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Ireland Music Week Announce Second Round of International Delegates

Ireland Music Week (IMW) are delighted to announce that three new music industry partners: CD Baby, Andrson, and Budget Music Videos, have come on board to support the IMW conference to help with business and artist development. They join long-standing supporters The Arts Council, Culture Ireland and Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office, and media partner RTE 2FM.

IMW has also announced a second round of international delegates who will speak at the conference and the showcases. The event will be Ireland’s largest gathering of bookers, labels, managers, music supervisors, radio folk and journalists from around the world, and here at home. The five-day program will see a mixture of workshops, discussions, and panels for artists across all levels. Tickets are available on EventBrite at

Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact said: “We knew our ambition to grow from a three day artist-centered event to a five day business and artists event would need the support of the wider music industry from partners whose ambition matched ours. We are incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received from the music and music tech industry, and local and national government support for Ireland Music Week 2019. With the support of our partners, we’ll expand the breadth of our professional development offerings for artists and those who work with them, as well as showcase those artists to a global audience.”

CD Baby Artist Bursary

Online music distribution powerhouse CD Baby has partnered with Ireland Music Week to support the professional development of Irish artists. All 50 IMW showcasing artists will receive a CD Baby distribution package, and one showcasing artist will win a CD Baby Artist Bursary. The €2500 grant will provide one band or solo artist with the time and resources to develop their artistic practice, as well as mentoring and a comprehensive artist services package from CD Baby to support them every step of the way. The winning act will be selected by international industry delegates attending Ireland Music Week from among the 50 showcasing artists. At the conference, CD Baby will also offer workshops not only for artists, but also for labels and managers, covering a breadth of topics for the independent musician.

Rich Orchard, Director of European Market Development at CD Baby, said: “Having recently opened our first European office, we’re delighted to partner with Ireland Music Week this year as part of their biggest annual event yet. We’re going to shine a spotlight on all 50 of these wonderful showcasing artists, and I look forward to charting the development of our inaugural IMW bursary winner. As well as preferred distribution to digital stores, we’ll be offering IMW artists best-in-class services across publishing admin, digital marketing, video monetization and sync representation; doing all we can to help support this stage in their careers.”

Andrson: New Digital A&R Platform

Ireland Music Week has also partnered with Andrson, a new music startup using predictive analytics and audio AI to reinvent digital A&R. Andrson is offering an exclusive opportunity for 2019 Ireland Music Week showcasing artists and applicants to be first users of the Andrson platform. The benefits for artists include: direct exposure and communication with industry (labels/management/agents), profitable discovery and monetization of their music, control over their profile and uploads, and access to bespoke analytics. Industry benefit from effortless discovery and faster capitalization of new music. Andrson will officially launch its new platform at Ireland Music Week, and acts joining the pilot will be the only artists discoverable on Andrson during the conference. The Andrson team will also offer workshops for artists on how to get the most out of the platform.

Zach Miller-Frankel, Founder and CEO of Andrson said: “Andrson is poised to be the global leader in digital A&R, but more than that, we are all about giving artists the advantage. We can think of no better way to do that than by partnering with Ireland Music Week to showcase the amazing wealth of Irish music.”

Music Video Production Master Classes

Budget Music Videos joins Ireland Music Week as a conference exhibitor for 2019. Their production team will lead workshops for delegates on ‘How to Make Great DIY Music Videos.’ Artists and conference delegates will also have the opportunity to test the new Budget Music Videos platform.

Loraa White, Company Director for Budget Music Videos said: “Video is king when it comes to building your audience and engaging fans—and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We’re delighted to partner with Ireland Music Week to share insights on how to make a high-quality DIY music video on a budget, from selecting and working with a production team, to communicating your vision, storyboarding, planning your shoot, editing, and more.”

