Job Opportunity

OPEN MON 9TH MAY 2022

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS – 5PM MONDAY 30TH MAY 2022

E-MAIL Applications to: recruitment@ohyeahbelfast.com

TWO Documents include:

1. Key details, job description and application process.

2. Introduction to Oh Yeah.

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Job Summary: This is a new post at Oh Yeah made possible with funding through ‘Art Work’; an Employment and Skills Initiative for the Arts Sector, supported by the Department of Communities through Future Screens NI.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the team to support the communications and marketing of the various projects and services at the Oh Yeah Music Centre.

Working closely with colleagues, the successful applicant will support the external communications of the charity, helping to extend the reach of our work that is impacting on the lives of people through music.

The successful candidate will primarily communicate and promote the work of the venue, events, youth and outreach programmes, talent development projects, events and festivals, music tourism and services.

Salary: £19,264 gross pa (fixed term 3 years – This post may be extended or made permanent subject to funding)

Development Support: This is an entry level or career change opportunity that will include mentoring and development support from staff, board and industry professionals.

Full time post: 35 hours week

Additional Terms: Pension 5%

Annual Leave: 25 days annual leave + customary holidays.

Contract commences: July 2022

Reports to: CEO

Click this link for full details and how to apply – Marketing and Communications Officer Recruitment Pack

UNESCO City of Music – a new WALKING Tour and the return of Belfast Music BUS Tour!

We are a UNESCO City of Music! To celebrate we have teamed up with Creative Tours to bring you a new visitor experience for Belfast.

Belfast UNESCO City of Music: walking tour and performance.

A new music walking tour of Belfast, coupled with a live performance, launched in launch in April, thanks to support from Belfast City Council. The ‘Belfast UNESCO City of Music walking tour and performance’ offers locals and visitors alike a taste of the vibrancy of Belfast’s music scene.  

The tour has been developed by Dolores Vischer of Creative Tours Belfast – a huge music fan and qualified Belfast Green Badge Tourist Guide – in association with the Oh Yeah Music Centre.

Excited that the tour chimes with the city’s recent UNESCO music award, Dolores commented: “Belfast has such a rich music heritage and so much talent, past and present, across all genres. From hip hop to classical and punk; opera to folk and electro pop – and everything in between – music plays a significant and important role in the fabric of Belfast, making it a vibrant city to live in or visit. I always knew Belfast was a city of music, but it’s a great boost that the city has been awarded the coveted City of Music status by UNESCO. It’s like having a global quality stamp!”

She added: “The tour gives me a chance to share with others my passion for our city and its music, to visit some cool places, tell some stories about iconic music moments and local legends, and above all to make sure that the tour guests have a really great time.” 

During the walking tour guests can look forward to a host of stories about key music moments, characters who’ve shaped our music heritage and the current achievements of many local legends.

The tour is a comfortable walk around the city centre at just over 2 hours, beginning at the Ulster Hall and ending at Oh Yeah. Upcoming dates to be announced in the coming days – for queries contact creativetoursbelfast@gmail.com

Oh Yeah is also delighted to announce the return of the Belfast Music Bus Tour. A musical bus journey around Belfast. If you would prefer this to a walking tour see HERE for more info and dates.

Women’s Work, Aid For Ukraine Live and Get On It!

Women’s Work 2022 is Live!

Women’s Work 2022 has been launched! It will run from 2-5 June with dozens of events to choose from.

Since 2015, Women’s Work has aimed to:

· Promote, celebrate and support women by establishing a local network that is open and accessible to all.

· Have a concentrated series of events ‘Women’s Work’ in and around International Women’s Day to ensure greater impact and reach.

· Empower women to take the lead in shaping their own careers by providing advice, signposting and encouraging discussion.

· To lift and inspire aspiring young female artists to get involved knowing there is positive and supportive network locally.

· Help promote cities like Belfast and Derry as forward thinking music cities supporting its artists through a variety of networks and encouraging diversity and by joining with networks in other cities in other countries.

· Link with other groups nationally and internationally.

· Increase awareness and understanding of equality issues facing women.

