Scratch My Progress 2014
Music Centre Reveals Five Fresh Acts For 2014 Development Programme.
The Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast has named five acts that it will take forward in its 2014 talent development programme, ‘Scratch My Progress’.
Previously, four acts were chosen for the programme each year. But the standard this time was so high and the bands were so inspiring in the selection process that five names have been put forward. Scratch My Progress will aim to hothouse their talent over the next year. The acts will avail of recording studio time, a professional photo shoot, vocal coaching, one-to-one meetings with industry professionals and more.
Project manager, Charlotte Dryden said “we had more applicants and a harder job of getting it down to four than the previous two years, so we thought we would extend the offer to one more act. It’s an exciting and challenging development for us, but we are looking forward to seeing how they progress, not only as individual acts, but on a collaborative and collective level too.”
Ross Haymes from Hurdles said “We’re really excited to be part of this years programme, especially after seeing how many opportunities previous graduates have gone on to gain. Having the support of the Oh Yeah will be a fantastic help and we’re really looking forward to all their guidance and mentorship through the scheme.”
This follows on the success of two previous Scratch My Progress programmes. Some of our graduates are already making strong progress, namely:
• Katharine Philippa has performed at the Ulster Hall with the Ulster Orchestra and played at the London showcase for Belfast Music Week 2012. Her tracks have been played numerous times on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music and was chosen by DJ Tom Ravenscroft to feature in his curated festival at the MAC, Belfast, September 2013.
• Since graduating from Scratch My Progress in 2013 Go Wolf have been featured on a music compilation on the prestigious French Kitsuné Maison label, home to the likes of Two Door Cinema Club and Hot Chip. They are about to announce a new deal with an American label.
• Frances Mitchell had a song at number three in the Irish singles chart, August 2013.
‘Who Do You Love?’ was co-written by 21 year-old Frances and Mark Graham, both from Lisburn. The song, released by singer Ryan O’ Shaunessy, was on RTE1 series ‘The Hit’, featuring the talents of songwriters from all over Ireland.
Scratch My Progress is supported by the PRS for Music Foundation, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland.
You can listen to some of the acts submissions through the links below: