Talent scouts from The Voice UK are coming to the Irish Youth Music Awards in search of singing talent.
Having crowned winner Mo Adeniran earlier this month, The Voice UK are scouting for brand new talent for their 2018 series and will visit the Irish Youth Music Awards, organised by Youth Work Ireland. Taking place in Croke Park on Saturday 22 April, the Voice UK will watch nearly 40 young musicians performing across 2 stages on the day.
Speaking today, Justin Jeffreys, ITV Publicity Manager for The Voice said: “The Irish Youth Music Awards was earmarked for the calibre of the talent it attracts”.
Marking its 10 year anniversary this year, the Irish Youth Music Awards is Ireland’s only all island youth focused music awards and festival. The national event will feature nearly 40 young musicians aged 12 – 19 from across the country representing their community while also gaining business experience in the music industry. Performers on the day have been chosen to represent their region following performances at local live selection nights organised by Irish Youth Music Awards and Youth Work Ireland. All performers are supported by a team comprising of all other contestants from their region who take on individual music industry roles.
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.
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 18th 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 Irish Youth Music Awards have also announced details of their Education Hub which brings together some of Ireland’s top music industry professionals supported by BIMM Institute Dublin. Ticket holders 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 www.iymas.ie 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 Baby shambles, 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.
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.