Arts Council Impact Survey –

This short survey is designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts that the spread of the coronavirus has had on artists and arts organisations in Northern Ireland.

ACNI have pledged to work closely with colleagues in Government to share the impacts arising and make the case for additional resources to help mitigate against the short, medium and long term effects of this situation.

To help them understand, in more detail, the impact on individual artists and organisations, the Arts Council has prepared the following survey which will remain open indefinitely.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfOIGlPm4XsMrZm0Pj1FbN_MBXui69mkKQ13-_JygP3z3KeLg/viewform

Oh Yeah is 13!

To mark our 13th birthday we will be sharing 13 photos a day for the next 13 days. Starting with 2007.

Share your Oh Yeah photos and memories with us on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Recognise anyone?

Today is our 13th birthday. Back in 2007 on 5th May we threw open the doors for our official opening. Of course there was a lot of hard work getting to that point and we hadn’t even signed the lease yet, but we were excited and surrounded by good people, by an extended rock and roll family. The sense of mission was powerful and the community help was hugely up-lifting. 

We needed every bit of that juice in 2008 when the recession crashed in. We bounced from success to pending catastrophe. Always there was some extra, emotional reserve or a new friend, arriving with a smile and a genius fix. And then everyone was rewarded with amazing music, with talent on the rise and good people blooming with potential. Oh Yeah has surpassed all of those early dreams. 

Now on 5th May 2020 on our 13th birthday, we never imagined we would have to close because of a pandemic and it has been hard. The venue is dark and lifeless, the lights have been switched off and we miss our colleagues and friends. 

The arts in general have suffered a lot over the years, but there’s been no shortage of inspiration, creativity, activism and resilience. We are in awe of that and we hope that the powerful contribution that artists, venues and the arts make to society will be adequately supported as we come out of this crisis. 

We are thankful to our supporters, funders, sponsors, volunteers, staff and board and while things are uncertain, we are determined to get through this. 

Oh Yeah is already adapting, we are working on alternative ways to engage and do good through music and we are staying positive. 

So until we can open the doors again, we send you our best wishes and hope that you are doing ok. We send key workers, the NHS and all those working on the frontline our deepest thanks. Stay safe everyone. Here’s to seeing in our 14th birthday in 2021 with a big old fashioned party.

We thought we would share this footage of our Open Day in 2007

Were you there? Let us know.

Oh Yeah joins Music Venue Trust #SaveOurVenues campaign

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ohyeahbelfast

The Oh Yeah Music Centre is part of a national initiative launched by Music Venue Trust to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent music venues. 

Oh Yeah is Belfast’s dedicated music hub – a resource for music makers, fans, audiences, community and 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.

We are a not for profit and charitable organisation and we also rely on income we generate through the venue, box office, bar and room hire. 

Our venue is the beating heart of the centre and it is now closed. 

With your help donations will be used to support our plans to invest in alternative ways to support local music until the venue can open again.

Grassroots venues are the incubators of new talent, they breathe life into our towns and cities and we are proud to stand alongside this amazing community.

If we hit our target everything above the amount we need will be donated to the Music Venue Trust GMV Crisis Fund to protect other venues just like ours across the campaign.

For more info or to donate go to – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ohyeahbelfast

Coronavirus – Support for artists

Things are incredibly difficult for artists right now. We have compiled a list of support we are aware of that may help. These organisations are happy to talk if you need advice on their application process and if we can help please get in touch – you can contact charlotte@ohyeahbelfast.com

  1. Musicians

Help Musicians Coronavirus Hardship Fund ( this fund is now closed, but we hope to hear of a round 2 soon and will update accordingly)

Who can apply?

  • Performers, composers/creators, those directly involved in the production of music, or those who work in a role where the main qualification is a high level of musical training
  • Individuals who are self-employed or currently unemployed

How much is available?

  • A one-off payment of £500 per person

How do I apply?

  • Via an online form. More information is available here.

Irish Music Industry COVID Relief Fund

Who can apply?

  • Irish (resident in Ireland or an Irish national) music creators, including songwriters, composers, performers, session musicians and arrangers

How much is available?

  • A one-off emergency relief payment of up to €750 EUR

How do I apply?

  • Via an online application form. More information is available here.

