Q.1 What is Behind The Noise (BTN)?

BTN is a youth music and skills programme currently available to pupils in S4, S5 and S6 in schools across Glasgow and Renfrewshire. The project aims to inspire, encourage and support young people who have a keen interest in music and the various careers and further education opportunities that exist within the creative industries. BTN is delivered via a series of workshops, recording & rehearsal sessions, seminars, a further education open day and culminates in a series of live showcase events. Please see a short film (7 mins) about the project HERE.


Q.2 Is the course accredited?

Yes, BTN is SQA accredited. All participants will have the opportunity to achieve an SCQF Level 5 Award for their work throughout the project. The accreditation is validated in conjuction with Glasgow Kelvin College. In 2017/18 BTN participants received a total of 135 SQA Level 5 Creative Project and Live Performance Awards.


Q.3 Are there places for young people who do not play a musical instrument?

Yes, the project includes activities in sound, lighting, poster design, video editing, social media, event management and promotion.


Q.4 Are there wider benefits to taking part?

Yes, participants surveyed have clearly noted an improvement in confidence, communication, organisational skills and the ability to work within a team. Additionally many make new friends and meet young people from other schools.


Q.5 When will the project run?

We generally aim to start in late October and run until the end of April. A full timetable will be available once we close the recruitment window. Activities take place at weekends in a few key venues in Glasgow City Centre. These include The Academy Of Music and Sound on Jamaica Street, Berkeley Rehearsal Studios on Lancefield Street, The Doghouse Recording Studio on Queen Street and The Classic Grand music venue on Jamaica Street. All facilities are of a professional standard and have been risk assessed. BTN carry all relevant insurances in relation to the delivery of the project.


Q.6 Who will be working with my child and are they registered with Disclosure Scotland?

All BTN team members are experienced professionals who have and continue to work within the creative industries. We have been running the project for several years and have engaged with over 1,000 young people since the project began. In addition to our core team participants will meet with some of our volunteer staff from Ticketmaster, DF Concerts and lecturers from various Universities and Colleges however our core team are always on hand at all BTN events. Our team are all registered with Disclosure Scotland’s PVG Scheme and all necessary risk assessments and insurances are in place. You can find out more about our core team HERE.


Q.7 How much does the project cost?

BTN is absolutely free to all participants. Our funding generally comes from local authorities and arts body grants.


Q.8 Will my child be required to miss school at any point?

At the end of year showcase we request all participants arrive for 2pm for soundchecks, ticket settlement and to take a short survey. The only other point may be if it is not possible to find a weekend slot for their recording session. These can be up to 7 hours long so during the week we again try to start for 2pm. On these 2 occasions BTN will arrange permission from parents and from the school.


Q.9 How are participants notified of upcoming events?

BTN makes use of an automated text service to ensure that participants are aware of all upcoming activities, dates, times and locations.


Q.10 My child has learning difficulties and requires additional support. Can BTN help?

Our team have experience in working with young people who have additional support needs and are more than happy to assist wherever possible. Please inform our team of any issues you feel we should know about via the CONTACT US form. Please provide your contact details, your child’s name, school and relevant details.


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