· Work towards informing key funding and development bodies that may inform future strategy or priorities.

Aid For Ukraine Fundraising Gig

Oh Yeah has partnered with Stendhal Festival to bring you a brilliant night of music Aid For Ukraine. Proceeds will go to Stowarzyszenie Leubuzzi, a Polish Charity feeding refugees in the town of Ośno Lubuskie.

Featuring sets and performances from…

Duke Special
Phil Taggart
The Wood Burning Savages
Joshua Burnside
Sister Ghost
Lemonade Shoelace

Get On It #3

Join YEO Magazine for another month of sweet sweet live music from some of our favourite local tune makers, supported Dubliner Whiskey.

Buy a ticket in advance and bring a mate for free! This deal only applies to online ticket purchases

Opening the night will be the warm and fuzzy sounds of Heart Shaped, whose 2021 EP ‘Second Hand’ was one of our favourite releases that year. Her follow-up single called ‘No Contact’ is just as tasty, the Houston TX native and Belfast based artist is not to be missed if you’re into your anthemic choruses about the complications of modern romance and self-love.

Next up will be BBC Radio 1 and ATL’s very own Gemma Bradley whose own musical output is as exceptional as her radio presenting. Flavours of acoustic pop are blended with more soulful rhythms and topped off by her mind-blowing vocals. Having just supported one of the world’s most exciting acts of Nilufer Yanya, it wouldn’t be far fetched to say she stole the show. On top of that, her last single ‘Better’ is still stuck in our heads thanks to some irresistibly catchy songwriting.

Closing out the night will be one of the most exciting electronic artists in Belfast at the minute in the shape of Gilmore. By mixing his own productions with absolute floor fillers, he is rightly earning quite the reputation for providing the tunes for a good time. Prepare yourself for a selector that reads a room as good as any and can pick you up from any low you may be going through in life. Oh, it’s going to be a good one!

As always a massive thanks to Dubliner Whiskey who will be providing a free drink on entry plus discounted cocktails all night.

MON YOU GET ON IT!

Season’s Greetings and End of Year Reflection from Oh Yeah Music Centre

Dear friends of Oh Yeah, we would like to wish you a very happy, restful, safe and healthy Christmas. Thank you for your support in 2021, from online engagement and participation through to coming out to gigs when we returned to live music and events. Your donations, purchases and messages of support have been so encouraging and it has meant a lot to the team here at Oh Yeah. 

This year all our lives were still dominated by the challenges and uncertainty of Covid. It has been so difficult to see the music sector and our community so badly affected by the pandemic, but we were also immensely proud of the work and achievements of our musicians. From Mercury (Hannah Peel), Brit Award (Bicep) and Ivor Novello (Conor Mitchell) nominations through to the NI Music Prize, including a first all female line up of winners in the history of the awards, with Saint Sister and Dea Matrona leading the charge. We also finally got to present Mike Edgar with the Outstanding Contribution to Music award. 

In November after over two years of hard work from Belfast City Council and the City of Music Steering group there was the proudest of moments when Belfast was officially named a UNESCO City of Music. We are excited about the opportunities this can bring and we are looking forward to supporting the next steps. Belfast City Council has stepped up for culture in the city and we are grateful for this commitment. 

We want to pay tribute to all the musicians who have worked tirelessly for others. Even in a year when things have been toughest, artists have continued to donate proceeds of their music to charities they support. There is no more generous group of people. We also want to pay tribute to the late Steve Strange, a champion for NI music, friend, and giant of the music industry, who we sadly lost in September.

In 2021 Oh Yeah continued to adapt to new ways of working, from a blended approach to the joy of returning to being in the room together. We worked with hundreds of highly talented creative people, from musicians to producers, engineers, crew, production, mentors, tutors, facilitators, graphic designers, freelancers and more. They helped us achieve and deliver great work, from the Virtual Tour of NI to Women’s Work, to the NI Music Prize, Sound of Belfast, Mothers In Music, Volume Control, ASK mentoring, youth outreach and arts and older people.

