Youth Work Ireland’s Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) is very excited to announce that IYMAs Volume 11 has stormed the Irish charts and landed at number 3 in the Irish compilation charts.
Speaking today Irish Youth Music Awards Director Barry Lennon said “It is a great honour to be part of the journey of so many amazing young people through their involvement in Youth Work Irelands Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) programme each year. We really enjoy creating this album at the end of the programme as a snapshot of the brilliant talent, creativity and energy that exists on the island of Ireland, one which we should seek to cherish and nurture. We are overjoyed to announce that we have got the album to number 3 in the charts, a brilliant day for the IYMAs programme and we hope this acts as inspiration for other up and coming acts in Ireland.”
IYMAs volume 11 features tracks from Youth Work Ireland Galway’s representing team, as they are the recipient region of the IYMAs programme for a third year in a row, along with Róise McHugh from Youth Action Northern Ireland Belfast who was selected as the IYMAs Lil Red songwriter award recipient.
This year the album featured a special track dedicated to Sean Hughes (aka Lil Red) who was involved in the IYMAs for the last few years through his IYMAs hub in Finglas Youth Resource Centre and who passed away early this year. This track was recorded by his friends Newkind and features Beyond the Beat FYRC and is called Friday Morning.
The album was produced in Herbert Place Studios giving the young musicians the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Muse, Kodaline and Hozier who finished a recording session there just before IYMAs Volume 11 was recorded. The album was mastered in Wav mastering who have worked with David Bowie, The Foo Fighters and Damien Rice.
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.
The album is available on CD in OMG Zhivago in Galway and digitally from all platforms here.
The IYMAs invites youth clubs or projects looking to get involved in the programme to contact them to get more information.
IYMAs partners and supporters include The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, RTÉ 2FM, BIMM Institute Dublin, IMRO, Music Maker, Gaisce – The President’s Award and Youth Action Northern Ireland.