The Oh Yeah Music Centre is seeking participants for a project titled ‘Mothers in Music’, a twelve-week song writing programme designed for female musicians with caring responsibilities. Caring for others is hugely rewarding, but it can also be isolating and lonely. The Oh Yeah Music Centre are keen to recruit participants that may be experiencing some of the following:
- A new mother, feeling isolated by parenting responsibilities, or caught between caring for children and ageing parents or family dependants.
- Musicians as carers with less time than before for music creation that would like to start writing and performing again.
- Musicians (including aspiring and emerging) as carers that would like to reconnect, regain confidence, increase self-esteem and sense of potential through the creative process while in the company of peers and fellow music makers.
The project which is supported by the Spirit of 2012 Carers’ Music Fund, aims to provide 15 women that have found it difficult to progress in music due to caring and parenting duties, with an opportunity to reconnect, regain confidence and get back into writing, recording and performance again. The project will involve song writing, music making and studio time. It will also involve a showcase at the Women’s Work festival, an annual celebration of women in music, which takes place in June across Belfast.
The Oh Yeah Music Centre anticipate a mix of levels and musical interests and genres within the group – so collaboration and working as a group will be at the core of this. The aim being a kick starter back into making music, regaining confidence and building a community of musicians that can support, socialise, work and collaborate with each other.
Full details and an expression of interest form can be found at the following link – places are limited and will be on a first come first served basis.
If you are not a musician but like the idea of participating in something like this, there are still places available with the Black Box group who meet weekly on Mondays. A meet up for those with no previous experience to enjoy participating in music in a relaxed environment.