Second Round of International Delegates

Ireland Music Week has also announced a second round of international delegates who will attend the showcases and take part in the packed conference, including top music supervisors, agents, talent managers, and many more. Read their bios at:

We are really thrilled with the number and calibre of speakers and buyers this year, and today’s list brings our gender balance at the event to 50/50, which is what we try to achieve every year,” said festival organizer Angela Dorgan. “In the face of Brexit, we have especially concentrated on keeping the doors open to our nearest neighbours. We would not have been able to welcome so many guests without the support of See Here funds from Culture Ireland and we are immensely grateful to them.

Andrea Madden – Channel 4 / Made in Chelsea

Angel Gambino – Rhapsody International (Napster)

Carly James – Paradigm Talent Agency

Claire Courtney – Earth Music Agency

Corrina Kavanagh – Columbia Records UK

Gabrielle Corbett – Vevo

Gary Cohen – ATC Management

Geoff Travis – Rough Trade Records

Janet Lopez – Neophonic

Jennifer Reeve – Neophonic

Josh Mateer – Parlophone

Loraa White – Budget Music Videos

Mark Lippman – Scruff of the Neck

Orla Gorman – Universal Music UK

Sam Heerey – Double Six Rights

Sarah Besnard – ATC Live

(With more to be announced in the coming weeks)

More About Partners:

CD Baby

CD Baby gets independent artists paid weekly for their music in all the ways musicians earn money today: streaming, downloads, video monetisation, physical sales, publishing royalties, sync licensing and more. Over the past two decades, it has grown to become the largest global distributor of independent music, the largest publishing rights administrator in the world, one of the most trusted names in the industry, and the go-to educational resource on topics such as music marketing, rights management and more. CD Baby is proud to work on behalf of 750,000 recording artists worldwide, helping them build a better bridge between their creativity and the revenue sources they need to start a successful career in music. In 2018, CD Baby opened their first UK & European office in London.



Founded in 2018, Andrson is the solution to the music industry’s largest problem – digital A&R. We use predictive analytics and audio AI to link unsigned talent with music industry professionals. Basically, Andrson focuses on audio analysis to enable rapid discovery of musicians whose sound fills the empty slots on your roster. So if you need to sign a female singer between the ages of 20-25 within 100 km of London who sounds at least 80% like Adele, Andrson is the answer.


Budget Music Videos

Budget Music Videos is a music video production company based in the UK and Ireland. The company has been established since 2013 and work closely with independent musicians. The website offers a wide range of services including Music Video Production, Pre-Made Stock Music Videos, Music Video Marketing and Music Video Tutorials.


|| Ireland Music Week is supported by The Arts Council / Culture Ireland / Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office (LEO) / RTÉ 2FM ||

Twitter: @irlmusicweek | Facebook: @irelandmusicweek | Instagram: @irelandmusicweek

We’re Hiring | Distribution Assistant Vacancy

Job Title: Distribution Assistant
Salary: On Request
Terms: 1 Year Fixed Term Contract

Please send a CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the criteria for the role to
Deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Wednesday 4th September.

Job Description
IMRO is a national organisation that administers the performing right in copyright music in Ireland on behalf of its members (songwriters, composers and music publishers) and on behalf of members of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it.

IMRO’s Distribution Team is responsible for the efficient distribution of royalties, overseeing repertoire and providing excellent member services including the resolution of any member queries which may arise.

We are currently recruiting for a full time Distribution Assistant to join our Distribution Team. The successful candidate will contribute to the provision of an efficient distribution and membership service by carrying out a variety of clerical/administrative duties with a strong emphasis on data entry, data manipulation and data processing.

This is an entry level role and ideal for someone looking to develop a career in the business aspects of the music industry.

The candidate will be required to have strong communication skills, be results driven and able to work as part of a team, in a fast-paced environment.

Main Responsibilities

  • Work as part of a team of 5 Distribution Assistants, with support from Distribution Officers & Distribution Manager.
  • Entering data into electronic form (e.g. work registrations, gig lists, set lists etc.).
  • Matching music titles against repertoire databases.
  • Matching data from live music performances to repertoire.
  • Investigating member queries.


  • Must have previous experience in an administration or similar role.
  • Must have good keyboard skills, strong organisational skills and possess keen attention to detail.
  • Must have good knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • A good general knowledge of music would be desirable.

IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest 2019 Announced

Entries are now open for the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition 2019 which takes place in memory of one of Tralee’s most famous sons. Songwriters are invited to submit an audio link for their entry by email to  before the deadline of Friday 20th September 2019 (NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL AUDIO FILE ATTACHMENTS).

Ten finalists will be selected to perform their song at the live final of the contest on Saturday 2nd November in The Ashe Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry, with the winning songwriter being presented with a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO. A runner up prize of €300 will also be presented on the night.

A Tralee native, Christie Hennessy began his music career at a young age when he moved to London, playing in clubs by night and working on building sites during the day. He started writing songs at the age of 23 and went on to release numerous platinum selling albums.

Christie’s songs were later recorded by artists such as Christy Moore (“Don’t Forget Your Shovel”), Frances Black (“All The Lies That You Told Me”), Moya Brennan (“Oh Jealous Heart”) and Nizlopi, who reached Christmas Number 1 in UK and Ireland in 2005 with their hit “JCB Song”, sampling Christie’s lyrics from “Don’t Forget Your Shovel”.

The deadline for entries is Friday 20th September 2019



1. The lyrics and music must be the original work of the songwriter(s).
2. The competition is open to all types of song, in any style – ballad, country, pop, rock etc.
3. Songs may be entered in either the English or Irish language.
4. The competition is open to national and international songwriters.
5. Songwriters may only enter one song for consideration.
6. Entries will not be returned – all songwriters should retain a copy of their song submission.
7. Entries can be submitted via an online link to your song to  (NOTE: Please do not email audio file attachments) or on a CD by post to the address below. All entries must be accompanied by a copy of the lyrics; typed or clearly written.
8. Finalists will be notified by Friday 11th October 2019.
9. The provisional adjudication will be on the basis of the tracks submitted, from which 10 finalists will be chosen.
10. Each of the 10 finalists will be invited to take part in a live concert in Tralee on Saturday 2nd November 2019. Backing tracks are not permitted for this performance.
11. Each songwriter will be responsible for providing the singer and/or group for his/her entry in the final at his/her own expense.
12. A first prize of €1,000 will be presented to the winning songwriter on the night of the final. A runner-up prize of €300 will be presented to the second placed finalist.
13. Final adjudication will be on the night of the final. Decisions of the adjudication panel will be final.
14. Entry for the contest implies acceptance of all the rules.
15. Postal entries should be sent to:

IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest 2019
C/o Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
D02 HW59

IMRO | The Mechanics of Music Management | Seminar Series

‘Mechanics of Music Management’ seminar series in association with the Music Managers Forum (MMF) and delivered by Chris Cooke from CMU Insights will explore best practice and current trends in artist management.

Together these sessions will provide a comprehensive guide to artist revenue streams and business models, record deals, fanbase building and direct-to-fan relationships, and explain where the manager fits in with each of these strands of the business.

These seminars will be of interest to those starting out in artist management, artists who self-manage their careers and also for more experienced managers looking to gain a fresh insight into new trends and management strategies.


Date: Wednesday 25th September 2019
Time: 11am – 5.30pm
Location: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2
Bookings: FREE Event | Booking Essential | Email:


This full day course looks at how artists build a business around their music, and the manager’s role in making that happen. Along the way it covers music revenues, artist companies, business partners, management deals and fan data. Chris Cooke from CMU Insights leads the proceedings with a series of presentations – including insights from the MMF’s ground-breaking ‘Digital Dollar’ work. Plus hear from guests working in management, marketing and deal-making. 

Music Revenues
How do artists make money out of their music and what business partners do they work with to unlock each revenue stream? We put the spotlight on the intellectual property, live performance and fan relationship strands of the music business.

The Artist/Manager Relationship
What role does the manager play in each artist business and how does this impact on the artist/manager deal? We look at how the artist/manager relationship can vary, over time, and depending on who the artist is and the kind of business they are evolving.

Companies & Money
How does an artist go about structuring their business and managing their money? What questions need to be answered and what formalities need to be completed to ensure everything is agreed, legal and secure? Plus how does the manager facilitate this process?

