Could you be our first recipient? 

Olly Irwin was a brilliant young musician, music engineer and much-loved member of the Worcestershire music scene. Since his sudden passing, Olly’s family have been raising money for charities and organisations that were close to Olly’s heart in his memory – including Severn Arts. 

To honour Olly’s memory, Severn Arts are delighted to launch the inaugural Olly Irwin Award in partnership with BIMM Institute Birmingham. Our goal with this award is to nurture local talent and help them overcome barriers to music participation. 

Apply for the Olly Irwin Award

What is the Award? 

The Olly Irwin Award grants one enthusiastic and dedicated young person the opportunity to be mentored by a music production expert from BIMM Institute Birmingham and receive extra support from Severn Arts. You will receive six online mentoring sessions (with potential opportunities to visit BIMM’s Birmingham college) to develop your knowledge and skills in music production and music technology. If needed, you will also have access to facilities at Severn Arts, Worcester to support you with any equipment or online access you may need during the sessions. 

After attending the six sessions, you will be given a grant of £500 to further your musical journey – this could be spent on further education, equipment, software, or other activity to support your growth. 

Who can apply? 

If you are aged 15-17 on 31 August 2023, can demonstrate a keen interest in music production/DJ-ing/music recording, live in Worcestershire and feel that you could really benefit from industry support to take you to the next level, then this is for you. We strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented and low-participation backgrounds who feel they face barriers on their musical journey. 

How do I apply? 

Complete this short online form to tell us about your experience so far, your enthusiasm, commitment and how this award could help you with your musical goals. 

The deadline for applications is Friday 7 July and we will announce the successful Olly Irwin Award applicant by the end of August 2023.  Mentoring will start early Autumn. 

This could be the start of your musical future!