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Fontaines D.C. Set for ‘Courage’ Performance from Kilmainham Gaol

‘Courage’ series two has garnered a fantastic global response since it began on the 23rd of June, with concerts from James Vincent McMorrow, Maija Sofia, Lankum, The Murder Capital, Kodaline, Neil Hannon, Cathy Davey, Eve Belle and Saint Sister. 

Other Voices are thrilled to announce that next Tuesday the 14th of July, revered five piece Fontaines D.C. will be playing in Kilmainham Gaol, ahead of the release of their highly anticipated second album.

Fontaines D.C. are one of the most lauded alternative rock bands to emerge from Ireland in recent years. They released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Dogrel’ in 2019 which went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize and the Choice Music Prize. They toured extensively worldwide last year selling out shows in iconic venues such as the Brixton Academy and playing renowned festivals such as Glastonbury Festival. They also performed on the hugely popular American talk show, the Jimmy Fallon Show. Their follow up to ‘Dogrel’, ‘A Hero’s Death’ will be released on July 31st. 

This performance will take place on Tuesday the 14th of July and will be made available worldwide, free of charge, thanks to the support of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, RTÉ and IMRO. Courage series one is currently being shown on RTÉ 2 Thursdays at 23:30 

Tonight, 9th July, at 8pm Saint Sister and members of Crash Ensemble will be performing live from The Guildhall in Derry. Watch via YouTube, Facebook Live and RTÉ.IE.

Speaking of the project Minister Madigan said: “Building on the phenomenal success of the original Courage programme with a reach of over 2.7m, I am delighted to support this new initiative of live streamed performances from some of our best known heritage sites. The outpouring of wellbeing created by the first series of performances will no doubt be carried through Courage 2 and reminds us that culture lifts us up beyond circumstance and challenges and is vital to the core of our collective humanity.” 

IMRO Chief Executive Victor Finn said “In times of crisis we often turn to music creators and artists for their unique ability to interpret and reflect on the world in which we live. Music is a collective experience which can overcome physical distance and is the perfect antidote to the growing sense of alienation and isolation we have all felt in recent times – even more so, now we are being asked to actively practise social distancing.  The Other Voices’ Courage series brings some of our finest Irish music creators to the world stage from a number of unique locations around Ireland in what we hope will be inspiring and unforgettable performances.”  

Other Voices founder and director Philip King said “We are delighted to present this second season of Other Voices Courage as part of the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is about bringing people together through music, and recognising the essential and powerful contribution that artists continue to make to our lives. We are inspired by the response here in Ireland and globally to the first season of Other Voices Courage, and our artists and crews have helped to bring beauty, solace, strength and a sense of belonging to people at this time of national and global crisis – is ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine. The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has played a leading and imaginative role in making it possible for our artists and crews to work together to create and present Other Voices Courage.”

CMC to host a series of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) music seminars

What?            
CMC are presenting a series of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events throughout July, at no cost to participants.

When? 
The sessions will commence at 3.00pm on Tuesdays throughout July 2020, and it is anticipated that each session will last about 45 minutes.

Forum?
While the sessions themselves will be on zoom, bookings will be managed via eventbrite.  Once you have booked on eventbrite, CMC will send a zoom link to the email address you use for booking on eventbrite.

Format? 
These events will be interactive with a chance to get answers to questions you may have.  It is recommended that you to submit questions in advance via ei.cmc@pvsr so that the presenters can consider them in advance and deal with them during their presentations.  However, there will also be a live Q&A session following an overview by the presenters at each event.   

CONTEMPORARY NOTATION IN SIBELIUS CLINIC – 7th July 2020

The series will start with a standalone session by composer and guitarist Anselm McDonnell in the form of a clinic in relation to contemporary notation in Sibelius.

Bookings for this event to be held at 3.00pm on Tuesday, 7th July, will be managed via the following link on eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/contemporary-notation-in-sibelius-clinic-tickets-111969806706  

ONLINE PERFORMANCES – 14th, 21st & 28th July 2020

CMC will also be presenting the following trio of CPD events about creating, monetizing and marketing online performances on 14th, 21st 7 28th July 2020, respectively.

