Artistic Programme

What do we do at Oh Yeah?

We do many things  – but key elements include:

– Music hub, live venue, training and rehearsal room facilities.

– Music Tourism and Heritage – NI Music Exhibition and Belfast Music Bus Tour

– Talent Development  – Scratch My Progress, ASK, Sound of Belfast Festival, Women’s Work, Volume  Control.

– Promotion of NI Music – NI Music Prize, Oh Yeah Legend Award, Sound of Belfast, Women’s Work, International projects, links and showcase collaborations.

– Youth and Outreach – Music and Older People Projects, More Volume, Capital XTRA, Family Friendly.

See more details on some of our programmes….

 

Scratch My Progress

Annual talent development programme that offers four/five musical acts the chance to hothouse their talent, learning about the business of music plus the skills of performing and writing.

The programme offers:
Mentoring, workshops, provision of rehearsal space, recording time, local and national showcasing opportunities, PR support and social media advice, song writing and vocal master classes, professional photo shoots, IP and copyright advise, meetings with lawyers, interview skills, gig opportunities and more.

Recruitment is once a year through an application process.
For more info contact Charlene@ohyeahbelfast.com

Scratch My Progress 2017: Strange New Places, Hand Models, Reevah and Cut In Blinks.

 

Getting To Know….

A monthly event that is a mixture of live music, feedback and discussion, as songwriters and bands perform/discuss a work in progress with their audience. Essentially a musical focus group, that leads by focusing on a specific artist invited to share thoughts and music. The idea is to give upcoming and established artists or bands the opportunity to perform live while also encouraging feedback from the audience.

Previous sessions have featured the likes of NI Music Prize and Mercury Music Prize nominee, SOAK, Ivor Novello Award-winning artist Tim Wheeler, Brand New Friend (Xtra Mile Recordings) and Tom Robinson (Musician and BBC 6 Music DJ).

 

Volume Control.

Volume Control is an award winning youth events and industry enterprise mentoring programme. The aim of the project is to support young people aged 14-19 in developing, planning and delivering their own live music events by providing mentoring and a dedicated space, that will give them the opportunity, skills and confidence to realise their full potential. In the process of doing this they also learn about several other elements of working in the music sector from artist liaison and booking acts, to press and promotion, stage management, sound engineering, ticketing and more.

It is for young people with a real love for local music and gigs promotion that would also like to pursue their interests of working in the events or music industry.

Recruitment of a team of up to 12 young people is once a year through an application process.

For more info contact Charlene@ohyeahbelfast.com or sian@ohyeahbelfast.com

 

More Volume.

Our most ambitious youth project to date – a four year outreach project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Access and Participation More and Better fund, beginning in January 2018. Taking the Volume Control concept out and into the community.  Young people will complete a 12 week programme, deliver their own events and gain an OCN qualification. Our partners include Shankill Alternatives, East Belfast Partnership, New Lodge Arts and An Droichead.

For more info contact: sian@ohyeahbelfast.com

 

Music and Older People.

Oh Yeah has developed a strong programme supporting older people through music. An ageing population and a strategic commitment to supporting older people by reducing isolation, providing better access, encouraging participation and increasing reengagement into music is central to this outreach.

We do this through specific workshops aimed at including older people into music through reminiscence and celebratory work with talks, presentations, gigs, workshops, shared stories and experiences, including participation, performance and production.

We have worked with partner organisations that include Knocknagoney Community Centre, Belfast Trust, and Ballyowen Day Centre with 10 residential care homes and day centres.

For more info contact Paul@ohyeahbelfast.com

 

ASK – Artist Support Keystone:

Offering support for musicians at various stages of their career including tailored advice on;

– project promotion, funding, development

– marketing

– showcasing and live opportunity

– career enhancement

– fees and contracts

Our surgery operates bi-monthly with a limited number of 1-hour slots available upon request by e-mailing charlene@ohyeahbelfast.com or paul@ohyeahbelfast.com.

Terms and conditions

Our initiative is specifically targeted to support the needs of active musicians resident in Northern Ireland. As a result our surgeries are open only to musicians – applications by managers, promoters, publishers, record labels, agents or any other music business practitioners will be rejected upon that basis.

