Youth Work Ireland’s Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) marked its ten-year anniversary in Croke Park last Saturday 22 April 2017 and featured performances by nearly 40 young musicians, aged 12-19, who performed across two stages throughout the day.
Youth Work Galway are celebrating two in a row at Croke Park as their act Liquid Space were announced as the winning recipient act and region and follow fellow tribesmen JANAJ who won in 2016. Liquid Space, who formed to participate in the IYMAs, and Youth Work Galway have won 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.
“We hosted our largest youth music event last Saturday with over forty bands performing across two stages, a large educational hub with music industry professional and a market place to provide young people with information and links to the creative and music industries. To date we have worked with over 80,000 young people from across the entire island of Ireland enough to fill our venue for the day Croke Park. We are going to start planning towards our programme launch this Autumn in the forthcoming weeks as well as our National event for next year and we plan to further expand our educational hub and supports throughout the day making the IYMAs the largest youth music educational event in the country for all those attending” said Irish Youth Music Awards Director Barry Lennon.
Aimed at creating teamwork and friendship at local level, the Irish Youth Music Awards also provides first hand work experience in all areas associated with the music business such as PR, stage management, graphic design, photography and much more. The programme honours the most effective music projects run by groups of young people based on the entire project from the band, to the crew, to the promotion and to the representing bands’ performance at Croke Park.
Having recently crowned winner Mo Adeniran, The Voice UK talent scouts visited the Irish Youth Music Awards in their search for singing talent for their next series. Speaking today, Justin Jeffreys, ITV Publicity Manager for The Voice said: “The event provided a spotlight on the future talented musicians from all across Ireland and was very worthwhile attending as we were impressed by the talent on offer.”
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 and we would like to thank them all!
Thanks to our exhbitors on the day B4UDecide, An Óige, ICTU, Dental Health, Pulse/Windmill Lane if you want to exhbit at next years event please email us now.
Thanks to The T-Shirt Company for printing our IYMAs t-shirts.
The Irish Youth Music Awards is an educational programme for young people aimed at creating teamwork and friendship at local level, while providing first contact work experience in a variety of subjects associated with the music business. The initiative brings together some of Ireland’s top music industry personnel directly into contact with young musicians. This initiative has proved hugely successful and has been given a thumbs up from BIMM Institute Dublin, The Thin Air Magazine, Warner Music Ireland, Faction Records, Sony Music Ireland, Music Maker Dublin, Music Matters, Hot Press Magazine, IRMA and IMRO, all of whom have been directly involved.
The Irish Youth Music Awards is a community based youth music project for teen bands and musicians aged 12-19 year, across the whole island of Ireland. It is a music led music based project which honours the most effective music projects run by groups of young people each year.
The principle aim of IYMA is to give young musicians access to industry professional to benefit from their advice and knowledge. Judging is based on the entire project from the band, to the crew, to the promotion and approach to the competition. The overall champion receives recording time in a studio, and they produce an album of their own. Because the programme is entirely youth-led, the young people involved gain entrepreneurial and leadership skills while doing something they are passionate about.
Last year over 15,000 young people engaged in the initiative and it is still growing.
The Irish Youth Music Awards National Day takes place in Croke Park on Saturday 22nd April 2017. Tickets are now available here.
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So we think this is great let’s hear what the recipients of the awards have to say about the project:
JANAJ and Team Galway, recipients of IYMAs 2016
JANAJ – 2016 IYMA’s Awards Recipient Act:
“It was amazing to be part of the IYMAs programme we got to play the Aviva Stadium and on the lead up to the event we were working together as a team learning new skills like working on PR getting interviews on the local radio and TV, making a music video for our representing song and recording demos of our tracks. It’s been a journey for us and it’s been a great experience especially seeing so many other young people from across Ireland our own age doing the same thing. We are really looking forward to now recording our album as part of the IYMAs prize and we are really excited that this album will feature all our team that played our regional event in Galway back in January. We would encourage any young people looking to learn more about the creative and music industry to get involved in the programme and we are looking forward to get involved in the Irish Youth Music Awards again next year."
Jake Mc Ardle and Team Louth, recipients of IYMAs 2015
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”
The Left Backs, recipient of IYMAs 2014
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”
Niamh Crowther, recipient of IYMAs 2013
Niamh Crowther – 2013 IYMAs Awards Recipient Act:
“I’ve been taking part in The IYMAs since 2011 and have been lucky enough to record on both of the winning Meath team’s albums. The IYMAs are a standalone initiative, it’s all about teamwork rather than winners and losers which is what appealed to me in the first place. The opportunities and experiences I’ve had as a result of The IYMAs were ones that I’ll always remember and be extremely grateful for as they’ve encouraged and aided me in developing as an artist”