OK? In support of mental health and suicide prevention

“OK? is a music and arts festival in support of mental health awareness and suicide prevention. 


To celebrate community and to encourage asking the question… Are you ok?”


Raising money for Aware NI, PIPS and Help Musicians


Belfast
Saturday 28th March 2020 6pm – late
The Telegraph Building TICKETS ON SALE – 9am Thurs 5th March 

Tickets available at www.shine.net and Ticketmaster outlets 


The Lifeline number is 0808 808 8000 lines are open 24/7 This is a free helpline service www.lifelinehelpline.info@helplinesni


Directories of Services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing across NI:  https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/directory-services-help-improve-mental-health-and-emotional-wellbeing

Mix It Up! with More Volume and Boy’s Model

More Volume, our second events promotion mentoring scheme linked to the local community, is back with another exciting gig! This time, it’s in partnership with Belfast Boy’s Model School and with one great line-up of DJs…

Gleave Dobbin + Ross B2B Daniel
With a special performance from the Class Band

Get down early to get a free glow stick!

This gig is open to ALL AGES, which means that there will be NO ALCOHOL served on the night nor allowed in the building.

Tickets available here

Girls Rock School NI presents The Big IWD Gig!

Girls Rock! has a new side activity, and it’s to put badass gigs with local female artists, as well as their own recruits!
They’ve chosen to start strong with the celebration of a significant date: International Women’s Day.

The gig itself will be on Sat. 7 March and will showcase Problem Patters, Gender Chores, Alumna and Sasha Samara (+ a special DJ set by Sister Ghost and Heart Shaped)

Get your tickets here now: http://bit.ly/2T5bxja

£7 / £5 for student or underwaged

Volume Control is recruiting

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.

The young people involved will meet regularly at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, mostly after school hours, to organise a few gigs a year from scratch. They are accompanied by Oh Yeah Centre and music industry mentors to help them.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be, contact volumecontrol@ohyeahbelfast.com or caoimhe@ohyeahbelfast.com and request an application form. The deadline for applying is February 28 at 5pm.

To see what it is concretely to be part of Volume Control, check out their socials:

http://www.facebook.com/volumecontrolbelfast/

Output Belfast 2020: One day for and by the local music industry

Output Belfast is back with an entire day of keynotes so you can know everything about producing, promoting and selling music, from recorded to live. Bands that are managing themselves are encouraged to participate, as it is a well of tips and information condensed in a day. Music industry’s professionals are also attending…. However, everyone can participate, you just need to register!

Check out the full programme here and create your personal conference schedule: www.outputbelfast.com

After such an intense day, everyone is invited to enjoy gigs all across the city, in various venues such as Black Box, Ulster Sports Club or Voodoo. The aim of the night is to showcase all the marvellous talents that Northern Ireland has to offer! All the showcases are free to attend, so don’t be shy!

Here’s our showcase, in collaboration with Third Bar Artists Development, with Scratch My Progress 2019/20 students Joel Harkin and Sasha Samara

Mothers in Music.

The Oh Yeah Music Centre is seeking participants for a project titled ‘Mothers in Music’, a twelve-week song writing progamme designed for female musicians with caring responsibilities.

The project which is supported by the Spirit of 2012 Carers’ Music Fund, aims to provide 15 women that have found it difficult to progress in music due to caring and parenting duties, with an opportunity to reconnect, regain confidence and get back into writing, recording and performance again. The project will involve song writing, music making and studio time. It will also involve a showcase at Women’s Work festival, an annual celebration of women in music, which takes place in June across Belfast. Full consultation will take place with participants at the beginning to assess the needs of the group to ensure any barriers to participation will be removed so that everyone involved can take part with confidence and with support where needed.

The ‘Mothers in Music’ project is one of four separate cohorts of female carers that will take part in a 12 week bespoke programme tailored to each of the groups involved. The other cohorts include a partnership with the Black Box Belfast and their Black Moon and Mini Moon programme, with a second cohort engaging woman from ethnic minority and refugee groups. A third cohort is under way at Newington Day centre with a focus on female carers of loved ones living with Dementia, with this fourth cohort designed to recruit female musicians with parental caring responsibilities.

Charlotte Dryden from Oh Yeah said “When we were developing this project we wanted to bring female carers together that are going through similar experiences, so we decided to split it into four cohorts.  And seeing as this programme is about improving wellbeing through music we felt that one of the cohorts should be for musicians themselves. This idea was very much informed by discussions that we were having at our annual Women’s Work music festival around being a mother and working in music. Some of the feedback we received from respondents included better opportunities for mothers to take part. When we saw the Spirit of 2012 application for the very thing we wanted to do, we knew we had to make it happen.”

