The Irish Youth Music Awards, Ireland’s only all island youth focused music awards and festival, have announced details of their workshops set to take place at their National Day in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 16 April. Organised by Youth Work Ireland, the national event will see young musicians aged 12 – 19 from across the country representing their community and gaining business experience in the music industry. This is the ninth year of the programme which brings some of Ireland’s top music industry personnel directly into contact with young musicians.
Those attending the Aviva Stadium on the day will have the opportunity to attend an Educational Hub featuring music industry panels and workshops. Open for all attending to participate in will be an industry panel with BIMM tutors Alan Cullivan, Founding Chairman of MMF Ireland (Music Managers Forum Ireland), James Byrne, founder of the label Any Other City, Gav Fox, member of Turn and Idlewild, and Dan Finnegan, founder of Paper Trail Records.
Workshops for individual musical disciplines are also set to take place on the day. These include song writing with multi-instrumentalist Tully Gunawardhana, who has co-composed with The Coronas as well as The Voice Ireland 2012 winner Pat Byrne’s top 10 album and drums with Johnny Boyle, who has toured with The Frames, Marianne Faithful and Damien Rice. Paul Moore, who has recorded with Mark Knopfler, Van Morrison as well as taking the reigns as musical director with Riverdance for two years will be offering bass workshops. Vocal workshops are curtesy 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.
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