Building A Fanbase
At the heart of every artist’s business is their fanbase. How can artists formally connect with and start to understand the core fanbase, and how does that process drive the business?

Fan Data
As the artist’s business grows, they will start to gather valuable data about their fanbase. Or at least, the platforms and partners they work with will! How can artists ensure that they have access to that data – and how can they legally utilise it to grow their business.


Date: Friday 25th October 2019
Time: 11am – 5.30pm
Location: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2.
Bookings: FREE Event | Booking Essential | Email:


This full day course looks at how artists make money out of their songwriting and recordings, and puts the spotlight on the streaming revolution. It also looks at how digital channels provide other opportunities for artists beyond the streams. Chris Cooke from CMU Insights leads the proceedings with a series of presentations – including insights from the MMF’s ground-breaking ‘Digital Dollar’ work. Plus hear from guests working in management, music rights and streaming.

How Music Rights Make Money
How can artists generate income through their songwriting and recordings? We provide a speedy guide to music rights, and explain what artists need to do to ensure they get paid whenever their music is copied, streamed, performed and played. Plus what should managers be doing to ensure their clients’ rights are properly logged and monetised?

The Digital Music Market
Streaming now accounts for nearly half of all recorded music revenues worldwide. We provide an overview of the digital music market today, and explain how artists and songwriters get paid when their music is streamed. Plus what are the key issues with the current streaming business model, and how can artists and managers get things changed?

The Role of The Label
Artists still need specialist business partners to help them get their music streaming. Labels do that of course. But so do distributors and label services companies. We look at the role labels play in building an artist’s business today, and at the different label and distribution deals that artists and their managers can now choose from.

Building A Direct-To-Fan Business
Beyond the streams, the biggest revolution in music caused by the rise of digital is the online direct-to-fan relationship. How can artists and their managers utilise all the fan data and D2F channels to truly capitalise on that fan connection?

About Chris Cooke
Chris Cooke is co-Founder and MD of CMU, a company that helps people navigate and understand the music business. It does this through media like the CMU Daily bulletin, Setlist podcast and CMU Trends library; consultancy units CMU Insights and CMU Pathways; and future talent programme CMU:DIY. He also programmes core conference strands at The Great Escape showcase festival and wrote the book ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’. CMU is part of Chris’s business 3CM UnLimited, through which he also publishes cultural media ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks at the Edinburgh Festival; and teaches for PR training charity the Taylor Bennett Foundation.

About the Music Managers Forum (MMF)
The MMF is the world’s largest professional community of music managers. Since its inception in 1992, the MMF has worked hard to educate, inform and represent its members as well as offering a network through which managers can share experiences, opportunities and information.

Its core purpose is to:

  • Educate: To support managers’ continuous professional development within an evolving music industry.
  • Innovate: To create and highlight opportunities to develop and grow artist businesses.
  • Advocate: To provide a collective voice and leadership to affect change for a transparent and fairer music industry for artists and their fans.

Pioneering international gender balance initiative Keychange receives over €1.4m from the EU Commission

The IMRO sponsored pioneering international gender balance initiative, Keychange, has received funding of €1.4million from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, which will ensure Keychange continues to accelerate change and create a better, more inclusive music industry for present and future generations.

The new programme will span September 2019 to September 2023. More details of the second phase of the programme will be unveiled at Reeperbahn Festival 2019, which takes place Wednesday 18th September – Saturday 21st in Hamburg, Germany. Keychange ambassadors Kate Nash and Joy Denalane, as well as Barbara Gessler (European Commission), Alexander Schulz (Keychange co-founder and CEO of Reeperbahn Festival) will present details of “Keychange 2.0“ on Thursday 19th September at 11.00 am. 

