We are recruiting a Music Programme Officer




As part of an exciting new pilot programme funded by the Education Authority, we are recruiting for a MUSIC PROGRAMME OFFICER.

The post will be 2 days a week contracted for a period of 18 months (with possibility of extension, dependent on continuing funding). The role will involve the delivery of a pilot youth programme using music as a vehicle for engagement.

Details of the job specification and application form can be found on the link below. Closing date Friday 23rd April 2021, 4.30pm.


Scratch My Progress – Volume 9… OUT TODAY!






The Oh Yeah Music Centre is delighted to announce the release of this year’s
showcase EP from its annual talent development programme Scratch My Progress.
The five fresh new acts which Oh Yeah took on board in September 2020 under the restrictions of the pandemic, have each written, recorded and released very different tracks in a year that has been like no other for the project or the artists.

The acts on the programme include Riley Holland, Gilmore, Gender Chores,
Vivamagnolia and Lemonade Shoelace and since March 2020 none of them have had an opportunity to play live or trial their sound in front of a live audience. Access to safe practice has been difficult too, but earlier this year they rose to the challenge and recorded a live performance under the guidance of Oh Yeah. In light of there being no opportunity for the usual live showcase these performances were pre- recorded and can instead be viewed on the Oh Yeah YouTube Channel.

Talent Development Manager Charlene Hegarty who has guided the participants through the last 7 months said:

“2020 delivered the toughest conditions in living memory for the creative arts. I am so proud of the 5 acts featured on this release – they rose to the challenge, remained committed throughout and have delivered the most accomplished and diverse range of new sounds. Dive in, surround yourself in the music, support these young local artists and the arts. This is just the start”

Scratch My Progress is a mentoring, showcase and practical support programme for new music. The dedicated programme, now in its 9th year, is a PRS Foundation Talent Development partner supported by PPL and also with support from Help Musicians and YouTube Music. Oh Yeah also gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.

Please support these new acts and listen to, download and buy the tracks from HERE

Track Listing:

1.Autopilot Paradise – Lemonade Shoelace

2. 990 Miles – Vivamagnolia

3. Say It First – Riley Holland

4. Here – Gilmore

5. Night In The Woods – Gender Chores

Gender Chores
Gender Chores is Sam, Sophie and AJ. The music is informed and noisy and assertive. Their domain is the north of Ireland where bigotry and intolerance exist in the highest political offices. Gender Chores attack those failings with rage and wit; their live shows were keen moments of punk spirit and alternative thinking.
For more info https://linktr.ee/genderchores/

Gilmore is a composer, DJ and musician from Bangor, Northern Ireland. While he’s still in the early phase of his career, his tracks have been streamed more than half a million times on Spotify and on other platforms. He has compiled a dance mix for BBC Introducing and has enjoyed significant radio plays.
For more info https://linktr.ee/gilmore96

Lemonade Shoelace
This is the project of 23-year-old Ruairí Richman, a graduate of the BIMM institute in Dublin and a native of Newcastle, Co. Down. He name checks Air, Flaming Lips, John Lennon and Tame Impala.
For more info https://www.instagram.com/lemonade_shoelace

Riley Holland
Riley Holland is a songwriter and performer from Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Her music relates to pop and urban, acoustic and electronic.
For more info https://linktr.ee/rileyholland

Vivamagnolia is Patrick J. Hodgen and his dedicated band Matt Holland (Valium & Dark Tropics) and Calvin Wells (Doctor Zoot) The band take its name from a series of vital alternative releases – Will Oldham’s “Viva Last Blues” and Songs: Ohia’s “Magnolia Electric Co.”
For more info https://snd.click/4fh7

50 Conversations about Music – OUTPUT

Check out the ’50 Conversations about Music’ series put together by Output Belfast

Some brilliant insights, advice, info, shared experiences on here for you to dip into.

Charlotte Dryden from Oh Yeah was invited to sit down with Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, Chief Executive of UK Music to find out a bit more about the work that they do, their campaigns and priorities for the music industry as it navigates its way through the last twelve months of Covid, Brexit and more.

Watch 50 Conversations about Music HERE

Belfast Music Survey

Sound Diplomacy is working with Belfast City Council to create a comprehensive Music Strategy and Recovery Plan for the City of Belfast. You can read more about the project at www.sounddiplomacy.com/belfast

We think your voice as a musician, venue, industry, audience member, fan of music matters more than ever – let them know what you think, it will help inform a plan going forward, one that involves everyone, please help by completing the survey HERE

Help Us

The Oh Yeah Centre is seeking to explore the feasibility of enhancing the facilities at the Centre to improve the quality and range of opportunities for participants and users.

As part of this process we would like to gather feedback from existing Centre users (artists, music industry, audiences, participants, partners and visitors etc) to gain a better understanding of their facility needs moving forward.

All you have to do is complete this short survey – it will really help us better understand anything we might need to improve or do to make our building as good as it can be…

Complete survey HERE

13-17 Year olds – Music Camp

We are really excited about our TBUC Camps Programme starting this week! We wish we could see you all in person but to make up for it, we have some goody bags and a brilliant programme lined up for you (and maybe even some pizza deliveries!).