If you are an artist manager, promoter, publisher, producers, record label, agent or any other music business practitioner please reach out to the following organisations to gather information and support;

Association of Independent Music (AIM)

Music Managers Forum (MMF)

Music Publishers Association (MPA)

BPI

 

Sound of Belfast.

Belfast’s festival dedicated to local music.
Sound of Belfast is a festival coordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre. It usually runs for 10 days in early November and is a dedicated showcase for local artists. The programme includes a mix of live gigs and talks, awards, workshops, conferences and music industry days as well as community programming and special events. In Nov 2017 there were 30 events including 60 performances across 9 venues.

The festival also incorporates The Northern Ireland Music Prize in Association with Blue Moon and includes the Oh Yeah Legend Award presentation.

For more info go to www.soundofbelfast.com

 

Northern Ireland Music Prize and Oh Yeah Legend Award.

The Northern Ireland Music Prize is an annual award night that recognises the most outstanding album releases of the year. The best album is selected by an academy of over 70 music professionals. There are 12 shortlisted acts.

The Oh Yeah Legend Award runs alongside the Northern Ireland Music Prize. It recognises the exceptional contribution of a musician or music industry figure from Northern Ireland.

For more info www.nimusicprize.com

 

Women’s Work Festival. 

Successfully launched in 2016, the project celebrates diversity and addresses issues faced by women in the music industry. The festival improves access and visibility of women in music through showcasing, panels, discussions, exhibitions and advocacy. An ambitious and unique event for the city of Belfast.

For more info see our 2017 Programme

 

Family Friendly – Acoustic Picnic.

Live music for all the family. Usually the second Saturday of each month 1pm – 3pm.

Acoustic Picnic is a family-friendly lunch time event at Oh Yeah Music Centre featuring live music, with activities, games and crafts for children. A very relaxed space for all the family. Cafe is open for coffee and other lights snacks. Feel free to bring your own picnic.

For more info contact Sian@ohyeahbelfast.com

 

 

 

Governance and Policy

The Oh Yeah Music Centre core policies include: child protection, equal opportunities, volunteer, health & safety, financial, and environmental.

For more info contact dee@ohyeahbelfast.com

Fore more info on child protection, vulnerable adults, equal opportunities – contact sian@ohyeahbelfast.com

Opportunities

Oh Yeah is Belfast’s dedicated music hub. It takes a great deal of work to keep the doors open 8.30am – 10pm weekly and 12 noon- 6pm on Saturdays, and that’s not including all the evening gigs that take place throughout the year!

We couldn’t do any of this without our dedicated, creative and motivated employees and volunteers. Every person who works here plays a valuable role in realising our ambitious aims in making Oh Yeah a special place for everyone who comes through our open doors.

If you’re interested in joining our amazing team, please take a look at our current opportunities listed below.

We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

Please note, we can only accept applications made for specific jobs advertised on this page and will only respond to successful applicants.

Sorry, we are unable to accept CVs or speculative applications for employment unless advertised.

Volunteering:
We regularly recruit volunteers to join our front of house, rehearsals and events operation.

Volunteering at Oh Yeah is an excellent opportunity for those interested in the music, events and creative sector, and also looking to develop their experience and skills in customer experience.

We can only accept applications from ages 18 and over.

For more info on volunteering contact dee@ohyeahbelfast.com

Work Placements:
With notice we can accept school work placement requests.

Please note that placements are limited with priority going to those who have engaged with Oh Yeah in some way previously, such as attended summer camps, volume control gigs, family friendly or use the rehearsal rooms for practice.

For more info contact info@ohyeahbelfast.com

 

Current Opportunities:
There are no job opportunities at the moment.

For volunteering, see above.

 

 

 

 

 

Awards and Achievements

Nominations, shortlists, awards and recognition:

2018

Allianz Arts & Business, NI –  New Sponsor Award finalist  – Oh Yeah Music Centre & Molson Coors – Highly Commended for Sound of Belfast Festival

CO3 Leadership Awards – CEO Shortlisted for Best New Comer.

Winner tba on 1st March 2018.

2017
-MUSIC WEEK AWARDS’ GRASSROOTS VENUE: SPIRIT OF THE SCENE – FINALIST.
-PRS FOR MUSIC FOUNDATION – MUSIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNER AWARD

2016
-PRS FOR MUSIC FOUNDATION – MUSIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNER AWARD
-HIGHLY COMMENDED, BOARD MEMBER OF THE YEAR (ELLIE MCGIMPSEY), ARTS & BUSINESS AWARDS.
-OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION, ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY DEMENTIA FRIENDLY AWARDS 2016. PAUL KANE, MARITME BLUE NOTES PROJECT.

