About Oh Yeah

About Oh Yeah

Oh Yeah is Belfast’s dedicated music hub - a resource for music makers and also for the business of music. It was constituted in 2007 in the belief that music is a valuable agent in Northern Ireland, a catalyst that changes lives for the better.

 

Our mission statement is ‘Open Doors To Music’. We combine the verve and resourcefulness of the music industry with a programme of social value. We provide affordable rehearsal space, a live venue, a music exhibition, a café space, a recording studio, a songwriting room, office units and workshop spaces. Oh Yeah is a campus facility for Belfast Metropolitan College, facilitating 120 students and 5 accredited courses. 


Our programmes focus on talent development, youth mentoring, community outreach, arts and older people plus music industry incubation and music tourism. We have a four tier development vision that includes the following strands:


Scratch My Progress – a structured talent development programme for 4-5 choice acts per year.
Getting To Know – a live conversation and session with songwriters before a responsive audience, providing instant feedback.
Women’s Work – an associated project that aims to redress gender balance in the music industry. Largely sited in Oh Yeah.
Breaking Bands – the opportunity for young acts to play their first significant gig.


We also run a live events mentoring programme for teenagers, Volume Control. This introduces young people to the music industry and also feeds new music talent into the other programmes.

Acoustic Picnic is our monthly, family-friendly experience. Our Arts & Older People Programme involves work in care homes and Dementia Units.

Annual events include the Sound of Belfast programme (in November 2015 this involved 27 events, 7 venues, 9 days and 5,000 attendees), the NI Music Prize, the Oh Yeah Legend Award, a Youth Music Conference and a Music Cities Conference.


We work with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Creative & Cultural Skills, PRS for Music Foundation, Musicians' Union, Help Musicians UK, UK Music, PledgeMusic, BPI, British Council, PRS, Prince’s Trust, Nerve Centre, Generator NI and First Music Contact. Our programming provides a structured channel into the existing music and arts infrastructure. In 2016, the PRS for Music Foundation announced that Oh Yeah was one of their 22 Talent Development Partners and the only one from NI in their project.

The Oh Yeah vision was born in December 2005, from a conversation between Belfast music industry people and the band Snow Patrol. Since then we have welcomed 160,000 visitors through the doors while more than 5,500 artists, musicians and DJs have used the facilities.





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