The initiative founded by PRS Foundation has expanded with like-minded European partners and sponsors who believe that the future of music will benefit from a more balanced representation of all genders across all aspects of the industry. Reeperbahn Festival will lead the second phase of Keychange, working closely alongside PRS Foundation (UK), Musikcentrum Öst (Sweden), Iceland Airwaves (Iceland), Tallinn Music Week / Shiftworks (Estonia) and BIME Festival (Spain). The new partners are Ireland Music Week (Ireland), Oslo World Festival (Norway), Linecheck Festival / Innovation Hub (Italy), and SACEM (France). Key sponsors include – Gorwelion Horizons, SOCAN, Soundcloud, STIM, STEF, IMRO, GEMA, Songtrust, Fundacion SGAE, Factor, British Council, Ableton, Smirnoff Equalizer, and Roskilde.

Originally set up as a talent development programme for 60 artists and innovators, Keychange has quickly become a global movement for festivals which want to demonstrate their commitment to achieving a better gender balance across their stages for the next generation of artists and fans. 

Since launching in September 2017, over 250+ music organisations from all over the world  have signed the Keychange pledge towards achieving a 50/50 gender split across line-ups, conferences and commissions by 2022. In  November 2018 the initiative undertook a landmark step towards achieving its goal of encouraging a gender-balanced music industry worldwide. In collaboration with key festival partners, Keychange presented a manifesto for change at the European Parliament in Brussels, with the aim of increasing and sustaining representation of marginalised genders in the music industry.

Earlier this year Keychange extended the initial 50/50 festival pledge to include conservatoires, orchestras, broadcasters, concert halls, agents, labels and any music organisations to encourage a better gender balance in the music industry. Over 60 leading music industry organisations have signed the extended pledge so far, including: Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Southbank Centre, Bella Union and the Barbican as well as German based record label Ferryhouse Productions and radio station ByteFM. Spanning over three years, the second phase of the programme will see Keychange empower a new network of women, trans and non-binary artists and innovators to showcase and collaborate across the music industry, in the UK, Europe and North America.

Keychange stimulates talent development, exchange and innovation by creating new international opportunities for performance, creative collaboration and capacity building amongst women, trans and non-binary musicians and innovative industry professionals who are pushing the boundaries of their practice.  The aim is to lead inclusive debate and action which promotes the role of underrepresented genders in music and the potential creative and economic contribution they could be making to Europe’s music industry.

Having recently spoken out about her previous experiences of the music industry, Kate Nash says: “Pop culture feels so far ahead but the reality of how a lot of people live every day is way behind that. So, it does make sense, that we are dealing with these problems because the archaic structures are so hard to knock down and it changes so much of the way the world is run, so it is like a slow burn really. It is like in the movie “Shawshank Redemption” when he like scratches his way out of that prison and it takes years, because it is just scratch by scratch. I think I would like to be one of the scratches, so eventually someone will burst into the tunnel. But at the moment it’s about being a scratch. Because without each of those scratches we will never get there!”

Christina Schäfers, Head of Reeperbahn Festival‘s programmes in arts, word and film, has recently been appointed Project Lead for Keychange. Having worked on the initiative from the beginning, Christina will now take the lead at a superior level for the mandate of the European Commission, as well as work across tasks and topics that go beyond the EU funded activities. 

Christina Schäfers, Head of Reeperbahn Festival Arts Programme says: “The transformative power of Keychange is visible and increasing: Talented, smart and extremely well connected people and organizations join forces for the shared idea, that diversity is culturally enriching and economically more successful. Within the next four years we’ll focus on concrete aims and measures to keep on creating a better, more inclusive music industry. Since culture has always been a source of inspiration for necessary change, we look forward to inspiring and be part of the future of our society.”

Twitter: @KeychangeEU
Facebook: @KeychangeEU
Instagram: @KeychangeEU

The Songwriting Collective | August Workshop Details Announced

If you want to hone your songwriting or performance skills then you should drop into our next workshop which takes place on Thursday 22nd August 6.00pm – 9.00pm at IMRO, Copyright House, Dublin 2, followed by a presentation of co-writes and other self-penned songs in the Wellington Pub, Lower Baggot Street.

