Help Musicians NI welcomes Over The Hill’s first senior intern

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Help Musicians NI (HMNI) is thrilled to support Over The Hill (OTH) Music Collective’s first senior intern, the musician and facilitator, Chip Bailey.

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Chip will be working one day a week for OTH for three months to help plan, organise and extend the Collective's reach. He brings a rich dynamic to OTH through his extensive experience and network of contacts. As a member of the collective for the past six months, Chip has been involved in several projects, such as helping deliver a mentoring workshop, playing in the OTH live band for Oh Yeah's Acoustic Picnic and assisting with the Collective's most recent recording of 10 new tracks at Analogue Catalogue studio.

Beginning in 2018, HMNI’s partnership with OTH allows the charity to access older musicians, who are often a neglected section of the NI musical community. The partnership will assist the charity in delivering its wider focus of career longevity and providing a lifetime of support when its needed most. In addition, the continued running and development of Over The Hill as a brand working with older people will ensure the continuation of opportunities for HMUK to work with this overlooked demographic.

Paul Kane, Founder, OTH, said: “Trying to enter the music industry can be daunting. For older people, it’s even harder. This position was set up to offer older people (55+) an opportunity that is often only open to 18-25 year olds.  We felt it was a good time to make the industry more accessible and celebrate the knowledge talent and experience of older people. Chip brings an amazing energy to the Collective, he is passionate about his music and has already provided a clear vision of how we might build upon the work of Over The Hill.  Although this is a temporary post, I think we will all benefit from this partnership and the support from Help Musicians NI; Chip will be able to access training, build new networks and make a real difference to the lives of older musicians and people who simply love music. I am very much looking forward to working with Chip and moving our partnership with Help Musicians NI to its ‘next level’.”

Chip Bailey, Senior Intern, OTH, said: "Having enjoyed a happy and fruitful relationship with Over The Hill during the past six months, I am thrilled and very excited to have landed the post of Senior Intern. As a musician who has enjoyed great success but also experienced the struggles and difficulties that those of us working in the arts encounter, I am acutely aware of the vital role that this unique collective of musicians has to play and feel honoured to be allowed the opportunity to play a part."

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