IYMAs National Day 2023

Youth Work Ireland’s Irish Youth Music Awards returned to the RDS on Saturday May 20th. This event offered young creatives and musicians from across the country access to some of Ireland’s best industry professionals for exclusive workshops and performances as well as inviting attendees to learn in the interactive market place. 

This year’s event featured leading creative industry professionals including critically acclaimed artist David Keenan, No 1 TikTok artist Brad Heidi, DJ workshop with DJ and RTÉ 2FM presenter January Winters, a song writing workshop with BIMM Institute Dublin and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and a Warner Music Ireland workshop on the Journey Of A Song for all aspiring creatives. 

The Irish Youth Music Awards National event also feature performances by young musicians aged 12-19 from IYMAs hubs across two stages throughout the day. Attendees visited the IYMAs interactive marketplace which will featured hands on demonstrations with BIMM Institute Dublin, Pop Up Shop And Guitar Repair with Music Maker, as well as demoing Music and learning about Music Royalties with IMRO, Live Screen printing, RAAP Information Stand and RTÉ 2FM were all in attendance with the latter broadcasting live from the event.

IYMAs Director, Barry Lennon speaking at the event said: “We are very excited to be returning to the RDS this year for our all ages IYMAs National event. This event will provide a space to support young creatives to learn about the music and creative industries as well as amplifying their music and creativity on a national level. We now have at least one IYMAs hub per province with over fifteen hubs across the island of Ireland. This event is a celebration of the work of our IYMAs hubs and an opportunity for all young creatives to come together to learn, see performances and have fun. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the RDS on Saturday May 20th” 

Director of Music RTÉ 2FM, Adam Fogarty said “It’s extremely important to 2FM that we support the IYMAs programme and their national event on Saturday May 20th in the RDS. As the years roll by we are seeing more and more talent come through the IYMA’s which is really exciting for the future of Irish music. This partnership is very important for 2FM so we can provide young people with access to the music industry by working alongside the IYMAs to support them in developing their careers”

IYMAs partners and supporters include The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, RTÉ 2FM, BIMM Institute Dublin, IMRO, RAAP, Warner Music Ireland, Rio Ferdinand Foundation, Music Maker, Youth Action Northern Ireland, Gaisce – The President’s Award and the National Lottery.