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Music Potential Showcase

Those with Music Potential come together for a special evening at Oh Yeah this April

| Rebekah Fitch | Jonny McArdle | P.O.C | Chris Walton | Conor Maley |

| John Martin Tierney | JackO | Shauna McArdle

 The participants of Music Potential Belfast, a project facilitated by The Oh Yeah Music Centre on behalf of London based Capital XTRA Radio is set to showcase the results of their work on Tuesday 17th April.

Music Potential is one of the largest talent searches and intense music training schemes to come out of the UK on such a wide scale with young people from London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Birmingham and Belfast taking part.

The music programme supports young people aged 18-25 improve crucial skills necessary in both developing talent and enhancing employability prospects. In February this year 60 young people took part in an intense round of workshops and training in music production, writing, performance and events management known as the MPX programme. They worked alongside some of the best in the industry, including Leah McFall, Callum Stewart and Iain Archer.The programme helped sharpen young performer’s skills and increase confidence in areas that include of song writing, music and radio production and event management.

Now is their time to shine and for some it will the first time they have graced the stage to experience the buzz of live performance. Singer-songwriter Shauna McArdle will be performing a track written in collaboration with 18-year-old rapper Jack O’Connell. Neither artist has performed in public before. Shauna credits the ‘Music Potential’ programme with getting her back into music after taking a break due to personal issues:

“Having written and sung privately for a long time, I had lost my confidence and couldn’t face the prospect of performing. However, this programme has really given me the confidence to sing in front of other people again and to just get out there and show people what I have got!”

Other artists like Rebekah Fitch and Conor Maley are seasoned pros at this stage. Both have been steadily making a name for themselves on the music scene in Belfast and see this as another step on the ladder to success. Conor Maley, originally from Co. Donegal, signed up to the programme to get more experience of the industry and to hone his talent further:

“Already on the programme, I have created strong networks and made great connections, so much so that I have already been offered slots on bills I wouldn’t have been considered before. It’s been a great next step for me and I can’t wait until the showcase to debut some of the tracks recorded with Start Together Studios”.

Doors 7pm – encouraging people to come along and support!

Call for expressions of interest for freelance mentors.

Oh Yeah is launching a call for expressions of interest for flexible freelance mentors for an exciting new youth outreach project called More Volume.

Term of contract: Short term, freelance, flexible – some programmes will be delivered one session per week over 12 weeks and others will be delivered over shorter periods of time with longer sessions. The model may be changed to fit the needs of the group.

More Volume is a youth events and industry enterprise mentoring programme based on Oh Yeah’s award winning programme Volume Control. The aim of the project is to inspire young people to develop their skills and confidence in the music and events industry by providing mentoring and support that will give them the opportunity to realise their full potential. The participants of More Volume will also achieve a recognised qualification as a result of their involvement in the project. 


We will be engaging with a number of groups in communities around Belfast over the next three years to run this project in conjunction with local delivery partners.

We do this with hands on practical work that includes a team of up to 12 young people working together to plan and promote a live event in conjunction with a local festival in their area.

We are looking for someone with music and events industry knowledge and experience, to mentor the group in the planning and promotion of these events.

Reporting to the Youth Engagement Manager, your key responsibilities will include:

• Mentoring and facilitation at weekly meetings with the group.
• Gig planning and preparation.
• Facilitating group discussion.
• Ensuring group meet deadlines.
• Organising workshops for the group in topics relating to the completion of the project.

Person spec:

• Experience organising and running live music events.
• Experience working with young people (either youth/community work, facilitation, project delivery, tuition, volunteering)
• Ability to effectively plan and prioritise.
• Good knowledge of local music community.
• Excellent verbal, written and communication skills.
• Knowledge/experience in youth and child protection policies and legislation.
• Experience in delivering accredited programmes (desirable).

Contract:

3 hours per week (flexible scheduling to fit needs of the group)
1.5 hours to meet with group
1.5 hours for prep or other admin.
Plus attendance, facilitation, mentoring as required at live event.
This is a paid role with a set fee per programme, plus travel costs.

Please send an expression of interest explaining how you are qualified to mentor More Volume groups in no more than 500 words, plus CV to sian@ohyeahbelfast.com.

If suitable for the role, we will add your name to a pool of mentors for this project.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

BBC Biggest Weekend Fringe

Are you aged 16 – 24 years old?

On Saturday 21 April the BBC is hosting an employability event at Oh Yeah for young people as part of the Biggest Weekend Fringe providing them with digital, creative and employability skills, and an opportunity to apply for several work experience placements at the festival site.

The BBC is partnering with several youth organisations committed to working with young people in delivering these valuable skills.

The morning session will run from 10am until 1.30pm and the afternoon session will run from 2pm until 5.45pm at the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast, consisting of one main Q&A featuring several key speakers and a choice from three workshops. Alongside this there will be a ‘Market Place’ with various local organisations to provide one to one advice on a range of career paths.

You can register for your ticket until 11.55pm on Wednesday 11 April. Tickets will be distributed by random draw with 90% going to Belfast postcodes*and 10% going to the rest of the UK.

This event is only for 16 to 24 year olds and Photo ID will be required. Entry will be refused without a valid ID.

For more info and to register go HERE

Stuart Bailie is launching a new book-

Trouble Songs: a book about music and conflict in N. Ireland

Trouble Songs, the story of music’s role as a persuader, agitator and peacemaker during conflicted times in Northern Ireland.

We wish him all the best and look forward to reading it.

You can support his Kickstarter appeal by pledging for a book or more HERE


 

 

 

Women’s Work returns, 5th – 10th June 2018.

The Oh Yeah Music Centre has revealed the programme illustration and dates for Women’s Work 2018.

The Festival, which is confidently entering its third term, is doing so in acknowledgement of the centenary year of the Representation of The People Act 1918.

The artwork which is by Belfast based Illustrator Fiona McDonnell incorporates the colours and tone of what became a milestone event in the in the fight for democratic equality, which is still being fought today around the world in different forms.

Women’s Work was established to celebrate and highlight the contribution that women make to music. Inspired by a growing global movement across the music industry towards a more even playing field the festival aims to celebrate diversity and inspire a sense of confidence in female talent from Northern Ireland.

The festival is open to all genders and includes showcases, gigs, special events, panels, talks, and exhibitions. The programme incorporates grassroots, emerging and established talent and includes regional, national and international guests. To date the festival has showcased over 120 performances and welcomed over 60 guest speakers and industry.

This year will run June 5th – 10th inclusive and programme details will follow in the coming weeks.

New website…

We’ve given our website a refresh and switched to WordPress!

Thanks to Stuart Bell for the design and technical support and to our former intern Aine Cronin McCartney for help with uploading existing and new content.

We hope to have much more regular updates via our blog, so keep checking in and do sign up to our newsletter!

With our new and refreshed website up – we thought we’d remind you about our brilliant Scratch My Progress acts we’ve been working with for the last 7 months. Check out the tracks they recorded specially for the showcase EP right here….

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