Further information about this trio of events after the 7th July event, including separate eventbrite links for booking each of the three events.

#1 on 14th July – Creating Online Performances by Eoin Callery (audio) and Sean James Garland (video)

# 2 on 21st July – Monetizing Online Performances by Nick Roth, in which Nick will also go beyond this in terms of how musicians can survive generally in an online world

# 3 on 28th July – Marketing Online Performances by Naomi Belshaw, in which Naomi will also go beyond this in terms of career strategy generally and how to present oneself depending on what path a composer wants to take

Courage Returns with Neil Hannon & Cathy Davey, Eve Belle, Saint Sister and Crash Ensemble

‘Courage’ series two has garnered a fantastic global response since it began on the 23rd of June, with concerts from James Vincent McMorrow, Maija Sofia, Lankum, The Murder Capital and Kodaline. They continue on next week with performances from Neil Hannon, Cathy Davey, Eve Belle, Saint Sister and Crash Ensemble. 

Veteran chamber pop musician Neil Hannon who’s been making music under the moniker The Divine Comedy since the early 90s will be performing from Glenveagh National Park in Donegal with singer-songwriter Cathy Davey and up and coming alt pop musician Eve Belle on the 7th of July. Beloved electro folk duo Saint Sister along with members of ‘New Music’ collective Crash Ensemble will play from The Guildhall in Derry on the 9th of July. 

Once again performances will take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights and will be made available worldwide, free of charge, thanks to the support of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, RTÉ and IMRO. Courage series one is currently being shown on RTÉ 2 Thursdays at 23:30 

Speaking of the project Minister Madigan said: “Building on the phenomenal success of the original Courage programme with a reach of over 2.7m, I am delighted to support this new initiative of live streamed performances from some of our best known heritage sites. The outpouring of wellbeing created by the first series of performances will no doubt be carried through Courage 2 and reminds us that culture lifts us up beyond circumstance and challenges and is vital to the core of our collective humanity.” 

IMRO Chief Executive Victor Finn said “In times of crisis we often turn to music creators and artists for their unique ability to interpret and reflect on the world in which we live. Music is a collective experience which can overcome physical distance and is the perfect antidote to the growing sense of alienation and isolation we have all felt in recent times – even more so, now we are being asked to actively practise social distancing.  The Other Voices’ Courage series brings some of our finest Irish music creators to the world stage from a number of unique locations around Ireland in what we hope will be inspiring and unforgettable performances.”  

Other Voices founder and director Philip King said “We are delighted to present this second season of Other Voices Courage as part of the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is about bringing people together through music, and recognising the essential and powerful contribution that artists continue to make to our lives. We are inspired by the response here in Ireland and globally to the first season of Other Voices Courage, and our artists and crews have helped to bring beauty, solace, strength and a sense of belonging to people at this time of national and global crisis – is ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine. The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has played a leading and imaginative role in making it possible for our artists and crews to work together to create and present Other Voices Courage.”

SEAC Live: livestreams featuring renowned Irish artists from iconic Windmill Lane Recording Studios

SEAC Live is a series of live music streams of folk, traditional and contemporary Irish music presented by the Séamus Ennis Arts Centre. They will be streamed from Studio 1 at the iconic Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin’s Docklands.

These streams can be viewed on smart TVs or mobile devices and will be interactive enabling fans to chat with the performers, submit requests and have a front row seat for a great night’s music and entertainment. Audience members can sign up to participate through zoom and will they be projected on to the walls of the studio during the performance.  Some special guests may also be dropping in!

