Irish Youth Music Awards

Irish Youth Music Awards Launches 2016/2017 Programme

Ireland’s Only All Island Youth Focused Music Awards and Festival Enters Tenth Year

Youth Work Ireland’s Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) programme launches today marking its ten-year anniversary, this all island youth music educational programme will host over fifteen regional events across the entire island over the forthcoming months.

To mark the launch, a full length album of original tracks recorded by last year’s recipients from team Galway will be released this Friday, 21st October. The album will be available digitally and on CD with I-Tunes pre-orders now live here. This album was recorded in Temple Lane Studios in Dublin where artists such as U2, Bressie and Kanye West have recorded and was mastered by Richard Dowling in Wav mastering who has worked with David Bowie, The Foo Fighters and Choice Music Winner Soak.

“We are very excited to be entering our tenth year supporting the creativity of young people across Ireland and acting as a stepping stone in their journey as they progress to further education and employment opportunities. As part of this year’s programme we are very happy to announce that we are partnering with LinkedIn Learning to offer young people and youth leaders participating in the programme use of their online learning platform to further help them learn new skills and progress their educational opportunities. To mark the ten-year anniversary, we would love to see the album charting this year and we are encouraging people to get a copy the week of release to support this happening. We have lots more planned as part of the programme which we will be announcing over the forthcoming months.” said Barry Lennon, Irish Youth Music Awards Director."

The IYMAs programme will finish with a youth music festival in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 22nd April 2017. Last year saw hundreds of young people attend the event, which featured over thirty-six up and coming acts play across two stages, a large educational hub for anyone attending to join with workshops by BIMM lecturers covering topics such as song writing, drums and lots more. This event is open to all to attend and tickets are now available here from Eventbrite priced €20 including booking fee.

As part of this week’s launch, Galway representing act JANAJ will be performing at the Youth Work Ireland National Conference in Dublin Castle this Saturday 22nd October followed by an exclusive all ages album launch gig in the legendary Roisin Dubh venue on Sunday 23rd October at 2.00pm with all the performers from the IYMAs album playing to celebrate the release of the IYMAs album with full details here. The album will be available to purchase at this event.

Last year’s recipients JANAJ, who are one of eight acts featured on the IYMAs album said “Taking part in the IYMAs has opened so many doors for us as musicians and individuals. We got a glimpse into the depth of work that goes into promoting, creating, and selling an act and their music. The IYMAs has helped the young people from our team in Galway grow our passion for music, as well as gaining skills and experience in areas that we may not experience in a traditional school setting.”

The overall recipient region will be announced at the National Day in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 22nd April 2017. Performers on the day will be chosen to represent their region at local live selection events and will be supported by a team comprising of all other contestants from their region taking on individual music industry roles. The winning region will receive recording time in a studio with backline provided by Music Maker Dublin. They will also produce an album of their own released on physical CD with a professional design. The album will be digitally distributed worldwide through iTunes, Spotify and many more outlets.

IYMAs partners and supporters include The Department Of Children and Youth Affairs, BIMM Dublin,  LinkedIn Learning , IMRO , Music Maker , Gaisce – The President’s Award and Youth Action Northern Ireland.

The Irish Youth Music Awards National Day takes place in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 22nd April 2017. Tickets are now available here.

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Irish Youth Music Awards Vol 9 is now Available

You can pre-order this album via iTunes here. Please pick a copy now as any pre-order sales count towards chart positioning and any sales made between this Friday the 21st of October and next Thursday the 27th at 6pm count towards this also.

You can pick up a copy on CD from Friday October 21st from OMG Zhivago in Galway or Tower Records Dublin.


About us:

The Irish Youth Music Awards is an educational programme for young people aimed at creating teamwork and friendship at local level, while providing first contact work experience in a variety of subjects associated with the music business. The initiative brings together some of Ireland’s top music industry personnel directly into contact with young musicians. This initiative has proved hugely successful and has been given a thumbs up from BIMM Dublin, The Thin Air Magazine, Warner Music Ireland, Faction Records, Music Matters, Hot Press Magazine, IRMA and IMRO, all of whom have been directly involved.

The Irish Youth Music Awards is a community based youth music project for teen bands and musicians aged 12-19 year, across the whole island of Ireland. It is a music led music based project which honours the most effective music projects run by groups of young people each year.

The principle aim of IYMA is to give young musicians access to industry professional to benefit from their advice and knowledge. Judging is based on the entire project from the band, to the crew, to the promotion and approach to the competition. The overall champion receives recording time in a studio, and they produce an album of their own. Because the programme is entirely youth-led, the young people involved gain entrepreneurial and leadership skills while doing something they are passionate about.

Last year over 15,000 young people engaged in the initiative and it is still growing.

So we think this is great let’s hear what the recipients of the awards have to say about the project:


“It was amazing to be part of the IYMAs programme we got to play the Aviva Stadium and on the lead up to the event we were working together as a team learning new skills like working on PR getting interviews on the local radio and TV, making a music video for our representing song and recording demos of our tracks. It’s been a journey for us and it’s been a great experience especially seeing so many other young people from across Ireland our own age doing the same thing. We are really looking forward to now recording our album as part of the IYMAs prize and we are really excited that this album will feature all our team that played our regional event in Galway back in January. We would encourage any young people looking to learn more about the creative and music industry to get involved in the programme and we are looking forward to get involved in the Irish Youth Music Awards again next year."


Jake Mc Ardle and Team Louth, recipients of IYMAs 2015

Jake Mc Ardle – 2015 IYMA’s Awards Recipient:

“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”


The Left Backs, recipient of IYMAs 2014

Lucas from The Left Backs – 2014 IYMAs Awards Recipient:

“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, recipient of IYMAs 2013

Niamh Crowther – 2013 IYMAs Awards Recipient:

“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”