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Oh Yeah Centre launch bursary to honour memory of Belfast music fan Conor Shaw

The Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast has announced a brand new bursary to help young people involved in local music.

With the the return of its award-winning Volume Control mentoring programme, a bursary has been set up in memory of Belfast music fan Conor Shaw, who sadly passed away in 2011 at the age of 31 following a battle with cancer.

The programme is for young people aged 14-19 and provides music promoters of the future with an opportunity to learn about and run their own live events.

The idea of the Conor Shaw Bursary was inspired by two fundraiser events organised by Conor’s friends in aid of his favourite charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres. Several local bands including Not Squares, Third Man Theme and Girls Names took part in an event called Boomstock.

The Shaw family were inspired by the event and decided they would thank his friends and honour Conor’s name by setting up a bursary in his name.

Conor's sister, Claire Webb said: “Throughout his short life, Conor was passionate about the Arts.  In particular, with an eclectic taste in music, he was a champion of the NI music scene and much-loved presence at gigs, supporting local bands. 

"Despite a cancer diagnosis in 2009 and subsequent aggressive treatment, Conor found joy and diversion through his love of music. 

"We are delighted to carry on his legacy of supporting local music through the Conor Shaw Bursary”.

Charlotte Dryden of Oh Yeah said: “When Conor’s family approached us to talk about how they could ensure that Conor and his love of music would be remembered, we were absolutely honoured.

"Together we came up with the idea of investing the bursary into our Volume Control project.

The donation will be spread across three years to help the winning bands in Volume Control’s annual Clash of The New Breeds competition.

"Conor Shaw was very involved in the local music scene and no doubt would have rolled his sleeves up and got stuck in if he had been involved with Volume Control. Therefore we will also be awarding an annual prize to one of our most promising Volume Control team members at their annual end of year show.

"We are very grateful to be able to do this thanks to the generosity of the Shaw family and we are proud to play a part in ensuring Conor’s name lives on through music.”

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