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Irish Youth Music Awards returns this month to RDS with David Keenan, Brad Heidi & January Winters

Irish Youth Music Awards returns this month to RDS with David Keenan, Brad Heidi & January Winters

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The annual event for all-ages interested in music and the music industry, the Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAS) has announced its return to the RDS this month on Saturday May 20th with masterclasses, live performances and more.

The IYMAS is aimed at young people aged 12-19, and is run by Youth Work Ireland, and offers young creatives and musicians from across the country access to some of Ireland’s best industry professionals for exclusive workshops and performances as well as inviting attendees to learn in the interactive market place. 

This year’s artists and participants include critically acclaimed Dundalk artist David Keenan, No 1 TikTok artist Brad Heidi, DJ workshop with DJ and RTÉ 2FM presenter January Winters.

BIMM Institute Dublin will host a songwriting workshop and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and Warner Music Ireland will host a workshop on the Journey Of A Song for all aspiring creatives. 

The Irish Youth Music Awards National event will also feature performances by young musicians aged 12-19 from IYMAs hubs across two stages throughout the day. Attendees will also be able to visit the IYMAs interactive marketplace which will feature hands on demonstrations with BIMM Institute Dublin, Pop Up Shop And Guitar Repair with Music Maker, Demo your Music and learn about Music Royalties with IMRO, Live Screen printing, RAAP Information Stand and RTÉ 2FM all in attendance with the latter broadcasting live from the event.

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


“We are very excited to be returning to the RDS this year for our all ages IYMAs National event. This event will provide a space to support young creatives to learn about the music and creative industries as well as amplifying their music and creativity on a national level. We now have at least one IYMAs hub per province with over fifteen hubs across the island of Ireland. This event is a celebration of the work of our IYMAs hubs and an opportunity for all young creatives to come together to learn, see performances and have fun. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the RDS on Saturday May 20th” 

IYMAs Director, Barry Lennon:

“It’s extremely important to 2FM that we support the IYMAs programme and their national event on Saturday May 20th in the RDS. As the years roll by we are seeing more and more talent come through the IYMA’s which is really exciting for the future of Irish music. This partnership is very important for 2FM so we can provide young people with access to the music industry by working alongside the IYMAs to support them in developing their careers”

Director of Music RTÉ 2FM, Adam Fogarty

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About the IYMAS

  • The IYMAs is an all island youth music educational programme. It provides 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 a college support bursary.
  • Two thirds of Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) programme participants are from socially excluded and disadvantaged backgrounds (based on mapping and analysis of Pobal deprivation scores). The result of engagement in the IYMAs is that over 95% of those involved now feel part of a bigger community of creatives and musicians. 
  • The IYMAs has provided progression paths for young people into the music and creative industry with IYMAs alumni including NewDad, Curtis Walsh and broadcaster Tara Walsh. The IYMAs has also supported 22 young people progress to third level education since launching its IYMAs BIMM bursary with third level institution BIMM Institute Dublin in 2017. 

5 takeaways from The Irish Youth Music Awards Impact Report

IYMAs partners and supporters include The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, RTÉ 2FM, BIMM Institute Dublin, IMRO, RAAP, Warner Music Ireland, Rio Ferdinand Foundation, Music Maker, Youth Action Northern Ireland, Gaisce – The President’s Award and the National Lottery.


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