning stage classes. 

    Register here

  • Flints Theatrical

    Backstage Flints is a new project launching to help you get creative during this period of self-isolation and working from home

    More details here
  • Green Hippo

    Green Hippo are offering free online webinars over the next few weeks to cover several different topics catered for new and existing Hippo users.

    Register here
  • High End Systems

    A series of Videos teaching Hog4 from the beginning

    Access library here
  • JBL

    HARMAN Professional University offers our partners, integrators, distributors, and anyone across the globe interested in receiving training the certifications they need to plan, design, install, program, and configure HARMAN Professional products and solutions, accurately and effectively.  

    Sign up is required

    Sign up here
  • Lightwright

    A special emergency Lightwright license is now available for anyone who needs to use Lightwright under these circumstances between now and June 1, 2020.  

    More details here
  • MA Lighting

    Access the MA Lighting E-Learning system for grandMA2 and grandMA3 Training

    Request access
  • Martin

    HARMAN Professional University offers our partners, integrators, distributors, and anyone across the globe interested in receiving training the certifications they need to plan, design, install, program, and configure HARMAN Professional products and solutions, accurately and effectively.  

    Sign up is required

    Sign up here
  • Minuit Une

    Take control of the IVL™ showroom's on PC console from your computer!

    More details here
  • NCRQ

    NCRQ Safety for Managers is a two-day online qualification that is suitable for managers and supervisors in any sector.

    More details here
  • Notch

    Over 4.5 hours of structured learning, that take you from the basics to more advanced techniques.

    More details here
  • Obsidian

    Obsidian Control Systems to offer free weekly online training classes

    More details here
  • PRG UK

    Offering online training videos

    Access the library here
  • SGM

    The Academy will consist of a series of videos as well as online presentations and seminars over the coming weeks, with topics relating to lighting terminology, software programs and more. We’ll cover a range of theoretical and practical topics, some for the beginners, some for the advanced.  

    More details here
  • Shure

    Shure offers a variety of online training for sales, technical and general audio education.

    More details here

    USITT are now offering an array of online technical theatre resources in their Teaching Archive.

    USITT Training Archive
  • Vectorworks

    Kick start your training or hone your skills with Vectorworks online learning resources

    More details here
  • WYSIWYG by James Simpson

    James Simpson takes you through visualisation software Wysiwyg, step by step.

    Watch them here


  • Astera Academy - Webinars

      For all of those who want to learn more about Astera software and hardware take a look at their free webinars.

    More details here
  • Avolites - Facebook Live

    Hosting live learning sessions on Facebook on both their Titan and Ai platforms along with live webchats with some of the industries leading professionals

    More details here
  • Ayrton - Boredom Buster

    Participate in the Ayrton Boredom Buster by creating a show to a song of your choice using only Ayrton fixtures and the visualiser of your choice.

    More details here
  • BlackTrax Webinars

    Join the BlackTrax Experts as they share some of their experiences integrating automation and tracking into immersive experiences and productions powered by BlackTrax. Dates in the link below!

    More details here
  • Chamsys Programming Competition

    Contestants will have the chance to program a massive, 200-fixture CHAUVET Professional rig formerly set to premiere at PL+S 2020. Please read the full competition rules before entering.  

    More details here
  • Chamsys - Webinars

    Regular Webinars that are taught by experienced ChamSys trainers, who are ChamSys console programmers and Lighting Designers currently active in the entertainment industry.

    More details here
  • Disguise - Dave at the Brits

    Get an exclusive look behind the scenes and hear how Pod Bluman of Bluman Associates and Lewis Kyle White of Stout Studio joined forces with Tawbox Creative Directors, Bronski and Amber Rimell to produce eye-catching video mapping for the British rapper’s much-talked-about BRIT Awards performance.   

    Wednesday 1st April 4-5:30pm BST

    More details here
  • Disguise - Webinars

    Online Fundamental Training, split into six 1 hour sessions, teaching the core features of disguise including the timeline, stage, how to configure output feeds, and how to set up devices.  

    More details here
  • ETC Augment3d - Webinar

    Hear from two ETC insiders, armed with insight from their beta testers, on how this powerful new tool will forever augment the lighting design process for the better, and how you can get your space and your workflow ready for the tool.

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 2PM ET / 11AM PT

    More details here

  • ETC - Webinars

    Daily videos, webinars and training sessions!

    Register here
  • Isadora - Webinars

    Guru Sessions from Isadora. Mark plans to broadcast live twice a week for the foreseeable future, alternating each session between novice and advanced topics.

    More details here
  • K Array - Webinars

    K-array RAIL Webinar and K-array Azimut Webinars. 

    More details here
  • Martin Audio - Webinars

    Sign up for live webinars hosted by the product support team on a variety of topics.

    Various dates available

    More details here
  • National Theatre

    A selection of much-loved National Theatre Live shows will be streamed on YouTube every week, free for everyone. One Man, Two Guvnors, Jane Eyre, Treasure Island and Twelfth Night are the first four titles.

    Every Thursday at 7pm from 2nd April

    Watch them here
  • Shure - Webinar

    Microphone 101 gives you the tips and tricks on how to select the right microphone for your application. Join Cheryl Jennison DaProza and Gino Sigismondi for this important informational webinar.

    Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 11:00 am CDT

    More details here
  • Zero88 Webchat

    Speak to one of the team, one-to-one, for 20 minutes - this could be training, a demo or any questions about Zero88.

    Book a slot here

Want to add to our list?

If you would like to add to this page, please email full details of the free online training and/or event you wish to add, including web links, to our Commercial Training Development Manager, Chrissy Holloway, at chrissy.holloway@backstage-academy.co.uk.

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