We commissioned two songs about Belfast for Sound of Belfast written by Gareth Dunlop and Jealous Of The Birds, and we even welcomed a new staff member Matt McGinn to the outreach team. The Oh Yeah venue has never looked or sounded better and we will continue to improve the facilities over the coming years. In short, we continued to engage with all ages, aspirations and levels, through music throughout the year.

Music creators keep on doing great things and here at Oh Yeah, we are more committed than ever to keep the doors open to music, to developing talent, to supporting and celebrating creativity. The challenge for 2022 is to retain and keep hold of the world-class talent that we have, to ensure we facilitate and support that talent and lead the way in making our cities and towns musicians and artist friendly spaces to create, build audiences and of course make a living. Musicians are innovative and resilient, the arts sector is innovative and resilient, but it has been chronically under-funded for far too long and we must make things better, for the benefit of all.

But there have also been very supportive funders and sponsors who without, we would have had to close the doors and so we want to thank them and acknowledge that support. To the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Google/YouTube, Education Authority, Department for Communities, Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland Screen, PPL, PRS Foundation, PRS for Music, Help Musicians, Spirit of 2012. Thanks also to Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon for the donation of the ‘Happy Christmas (War is Over)’ rare acetate, we hope to auction it very soon! Thanks also to Gary Lightbody for all that you do for music in NI.

Big love to all the hard working creatives based in Oh Yeah – we have the best bunch of tenants. Final thanks goes the Oh Yeah staff and volunteers and to our new Chair Paul Evans, Vice Chair Lynne Best and all the Oh Yeah board. The commitment and support has been above and beyond. 

Happy Christmas everyone, please stay healthy, be happy and let’s move into 2022 with a renewed confidence.

From Charlotte, Dee, Caoimhe, Charlene, Lisa, Matt, Paul, Ryan, Seán and Sian!

Oh Yeah – 2021 On Screen…

Check out all the great projects from 2021 on YouTube… click here and don’t forget to subscribe for future updates!

NI Music Prize 2021 – How It Went

Saint Sister and Dea Matrona
triumph at NI Music Prize 2021

The NI Music Prize returned to the Ulster Hall on Wednesday 17th November for a live showcase of some of the best music artists we have to offer. The event, which was organised by the Oh Yeah Centre, also went out live on YouTube and BBC Radio Ulster.

After a year without gigs due to the pandemic, this was the first opportunity for fans, artists and industry in almost two years to get together for a much-needed celebration of all that is great about music from Northern Ireland.

There were jaw-dropping moments of live music from shortlisted acts Dani Larkin, New Pagans, Trú and Amy Montgomery, as well as special guest performances from Ash, Ryan McMullan and Sasha Samara.

It was a night for emotional speeches, tributes and dedications including a moving tribute to the late Steve Strange. The event also spotlighted the excellent work of Help Musicians throughout the pandemic.

UNESCO City of Music was officially marked with an opening address from the Lord Mayor Cllr Kate Nicholl and Hannah Peel.

Big moments included Saint Sister taking Best Album supported by PPL for their stunning record ‘Where I Should End’ decided by a panel on the night. Dea Matrona picked up the two other awards for Best Single (supported by YouTube Music) and ATL Contender Award as voted by the public. 

It was a first ever all female line up of winners and while both acts were unable to pick up their awards due to touring commitments and show schedules, (another first for the night) there were beautiful acceptances on Saint Sister’s behalf from Gemma Doherty’s mum Sharon Hall and good friend and fellow artist Katie Richardson. Dea Matrona beamed in with a thank you and their manager Aidan Shortall picked up their awards.

Tim, Rick and Mark from the band ASH presented Mike Edgar with the Outstanding Contribution award for his 40 year career, impact and support for music. He made a heartfelt speech and got a rightly rousing applause.

Charlotte Dryden from Oh Yeah said. “ Huge thanks to team involved in putting on such a massive show under some of the most challenging circumstances we have ever faced, led mostly by the effects of the pandemic. An army of great people helped get this over the line and the production was superb. It was an exceptional night of music and massive congratulations to all the acts involved right from the start of the process through to the winners. We have a world-class music scene here and we will keep telling people that.”

