Irish Youth Music Awards Announce Education Hub Details

Youth Work Ireland’s Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) marks its ten-year anniversary this year and moves to the new venue of Croke Park for its all ages National Day festival on Saturday April 22, 2017. The Irish Youth Music Awards will feature performances by young musicians, aged 12-19, performing across two stages throughout the day and connects ticket holders, and performers, with Ireland’s top music industry personnel at the IYMAs Education Hub via workshops and panels.

Please note that the Irish Youth Music Awards are moving. 

The event will now take place in Croke Park instead of the Aviva Stadium due to Champions Cup semi-finals match between Munster and Saracens. 

All tickets for are valid for the new venue.

The Irish Youth Music Awards Education Hub brings together some of Ireland’s top music industry professionals supported by BIMM Institute Dublin. Those attending Croke Park on the day will have the opportunity to sign up for the Education Hub which will feature music industry panels, masterclasses and workshops in vocals, song-writing and more. Visit for full education hub schedule and the biographies for music industry professionals featured.

The Education Hub industry panel will feature Director of Music Content at RTE 2FM Alan Swan, BIMM tutors Mick Roe, Artist and Label manager at Faction Records (All Tvvins, James Vincent Mc Morrow and Jape), Liza Geddes, Music Publicist for Choice Music Awards, Domino Records and Hard Working Class heros, James Byrne, founder of the label Any Other City (Girl band and Villagers) and Paul Kenny (Session drummer who has played on Jools Holland, The Sydney Opera House and Coachella festival).

Workshops for individual musical disciplines will also take place on the day. These include a drum workshop with Paul Kenny, who has toured with James Vincent McMorrow, Jape, and German band Get Well Soon. Danny Snow, who has toured extensively all over the world with Villagers and Cathy Davey, will be offering a bass workshop. Vocal workshops are courtesy of Shelley Bukspan who has collaborated with and arranged backing vocals for artists such as Mary Black, Bronagh Gallagher and many indie and contemporary young Irish acts. Ray Boyle who has collaborated and played with a broad range of artists, including Babyshambles, Suede and the virtuoso violinist Cora Venus Lunny will be hosting a guitar workshop. Colm Quearney will be hosting a Songwriting Workshop, Colm has co-written songs with Jerry Fish, The Pale and Bronagh Gallagher as well as performing as a session guitarist with Cathy Davey, Damien Dempsey and Mundy.

Tickets for the Irish Youth Music Awards National Day are available from Eventbrite priced €20 including booking fee here. The event is an all ages, alcohol free event. Group tickets are also available for youth clubs, projects or schools priced €120 (including booking fee) allowing admission for six young people and two youth leaders on the day. Group tickets must be booked by April 14th and are available here.

The Irish Youth Music Awards is a youth music educational programme helping young bands and musicians 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 much more. The Irish Youth Music Awards National Day allows participants to perform live in Croke Park and attend the invaluable workshops and panels as part of the Education Hub.We are also excited to have RTE 2FM broadcasting live from the event for the first time this year.” said Irish Youth Music Awards Director Barry Lennon.

The overall winner of the Irish Youth Music Awards will win 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. The album will be digitally distributed worldwide through all major outlets including iTunes and Spotify.

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.

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