Youth Work Ireland’s Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) is very excited to celebrate the release of IYMAs volume 10 an album featuring ten young up and coming musicians from Galway and Meath. The album will be released on Friday October 6th available digitally and on CD with I-Tunes pre-orders now live here. This album was produced in Herbert Place Studios giving the young musicians the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Muse, Kodaline and Gavin James. The album was mastered in Wav mastering who have worked with David Bowie, The Foo Fighters and Damien Rice.
Last year’s album stormed the charts entering at number five! To mark the album launch, we are hosting an all ages concert in Monroe’s in Galway with over ten acts performing on Saturday October 7th with doors at 2pm with more info here.
“It’s been a brilliant year for the Irish Youth Music Awards as we marked our ten-year anniversary and our biggest programme and National Day yet. We are very excited to release IYMAs Volume 10 to mark this milestone as this album is a brilliant testament to the brilliant work of each young person that participated in the programme this year. We are encouraging everyone to pick up a copy of the album by pre-ordering it now on I-Tunes or by buying it during the week of October 6th and 12th so we can get it into the Irish charts and help shine a light on the future of our Irish music industry” said Irish Youth Music Awards Director Barry Lennon
The album release marks the launch of the IYMAs programme in youth clubs and projects across Ireland with regional events being planned now. The Irish Youth Music Awards is a youth music educational programme helping young bands, musicians and young people aged 12-19 to learn new skills within the creative and music industries and acts as a stepping stone between further education or employment opportunities. Aimed at creating teamwork and friendship at local level, the Irish Youth Music Awards also provides first hand work experience for participants in all areas associated with the music business such as PR, stage management, graphic design, photography and creates spaces for acts to perform on a local level through the IYMAs hubs.
Youth Work Ireland Galway are celebrating two in a row at Croke Park as their act Liquid Space were announced as the winning recipient act and region and follow fellow tribesmen JANAJ who won in 2016. Liquid Space, who formed to participate in the IYMAs, and Youth Work Galway have won recording time in a professional recording studio, a recording session in RTÉ 2FM’s legendary Studio 8 and a full backline provided by Music Maker Dublin. They will also produce an album of their own original tracks released on physical CD with a professional design. Last year’s IYMAs album stormed the Irish compilation charts entering at number five.
“We hosted our largest youth music event last Saturday with over forty bands performing across two stages, a large educational hub with music industry professional and a market place to provide young people with information and links to the creative and music industries. To date we have worked with over 80,000 young people from across the entire island of Ireland enough to fill our venue for the day Croke Park. We are going to start planning towards our programme launch this Autumn in the forthcoming weeks as well as our National event for next year and we plan to further expand our educational hub and supports throughout the day making the IYMAs the largest youth music educational event in the country for all those attending” said Irish Youth Music Awards Director Barry Lennon.
Aimed at creating teamwork and friendship at local level, the Irish Youth Music Awards also provides first hand work experience in all areas associated with the music business such as PR, stage management, graphic design, photography and much more. The programme honours the most effective music projects run by groups of young people based on the entire project from the band, to the crew, to the promotion and to the representing bands’ performance at Croke Park.
Having recently crowned winner Mo Adeniran, The Voice UK talent scouts visited the Irish Youth Music Awards in their search for singing talent for their next series. Speaking today, Justin Jeffreys, ITV Publicity Manager for The Voice said: “The event provided a spotlight on the future talented musicians from all across Ireland and was very worthwhile attending as we were impressed by the talent on offer.”
IYMAs partners and supporters include The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, RTÉ 2FM, BIMM Institute Dublin, LinkedIn Learning, IMRO, Music Maker, Gaisce – The President’s Award and Youth Action Northern Ireland and we would like to thank them all!
Thanks to The T-Shirt Company for printing our IYMAs t-shirts.
Jake Mc Ardle – 2015 IYMA’s Awards Recipient Act:
“I entered the IYMA’s in February 2015 little did I know I would be picked as the representing act for Co.Louth. I gained so many qualities throughout my journey. At the national event in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin it was great to see so many young people perform from all over Ireland. I feel the IYMA’s has helped me grow personally and musically. I am honoured to have been involved in a project like this. I would like to give a massive thank you to Youth Work Ireland for giving me this opportunity and supporting me on this journey”
Lucas from The Left Backs – 2014 IYMAs Awards Recipient Act:
“I thought the IYMAs was a really good idea to get young people interested in music. I think the creative element was the best part as you had to write your own music as it’s easier to do a cover than write your own song. The collective around the band on the project was great with the facebook team and the stylist. It was unbelievable to win The IYMAs, we have been in lots of battle of the bands competitions before and this and this is the first music event we won”
Niamh Crowther – 2013 IYMAs Awards Recipient Act:
“I’ve been taking part in The IYMAs since 2011 and have been lucky enough to record on both of the winning Meath team’s albums. The IYMAs are a standalone initiative, it’s all about teamwork rather than winners and losers which is what appealed to me in the first place. The opportunities and experiences I’ve had as a result of The IYMAs were ones that I’ll always remember and be extremely grateful for as they’ve encouraged and aided me in developing as an artist”