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer of PPL said: “Each year the Northern Ireland Music Prize celebrates the best of the country’s music, showcasing a diverse range of artistic talent and recognising music as an important contributor to its culture, economy and community. PPL is proud to support Northern Ireland’s music industry and would like to congratulate Saint Sister and all those recognised by this year’s Prize for making music of exceptional quality.”

Saint Sister play Derry Nerve Centre on Saturday 20th Nov – TICKETS

Belfast Empire on Sunday 21st November – TICKETS

Photos and music all at http://www.nimusicprize.com

Copyright Mike Edgar Productions/Oh Yeah

NI Music Prize 2021: The Lowdown!

Essential info:

Wednesday 17 November 2021

Ulster Hall, 34 Bedford St, Belfast BT2 7FF

Doors – 6.45pm

Main event starts 7.30pm sharp and ends @10pm

A limited number of tickets will be on sale on the door.

Any ticket holders without physical tickets will have their name on the door

The event will be live-streamed from Oh Yeah’s YouTube page.

We will also be live tweeting the event.

Ulster Hall entry policy here.

Dress to impress or smart casual

This is a fully seated show

Your event hosts:

Rigsy and Gemma Bradley

Featuring Guest Performances from:

ASH

Ryan McMullan

Sasha Samara

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Nominee Performances from

Dani Larkin

New Pagans

Trú

Amy Montgomery

The Prize is an annual recognition of new and outstanding musical talent from Northern Ireland. This year the event returns to the Ulster Hall after a hugely challenging time for music. The evening will mark the rebuilding and revival of our industry and artists as we finally emerge from the pandemic. It will be a chance to reflect but it’s also an opportunity to look to the future with a renewed optimism. And of course it will be a night to celebrate the great music that our musicians have produced over the last twelve months.

The evening will feature live performances from shortlisted acts and special guests. Presenters will announce awards for Best Album presented by PPLBest Single (supported by YouTube Music) and the ATL Contender AwardThe evening includes the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award presentation to Mike Edgar and there will be a spotlight on the work of Help Musicians. There will also be a special dedication to the late Steve Strange who sadly passed away earlier this year.

The evening will also mark the recent designation of Belfast as UNESCO City of Music. Belfast has been awarded the coveted City of Music status celebrating the city’s rich musical heritage and recognising the importance of music to its future. Belfast is only the third city in the UK to become a City of Music with Liverpool receiving it in 2016 and Glasgow in 2008. It is also the first city on the island of Ireland to receive the accolade. There are now 59 Cities of Music forming part of the prestigious UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

The Northern Ireland Music Prize is supported by Belfast City CouncilYouTube MusicArts Council Northern IrelandPPLPRS for Music, and in association with BBC Across The Line.

The event will also be streamed live on the Oh Yeah YouTube Channel.

The NI Music Prize is coordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre and was established to celebrate and promote the rich and diverse home grown, world-class music of Belfast and Northern Ireland.

The event takes place during the Sound of Belfast festival, an annual 10-day showcase of the music of the city, from grassroots acts to celebrated names. 

Sound of Belfast is dedicated to celebrating the tireless efforts of local musicians, promoters, industry, community, media, supporters and audiences – this passion combined is what makes Belfast a great music city. It takes place 4th – 18th November 2021.

For more info on Sound of Belfast – www.soundofbelfast.com

For more info on the NI Music Prize – www.nimusicprize.com

Please read the following for Ulster Hall entry policy:

COVID Status Check

All ticket holders aged 18 and over, will need to provide one of the following:

  • Proof of full vaccination
  • Proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test
  • Proof of natural immunity

Read full details on what is required for a COVID Status Check.

COVID-Secure Check

Led by government guidance and supported by industry best practice, our team has undertaken comprehensive risk assessments to mitigate against the transmission of COVID-19. Find out more information about our COVID-Secure Venue.

Join Music Connections at Sound Of Belfast to Explore Challenges and Opportunities for NI Music

Hear directly from BAPAM, Free The Night, Help Musicians, PRS Foundation and more.

