12th Aug 2021 in Arts
Are you a keen musician, or do you just want to work within the music industry?
The Oh Yeah Music Centre is the place for you. Located in the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, Oh Yeah was opened in 2007 and is now Belfast’s musical hub.
The charity’s mission statement is “Open Doors To Music” and they do just that. The venue is run by a small team of industry professionals with experience in every aspect of the sector.
They offer rehearsal rooms, host music programmes and workshops, and organise plenty of music events such as Sound of Belfast and NI Music Prize.
Over lockdown, the venue, unfortunately, had to close for over a year, but they have taken the time to renovate their space, enhance their equipment and make their service even better. They are back better than ever and deserve the recognition they have been fighting for.
Here are 6 ways Oh Yeah Music Centre can help your music career:
1. Scratch My Progress Programme
Every year, the team at Oh Yeah carefully sift through musical act applications and welcome 4-5 onto their Scratch My Progress Programme. Through this, the members will receive mentoring, professional photoshoots, gig opportunities and songwriting masterclasses as well as a lot of other support. Previous local talent that has benefitted from the programme include SOAK, Kitt Phillipa and Sister Ghost.
2. Strummerville Rehearsal Rooms
Do you need affordable rehearsal room space? At The Oh Yeah Music Centre, they have two rehearsal rooms that can be hired out from Monday – Thursday (subject to change). Their hi-spec equipment, well-maintained and well air-conditioned rooms provide only the best space for you and/or your band to practice in. There’s even a cafe on the ground floor for you to get your much needed refreshments. They also have equipment available for hire, and a Matchett’s emergency box on their ground floor for any instrument mishaps.
To book or find out more, go to ohyeahbelfast.com/rehearsalrooms
3. Volunteer Opportunites
The Oh Yeah Music Centre is a charity, meaning that they rely on support from the public in terms of donations and volunteer staff. If you want to learn new skills, meet new friends and are a fan of music, their range of volunteer opportunities is ideal for you. You could help out on reception a day a week, volunteer at bar events or gigs, or help to cover rehearsal room shifts. Full training is provided, which will help you stand out from the crowd when writing your CV.
Go to ohyeahbelfast.com/opportunities for more information
4. Hang out in their Music Exhibition
Oh Yeah is the place to be if you love learning about the local music scene. Immerse yourself in their memorabilia displayed in glass cabinets of posters, guitars and even outfits from local bands over the decades. It is the perfect hang out spot, creating networking opportunities with like-minded people in relaxing surroundings. You can also grab a coffee and some snacks while you’re in.
Read more here ohyeahbelfast.com/exhibition
5. Additional Programmes
The creative team behind Oh Yeah hosts many bespoke programmes throughout the year, tailored to different audiences.
- Volume Control – provides 14-19 year olds with experience arranging their own live music events
- More Volume – a 12 week programme with an OCN qualification
- Music and Older People, reducing isolation by creating a network
- Women’s Work, improving visibility and access for women in music
- ASK, offering support to musicians at any stage of their career
To find out more about any of the programmes listed, click here
If you love local bands and cultural events/workshops, Oh Yeah have an array to choose from. As well as hosting gigs throughout the year, they also offer regular events such as Acoustic Picnic, a fun day out for all the family complete with live acoustic performances, games and arts & crafts. They also run a Music Bus Tour, educating the public on the history of music across the city, showcasing our wonderful landmarks so you can see where it all happened.
Keep an eye on ohyeahbelfast.com/whats-on to see their full range of events