We will be looking at songwriting with Shade Music, music photography with Carrie Davenport Photography and learning how to play the Ukulele with Ukulele Portal!

We have LIMITED SPACES left – for £10 you will get-Your very own ukulele-A goody bag full of things to help you cope with lockdown-An OCN qualification-Sessions packed full of music and creativity.

To apply:

HOW TO APPLY:1. Go to the link below and fill out the application form:


2. Send £10 PayPal payment with your name in the comments field to payments@ohyeahbelfast.com

3. Send any questions to youth@ohyeahbelfast.com

Statement from Arts Collaboration Network

Statement from the Arts Collaboration Network

26 January 2021

NI Arts and Culture sector call for urgent and immediate action from NI Executive

More than 100 arts organisations and individuals took part last week in an online meeting of artists, freelancers, venues and festivals from every part of the arts and culture sector organised by the Arts Collaboration Network (ACN).  Representatives from the Arts Collaboration Network said there is growing anxiety and frustration expressed at the second Big Gathering on 21 January 2021, at the gap between words and actions when it comes to providing practical and financial support.

ACN is now calling on the NI Executive to take urgent action to protect the sector from the impact of ongoing Covid restrictions.

The ACN, an informal network of cultural organisations and individuals across NI, has set out five key issues which need to be addressed in ‘Culture Beyond Covid’ a document sent to Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey and other MLAs. The paper sets out 5 keys asks which are:

  1. Building the sector’s infrastructure, capacity and skills so the arts sector survives to play its part in NI’s recovery.
  • Investment  to address the very significant hardship being experienced by artists, creatives and freelancers many of whom have not benefited from financial support to date
  • A partnership approach to planning a safe re opening of venues
  • A commitment to increasing the annual arts spending to support the renewal of the sector
  • Establishment of a Northern Ireland Cultural Task Force

The arts and culture sector welcomed the Executive’s allocation of £33m to support the arts and heritage sectors. However, in many cases that financial support has still not reached the numerous arts organisations and individuals who so urgently need it, with funding decisions not due until later this month. The current situation is that those monies will then need to be spent before the end of March unless that budgetary restriction is lifted.

This week it has emerged that there is £300m of unallocated funds across the NI Executive. This, at a time when many creative individuals and artists are struggling to feed themselves and their families; and the end of the CRJIS scheme could mean leading culture organizations face closure in the coming weeks and months, with considerable associated job losses. This will lead to irreparable damage to Northern Ireland’s vibrant, creative and unique arts sector.

ACN is appealing to the Executive and to the Assembly to translate the vocal support of Ministers, MLAs and civil servants into immediate action. Other regions throughout these islands are planning for long-term cultural renewal and have established Taskforces to map out a post-Covid strategy for the arts. As yet there is no such Taskforce in Northern Ireland and no plans to create one. There is no proactive planning in place to look at the safe reopening of our venues or for the return of live theatre and music. At a time when politicians across the spectrum express support for the sector, there is only a fleeting mention of the arts and culture in the just published draft Programme for Government.

Since the beginning of this crisis arts organisations have responded with imagination and creativity and continue to provide much needed support and respite in innovative ways for people of all ages and backgrounds from across NI and beyond.

The arts and culture sector plays a vital role in driving our economy and is an integral pillar of society; directly employing thousands of people and supporting tens of thousands others indirectly and attracting local and global tourists.  Research has demonstrated the value the arts play in protecting and enhancing the mental wellbeing of our citizens and the public are missing live events, cultural activity and all the benefits these bring.   Unfortunately, the vocal support from our politicians and civil servants has not translated into commensurate levels of financial assistance. The pandemic has been a body blow to an arts sector that has already been ravaged by years of cuts.

When we emerge from Covid-19, the arts and cultural sector can help Northern Ireland adapt and grow again. The arts can play a unique role in breathing new life into our towns and abandoned city centres; in helping our people heal and cope with loss but only if we survive the pandemic intact.

Now is the time for our Ministers and Executive to take urgent action to avoid a future in which Northern Ireland becomes a cultural wasteland and our citizens lose out on much that they value.

The Arts Collaboration Network is an informal network of the main sector support organisations and a number of creative hubs across Northern Ireland. The people involved are Margaret Henry, Thrive Audience Development, Niamh Flanagan, Theatre and Dance NI, Mary Nagele, Arts & Business NI, Rob Hilken & Noel Kelly, Visual Artists Ireland, Kevin Murphy, Voluntary Arts Ireland, Katherine McDonald, Craft NI, Charlotte Dryden, Oh Yeah, Sarah Jones, Creative & Cultural Skills, Peter Richards, Golden Thread Gallery/Chair Belfast Visual Arts Forum, Sophie Hayles, Crescent Arts Centre, Cath McBride In Your Space Circus / Chair: DCSDC Arts & Cultural Strategy, Co-Delivery Group, Anne McReynolds and Maeve Hawkins, The MAC, Damien Coyle, University of Atypical and Jenna Hall, Belfast Community Circus School/Co-Chair Belfast Festivals Forum.