17 November 2021, Belfast – Music Connections, the online music business hub for the music sector in Northern Ireland (NI), has partnered with Sound of Belfast to host an afternoon of discussion, debate and networking for the NI music community as part of the conference and festival. Taking place on Wednesday 17 November 2021 at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast, the sessions are free and open to anyone working in music or with a genuine interest in the development of the sector in NI.

The afternoon has been designed to focus on some of the core challenges and opportunities for both music creators (artists, songwriters and composers) as well as those working to support music creation, from managers and producers to journalists, broadcasters, promoters and health professionals.

The wide-ranging discussions will cover NI’s night time economy and culture, led by campaigning organisation Free The Night, and a session looking at how music creators can make the most of online platforms to monetise their music and fuel their career development. The afternoon will finish with a practical discussion on how the music sector in NI can better manage its mental health and where it can find support locally for any specialist physical performance injuries. Health professionals are especially welcome to attend this session.

The panels bring together a selection of high profile and experienced individuals from across the UK and Irish music industries including Iain Archer (2 x Ivor Novello award-winning and Grammy-nominated songwriter), Nadia Khan (recent recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at Music Week’s Women in Music ceremony), Sacha Lord (Night Time Economy Advisor for Manchester and Founder of Parklife Festival and the Warehouse Project), and Sunil Sharpe (Irish DJ, Producer and Founder, Give Us The Night).

The full programme is set out below. To register for the free event, click here.

12:15 – Music Connections opening address

Music Connections launched in July 2021 to bring the NI music sector the latest news, views and events from across the UK and Ireland. We’ll be kicking off our afternoon of panels with a short intro to Music Connections – so come along, settle in, and let’s connect. 

12:30 – PRS Funding Presentation

Join PRS Foundation’s Grants Coordinators Westley Holdsworth and Aja Garrod as they run you through the key PRS Foundation funding schemes. PRS Foundation will be offering a series of 1-2-1 sessions after their presentation. 

13:00 – Lunch + networking

13:30 – Up All Night: how we can turbo-charge NI’s night time economy

The night time economy is any activity that occurs between 6pm and 6am and it’s the UK’s 5th largest industry, accounting for 8% of employment across restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs, live music venues and theatres. Rules on this part of the economy affect DJs, artists, promoters, musicians, bartenders, hospitality workers, security guards, sound & visual technicians, public transport workers, taxi drivers and frontline services who all use the night-time economy on a regular basis. But after 25 years, Northern Ireland’s opening times remain the most restrictive in the UK and Europe. Free The Night is on a mission to change this, to rebuild and grow the night time economy and creative industries post-pandemic.

  • Boyd Sleator – Free The Night
  • Ciara Power – Queen’s University Belfast
  • Holly Lester – Duality Trax
  • Sacha Lord – Night Time Economy Advisor, Manchester
  • Sunil Sharp – Founder, Give Us The Night, Ireland

14:45 – The online music economy: does it all add up?

These past 18 months have left artists unable to perform live, with the NI sector slowly but surely opening up again to full capacity audiences. Meanwhile, the debate around the economics of streaming has intensified, with campaigners taking their case directly to the UK Government to bring about change. The Inquiry explored current business models and how existing contracts and laws impact artists, record labels, streaming platforms, and consumers. But is it all bad? How else can music be monetised online? Join our panellists as they delve deep into the online economics of music, explore the opportunities available and share their experiences of what works and what doesn’t.

  • Graham Best – Senior Director of Platform Operations, Songtradr
  • Iain Archer – Two-time Ivor Novello award-winning and Grammy-nominated songwriter
  • Nadia Khan –Founder of Women in CTRL / AIM Chair

16:00 – Time out is not ‘time over’

The vast majority of musicians operate as freelance businesses, and while this can present opportunities, it also sadly means that when things don’t go to plan, pressures often mount up, leaving individuals overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn to for assistance. BAPAM, Help Musicians and Music Support are a network of charities that collaborate in Northern Ireland to support musicians’ mental and physical health in these circumstances. Hear how they are working together to ensure the music community in Northern Ireland receives support with physical health, mental wellbeing, and health and addiction issues.