Each workshop provides an opportunity to showcase songs that you have written, to discuss/explore the craft of songwriting, to co-write and to receive detailed feedback about your compositions. In addition, from time to time we have input from relevant specialists on topics of interest. Ideally, you should bring along your musical instrument but it is not essential

The workshop is facilitated by Tony Bardon ( and Danai Kelleher, both of whom have extensive experience in running music workshops in Ireland and Europe, as a result of their involvement with EU-funded music projects.

TSC uses for communication purposes so if you are interested please sign up at

All are welcome.

Ireland Music Week 2019 Artist Line-up Announced

Ireland Music Week are delighted to announce the 50 acts that will showcase at IMW19 as just revealed on the Tracy Clifford Show, RTÉ 2FM, the festival’s media partner. and below.

The festival made the annual call in May for artists to apply and over 500 acts applied via First Music Contact’s platform Breaking Tunes and were chosen independently by both international and Irish music industry professionals.

Ireland Music Week places a strong focus on export-ready artists and the success rate year on year from the showcases has been remarkable.

The overwhelming feedback from our 8 Irish and over 30 International judges was the level of competition in this year’s applications. Year on year our judges remark on the quality of Irish bands in a global and not just local context. That is beyond encouraging to hear especially for all those who applied as well as the 50 who will showcase in October “ Angela Dorgan, CEO FMC


Ailbhe Reddy

Alex Gough


Autre Monde



Beauty Sleep

Callum Orr

Caoilian Sherlock


Conchur White



Elaine Malone






Jamie Adam

Junior Brother


Kitt Philippa

Kyoto Love Hotel

Laura Elizabeth Hughes


Local Boy

Lydia Ford

Maija Sofia

Mango X MathMan

Marcus Woods

Meghan Murray



New Pagans


People Club

Postcard Versions

Robert John Ardiff



Sinead O’ Brien

Somebody’s Child

Sun Mahshene

Super Silly

Tebi Rex



True Tides


This year Andrson and CDBaby have come on board as industry partners with more exciting details on their involvement to be released in the coming weeks. They join long-standing supporters The Arts Council, Culture Ireland and DCC Local Enterprise Office.

|| Ireland Music Week is supported by The Arts Council / Culture Ireland / Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office (LEO) / RTÉ 2FM ||

Tickets via Eventbrite are priced as follows (excluding charges)

Delegate Pass €100.00 (conference and showcases) (discounts available to AIM Ireland members)

Conference only €65.00

Weekend Showcases €35.00

Friday Night Showcases €25.00

Saturday Night Showcases €25.00

Single Venue Showcase €12.50 (only available on the door at the venues)


Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will see dedicated B2B conference elements to facilitate the needs of the newly formed FMC-founded AIM Ireland, along with other offerings from new strategic partners introducing new audiences for Irish music around Europe as well as more networking and masterclasses to be announced closer to the dates. On Thursday, a targeted networking event will take place in Lost Lane, where international delegates will be invited to network with their Irish counterparts and artists attending the conference. The live showcases will take place across Friday and Saturday, the 4th and 5th of October.

This will be Ireland’s largest gathering of bookers, labels, managers, music supervisors, radio folk and journalists from around the world and here at home. The 5-day event will see a mixture of workshops, discussions and panels which are growing in importance year on year for artists across all levels to meet with people one-to-one who can them along their career in the industry.

Twitter: @irlmusicweek | Facebook: @irelandmusicweek | Instagram: @irelandmusicweek

Job Vacancies |Music Generation Development Officer (3 posts: Kildare, Longford, Meath)

Kildare and Wicklow ETB, Longford and Westmeath ETB and Louth and Meath ETB are now each inviting applications for the position of Music Generation Development Officer.

Post Reference Numbers:
• KMG 02/2019 (Kildare)
• 77/19 (Longford)
• C168 (Meath)

A Music Generation Development Officer will be appointed by each education and training board and will be responsible for managing an extensive performance music education programme on behalf of the Local Music Education Partnership in each county.