Here’s the line up so far:

Saturday, July 11th @ 8:30pm (GMT+1) in association with Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
NoCrows
https://nocrows.net
Ticket Link: https://www.tseac.ie/events

Saturday, July 25th @ 8:20pm (GMT+1)
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh with Gerry O’Beirne & Donal O’Conor
https://www.muireann.ie
Ticket Link: https://www.tseac.ie/events

Saturday, August 1st 8:30pm (GMT+1)
Artist TBC
Ticket Link: https://www.tseac.ie/events

Viewers can tune into SEAC Live from all over the world to watch these amazing performers. They will bring the incredible musical culture of Ireland to homes around the world and will appeal on an international level to the Irish diaspora and to the Irish abroad who are yearning for their Irish culture and heritage.

Background to SEAC Live
The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre usually holds an annual Summer ‘Garden Party’ series with the best of Irish and international artists rocking the intimate venue’s dome stage in North County Dublin. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on touring, artists have suffered a disconnection from their audience. As a response to the pandemic, the Centre is bringing music to a new audience through a combination of high-quality web streaming with the addition of audience participation through Zoom. Artists thrive on engaging with their fans and this quality livestream will allow them the opportunity to reconnect. This new series of interactive musical performances will provide music fans with an enriching live musical experience and will provide musicians with an income for their work.

Partnership with Windmill Lane Recording Studios
The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre chose Windmill Lane Recording Studios as the venue for SEAC Live to ensure high quality sound and for the space to have multiple cameras filming the performance. SEAC Live is one of the first phases of the re-opening of the iconic Irish recording studios, who launched their Visitor Experience in February this year. The team at the studios are putting in place precautionary procedures to ensure the health and safety of visitors and to guarantee that all guests and performers can enjoy their experience safely. SEAC Live will be broadcast from the famous Studio 1, where The Chieftains, U2, The Rolling Stones and The Cranberries recorded. Windmill Lane Recording Studios is one of the most unique cultural attractions in Dublin. Viewers who book a ticket for SEAC Live will get a fascinating behind-the-scenes view of the studios.

Steve Wickham, NoCrows said “The NoCrows are delighted to be part of this live-streaming event for the SEAC. Playing for a live audience is our stock in trade and we are ready make live music again. We’ve been locked away from stage performances since the Lockdown.  Having been the holy ground for a great many records over the years, Windmill Lane studios too, holds a lot of magic and we hope that some of that shine through. NoCrows are celebrating 15 years together so we’ll be playing tunes and songs from our albums and some new tunes written during the time the earth stood still.

Naomi Moore, CEO of Windmill Lane Recording Studios said, “We are delighted host the SEAC Live streaming sessions, supporting an alternative platform for gigging artists. Bringing the audience into the venue through Zoom really excites me about this project. To grab a few friends to have a few drinks and a dance and being able to interact with the musicians is the closest we will get to actually going to a gig for a while. It will also celebrate the reopening of the Windmill Lane Recording Studios Visitor Experience, which we had just launched before lockdown. It will be wonderful to see our famous doors open to the public again.’’

Liz Halpin, Head of Dublin at Fáilte Ireland said: “In recent months, tourist attractions and cultural centres across the country have shown that they can maintain a very real connection with their audiences in many innovative ways. The new livestream series from Windmill Lane Recording Studios featuring some of Ireland’s best-known artists will help to maintain that bond and provide a welcome and entertaining reminder of Ireland’s musical heritage to visitors across the globe. It is initiatives like this that help strengthen the truly unique offering that we have here, and keep Ireland and Dublin front of mind for future visitors from home and abroad.”

Join SEAC Live from another legendary home of Irish music, Windmill Lane Recording Studios, for a series of interactive music concerts like no other! 

Sponsors/Funders/Supporters

  • The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre
  • Fingal Arts
  • Fingal County Council
  • The Arts Council
  • Fingal Leader Partnership
  • Windmill Lane Recording Studios
  • The Hawk’s Well Theatre
  • IMRO

Special Offer For IMRO Members | Inisheer Songwriting Retreat | October 18-25

IMRO members qualify for a €100 discount off the €1,075 list price for a week of ‘Community Through Co-Writing’ at the October 18-25, 2020 Inisheer, Listening Room Songwriting Retreat, inclusive of housing, meals, workshops, local concert and transport to and from the island from Galway city centre.

