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Irish Youth Music Awards – all-ages event returns to the RDS in May with Lea Heart, Hudson Taylor, True Tides and more

Irish Youth Music Awards – all-ages event returns to the RDS in May with Lea Heart, Hudson Taylor, True Tides and more

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The Irish Youth Music Awards has announced its return to the real world this Saturday May 28th at the RDS.

The all-ages event is a one-day programme of live performances and masterclasses aimed at young people aged 12-19, run by Youth Work Ireland.

For its first national event in-person in two years, young creatives and musicians will have access to some of Ireland’s best industry professionals.

This year’s artists and participants include chart topping artists Hudson Taylor, RTÉ Choice Music Prize song nominees True Tides, TikTok sensation Lea Heart.


RTÉ 2FM’s Dave Treacy will deliver a DJ workshop for aspiring DJ’s, BIMM Institute Dublin will host a songwriting workshop, while Girls Rock Dublin , Music Maker and RTÉ 2FM will be in attendance.

Much more will be announced.


Tickets for the Irish Youth Music Awards National event are available now exclusively from the IYMAs priced at €20 per person. The event is an all ages, alcohol /drugs free event.


“We are delighted to be returning to a real world event this year after running our event online the last two years. It’s brilliant to create an all ages event like this that provides a space for young people to learn more about the creative and music industries. It’s more important than ever that we support and nurture our creative industries and our future creative leaders and we are delighted to be a part of doing this through our IYMAs hubs located across the country and through this all ages event. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the RDS on Saturday May 28th”

IYMAs Director Barry Lennon

“We are delighted to be supporting the IYMAs programme and their national event in the RDS on Saturday May 28th this year. It is so exciting to be part of a programme that supports young creatives and musicians across Ireland and we are excited to be part of that journey. This partnership is extremely important for 2FM so we can provide young people access to the music industry and support them in developing their careers”

Director of Music RTÉ 2FM, Adam Fogarty

IYMAs partners and supporters include The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, RTÉ 2FM, BIMM Institute Dublin, IMRO, European Year Of Youth, Music Maker, Gaisce – The President’s Award, National Lottery and Youth Action Northern Ireland.

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About IYMAs

The IYMAs is an all island youth music educational programme targeting teenagers aged twelve to nineteen (75 per cent of those engaged in the programme within CSO/ POBAL deprivation scoring areas) in youth clubs and projects across Ireland. The IYMAs provide teenagers engaged in the programme with personal development, employability skills, career and educational support via creative hands-on Music-based Education which includes industry workshops, creative collaborative activity based tasks, performance opportunities and college bursaries.

To date over 100,000 young people have taken part in and benefited from the Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs).

Since launching the IYMAs BIMM Institute Dublin bursary in 2017 they have supported eighteen young people’s progress from the IYMAs to third level education by providing them with a musical equipment support bursary.

Over 93% of young people involved in the programme last year said they developed creative ways to express themselves from their involvement in the IYMAs and 86.7% of these said they felt more confident in themselves.