The Carers’ Music Fund has been made possible by funding Spirit of 2012 has received from the Tampon Tax Fund, awarded through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Carers’ Music Fund projects target women and girls who are lonely and isolated because of their caring responsibilities. These projects engage girls and women in music activities with the aim of reducing loneliness, improving their mental health and wellbeing, and challenging and changing gendered perceptions of and attitudes towards caring. UK statistics show that women make up the vast majority of carers, 72% of those in receipt of carers allowance are women, and parenting duties for infant children are still mostly done by women. Loneliness among carers is extremely high: 8 in 10 say they are socially isolated because of their caring responsibilities, and according to ONS figures carers are 22% more likely to experience mental ill health than the general population.

Ruth Hollis, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012, said “We’re delighted to be supporting the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast to deliver the Women’s Work project. At Spirit we’re passionate about the power of the arts to bring communities together, break down barriers, and increase happiness. Carers play a vital role in society, but often end up having to give up the hobbies and interests that support their wellbeing, and can become lonely and isolated from others. That’s why it’s great that Oh Yeah are working to reach female carers who have lost touch with their music-making to help them reconnect with their love of music in a supportive group environment.”

For more info and to apply  MOTHERS IN MUSIC

 

Further Info…

Caring for others is hugely rewarding, but it can also be isolating and lonely. We are keen to recruit participants that may be experiencing some of the following:

• A new mother, feeling isolated by parenting responsibilities, or caught between caring for children and
ageing parents or family dependants.
• Musicians as carers with less time than before for music creation that would like to start writing and
performing again.
• Musicians (including aspiring and emerging) as carers that would like to reconnect, regain confidence,
increase self-esteem and sense of potential through the creative process while in the company of peers and
fellow music makers.

Project Details:

• Participants do not need to be receiving carers allowance to participate in this project and do not need to be live-in or full-time carers.
• This project aims to remove the barriers to participation and so through consultation we plan to ensure that participants will be able to attend as many sessions as possible, benefit from working as a collective group (suitable times/dates etc) and determine whether or not participants require access to alternative provision for any children in their care while they take part.
• The first consultation with participants will take place in February 2020 to determine the needs as well as
any musical levels/background.
• The first of the 12 sessions will take place in March 2020 and be completed by the end of May.
• There is a showcase element for participants that would like to perform that will take place during Women’s Work festival in June.
• During the project we will be required to gather feedback on the project from participants for reporting
purposes.

If you are interested in taking part please fill in the short form below. All info provided will be kept strictly confidential and for internal purposes only.

Places will be allocated on first come first served basis.

#MotherStandsFor

Brand New Friend at the Oh Yeah with Volume Control

After being invited to play for Snow Patrol’s Ward Park 3 last summer and afterwards touring all across the UK and Ireland, Brand New Friend will be Volume Control’s special guests for an all ages gig!

 

To support them will be three local acts: Aeons / Poetic Licence / Blackout Season

 

Volume Control is run by over a dozen young people aged 14 – 18 who are ambitiously filling the gap and organising events for the all-ages market.
They have gone from strength to strength, surprising audiences by delivering fantastic line-ups in a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

 

Friday, 31st January 2020
7pm
£5
Tickets here

Getting To Know… Jordan Adetunji

You may have discovered him during Sound Of Belfast, or maybe with his performance at the NI Music Prize 2019, Jordan Adetunji is the next act of our “Getting To Know” series.

Those sessions are made for the artists to come speak about their creative process, their music, their path, in a way to get closer and share with their public. There’s usually is a bit of live music as well to punctuate the evening.

Jordan Adetunji is a real local revelation and sensation, with recognitions from across the United Kingdom. With this event, get the chance to know more about this young talented artist… for free!

 

 

It is important to register for the event, as places are limited.

You can RSVP here

 

Thursday, 30th January 2020
7pm

 

#BlackSanta Sit-Out charity appeal at Belfast Cathedral

This year again, Belfast Cathedral’s Dean and his helpers are sitting outside the cathedral everyday for a week to raise money for local charities that apply for the Black Santa appeal.

This initiative allowed us to receive funds the past few years and it’s always of very good use.

If you are around Cathedral Quarter this week, go say hello, or donate online on https://www.belfastcathedral.org/black-santa