The annual Listening Room series of retreats are led in several countries by Grammy nominated songwriter/founder Brett Perkins. Participation is open to writers at all levels and interest free monthly payment plans are also available. 

Further info and registration via www.listeningroomretreats.com

IMRO Seminar | Bringing Live Online

In light of the recent disruption to the music industry as a result of Covid-19, artists need to find new ways to maintain their connection with audiences around the world, and to help sustain a living, with touring not currently an option. Whilst by no means a new technology, live streaming has become significantly more popular as a result. Music Ally’s ‘Bringing Live Online’ module will cover a range of platforms, case studies and lessons for artists. Besides the big platforms like Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitch, we’ll be looking at newer and/or more-niche platforms like YouNow, and some of the creative ways that artists have been using them to connect and make money.

Date: Thursday 9th July
Time: 3:00pm – 4.30pm
Bookings:  FREE Online Seminar | Booking Essential | Email:  ei.ormi@stneve to reserve your place.

About Music Ally

Music Ally launched in 2002 with a mission to help the global music industry to thrive from digital disruption rather than fear it. Their original focus was on providing news and analysis of the way technology is impacting the industry and providing strategy and research to enable music companies to navigate the new landscape. Over time they have evolved, now providing more hands-on marketing services and training for music professionals around the world. Music Ally also plays a role connecting different communities by organising regular conferences, including NY:LON Connect and Sandbox Summit in London and New York, and social events with partners including Music Biz, by:Larm, AWAL, Midem and Circulart. They are currently exploring the evolution of the global music business, publishing regular profiles and analysis of expanding markets as well as launching an editorial service in Japan, opening an office in Medellín, Colombia with plans for Music Ally Africa and Music Ally China too. Their clients are across the music and technology sectors, and include all of the major labels, many independents, music publishers, management companies and music platforms like Spotify, Amazon, Facebook and Google.

Ireland Music Week Announces First 20 International Delegates

Ireland Music Week is delighted to announce the first 20 international delegates that will be taking part in October. The international facing showcase and conference will take place online across four days in October, with the music showcases taking place over three nights – Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th.

50 successful artists will receive a professionally-produced live video, €500, along with one to one meetings with international delegates online.

Apply to be seen by Irish as well as international events and festivals, be seen by agents, label, publishers, music supervisors and other professionals from all over the globe.

International delegates https://www.irelandmusicweek.com/conferencespeakers2020

Dev Sherlock, SXSW
Evelyn Sieber, Reeperbahn
Lisa Hresko, A2IM Indie Week
Jacopo Beta, Linecheck
Michael Lambert, Wide Days
Robert Meijerink, Eurosonic
Will Larnach Jones, Iceland Airwaves
Adam Ryan, The Great Escape
Jeff Bell, Partisan Records
Geoff Travis, Rough Trade Records
Ruth Barlow, Beggars Music Group
Josh Mateer, Parlaphone Records
Orla Gorman, Universal Music Group
Abbie McCarthy, BBC Introducing
Philip Taggart, BBC Radio 1
Rev Moose, Marauder
Debbie Ball, Create Spark
Mathew Covey, Tamizdat
Andrea Madden, Made In Chelsea
Nick Robinson, Kobalt
Lara Baker, Songtrust
Sarah Besnard, ATC
Claire Courtney, Earth Agency
Mark Lippmann, Scruff of the Neck

As with so many other events, in these COVID19 times, IMW has adapted the event to suit current restrictions. In order to give 2020 applicants and showcasing artists the best possible opportunity to reach international music industry professionals, IMW are taking the festival, including the showcases, online. With a stellar production company on board to film the artists, there will be gigs taking place in various virtual rooms with plenty of opportunity for fan interaction.

Artist Applications Open until 3rd July

https://www.irelandmusicweek.com/apply

Log onto https://www.irelandmusicweek.com and click on the “APPLY TO PLAY” button – applications will be through the artists’ Breaking Tunes profile. Closing date for applications is 3rd July. 50 acts will have the chance to play and take part in this internationally-recognised event showcasing Ireland’s best emerging talent.

