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The Irish Youth Music Awards this September 18th features Gemma Dunleavy, Soda Blonde, Chasing Abbey, podcast workshops and more

The Irish Youth Music Awards this September 18th features Gemma Dunleavy, Soda Blonde, Chasing Abbey, podcast workshops and more


The Irish Youth Music Awards is set to put on a day’s events online, for all ages with emphasis on those aged 12 to 19 who are interested in getting involved in music, and who want to get direct practicial advice from successful artists and creatives in their field.

This year’s IYMAs takes place on Saturday September 18th 2021 online and features educational and informative programme of workshops, performances and masterclasses with the following lined up:

  • Award winning dance pop trio Chasing Abbey who will give advice on how to use social media effectively as an artist
  • Nialler9 will speak with Soda Blonde about their critically acclaimed debut album
  • RTE Choice Prize Song Of The Year nominee Gemma Dunleavy will chat to RTÉ 2FM DJ Tara Stewart providing advice for up and coming musicians
  • Hit podcasters Laura Fox and Emma Power from RTÉ 2FM’s chart topping show My First Ride will teach participants how to start a podcast
  • BIMM Institute Dublin will host a song writing workshop

Plus more to be announced. 

The event will also feature a showcase of up and coming young creatives and musicians from across the Irish Youth Music Awards hubs with the premiere of exclusive music and performance videos produced by them. 

Tickets for the Irish Youth Music Awards National Online event are available priced €10 per person ex-fees from Eventbrite.

About IYMAs

Over 100,000 people have participated in the IYMAs since they began and in 2021 alone, Over 6000 young people have engaged and participated in IYMAs online masterclasses, activities and webinars during 2021.

Since launching the IYMAs BIMM Institute Dublin bursary in 2017, 15 young people’s have progressed from the IYMAs to third level education with the musical equipment support bursary.

“It’s vital that we support  young people learn, collaborate and to realise their own potential and confidence as they are the future creative entrepreneurs of this island. This year we saw a larger engagement by young females across our hubs as well having over two thirds of participants in the programme from CSO/ POBAL deprivation scoring areas showing the impact and importance of this work. ” 

IYMAs Director Barry Lennon

“We are very excited to be supporting the IYMAs programme again this year and we are looking forward to the IYMAs online National event on September 18th. It’s great to see the continued growth and evolution of the IYMAs on a yearly basis. 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, Music Maker, Gaisce – The President’s Award, National Lottery and Youth Action Northern Ireland.

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