Volume Control


Volume Control is recruiting for 2017 - NOW!

To apply e-mail to ask for an application form and guidelines.




Here's what some past members have to say about their time at VC...


"Deciding to volunteer at the oh yeah and join the VC team was two of the best decisions I have ever made. I stepped out of my comfort zone and was able to help out an amazing place filled with equally amazing people, so if you are even considering volunteering, please do; you will not regret it! Even if you can only help out a few days a month, it is greatly appreciated and it's a fantastic experience!"

Ethan Owens, Volume Control 2017, Sillouette Audio Engineering.


"Volume Control has easily been one of the best experiences of my life. Being a member of the team has allowed me to not only run fantastic gigs, but also organise the Breaking Into Music Conference, help put together a record label and compilation CD, speak on local radio stations and set up a Halloween music festival! As a result, I have gained invaluable skills that will help me throughout my working life, my confidence has grown and I have also been introduced to some of my best friends! The advice and mentoring I have received over the past year has been phenomenal. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in local music or anyone considering a career in the wider industry, as VC will provide you with tools and opportunities to achieve great things!"

Lauren Johnson, team Volume Control 2015.


What is Volume Control?

Volume Control is an award winning youth events and industry enterprise mentoring programme. The aim of the project is to inspire young people aged 14-19 to develop their own enterprise in the music and events industry, by providing mentoring and a dedicated space, that will give them the opportunity, skills and confidence to realise their full potential.

It is for young people with a real love for local music and gigs promotion that would also like to pursue their interests of working in the events or music industry.

What will Volume Control do in 2016?

Once the new team (10 young people) have been selected, they will:

In the first week you will be straight in for an introductory session to agree and plan the year ahead.

In the first week to get you warmed up and raring to go you will also be (with parental/guardian permission (very important!) invited to come with us for a full day of music activies as part of the Music Cities Day in Derry/Londonderry (Friday 8th July) - thanks to the Nerve Centre - you will also partner with their Set The Stage gang on delivering a gig in the early evening.

After the first week you will...

Meet weekly to receive advice and mentoring on events and industry business concepts, and organise at least 6 live gigs, booking bands for an under 18s audience.

Receive ongoing mentoring and support from a key mentor, project manager, and a variety of facilitators and industry experts until July 2017.

With guidance be encouraged to think creatively about their scheduled events, be expected to think like entrepreneurs, sell tickets, and organise, plan and run events professionally.

Be willing to take on a variety of roles within the project to enhance and develop skills in more than just own area of interest.

Play an active part in helping to organise a music careers youth conference at Oh Yeah. 


How can you apply to be on the team?

Volume Control recruits annually through an application process.

We are now inviting applications. To apply or ask for more info e-mail Lily at and we will send you details and/or an application form.

Deadline for 2016 applications is 5pm Monday 27th June.

Please return completed application by e-mail to

Interviews will take place on Friday 1st July.


Who can apply to be on the Volume Control team?


Volume Control is open to young people from all backgrounds, aged between 14 and 19.

This is done through an application process, followed by an interview. Successful applicants are then invited onto the team.


The sort of people we are looking for must be able to attend and actively participate in meetings and workshops, show commitment to organising upcoming events, and be able to work with a team.

You must also:

• Be interested in a future in the events or music industry
• Have a real enthusiasm for local music
• Are thinking about your own enterprise or future project
• Want hands on experience

Your keys interests or previous experience could be in:
(For example volunteering in, work experience, organised gigs at school or in your community, already writing own music blog, in a band and running events with your friends, have knowledge of Photoshop, etc)

• Event management
• Box office/sales/front of house
• Crew work
• Sound engineering
• Stage management
• Artist management
• Record label work
• Social networking/blogging
• Music journalism
• Promotion and PR
• Networking
• Graphic/poster design
• Planning/communication
• Making new friends




Volume Control was launched in September 2009 when a 15 year old music fan named Ryan McCann walked into the Centre and insisted on putting on a gig for under 18s. From there a team of young people with a similar vision came on board and Volume Control took off.

Since then over 80 young people have benefitted from Oh Yeah mentoring and guidance in events and industry enterprise. More than 300 bands have performed, and over 4000 young people have attended Volume Control events.

As well as organising its own events; Volume Control is often involved in other exciting opportunities. Past events have included a fundraiser with Ash, a pre Glasgowbury warm up with Duke Special, an Ulster Hall special during Belfast Music Week in 2011, a summer festival, and an annual talent search called ‘Clash of The New Breeds’.

Former Volume Control members have gone onto work or volunteer in the music and entertainments industry, including club promotion, festival work, sound engineering, PR, and college radio.


“During my time with Volume Control I was introduced to some amazing people and bands. I learned a lot about promoting gigs, but it also inspired me to take up writing and performing, and I feel much more confident now as a result”.

Ryan McCann
Volume Control 2009- 2011


‘Since becoming involved with Oh Yeah my daughter has blossomed into a confident, driven and determined young woman of whom I am proud beyond words. With the guidance of the centre staff Michelle has achieved so much, and is well on her way.’
Martin Harris, father of Michelle, (Volume Control 2013).


“From coming to Oh Yeah at the age of 17, I have learnt so much and it has been one of the best experiences of my life to date. From working with the Volume Control team to other events has really opened my eyes to how much good one place can do for local music. It has been an honour and privilege to say I have volunteered at the Oh Yeah Centre”.

Clare Houston
Volume Control member and volunteer 2009 – 2011


“My daughter has gotten a place at Glasgow to study law and intends in the longer term to specialise in working in the music industry. Thank you so much for a number of things – that you took her seriously and helped her to make connections to lawyers here doing some of that stuff. It meant that she had the chance to discover her own enthusiasm, to find a place for herself in a world she loves (music) and to get a plan for herself.
Volume Control has been just brilliant – to have a chance to work in a team, do the different roles, negotiate, lead, plan, handle the money and the people, and be self determining and make things happen, that you really want – like the gigs and events, is a phenomenal opportunity for any young person – just seeing how it works, and what you have to do to make things happen, but most importantly – they discover that they can. I have just been really impressed, by how much fun she has had, but also how much she is herself when she is doing VC stuff – engaged, happy, articulate, confident and excited about life. I listened to her on the radio on the day of her birthday, and was reassured that this girl is going to do just fine.”

Maria McManus.
Mother of Orla, Volume Control member 2009-2011

"Volume Control is one of the best things I have decided to do. It has opened my eyes to the local music scene of Belfast and I have met some really good friends

through the programme."

Ciara Scott, Volume Control member 2015.

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