For artists of all levels, the online conference at the festival will give them a chance to learn and develop their craft and create new opportunities with agents, labels, bookers, music supervisors and services from all over the world.

The online conference will continue to include dedicated B2B elements to facilitate the needs of the newly formed AIM Ireland, along with panels, workshops and one to one meetings for the artists with international professionals.

First Music Contact, who run Ireland Music Week work with Irish acts from the very beginning. This annual showcase is an opportunity to offer Irish acts some vital exposure provided by the stellar mix of influential Irish and international delegates. FMC also run Music From Ireland, the Irish music export office.

Some of last year’s big successes to progress from the festival include Alex Gough, Sinead O’ Brien, Æ Mak, Kitt Phillippa, Ailbhe Reddy, MELTS, April, Jyellowl, Autre Monde, Somebody’s Child, Junior Brother, ELM, Tebi Rex and more.

2019 round up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78VWDt7oVFc&feature=emb_logo

|| Ireland Music Week is supported by The Arts Council and Culture Ireland ||

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

Discovering The Soundtrack To Ireland’s Future

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The Murder Capital and Kodaline Announced for Courage

Following on from the fantastic global response to the first two live streams of ‘Courage’ season two, featuring James Vincent McMorrow, Maija Sofia and RTÉ Choice Prize winners Lankum who 90,000 people tuned in to watch last night and whose stream will be online until 9pm tonight, Courage will continue this week with performances from The Murder Capital and Kodaline.  

Post punk five piece The Murder Capital whose debut album ‘When I Have Fears’ came out in 2019 to critical acclaim will be performing from the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse on Tuesday the 30th of June and beloved modern rock band Kodaline will play a set in Swords Castle on Thursday the 2nd of June.  

Further performances will be streamed from Glenveagh National Park, The Crawford Gallery in Cork City along with the Guildhall in Derry.

Once again performances will take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights and will be made available worldwide, free of charge, thanks to the support of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, RTÉ and IMRO. Courage series one is currently being shown on RTÉ 2 Thursdays at 23:30 

Speaking of the project Minister Madigan said: “Building on the phenomenal success of the original Courage programme with a reach of over 2.7m, I am delighted to support this new initiative of live streamed performances from some of our best known heritage sites.  The outpouring of wellbeing created by the first series of performances will no doubt be carried through Courage 2 and reminds us that culture lifts us up beyond circumstance and challenges and is vital to the core of our collective humanity.” 

IMRO Chief Executive Victor Finn said, “In times of crisis we often turn to music creators and artists for their unique ability to interpret and reflect on the world in which we live. Music is a collective experience which can overcome physical distance and is the perfect antidote to the growing sense of alienation and isolation we have all felt in recent times – even more so, now we are being asked to actively practise social distancing.  The Other Voices’ Courage series brings some of our finest Irish music creators to the world stage from a number of unique locations around Ireland in what we hope will be inspiring and unforgettable performances.”  

Other Voices founder and director Philip King said “We are delighted to present this second season of Other Voices Courage as part of the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is about bringing people together through music, and recognising the essential and powerful contribution that artists continue to make to our lives. We are inspired by the response here in Ireland and globally to the first season of Other Voices Courage, and our artists and crews have helped to bring beauty, solace, strength and a sense of belonging to people at this time of national and global crisis – is ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine. The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has played a leading and imaginative role in making it possible for our artists and crews to work together to create and present Other Voices Courage.”

Equality In Music | New Power Generation

Over the years, IMRO has consistently pushed for gender balance in the Irish music industry. We take a look at its work with important organisations like Keychange, Sounding The Feminists and Girls Rock Dublin | By Lucy O’Toole, Hot Press

You may be aware of IMRO’s important work collecting and distributing performance royalties, but did you know that the organisation also plays a crucial role in fighting to end inequality in the music industry? Whether sponsoring groundbreaking gender balance initiatives, hosting seminars, or supporting the next generation of young female musicians, IMRO has continuously positioned itself at the forefront of the battle for gender equality in music.