All three counties have recently been selected for participation in Music Generation – Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, which is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Five year, fixed-term contract (€46,771 – €57,157)

Application form, job description and person specification and other details available from –

• Kildare:
• Longford:
• Meath:

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is: 12 noon, Friday 9th August 2019

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Based on the volume of applications received short-listing may apply. Short-listing will take place on the basis of the information provided in the application form. Depending on the qualifications and experience of applicants, short-listing thresholds may be significantly higher than the minimum standards set out.

Kildare & Wicklow ETB, Longford & Westmeath ETB and Louth & Meath ETB are equal opportunities employers.

IMRO Partners With ‘Music From Ireland’ Initiative to Promote Irish Musicians Internationally

IMRO is pleased to announce a new partnership with Music From Ireland, an initiative of First Music Contact and Culture Ireland, which funds and presents music showcases and networking opportunities for Irish musicians at key international music conferences annually.

Music From Ireland assists Irish artists selected to perform at a range of major global events such as SXSW (Austin, Texas), The Great Escape (Brighton, UK), Primavera Pro (Barcelona, Spain), Eurosonic (Groningen, Netherlands), Iceland Airwaves and more. Through the initiative, musicians are provided with on-the-ground support in the lead-up to and during events including: showcase gigs, financial and production assistance to develop promotional campaigns and travel subsidies.

Chair of IMRO, singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy said, “Vibrant, innovative and internationally-respected music initiatives are a key component of the strategy to promote Irish music on the global stage and to boost music export revenues for music creators. Music From Ireland provides a vital platform for Irish music creators, helping them to capitalise on a host of export and cultural opportunities in the international marketplace. IMRO is delighted to play its part in assisting leading musical talent from Ireland realise their creative and career goals internationally.”

Angela Dorgan, Director of First Music Contact added “The Music From Ireland brand is now synonymous with global success as a result of the investment, time and great talent from Ireland over the past 14 years, with artists such as Hozier, Villagers, Picture This, Soak, Dermot Kennedy, Gavin James, Saint Sister, and most recently Fontaines D.C. among the hundreds of artists supported though the initiative. With Culture Ireland funding we have been able to grow the global footprint of Irish music for over a decade. With this new investment from IMRO, we will take our place among the strongest markets and grow new markets for our emerging creative talent.”

Music from Ireland is an initiative of First Music Contact, funded by Culture Ireland and supported by IMRO.

About First Music Contact

First Music Contact is an independent information and advice organisation for grass roots and emerging artists and the independent music sector in Ireland, funded by the Arts Council. FMC is credited with raising the profile of the popular (rock, alternative, electronic and singer songwriters) music sector and the industry at local, national and international level.  FMC also runs Ireland Music Week (formally Hard Working Class Heroes Festival) and Breaking Tunes, an online music portal for Irish bands and artists. FMC also run the Irish Music export initiative Music From Ireland and the annual Woodquay Summer Sessions. FMC helped launch AIM Irleand in 2019 Strategic partners include The Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, international music development organisations, and many record and publishing companies, both national and international.

About Culture Ireland

Culture Ireland – a division of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht – creates and supports opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present their work at international festivals, venues, showcases and arts markets including the Edinburgh Festivals, Celtic Connections (Glasgow), the Venice Art and Architecture Biennales, WOMEX World Music Expo, Frankfurt Book Fair (in partnership with Literature Ireland), Tanzmesse and Classical: NEXT.

Culture Ireland runs a regular funding scheme to support the international presentation of work by Irish artists and companies. Applications are accepted from both participating artists and from international presenters. Culture Ireland also operates See Here, a scheme to support the inward travel to Ireland of international presenters, curators and promoters to see new Irish work available for touring.

In 2018, Culture Ireland supported Irish artists to present their work in 55 countries, reaching a live audience of 5.5million.

Full details of Culture Ireland’s grant schemes as well as information on funding decisions are available at:

Ireland Music Week Announce First Round of International Delegates

Ireland Music Week recently closed its annual call for applications and the line-up will be announced early next month. The first round of international industry delegates (listed below) have been confirmed and you can find out more about them here –

The development and progression of the conference (formerly Hard Working Class Heroes) has earned Ireland Music Week both local and international stature for being a must-attend event for anyone working in music in Europe. It is one of the largest gathering of music industry professionals from bookers to labels, managers, music supervisors, radio folk and journalists from around the world and here in Ireland.

