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Winning song created at a GMCBeats workshop

Featured in the Irish Times, Dublin school takes top prize in National Youth Media Awards.

Overall winners of the Drugs.ie “Let’s Talk About Drugs” competition, Dublin school Coláiste Eoin Finglas beats competition from 700 other entrants to win overall prize of €2,000 with a song, titled ‘Take Your Mask Off’. Written, produced and recorded in a GMCBeats Song-in-a-Day workshop in the school.

Read the full article here.

Listen to the song:

To book a workshop or recording session at your school or youth group, email workshops@gmcbeats.com or call 085 118 6065.

February workshops update part 1

​A few mad busy but inspiring days of rap, beats and songwriting workshops…

Thursday, a large TY group in Blarney took part in a Song-in-a-Day workshop and wrote, produced & recorded a song about the effects of binge drinking. 

Friday, a mix of 1st and 2nd years in a Waterford school wrote and recorded a track about the “Power of Yet” in their JCSP library for the Poetry Ireland Wrapparound Project. 

At the weekend I recorded a zombie invasion anthem with my 9 year old legend of a nephew. 

Yesterday, finished filming a music video for a track about mental health that I helped a Mayfield youth group make recently. 

Then that evening, helped a teen write a write and record a very personal and powerful song about their experience in the Irish care system. 

Today, I worked with the TY class in Buttevant to write, produce and record a track raising awareness of the issue of human trafficking in another Song-in-a-Day workshop. 

After that, then to the regular weekly workshop in Gurranabraher. The first junior group are working on a tack about dog fouling. Yes, dog poo. A special request from the Cork city council to help tackle the problem in the area! After that, the older groups worked on their own solo tracks and spoken word pieces ranging from topics like stress, growing up to self actualisation. 

I’m very grateful for all this. 

Now I’m about to have a daysent cuppa tea. 😎

Song for ’16 Schools Competition

Song for ’16 is an all-island schools song competition presented by the National Concert Hall, Disney Music Group and the Department of Education and Skills. This competition forms part of the National Concert Hall’s 2016 Centenary Programme.

GMCBeats is now offering mobile recording for schools. We will travel nationwide to record and produce your song, arrive in your school with all the necessary equipment.

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Prize
Winning song published and released by Disney Music Group
€1,000 for primary and post-primary category winners
Finalists perform at The National Concert Hall

The Brief:
Schools are invited to write and perform a song celebrating the modern, multi-cultural Ireland of 2016. The song should explore themes such as equality of opportunity, liberty, and the equal cherishing of all of the island’s children; themes that are as relevant today as when spoken of in 1916.

A Celebration of the Modern Ireland
Ireland is now very much an island of nations, and its citizens and children have their origins in a multitude of countries, cultures, religions and traditions – indeed, Ireland represents for many of its new people a land of opportunity and possibility, just as America has done for the Irish themselves. Song for ’16 celebrates the cultural and musical diversity of modern Ireland, through themes as relevant today as they were in 1916.

Through Song for ’16, schools are encouraged to engage with contemporary culture through a historical perspective, and to produce a hit song for modern Ireland that celebrates what the island has become over the last 100 years.

To apply for this competition click here.

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