Although female pop stars like Beyoncé and Ariana Grande are headlining some of the biggest stages around the world, it’s important to also recognise that women remain severely underrepresented in numerous roles across the music sector. In January 2019, the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative in Los Angeles published their second annual report on gender and race in popular music, and found that, across 700 popular songs from 2012 to 2018, only 2.1% of producers were women.

The situation in Ireland and wider Europe is just as challenging. However, IMRO is one of several major organisations looking at ways to address this lack of representation. In December 2018, IMRO announced its sponsorship of PRS Foundation’s Keychange initiative – a project that’s tackling gender inequality at music festivals head-on.

“We have a pledge that festivals can sign up to, so they can target reaching a 50:50 gender balance by the year 2022,” project manager Jess Partridge told Hot Press earlier this year. “Over 150 festivals have signed up since we started a year ago, and it’s constantly growing.”

Keychange is also a talent development programme, investing in the next generation of female talent in music. In the first stage of the programme, Partridge revealed that Keychange brought “a group of 60 women to different festivals, and has put on workshops to give the women an opportunity to network.”

By partnering up with Keychange, IMRO has joined a prestigious list of sponsors that includes the likes of Spotify, Soundcloud, the British Council, Songtrust and various other national performance rights organisations. IMRO’s support is enabling female artists from Ireland to take part in this unique initiative, and to collaborate with artists from a network of 12 countries, as Keychange continues to expand its programme. Ireland’s Hard Working Class Heroes Festival is a participant in the initiative.

Speaking at the announcement of the partnership, IMRO’s Eleanor McEvoy stressed that that “international collaboration is essential to the creative and business development of all artists and the music industry’s future success. Enabling more women access to international networks and new markets at critical stages in their career will help them realise their potential as future leaders of an industry that is ready for and will benefit from change,” she continued. “Right now we have an opportunity to respond and commit to tangible change within the music industry. Our hope is that this will be the start of a more balanced industry which will result in benefits for everyone.”

Of course, the fight for gender equality in the music industry is a multifaceted one. Seminars, public meetings and workshops are all crucial steps towards sparking a wider conversation about representation in the music sector. With support from IMRO, Sounding The Feminists (STF), an Irish-based, voluntary-led collective of composers, performers, musicologists, critics and promoters, have organised a series of free music industry seminars for female (cis and trans) and non-binary artists of any age or experience level.

Through these ‘Pitch Perfect’ professional development workshops, STF looks to address the lack of representation across the music sector, while also building a community where gender issues can be readily discussed. Participants are offered instruction in how to best pitch their ideas to organisations, publishers, agents and radio stations. In doing so, the women learn how to carve out a positive space for themselves within the music sector.

Through IMRO’s sponsorship, STF have been able to cover the expenses of participants travelling to the workshop from outside Dublin City Centre – ensuring that the free seminars can be accessed by all.

IMPORTANT RESOURCE
IMRO are also passionate about building an inclusive world for the next generation of Irish talent, and as such, are nurturing young female musicians through their sponsorship of Girls Rock Dublin. Part of the global Girls Rock movement, the camp provides a unique environment in which 20 teenage girls can express themselves through music tuition and collaborative workshops.

Led by coaches active in the local independent music scene, along with some very special guests, the camp provides an invaluable space for young female artists, many of whom describe feeling intimidated by the male-dominated music world when starting out. “Our aim is to build up self-esteem in girls, but what we’re ultimately trying to do is bring about a new, confident generation of female musicians, and a gender balanced music scene,” Rossella Bottone of Girls Rock Dublin tells IMRO.

“Last year I found out about the IMRO sponsorship, and decided to get in touch with them to see if we matched their criteria,” she continues. “They loved our gender balance focus. This year we’ve applied again and got the same sponsorship, which is great. It’s nice to know that they really care about what a group of volunteers like us are doing.”

