Band Factory

Band Factory is a great opportunity to get together with other young people and play the kind of music you love. Nottingham Music Service not only provides you with the space to practice, it helps you find the right instrumentalists to make your very own band!

We provide rehearsal space and guidance on performance, composition and playing skills from specialist musicians. Rehearsals are peer-led but we help you improve your skills and become better musicians.

Band Factory members also get a chance to take part in music competitions such as Noise from the Next Generation and the Young Creative Awards. They also get performance opportunities at concerts and festivals. Did you know our Band Factory artists and bands have won awards and accolades including Nusic recording sessions, Young Creative Awards and Confetti artist management?

Zara performing at the Noise from the Next Generation Heats
Zara, a regular Band Factory member, performing at the Noise from the Next Generation Heats

Who It's For:

11 – 19 year olds. You can play any instrument but the most common ones are guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard and vocals. You need to bring your own instruments but we have some drum kits available!

Where & When:

Saturday mornings at Nottingham Academy Greenwood Road site in Bakersfield from 9 am to 1 pm

How to Get Here:

Nottingham Academy, Greenwood site - NG3 7EB

Red Line - No. 43 from Nottingham City


For young people living or studying in the city, the annual cost is £48 (£11 concessions)

All Band Factory members need to understand and sign a contract detailing rules of conduct. Download and read file below.

Band Factory-Code of Conduct

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You can sign up for Band Factory online (form to be made available in September 2018). If you have any questions, email us at

Nottingham Music Hub