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Severn Arts and BIMM Institute Birmingham have joined hands to introduce a brand new music accolade, the Olly Irwin Award, as a tribute to the late talented musician from Worcester, Olly Irwin, who tragically passed away in 2021.

Olly was a remarkable young musician and sound engineer who held a special place in the hearts of the Worcestershire music community. Following his sudden departure, Olly’s family embarked on a mission to raise funds for charitable organizations and causes that held significant meaning to Olly. With the generous contributions received, the objective of this award is to nurture local talent and to help overcome barriers to music participation. 

Sue Irwin, Olly’s mum said:

“We are really pleased that the generous donations we received through Ollyfest last year will directly help a young musician to develop and grow their skills and passion and hopefully become a great musician, just like Olly. It is a cause so close to Olly’s heart and a fitting tribute.”

The Olly Irwin Award is open to anyone aged 15 – 17 years with an interest in music technology. The recipient of the Award will receive six online mentoring sessions with a music technology expert from BIMM Institute plus £500 to spend on equipment or activity to develop the individual’s musical journey. It is open to anyone in Worcestershire aged 15 – 17 years (on 31 August 2023) with an interest in music technology, DJ-ing and music recording looking for an opportunity to develop their skills in music production and music technology.

To apply applicants need to complete an online form outlining why they should receive the award and how it will influence them in their future musical journey.

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The closing date for applications is Friday 7 July 2023.

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