Help Musicians UK at Output Belfast

As part of our #HearForMusicians campaign Help Musicians UK will be hosting a Q&A on musician’s hearing at Output Belfast, hosted by Generator NI.

The event: Going Deaf for a Living? Protect Your Hearing for a Career in Music will be hosted by our CEO Richard Robinson. Guests include Sound Engineer and Music Technician Will Fenton of CATO Academy, music producer and artist manger for Silence and Jealous of the Birds, Declan Legge of Big Space Studios and musician Shauna Tohill.

Our 2014 Health and Wellbeing Survey found that 47% of musicians had experienced hearing problems, but only 67% of musicians had ever used hearing protection. Hearing is a musician’s most important tool and noise-induce hearing loss is both preventable and irreversible meaning that it is essential for musicians to use adequate protection and have regular hearing tests.

Visit’s output festival’s website to find more details and register. The event is on Thursday 18 February at Generator NI.


Will Fenton (Academy of Contemporary music/CATO Academy) 

Will Fenton is an alumnus of the Academy of Contemporary Music, where along with the Cato Academy he now lectures the new generation of industry professionals.  Will began his career working in the international touring industry as a backline technician and sound engineer. He later moved to technical operations for a variety of specialised music businesses. He is an IOSH accredited health and safety technician who now works as a freelance music technical specialist and safety consultant, training, production managing events and overseeing projects for a client list of companies at the forefront of the modern music industry.


Declan Legge (Producer/Artist Manager – Silences and Jealous of the Birds)

Declan is a producer and artist manager with 20 years’ experience in the music industry. He runs a busy production and recording studio just outside Newry in the heart of the County Down countryside and currently manages Silences and Jealous of the birds. He produced SOAK’s 2nd EP, Sea Creatures and was instrumental in helping her sign to Universal publishing in 2013. Silences have had a very successful year playing The Great Escape, Electric Picnic and Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg and are about to join The Coronas on their current UK tour. They have signed a sync deal with Secret Road in L.A. will be releasing their third EP on Decisive records, a subsidiary of Island records. Jealous of the birds aka Naomi Hamilton released her self-recorded debut EP “Capricorn” late last year to much critical acclaim. She has already been championed by BBC introducing and has been played on BBC Radio One. She is currently in the studio with Declan working on her next release.


Shauna Tohill (Musician - REWS)

Shauna is a 'captivating, charismatic and multi-instrumentalist songstress', musician and workshop facilitator, currently based in London.  She is one of the most promising young artists to come out Northern Ireland and has been making a name for herself throughout the music industry.  She is one half of female duo crunch rock band ‘REWS’ where her main focus lies.  Having had various of her original songs synced with adverts and films (including the NITB anthem of 2012-2014), fantastic touring opportunities including being guest vocalist for Snow Patrol and bassist for Darwin Deez - she also helps out local community groups by teaching and carrying out workshops to nurture talent and spread her passion for music and art.

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