2015
-SHORTLISTED IN THE DANI AWARDS (DIGITAL ADVERTISING NORTHERN IRELAND) FOR ONLINE STRATEGY IN THE NOT FOR PROFIT SECTION

2014
-WINNER, BELFAST PCSP YOUTH AWARDS: THOMAS DEVLIN ARTS AND CREATIVITY AWARD
-WINNER, RBS INSPIRING YOUTH ENTERPRISE AWARD

2013
-OH YEAH BECOMES A WORLD HOST RECOGNISED BUSINESS IN NI.
-SHORTLISTED IN THE NI FOR KIDS FAMILY AWARDS: FAMILY EVENT OF THE YEAR
-SHORTLISTED IN THE NI ARTS & BUSINESS AWARDS (CULTURAL BRANDING)
-SHORTLISTED IN THE NI ARTS & BUSINESS AWARDS (ARTS AWARD)

2012
-WINNER OF BEST PROJECT, BELFAST TELEGRAPH MAKING THE DIFFERENCE AWARDS
-BELFAST MUSIC WEEK, CO-ORDINATED BY OH YEAH: BEST FESTIVAL, NI TOURISM AWARDS.
-TOP 100 CREATIVE CATALYSTS IN IRELAND LIST, IRISH TIMES
-OH YEAH’S CHARLOTTE DRYDEN, FINALIST IN BELFAST TELEGRAPH’S ‘WOMEN OF THE YEAR’

2011
-ALONG WITH LEAD PARTNER BELFAST CITY COUNCIL PLUS CULTURE NI AND FILMTRIP, OH YEAH WAS RECOGNISED IN THE BEST NEW PRODUCT AWARD AT THE NI TOURISM AWARDS. THIS WAS FOR THE BELFAST MUSIC INITIATIVE (MUSIC BUS TOUR, MUSIC EXHIBITION, IPHONE APP, BELFAST MUSIC WEEK, BELFASTMUSIC.ORG). NITA JUDGES COMMENTED ON THE ‘UNIQUE AND INSIGHTFUL APPROACH TO BROADENING THE APPEAL OF BELFAST AND NORTHERN IRELAND AS A CULTURALLY AND MUSICALLY RICH HOLIDAY DESTINATION, AND FOR BOOSTING REVENUE TO THE CITY’.
-SHORTLISTED IN THE BEST CREATIVE BUSINESS IN THE BELFAST BUSINESS AWARDS.
-THE MUSIC BUS TOUR IS VOTED IN THE TOP TEN UK MUSIC ATTRACTIONS BY VISIT BRITAIN.
SEE HERE: HTTP://WWW.VISITBRITAINSUPERBLOG.COM/2011/05/TOP-10-MUSIC-LANDMARKS/
– SHORTLISTED IN THE NME’S ‘BEST SMALL VENUES AWARDS’.

2010
-OH YEAH’S CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, IS RECOGNISED IN THE ‘TOP 40 UNDER 40’ AWARDS, BELFAST MEDIA GROUP.

2009
-SHORTLISTED IN THE BELFAST MEDIA GROUP’S AISLING AWARDS, CULTURE AND ARTS SECTION.

2007
-OH YEAH RECOGNISED AS A TOP 50 BUSINESS IN BELFAST BY BELFAST MEDIA GROUP, SPONSORED BY BT AND INVEST NI

Supporters

Oh Yeah is thankful for the support of our funders, sponsors and donors across the years. This includes the people that have their time freely as volunteers, consultants, mentors or advisors.

Some recent and long term supporters include the following:

Who’s Who

 

When we opened our doors in the summer 2007, we had no staff, just fanatical volunteers. In June 2008, Stuart Bailie (founding CEO)  and Charlotte Dryden became the centre’s first official workers. Since then, we have grown to eight core staff members who allow this amazing project to roll the way that it does.

In 2016 Oh Yeah entered a new phase. Stuart Bailie announced he would be moving on. In June Charlotte was appointed as CEO and in October Damien McAdams took up the new position of Operations Director.

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