  • Lynne Best – The Fourth Pillar / Music Connections 
  • Dr Christine Hunter-Lavery – GP / British Association for Performing Arts Medicine
  • Keith Millar – Help Musicians NI
  • Lynne Maltman – Music Support
  • Owen McKenna – New Atlas

ENDS

Belfast: UNESCO City of Music!

**It is official; Belfast is a UNESCO City of Music! **

Congratulations to all involved in the process; two years of planning leading to a successful bid. A lot of work behind the scenes from the team at Belfast City Council and an honour for our CEO Charlotte Dryden to chair the City of Music committee as part of this.

Biggest thanks goes to the artists, musicians, bands, venues, promoters, DJ’s, songwriters, audiences and all the creative community that make Belfast sing, day in, day out. Without them there is no music city to talk about. We are the sum of many musical parts – past, present and future – making space for new and exciting sounds.

It has been a crushing time for music, so the timing of this is so important. Now to take this as an opportunity to make things better, push forward, look to the future, rebuild and celebrate what we have all known for a very long time, that Belfast is a music city!

belfastmusic #unescocityofmusic #belfastunescocityofmusic

Much love ❤ to Eri Ka Lynne Best Sharon Young and the army of people that made this happen.

For further details on the UNESCO City of Music title and what it means for Belfast, visit https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/News/Belfast-awarded-prestigious-UNESCO-City-of-Music-t?fbclid=IwAR1U-6iA5E0pDcSxOjLCYhus5szkAfXkjIcPQySCWgUoZF8Bo_V9sHOc9Ws

Kate Nicholson on Sound of Belfast, New releases and ‘Mothers in Music’!

Kate Nicholson is a GP who lives in Portstewart with her husband and two young children.

Being a new mum during a global pandemic found Kate needing a creative outlet. Our unique ‘Mothers in Music’ programme helped her through meeting women who understand the challenges of making music from a mother’s perspective.  Although Kate has been writing songs since the age of 17, being a mother has given her an added push to create and share her music – she recorded an album of 10 songs during lockdown!  

Here, Kate shares her latest news and looks forward to her two gigs at Sound of Belfast.

Hi Kate, You’ve had a busy time of it lately! Tell me about your upcoming Sound of  Belfast gigs and the other exciting news you have had. 

Well firstly and most importantly we have had a new addition to the family – baby Tomás John, who is 3 months old! He is beginning to have the best wee smiles, coo’s and cuddles. But sleep is still at a premium which is really hard for someone who loves their sleep! 

And what about the gigs? 

First up is an Open Mic night with the “Mothers in Music” collective on Friday 5th November at the Oh Yeah Centre. I really can’t wait to hear all these amazing mamas do their thing! 

I have so much respect for these women who have overcome adversity to continue to do the things they love. That is what the group was all about. I’m speaking for all of us when I say we are so grateful for the programme which was run by Charlene Hegarty, Talent Development Officer at the Oh Yeah Centre. 

We had songwriting classes with some of the best in the business such as Katie Melua, and formed a bit of a support network to encourage and collaborate with each other.  I think it came at a good time for us, when a lot of things were put on ice due to the Pandemic.

You have another appearance at Sound of Belfast isn’t that right? 

Yes, I am playing at the Empire Music Hall on Friday 12th November at an “In the Round” night of music along with Siobhan Brown, Bernadette Morris and Cormac Neeson.

When I was 18 or so I collected glasses at the Empire and had the privilege of seeing ‘The Answer’ live. Needless to say I was impressed, so to be sharing the stage with Cormac is pretty special! I’m also excited to play alongside Siobhan and Bernadette who are first class. The night is hosted by Ralph McLean whose show I’ve been listening to for years.

Any new releases coming out soon?

Yes I’m giving away all my secrets here! I have a new single coming out this Friday 5th November called “Wrong Side of the Town” which will be available to stream in all the usual places. It features Cormac Neeson on vocals and we will be playing it live for the very first time at the Empire on 12th November. It’s going to be a very special night and I hope to see you there

Book your free places for the ‘Mothers in Music’ showcase at Oh Yeah.
Book your tickets for ‘In the Round’ at the Empire.