Arts Council Northern Ireland – Artists Emergency Programme

Who can apply?

Artists Emergency Programme

  • £500,000 Arts Council National Lottery funds to support artists and freelancers
  • This programme supports the research, design and future presentation of events, performances and other artistic projects, including resources to help artists develop their artistic practice.
  • AEP will buy artists creative time to develop their skills and practice during these difficult times, for future presentation of work.
  • This is a rolling programme, opening today until further notice, for proposals ending March 2021.

Application forms and Guidance Notes for the Artists Emergency Programme are now available from the Arts Council here.

How much is available?

  • Artists Emergency Programme – up to £5,000 per applicant

How do I apply?

  • Artists Emergency Programme – this requires an Expression of Interest form, a CV, a budget, and proof of previous experience of delivering work for the public benefit. More information is available here.

The Musicians’ Union Hardship Fund

Who can apply?

  • UK residents who are members of the Musicians’ Union or joint members of the Musicians’ Union and the National Education Union (NEU)

How much is available?

  • A one-off grant of £200 per person

How do I apply?

  • Via an application form on the Musicians’ Union website. More information is available here.

PRS for Music Emergency Relief Fund

Who can apply?

  • All PRS for Music members

How much is available?

  • Grants of up to £1000 per person

How do I apply?

  • Via an online application form. More information is available here.

PRS Foundation Sustaining Creativity Fund

Who can apply?

  • UK music creators experiencing hardship form loss of work due to COVID-19
  • The grant is to help music creators continue to create exceptional new music – this is not a hardship fund

How much is available?

  • Grants of £750 per person

How do I apply?

  • Read the guidance available and complete the online application form. More information is available here.
  • Freelancers and contractors

AIM Support Fund

Who can apply?

  • Contractors and freelancers working with artists signed to AIM member labels (e.g. tour crews, studio producers, mixing engineers, radio pluggers, graphic designers, stylists, photographers, publicists, and managers)
  • Applicants must not be eligible for any other music industry hardship funds
  • UK and Ireland nationals and residents

How much is available?

  • A fund of £1 million is available

How do I apply?

  • You must be nominated for the fund by the AIM member that had contracted you for the lost work. More information is available here.

Crew Nation

Who can apply?

  • Members of touring or venue crews, both front of house and backstage staff,  who make 50% or more of their income from this field

How much is available?

  • A one-off grant equivalent to $1000 USD

How do I apply?

  • More information is available here.
  • Small Businesses

Small Business Grant Scheme

Who can apply?

  • Small businesses that already pay reduced business rates because of Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR)

How much is available?

  • A one-off grant of £10,000

How do I apply?

  • Via the NI Department for the Economy website. More information is available here.
  • Other useful information

Corona Musicians

  • This website lists a range of support and advice for musicians during the coronavirus period, including information on funding, legal and business advice, working online, mental health and other health matters.

Music Support and Thrive

  • The mental health charity Music Support has partnered with Thrive to provide 1,000 individuals with free access to wellbeing and mental health support.

Music & You

  • Music and You have created a number of resources to help us look after our wellbeing, including stress, anxiety and our mental health, during these times.

Meditation Courses

  • The Musicians’ Union is offering free online medication sessions to support the wellbeing of the music community during the pandemic.

Music Minds Matter

  • A free, confidential, around the clock helpline run by Help Musicians for the entire music industry.

Music Support Helpline

  • A helpline for anyone in the music industry suffering from alcoholism, addiction, emotional or mental health issues.

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

 

Give your beloved ones the gift of three hours long practice at the Oh Yeah

It is the season for Christmas shopping, and everyone is scratching their heads again to find out what would please all the members of their families…

For those wanting to offer something special to a musician, we have the perfect gift! Get them Oh Yeah vouchers to practice for three hours in our two rehearsal rooms. Come ask a member of the staff to purchase one (or more) at the café! The price is £20 for the small room and £25 for the big room.

Our rehearsal rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a drum set in each one (no cymbals or sticks), amps, mics, a mixer and local PA in each one, and you can come downstairs for snacks and drinks at the café! Find out more about the rehearsal rooms here

We are open Monday – Friday from 10am to 5pm and 12pm-5pm on Saturday