1. Music Education Programme Locations:
Schools based workshops and also located at the Music Generation Cork City Studio Kabin in Knocknaheeny.
One-off workshops and support with various music events.
Summer Rap & Beats Workshops in Knocknaheeny.
2. Details of partnership with Music Generation Cork City:
MGCC provides a studio space where GMC Beats can deliver workshops and record young people in Knocknaheeny.
MGCC supports GMC Beats in running the annual LiveStyles Youth Hip Hop Showcase along with rehearsal & performance workshops leading up to it.
Summer rap & beats workshops for children aged between 9 and 13. An 8-track CD was produced at the end of week with all lyrics, beats and melodies created by the kidsinvolved.
Music Generation Cork City is also proud to support GMC Beats with his ongoing workshops in Scoil Iosagain in Farranree by funding the production of their end of year rap album as well as helping out with logistics for their appearance on the Late Late Toy Show on RTE1 in 2013.
MGCC commisioned GMC Beats to create the ‘Music Generation’ Trad-Rap in 2013 which brought a collaboration between young rappers, a beatboxer and traditional musicians. A music video was created to accompany the track.
Rapprentice initiative whereby two young adults who had attended rap workshops in previous years are now supporting Garry in delivering workshops and also with recording and producing music for other young artists.
3. Figures (partnership with MGCC only):
Team of 3 music tutors and 2 rap-prentices.
Tuition in rapping, lyric writing, music technology, recording, beatboxing & DJing.
Worked directly with over 30 young people between the ages of 8 and 18 in 2013.
4. Background of organisation:
GMC Beats is run by music producer & rapper Garry McCarthy (GMC) and has been delivering workshops in schools around Ireland since 2009. These fun, educational and creative workshops have been featured on the Late Late Toy Show, RTE Nationwide, Cork’s Red FM, Dublin’s 98FM, 2fm, thejournal.ie and various other media around Ireland.
GMC Beats workshops are all about creative song writing, rapping, singing, music technology, recording and performance. Young people will get the chance to write and record their own lyrics and make original music using the latest technology. We also have facilitators that specifically cater for DJing, beatboxing, stage performance and singing.
Recent projects include:
The production of two albums and music videos for Cork teenage hip hop group “The Break it Down Initiative” a project funded by Leargas and run by Mayfield Arts Centre.
Writing, rapping and performance workshops in schools nationwide through Poetry Ireland’s Wrapparound initiative.
Working with Happy Talk (who focus on improving speech and literacy skills for junior and senior infants around Cork city) to help their kids make fun rap songs and a music video to assist with their program.
GMC Beats Workshops in partnership with Music Generation Cork City are located in the Studio Kabin in Knocknaheeny and city wide.
6. How to get involved:
To enquire about our rap & beats workshops for schools & youth groups, or if you want to join a workshop or volunteer, contact Garry on 085 174 5418.