• Access to all training sessions we organise, and receive travel assistance if applicable
  • Access to our online seminar archive of past training sessions
  • Access to all our social events
  • Access our private email discussion forum and closed Facebook group
  • Receive our printed magazine The Echo
  • Receive our monthly e-newsletter The Herald with news relevant to the sound community
  • 25% off premium Mandy (previously known as Stage Jobs Pro membership
  • 30 free sound effect downloads (worth $150) of your choosing from Pro Sound Effects, and 20% off libraries and licenses you purchase through them (excludes Hybrid Libraries)
  • £10 million Public Liability and £1 million Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Access to our Equipment Loan Scheme (after 12 months of membership)
  • Access to our ASD Benefits scheme

This category is open to all recent graduates for a maximum of three years from graduation. It is intended for those breaking into the UK theatre sound industry who are aspiring to meet the criteria/experience for the Professional Designer or Professional Member category. We ask that when you apply you provide proof of your graduation (such as a graduation certificate or a photo of your last student ID). You will be considered eligible at the end of your course, i.e. you can apply or upgrade in July.

For the purposes of creating a directory of aspiring designers and engineers this category is split into Graduate Designer and Graduate Member categories. There is no difference between the two other than how you are categorised in our directories.


If you are a UK-based ASD member living more than 50 miles from where the ASD are holding a training session, the ASD may pay part of your travel costs to get you there. Graduate members may receive 50% of the cost of the price paid for rail travel, up to the cost of 50% of a standard saver return rail fare. If you travel by means other than train, you can submit relevant receipts, but the maximums above will still apply. The scheme does not apply to seminars run at trade shows, i.e. PLASA, ABTT, etc, to seminars run by our members, or to social events. See here for more details.

Public Liability Insurance - £10 million coverage
Professional Indemnity Insurance - £1 million coverage

Provided by Hencilla Canworth. This policy covers Professional Designer, Professional Members, Graduate Designer and Graduate Members. It also provides cover for individuals who have joined under a Corporate or NCO membership for freelance work they do outside their normal employment.
The policy covers "The members occupation as a sound designer or sound engineer including the design, installation, preparation and operation of sound systems, the recording of sound effects, the teaching or mentoring of these activities and a manager or technician in the theatre, entertainment and conference industries". There are no restrictions on working at height. To receive this benefit you will need to register separately for it after joining the ASD.

The policy runs from 1st September - 31st August. If you do not renew your membership your insurance cover will also lapse.
Full policy details
Key Facts document

Equipment Loan Scheme

Graduate members are eligible to use our equipment loan scheme to borrow a range of equipment. However your eligibility will not start until you have been a member of the ASD for at least 12 months. Click here for more details.


Pro Sound Effects are pleased to offer ASD members 30 free downloads (worth $150)  from our online library of over 215,000 sounds, collected from libraries such as BBC, Blastwave FX, Boom Library, Sonopedia and Soundrangers. And a 20% discount on libraries or licenses you wish to purchase (excludes Hybrid Library). Please note the 30 free downloads are a one-offer rather than refreshing annually.


In conjunction with Parliament Hill, we are offering a range of benefits and discounts to our members, including discounts on Apple products, car hire, hotel rooms, travel insurance and a range of other products.

Terms and Conditions

Our terms and conditions are outlined here. You will be asked to agree to them when you join. The ASD withholds the right to vary or withdraw any of these services at any time, without notice. 


The membership year runs from September 1st to August 31st.

The fees due per annum for Graduate Membership are £60.

If you join in September or October, you will be charged the full rate to carry your membership through to the following September 1st. If you going between November and May your membership fee will be calculated pro-rata until the following September 1st. Should you join in June, July or August, to avoid you having to almost immediately renew your membership, your membership will be extended to the September of the following year and so will cost more than the annual rate. 

If you are self-employed or a company, the cost of ASD membership is tax deductible as a professional subscription.

Your membership will automatically renew each year, and you will be asked to sign up for recurring payments and you will be sent an invoice at the start of the next membership year. If you wish to cancel your membership please contact us at any time.


You can apply to join at the bottom of this page where you will be taken to our member portal website.
You will be asked to fill out your personal information which will form your public profile in our published directories.
Finally you'll be transferred to the PayPal website for payment. if you do not have a PayPal account you can still pay using your credit or debit card simply click "Pay with a Credit/Debit card" on the PayPal website.

Once payment has been received you will then receive an automated email from us asking you to provide proof of graduate status. Once received your application will be reviewed, usually within 48 hours of receipt. Once accepted you will receive an email from us detailing access to the email forum and Facebook group, and full access to the website will be unlocked.

If we don't hear from you, or we feel you don't meet the criteria for a category we will either move you to Associate Membership and refund the difference, or fully refund your money.