Oh Yeah seeking new talent to support development in 2018

Talent Development at Oh Yeah

Scratch My Progress 2018 – Now Recruiting – APPLY HERE 

The Oh Yeah Music Centre is now accepting applications for 2018 for its Scratch My Progress talent development programme.

Oh Yeah is Belfast’s dedicated music hub and Scratch My Progress is an annual project as part of the centre’s commitment to supporting, nurturing and developing new music. Since 2011 the scheme has supported 26 emerging music acts through workshops, signposting and one to one mentoring, as well as studio and rehearsal time, professional photo shoots, performance, showcasing and promotional opportunities. Previous acts have included Kitt Philippa, Owen Denvir, Hot Cops, Emer Maguire, Strange New Places and Reevah.

Once recruited, four successful Scratch applicants will spend up to nine months taking part in meetings and workshops with music industry professionals, including lawyers and accountants, vocal coaches, PR experts – in previous years the Scratch artists have benefited from one-to-one sessions with Warner Music (Muse, Green Day, Birdy), Domino Records (Arctic Monkeys, Anna Calvi), Jeff Robinson PR (Wolf Alice, The 1975). The talent development artists will write and record a track professionally in Start Together Studios. This track will be released via Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and Amazon – the single will then be promoted through a special live music showcase in the Oh Yeah Music Centre as part of the Sound of Belfast festival in November 2018.

Previous Scratch My Progress artists have gone on to sign professional management deals, international booking agents, live gigs in UK & Ireland and secure further investment from funding bodies including PRS Foundation and Arts Council Northern Ireland. In the past year the Oh Yeah has further developed the programme to provide the hardest working Scratch acts with further showcasing and international opportunities including but not limited to a showcase event at the UK’s Biggest New Music Festival – The Great Escape in Brighton.

For more info, guidelines and an application form contact charlene@ohyeahbelfast.com

Oh Yeah is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner and is also supported through the Help Musicians UK National Grants Programme.

Applications are being accepted from June 15th – July 6th (6pm deadline)


Oh Yeah at Stendhal Festival 2018

We’re pleased to announce we will be returning to Stendhal Festival for a 4th year in a row. We will be curating a day time stage on Saturday 11th August. It will consist of a mix of artists and projects we have been working with in the centre across the last year.

Stage times: 12 noon – 6pm. Sat 11th August.

Artist stage times to be confirmed. More info soon.

Back by popular demand – The Over The Hill House Band – old time classic and family friendly songs that every generation will know, performed by our very own Music and Older People Manager Paul Kane who also leads on his own project Over The Hill Music Collective – he will be joined by some of the musicians he has been working with over the last few years to kick off proceedings on the Saturday at noon.

Also on the bill will be 3 solo artists discovered through the Capital XTRA project – each act performed at the iconic KoKo in London back in May as part of the Music Unleashed showcase that featured acts from Belfast, Birmingham and London. This will be their first festival appearance as artists in their own right – come along and support Alice La, Conor Maley and Jonny Brooks.

We are also delighted to welcome along two acts that were on our 2017 Scratch My Progress talent development programme.

The brilliant Hand Models

and Cut In Blinks.

We are also delighted to have the unstoppable Girls Rock School NI – Bandeoke on board – This was a massive hit back in early June as part of the Women’s Work Festival – the Rock School house band will invite you up to sing – a list of options are provided along with the words.

More info on stage times coming soon – but mark 12noon – 6pm in the diary!

Meet our Principal Partner….

Help Musician’s NI/UK is our Principal Partner for Women’s Work 2018.

HMUK formerly Musician’s Benevolent Fund is a 96 year old charity that offers practical, positive support to emerging, professional and retired musicians – whatever the genre.

In 2016 the Charity branched out and into Northern Ireland, setting up a regional office which is based here in  Oh Yeah.

They provide funding support, health and well being support, a mental health help line and are set to launch Women In Music NI/UK this year.

For more info go to Help Musician’s UK

Thanks to them for sharing the Women’s Work vision and ethos. www.womensworkni.co.uk