Ireland's largest youth music festival - the Irish Youth Music Awards - took place on Saturday April 21st, in Croke Park. The event featured performances by young musicians aged 12-19, performing across two stages throughout the day.
The event marked the 11th year of this amazing event. Over the course of those years we have had the pleasure of working with so many brilliant, talented and creative young people through the IYMA Hubs located in clubs and projects across the entire island of Ireland. As part of the programme we strive to develop progression paths for young people and we reached a massive milestone this year by having our first young people progress from the IYMAs programme to our partner BIMM Institute Dublin where they are going on to study music degrees.
The event also created a space for young people to connect with Ireland’s top music industry personnel at the IYMAs Education Hub via workshops and masterclasses with. These include our newly added workshop with Ruth Medjber of Ruthless Imagery who is just back off tour with indie legends Arcade Fire her CV also includes Metallica, Beyoncé and Green Day. We also had a masterclass by critically acclaimed songwriters Little Green Cars who discussed the song writing process. Award winning director Bob Gallagher gave a masterclass on the do's and don'ts of video making. His CV has included music videos for Girl Band, James Vincent McMorrow and Lisa Hannigan.
Social media music star Orla Gartland whose YouTube channel has over 11.5 million views discussed how young musicians can effectively use social media to communicate their message online. RTÉ 2FM hosted a scratch workshop with DJ Mo-K and DJ Tando who have shared the stage with Rihanna, Akon and Snoop Dogg and BIMM Institute Dublin worked with attendees to create a band to perform together at the end of the workshop and Createsounds hosted a Ableton live workshop.
The IYMAs marketplace featureed information stands for attendees on the creative and music industries, with BIMM Institute Dublin, IMRO and RTÉ 2FM all in attendance, with DJ Louise McSharry broadcasting live from the event. The marketplace also had hands on demonstrations by Rotor Videos on how to make music videos on a very small budget.
MASSIVE congratulations to Youth Work Ireland Galway band 60 Watt Girl, who were announced as the Irish Youth Music Awards recipient region for 2018. 60 Watt and their team from Galway will now head into a professional recording studio as part of the programme to record an album, as well as doing a recording session in RTÉ 2FM’s legendary Studio 8. PLUS their youth service Youth Work Ireland Galway will receive a full backline provided by Music Maker Dublin.
This year we re-named the song writers award as a tribute to pass recipient Sean Hughes (aka 'Lil Red') who sadly passed away this year. It was a pleasure for us to work with him through the IYMAs programme with his involvement in the IYMAs Hub in Finglas Youth Resource Centre. The 'Lil Red' Song writers award went to Rosie McHugh from YouthAction Northern Ireland.
“A big focus of this years Irish Youth Music Awards National Day is to create a festival for young people to come and learn new skills around the creative and music industries, by getting hands on experience, advice and skills to further support them whether that's in life or playing in a band. We are very excited to reveal the industry professionals who are involved in the education hub and marketplace this year, as well as creating an event to showcase the brilliant up and coming talent from across Ireland all under one roof and at one of Ireland's most iconic venues” said Irish Youth Music Awards Director, Barry Lennon.
“The Irish Youth Music Awards National Day is very important for RTÉ 2FM as an event like this creates a space to support the future generations of Irish musicians, songwriters and producers and gives them an opportunity to meet industry professionals and learn new skills. We are very excited to be involved in the IYMAs Programme as a media partner and to be part of the journey of so many young people from across Ireland and to broadcast live from the event” said Director of Music RTÉ 2FM, Alan Swan.
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, National Lottery and Youth Action Northern Ireland.
We would like to thank the T-Shirt Company for being supporters of the programme this year and we would recommend them for all your printing needs.
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