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Audio Engineer | Bay Area

Sofar Sounds


Posted over 30 days ago...

Join Sofar Sounds as a Part-Time Audio Engineer and Amplify the Magic of Live Music


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No salary declared 😔

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East Bay, San Francisco

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In-person- San Francisco United States

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Expires at anytime

Organisation Summary

Sofar Sounds is transforming the live music scene in 78 countries by creating intimate, unexpected live experiences. With a focus on artist discovery and community, Sofar celebrates creativity, joy, and the power of live music. The team is driven by a mission to connect artists and audiences in meaningful ways, fostering a global music community passionate about supporting artists and sharing the joy of music.

Role Summary

  • Provide live sound reinforcement for artists at unique Sofar events.
  • Coordinate with the show team and artists for seamless show preparation.
  • Manage gear logistics within the local audio engineer community.
  • Collaborate with central Production team for optimal local operations.
  • Engage in 3 shows weekly, up to a maximum of 10 per month, discovering amazing new music.

Role Requirements

  • Enthusiastic about live sound engineering and creative problem-solving.
  • Thrilled by working with a diverse range of artists and venues.
  • Adept at handling high-pressure situations and communication with creative individuals.
  • Committed to supporting local artists and the music scene.

Application Process Details

  • Initial review of CV/resume to assess skills and experience alignment.
  • Introductory call to get acquainted.
  • Supportive interview process with feedback, aiming for a 2-week completion.

Sofar is creating space where music matters. Our unique live experiences provide a place for artist discovery, local community and connection in non-traditional, unexpected places across 78 countries and growing. Through our artist services, we provide tools and services for artists to directly connect with fans and build sustainable, creative lives on their own terms.

Our work is largely inspired by our values:

- Creativity: We exist to support artists. We empower everyone in the Sofar community to bring their own creative energy to connect artists and audiences.

- Community: We come together to create the spaces where music matters, intentionally welcoming and respecting all music lovers around the world.

- Joy: We believe in the transformative, unifying, and joyful power of experiencing live music together.

Our global Sofar team is deeply passionate about music and the work we do. When we’re not working, you can probably find us at a live show or telling anyone in earshot about the new song we can’t stop listening to. Discovering and supporting artists gets us out of bed every morning – and knowing that we’re creating memorable, intimate fan experiences worldwide drives our work forward.


We’re Sofar Sounds, your global music community. We bring people together in unexpected spaces in over 400 cities around the world. We’re artists, music lovers and organisers. We’re a company of musicians for musicians.  We create, perform, listen and work to make intimate live music experiences that connect us all. Every show is focused on the artist.


We create a space where music matters.There is no other feeling in the world like discovering and experiencing new music and artists. In any Sofar room, when the audience has hushed and that first note is played - it’s magical.


We’re looking for Audio Engineers to work with our regional production team and bring the magic on the sound desk at local shows.

Sofar has worked with over 45,000 artists, hosted over 1,000,000 fans at shows around the world and engages with millions more online each month. You will be part of a music-adoring team who are passionate about creating an industry-leading culture that supports artists and introduces their music to new fans.


Provide live sound reinforcement for artist performing in unique spaces

Work with the show team & performers to prep for the show

Organize gear pick up and return across a local community of other Audio Engineers

Work with the central Production team to identify the best ways of working locally

You'll work 3 x shows a week (max' 10 shows a month)

You’ll also discover a lot of amazing new music along the way


Someone who has a passion for live sound & creative problem solving

Excited by a dynamic pool of artists, venues and unique audio scenarios

Comfortable working & communicating with creatives in high pressure situations

Genuine, demonstrated commitment to supporting artists and local music


We are proud to have a global workforce and strive towards having a diverse workplace. We have an Equity Council, Employee Resource Groups and ongoing learning and development in this area - DEI is important to us and our culture.


Our people and global communities are precious - we aim to treat them as such. At Sofar we feel strongly about the compensation and benefits that we provide across the board so that no matter your skill set or experience you’re paid fairly according to market rate, plus your health and wellbeing is supported through our local benefits packages.


We invest in your learning and development and strive to create a learning culture through formal and informal workshops, training, and a personal L&D budget and learning path.


We’ll work with you closely to support you throughout the hiring process. If your CV/ resume shows that your skills and experience have synergy with the job description, then we’ll hop on a call to say “Hello” and to start getting to know one another.  If it’s not the right opportunity this time, we’ll always let you know. 

Typically our hiring process for this type of role takes a maximum of 2 weeks end to end. You’ll be guided through the process by our Talent team and an interview panel of lovely humans who will give you support and feedback throughout - we’ll do our very best to create an interview environment that brings out the best in you and sets you up for success. 

If this sounds like you, we can’t wait to meet you - come on in

If our mission and job opening resonates, you're encouraged to apply even if your experience doesn't precisely match the job description. We are committed to creating a culture of belonging and building a diverse team that reflects a variety of lived experiences, perspectives, and skills.


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