Oh Yeah Music Centre and EastSide Arts turn up the volume for young people in East Belfast!

The Oh Yeah Music Centre is launching an innovative new programme in partnership with EastSide Arts.  More Volume is an exciting music industry and events mentoring scheme funded by the Paul Hamlyn Access and Participation Fund which aims to encourage the involvement of young people in the Arts.

The programme will give 12 young people from East Belfast the opportunity to learn about the events and music industry, from box office to marketing and promotion, to sound, stage management, artist liaison and so much more. The unique culmination of this programme will be to curate and run their own live music event during the EastSide Arts Festival in August. Additionally, participants will receive a nationally recognised Open College Network qualification.

The Oh Yeah Music Centre is Belfast’s only dedicated music hub. Set up in 2007 by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody, East Belfast writer and journalist Stuart Bailie and a group of passionate local music advocates, the dream was to distil the talent and energy for local music into one place. The centre now works as a music venue, a hub for arts and music related small businesses, a campus for Belfast Metropolitan College and a space for many community and outreach projects.

Sian O’Neill, Youth Engagement Manager at Oh Yeah said that the project was a dawn of a new chapter for the organisation,

“Our award-winning youth project Volume Control is in its eighth year and the launch of More Volume is the result of years of development and relationship building with many partners across the city. It’s the first time we have been able to bring our projects into the communities that need access to music most. I can’t wait to see where it leads for the young people involved.”

EastSide Arts Festival is an annual summer festival run by EastSide Arts that showcases the brilliant creative talent that lies within East Belfast. The festival is in its sixth year and is growing bigger each year. The More Volume project offers young people a unique opportunity to be part of the programme.

Jacqueline O’Hagan, Community Arts Officer for EastSide Arts believes these sorts of opportunities are exactly what is needed in East Belfast.

“The More Volume partnership with Oh Yeah is allowing us to reach out to young people in East Belfast and offer them the chance to run their own gig in our festival lineup. The skills development and experience that will be gained is exactly the type of participation we want to see within in the Arts in general, but especially within East Belfast”.

If you know any young people interested in learning more about music and arts event management and who want the amazing opportunity to run a gig in the EastSide Arts Festival they can get in touch with Sian at the Oh Yeah Centre (sian@ohyeahbelfast.com) or 028 9031 0845 or by applying online at: www.bit.ly/MoreVolumeEastside