Music Academy to make young music producers shine, funded by Awards for All

Belfast Electronic Arts and Music Academy (BEAMA) is calling on young people aged 12-17yrs interested in DJing, electronic music or visual design to check out a free training programme at Christian Brothers School (CBS) facilitated by Friends of CBS, Christian Brothers School and creative media experts Giga Training and funded by a £9,945 grant from Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme. It is part of a recent grants roll-out of £743,207 to 95 groups across Northern Ireland. See full list of recent awards.

This unique training programme will platform the essential skills required within today’s modern club industry as well as featuring a closing event which will showcase the work and the skills gained by the participants during the programme. Recruitment begins in December with the programme taking place Monday 15th February – Friday 19th February at CBS School.

There are 36 places available at BEAMA which will offer participants the opportunity to gain hands on experience in live electronic music performance, from production and DJing to 3D visual design and projection mapping. Participants will work with industry professionals to create their own audio/visual piece using state of the art software and hardware, all provided for free. The Academy will close with an exclusive showcase event, open to friends and family, which will take place on the final day of the programme at CBS Glen Road.

Martin Mc Caughan, from Friends of CBS and Assistant Vice Principal of CBS said:

“On behalf of Belfast’s Friends of CBS & Christian Brothers School we are delighted to welcome back Giga Training to provide this excellent programme to young people.  We have worked with them over the years and their commitment and enthusiasm in helping to encourage and motivate young people into the creative industries is fantastic. I would encourage anyone interested in taking part in this unique and FREE opportunity to ensure they register as soon as possible as this is guaranteed to be a very popular programme and spaces are limited.”

Frank Hewitt, Big Lottery Fund NI Chair, said:
“I am delighted that we have been able to support Friends of CBS and CBS school with this exciting project through our Awards for All programme.  Awards for All funds projects that help to bring about positive changes in communities and develop skills.  This project is a great example of that and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in helping to make this project happen and hope that all the participants benefit from the experience.”

The Academy is open to young people aged 12-17yrs and is completely free for all participants. Spaces are strictly limited to 36 places therefore early registration is advised. Booking is available online at, or phone: 02895811202 or email

Friends of CBS is a charitable organisation made up of parents and staff, past and present who are committed to the ethos of the school. They help to those who may have missed out on educational and training opportunities or are at risk, to reach their full potential.

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