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Free World Heart Beat music industry courses help young people tune into career dreams

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Published on
January 11, 2023


Want to be a sound engineer, music producer or technician? Young people in Wandsworth wanting to explore a career in the music industry are invited to apply for free training and mentoring sessions, thanks to a new programme from World Heart Beat Music Academy following the opening of their new venue in Nine Elms.

Starting from 5 February, the local music charity is providing training sessions, masterclasses, mentoring and paid placements with high profile industry partners to help people aged 14-25 make their first career step. 

The sessions are part of World Heart Beat’s Emerge programme which supports diverse London-based talent to gain the skills and experience to build a sustainable career in the music industry. 

‘Explore all the options open to you’

Kemi Akinola, Wandsworth Council’s cabinet member for the voluntary sector, business engagement and culture said: “These really are great opportunities to help make it fairer for young people to get into an industry which is notoriously difficult to enter.

“I’d encourage anyone who is interested in a music career to sign up for these free sessions, learn new skills and explore all the options open to you.” 

Participants will learn music production and take part in sessions exploring key topics such as ‘working as an independent artist’ and ‘building your community’ – gaining a strong understanding of career options within the industry and progression pathways. 

Courses offer training in production, working as an independent artist and producer, building community and gaining insights into UK music roles. Sessions are held on evenings during the week to ensure they can run alongside existing college studies or work. All courses are at World Heart Beat Embassy Gardens, 3 Ponton Road, SW11 7BD.

Masterclasses are led by professional artists and producers who are passionate about nurturing the next generation of talent. 

Emerge is also a youth-led programme, co-designed and delivered by World Heart Beat’s young producers and industry professionals. It allows young people to tailor the training to their interests and explore roles and opportunities that most closely align with their skill set and interests, giving them the strongest chance of developing a sustainable career. 

World Heart Beat’s Young Producer Ava Joseph said: “EMERGE brings people together and allows them to explore their creativity and interests in a non-judgemental and comfortable space.”  

Radio production course

Following the opening of their new state-of-the-art Nine Elms venue in 2022, World Heart Beat are also offering a free Radio Production Course for young people interested in broadcasting their own radio show or podcast. Working with industry professionals in World Heart Beat’s brand new broadcasting room the course includes how to design and plan a show, create jingles and show scripts and conduct interviews.

The course runs on Thursdays from 7 February at World Heart Beat Embassy Gardens, 3 Ponton Road, SW11 7BD.

Sign up now

Find out more about all these opportunities and apply by visiting World Heart Beat website, call 020 8870 3042 or email

Are you an organisation working with young people?

World Heart Beat would love to hear from schools, universities, colleges or youth settings that are already working with young people. If you would like World Heart Beat to run a taster session in your setting or arrange for your students to attend a masterclass, get in touch by calling 020 8870 3042 or email

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