European Sound Specialist Education and Curriculum Exchange

We are a strategic partnership of professional organisations and education providers in the field of live sound engineering, co-funded by the ERASMUS+ programme of the European Union.

Together we are working to develop a comprehensive curriculum for a trans-national qualification of live sound engineers on Level 5 of the European Qualification Framework.


Vienna, Nov. 2022

Our first public multiplier event took place on November 23 and 24 at MEET 2022 (International Trade Fair for event technology & symposium for events and theatre), hosted by our partner OETHG in Vienna.

Frankfurt, April 2023

We are currently preparing our second multiplier event at Prolight+Sound 2023 in Frankfurt / Germany, hosted by our partners IGVW and EurAka. Join us in Hall 11 on the "Aktionsfläche" on Thursday, April 27 between 11 and 3 pm. On this day, we will inform you about the results of our stakeholder surveys and our comprehensive overview of existing qualifications in the live audio field in Europe, and we would like to hear your opinion on which skills and competences should be included in our European Sound Specialist profile.

We are co-hosting this event with a multiplier of our sister ERASMUS+ project PACE-VET. PACE-VET is dedicated to research into micro credentials and prior learning certification in our field. Participants get the opportunity to learn about both projects in separate but consecutive sessions.

Contact us for complimentary tickets to the trade show. You are also welcome to join VDT's free Pro Audio College lectures and workshops while you are visiting. The program is available here.


Project milestones

Having receiving a formal approval of our project proposal in October 2021, we have kicked off the project at the 31. Ton­mei­ster­ta­gung / VDT International Convention in Düsseldorf, Germany, in November.

Our first two research projects have been completed:

  • a "Skills and Competences overview of pre-existing sound specialist qualifications of EQF level 5 or similar, by country", and
  • a "Comparative table of market demands and stakeholder expectations for sound specialists, by country"

We completed this research in November 2022.

Based on its results, we will move to the final project result, the compliation of a "European Sound Specialist (ESS) curriculum and teaching manual"


Please direct any inquiries about the ESSENCE project to