Based in the Sound Training College in Temple Bar, Girls Rock Dublin caters for those who identify as female (trans and cis) or gender non-binary, aged between 12 and 17. Since its launch three years ago, the non-profit group has passionately embraced and promoted diversity.

“Half of our 20 places go to applicants from low-income households and direct provision,” Rossella says. “We’ve recruited girls in direct provision through organisations that work with them directly, like MASI [Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland] and RAMSI [Refugee and Migrant Solidarity Ireland]. It’s an issue we’re really passionate about.”

2019 also saw the introduction of a Ladies Camp on the October Bank Holiday for artists over 18, as well as the launch of the Girls Rock Dublin Gear Library, in partnership with Dublin Public Libraries. The programme, which will allow teenagers to loan out music equipment, is sure to become an important resource for up-and-coming, cash-strapped musicians.

WIDER SOCIETY
With the support of IMRO, Girls Rock Dublin has also hosted the ‘Switched On’ interactive evening workshop, for women over 18. Led by expert coaches, the participants were offered the opportunity to explore one of three key topics: live sound engineering, guitar and bass pedal effects, and vocal looping. The fee for the ‘Switched On’ workshops also went back towards funding the Girls Rock Dublin summer camp – allowing female musicians to support their younger counterparts, while also learning invaluable skills.

IMRO has also reached out to the next generation of emerging female talent by hosting songwriting masterclasses with Grammy nominee Carla Marie Williams. The interactive workshop coincided with Women’s History Month in March this year, and covered the fundamentals of songwriting, while simultaneously serving to empower Ireland’s future female songwriters, producers and artists.

While the struggle for gender equality in the music industry is far from over, the work of groups like Keychange, Sounding The Feminists and Girls Rock Dublin has ensured that the issue is finally coming to the attention of wider society. By working closely with these valuable organisations and initiatives, IMRO has taken significant steps towards making gender balance in the Irish music scene the accepted norm, allowing artists to concentrate on the important stuff – making music.

Creative Ireland Kerry- Creative Projects in Communities 2020

The Arts/Creative Ireland Kerry Office at Kerry County Council are seeking quotations from creative professionals, communities and organisations to develop projects in each Municipal District in 2020.

Following on from the success of the 2019 Creative Ireland Kerry Municipal District Projects, Creative Ireland Kerry is delighted to announce further opportunities in 2020. Creative Ireland funding programme is now open for creative practitioners and citizens across Kerry to support creativity in the community.

The initiative is seeking creatives and communities to engage with the themes of environmental sustainability, innovation and creative industry and the projects must have a creative element and offer opportunities for participation and engagement by communities, audiences and the wider community.  A budget of €8,000 has been assigned to each of the Municipal Districts of Tralee, Listowel, Killarney, South Kerry and Castleisland/ Chorca Dhuibhne.

Quotations are being sought from via the website http://www.kerrycoco.ie/home3/arts/arts-forms/

The closing date for receipt of quotations is 1.00pm Monday 13th July 2020.

Creative professionals from any creative discipline are invited to quote. This includes cultural project managers, arts festivals and organisations, parade organisers, community-based organisations and artists working in any artform (architecture, traditional arts, visual arts, music, theatre, film, dance, literature, circus, opera) and/or professionals from across the creative industries such as graphic & product designers, animation studios, craft makers and designers, publishers, as well as TV & film production and animation specialists. Quotations are welcome also from festivals and arts organisations with a proven track record either based in the county or who are willing to work on a project in the county.

Applicants must have experience of creative programming and an ability to engage audiences and participants so that many communities can get involved.”, stated Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer/Creative Ireland Kerry Co-ordinator.

Interest from collaborative teams who are willing to work across sectors such as arts, heritage and design are also welcome to submit a quotation to realise a project. Local impact is key, and projects are being sought that will use creative processes and experiences to achieve intensive collaboration at local level. Multiple villages, towns and townlands across each specific MD may be included or projects can be concentrated in one area within a Municipal District. Projects must be delivered in 2020. This is an exciting opportunity and Creative Ireland Kerry look forward to seeing some very creative results in the year ahead.

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