Young people in Northern Ireland seeking to carve out a career in music can now dream big thanks to The Big Music Project. Supported by The Big Lottery Fund, the project will use the power of music to engage 14-24 years olds from Northern Ireland and across the UK and help them to break into the music industry.
The Big Music Project does not just cater for aspiring musicians, it provides invaluable career advice to any young person wanting to make it music whether it be in music management or music PR, or as a lighting or sound technician, all jobs are covered.
YouthAction Northern Ireland, local partner to The Big Music Project, will deliver a series of industry careers events and workshops over the next 12 months aimed at giving young people in Northern Ireland the confidence and transferable skills they need to further their career prospects in the music industry.
The first of these local events was The Big Music Festival which took place recently in Belfast. The Festival was organised by young people and provided a unique outlet to celebrate music, arts and creativity. Headlining was Belfast band the Left Backs who recently received the Irish Youth Music Award.
A key focus of The Big Music Project is The Big Music Project Competition, a UK-wide search for the brightest young performer talent, supported by The BRIT Awards and Next BRIT Thing. Classical or contemporary young performers aged between 14 and 24 will have the chance to get their music heard by industry insiders and benefit from advice and mentoring from industry executives. Winners will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record at the famous Abbey Road Studios and perform live on stage at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Classic FM Live series.
Young people wanting to find out more about The Big Music Project and how to enter The Big Music Project Competition should visit www.thebigmusicproject.co.uk and to find out what’s happening in Northern Ireland visit www.youthaction.org.
Artists including Plan B, Ellie Goulding, Example, Chase & Status and MNEK support The Big Music Project.
The Big Music Project was established by some of the biggest brands in entertainment – the BPI (creator of the BRIT Awards) and Capital FM. Working with UK Youth and their partner organisations over the next year, they will create inspiring music projects in local communities and bring about exciting opportunities for young people who are passionate about music.
The Big Music Project is supported by a £4million grant from The Big Lottery Fund.