We are especially delighted today to be announcing a keynote address by Kees Van Reijen, President of IMPALA, the Independent Music Companies association. During the span of his career Kees has worked for Universal Music as Executive Vice president, Managing director of Mercury records, MCA and Polydor, and Rough Trade Distribution. In his current role, he is of huge support to us as we launch AIM Ireland and will be welcoming us into the global and international independent music family”.   – said Angela Dorgan , director of Ireland Music Week and CEO of First Music Contact  –  “ we are also delighted to be adding a significant amount of international buyers this year, among them more European festivals than have ever attended , including c/o Pop in Germany for their first visit.”

International delegates –

Adam Ryan – The Great Escape
Almudena Heredero – Primavera Sound
Debbie Ball – Create Spark
Dev Sherlock – SXSW
Ellie Rumbold – Partisan Records
Javier Lopez – Reed MIDEM
Jeff Bell – Partisan Records
Kees Van Reijen – IMPALA
Lisa Hresko – A2IM
Michael Lambert – Wide Days
Mikey Rishwain Bernard – M for Montreal
Oskar Strajn – ESNS
Philip Taggart – Slacker / BBC Radio1 / Hometown Records
Ralph Christoph – c/o pop Festival and Convention
Rev. Moose – Marauder
Sindri Ástmarsson – Iceland Airwaves
(more to be announced in the coming weeks)

The conference itself will grow from a two-day to a four-day event with workshops and panels on a multitude of areas you need to be aware of as you grow as an artist or professional in the music sector. Tuesday and Wednesday will see dedicated B2B conference elements to facilitate the needs of the newly formed FMC-founded AIM Ireland, along with other offerings from new strategic partners introducing new audiences for Irish music around Europe as well as more networking and masterclasses to be announced closer to the dates. On Thursday, a targeted networking event will take place in Lost Lane, where international delegates will be invited to network with their Irish counterparts and artists attending the conference. The live showcases will take place across Friday and Saturday, the 4th and 5th of October.

Tickets via Eventbrite are priced as follows (excluding charges)

Delegate Pass €100.00 (conference and showcases) (discounts available to AIM members)

Conference only €65.00

Weekend Showcases €35.00

Friday Night Showcases €25.00

Saturday Night Showcases €25.00

Single Venue Showcase  €12.50  (only available on the door at the venues)

VENUES – The Grand Social / Lost Lane / The Button Factory / The Workman’s Club

First Music Contact, who run Ireland Music Week, work with Irish acts from the very beginning of their careers. The annual showcase has expanded from a 3-day event to a 5-day event, providing Irish artists with an opportunity to gain some vital exposure, provided by the stellar mix of influential Irish and international delegates who attend IMW.

In 2017, IMW reduced the number of bands showcasing to 50, highlighting the need for acts to have a development plan and an eye on international activity. The success of this move resulted in a record number of Irish acts being selected for overseas showcase events including SXSW, The Great Escape, Eurosonic, Reeperbahn, Primavera Pro and more.

Some of last year’s big successes to progress from the festival include Just Mustard, The Wood Burning Savages, Wild Youth, Æ Mak, Flynn, Pillow Queens, ROE, Bad Bones, A. Smyth, Kitt Philippa, Laoise, THUMPER, Maria Kelly, Molly Sterling, Joshua Burnside and more.

Since its inception in 2003, the festival has showcased many of Ireland’s best-known acts including Fontaines DC, David Keenan, Soulé, Daithí, whenyoung, Bitch Falcon, Jafaris, Chasing Abbey, Saint Sister, Wyvern Lingo, Jealous of the Birds, Fangclub, Touts, The Academic, Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano Family, Villagers, 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier, along with Girl Band, Jape, The Coronas, Talos, Le Boom, Loah, Soak, Ham Sandwich, All Tvvins, Otherkin and many more.

|| Ireland Music Week is supported by The Arts Council / Culture Ireland / Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office (LEO) ||

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