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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

 

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!

Oh Yeah now OCN Centre

Oh Yeah is pleased to say it is now an officially recognised Open College Network NI Centre.

The recent participants on the Capital XTRA Music Potential MPX course will be the first ever group to come out of the centre with an OCN accreditation from Oh Yeah.

Future Oh Yeah OCN work will include Volume Control and our new Paul Hamlyn funded project More Volume.

 

Capital XTRA’s Music Potential has kicked off at the Oh Yeah Centre. 

Over 50 young adults from a wide range of backgrounds have been offered the opportunity to gain experience and a qualification through the programme currently being delivered over the last two weeks at Oh Yeah in conjunction with Capital XTRA and the Big Lottery.

There are five learning streams currently being delivered; Radio Production, Music Production, Studio Production, Live Events Management and Songwriting and Performance Skills. Each stream is engaging with a group of young people who are all hoping to make their big break in their chosen field, with the help of experienced industry mentors.

A showcase of all material and learning will be happening in Belfast in April before three acts and a live events team head to London to perform and produce a national showcase in Koko, Camden in late May.

The talent and commitment on display from day one has been amazing. Watch this space for interviews, videos, tracks and more coming from the Music Potential programme.

Photo – Songwriting mentors Leah McFall and Iain Archer at the recent Capital XTRA Music Potential Bootcamp at Oh Yeah.

Volume Control now taking applications…

Apply HERE

Volume Control is an award winning music industry and events mentoring scheme for young people aged 14-19. It offers young people the chance to run their own live music events under the guidance of Oh Yeah staff and mentors. In the process young people learn about the events and music industry, from box office to marketing and promotion, to sound, stage management, artist liaison and more.READ MORE

Volume Control returns with very special bursary…

Volume Control is back, and will honour the memory of young music fan with a new bursary.

The Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast has announced the return of its award-winning Volume Control with a very special partnership, and brand new opportunity for young people involved in local music.READ MORE