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RTÉ 2FM Rising list for 2021 revealed

RTÉ 2FM has revealed its exciting 2FM Rising list for 2021. This prestigious list, chosen by a panel of experts, consists of ten cutting edge music acts that will have listeners buzzing with their fresh new sound.

The ten artists are: For Those I love, Shiv, The Clockworks, Shane Codd, Lea Heart, Monjola, Robert Grace, Bobbi Arlo, Gemma Dunleavy and Plantain Papi.

In previous years, names on the Rising list have included: Fontaines D.C. Wyvern Lingo, Lyra, and Dermot Kennedy.

The announcement, which was made on The Tracy Clifford Show 2FM, will kick start with a ‘Rising Week’ from 18-24 January 2021. The ‘Rising Week’ will see the ten chosen acts, which 2FM will champion during the year, promoted extensively across the station. It will also broadcast exclusive new music and interviews with these exceptional artists.

Director of Music 2FM Adam Fogarty said: “Rising is a key initiative from 2FM and RTÉ as the support of Irish music and Irish artists is an important part of what we do and what we represent. We’re extremely excited about our 10 acts this year and we feel the list is a fantastic example of how strong and diverse Irish music is right now. In a time when musicians and artists need all the support they can get, we hope 2FM Rising can be a benefit to these artists on their respective journeys to bigger things.”

Each of this years ten acts will also receive a €1,000 bursary from IMRO.

IMRO Chief Executive Victor Finn said “IMRO is delighted to play its part in assisting some of our finest new musical talent realise their creative and career goals in the year ahead. It has been an incredibly challenging time for the music and wider artistic community and the 2FM Rising initiative will provide an invaluable promotional and support platform for all of the participating acts throughout 2021.”

2FM Rising is an artist development initiative providing airplay, promotional and content opportunities for its chosen participants.

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Nominations for Irish Music for Screen at prestigious Hollywood Music in Media Awards

Irish music for screen received a major accolade on the international stage this weekend with nominations across a number of categories at one of the most prestigious music for media awards. The soundtrack for hugely successful Wolfwalkers received a nomination for its composer team of Irish group Kíla and French composer Bruno Coulais. This is evidence of the strong and unique composing and performing talent that exists in Ireland and how Irish music is delivering and meeting the success of our creative animation sector. The music for the animated features ‘Wolfwalkers‘ and ‘Two by Two Overboard’ was largely created and produced in Ireland.

Hollywood Music in Media Awards:

Irish Nominees and music department contributors:


WOLFWALKERS (GKIDS Films) – Bruno Coulais, Kila


“Stand for Hope – When I Stand with You” from TWO BY TWO: OVERBOARD! – Written by Eímear Noone. Performed by Sibéal (Entertainment One)


“I’ll Be Singing” from WILD MOUNTAIN THYME – Written by Amelia Warner, John Patrick Shanley. Performed by Sinéad O’Connor (Bleecker Street Media)

Wild Mountain Thyme was also nominated in Original Score – Feature Film, category. There are two Irish credits in the music department for the creation of this score by Amelia Warner:  Brian Byrne score producer and Ciaran Byrne score recordist 

i-Portunus Call for the Music Sector

The Creative Europe Desk Ireland – Culture Office is hosting a short online briefing on the upcoming i-Portunus funding call targeted to the music sector on Thursday 21 January 2021 at 11am. You can register for the session here.

i-Portunus ( is the European Commission’s mobility funding strand to support the cultural and creative sectors across Europe. As a legacy from 2020 there will be four targeted calls in the first quarter of 2021.  

The music call is now open for applications and the deadline is 28 February 2021 at 5pm. This call is open to composers, musicians and singers (preferably in classical music, jazz and traditional music). The award supports international collaborations, production oriented residencies and professional development for artists.

The award is open to both individuals and groups of up to 5 people. The maximum available grant per person is €3,000. The mobility activities can last between 7 and 60 days and can begin from 1 June 2021 and must be completed by 30 November 2021.

Minister Martin announces funding of €230,000 for the expansion of the Minding Creative Minds support service to the Irish creative sector

The Minister for Culture, Arts, Media, Tourism, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin T.D., today announced funding of €230,000 for the expansion of Minding Creative Minds existing service to the entire Irish creative sector, both home and abroad.

Workers in the cultural, creative and live entertainment sector continue to be significantly affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Life Worth Living, the Report of the Arts and Culture Recovery taskforce concluded that “All these factors are having a damaging effect on the mental health and wellbeing of people working in these sectors”. Recommendation 6 of this report further recognises the need establish a programme that provides wellbeing supports to the creative sector.

Minding Creative Minds Wellbeing & Support Programme (in association with Spectrum Life) is Ireland’s first 24/7 wellbeing support programme for the Irish Creative sector.  First launched in June 2020, with thanks to the support of their funding partners (First Fortnight, IMRO, IRMA, MCD, Universal Music Ireland, RAAP, BAI, KPMG and as one of the chosen beneficiaries of EPIC Working Group’s fundraising initiative, Songs From An Empty Room and ongoing We are the Support Act fundraising initiatives), this support programme will now be extended to offer the following services to the entire Irish creative community. This will include:

  • 24/7 free dedicated phone helpline;
  • Up to 6 free counselling sessions;
  • Financial assistance, consumer advice and legal assistance for a range of issues;
  • Career guidance and life coaching;
  • Support for Non-Irish nationals and their families;
  • Mediation for conflict resolution.

Updates and further information on how to access these services are now available on the Minding Creative Minds website.

Minister Martin said:  “I am very pleased to announce this funding to support the important work of Minding Creative Minds. Now, more than ever, our creative community requires support. I would like to congratulate Minding Creative Minds on their success to date in rolling out this innovative programme of supports to those requiring assistance in the music sector and I look forward to the expansion of this programme over the coming weeks, which I am sure will be welcomed by the Irish creative sector, both home and abroad.”

Commenting on the funding announcement Eleanor McEvoy, Chair of IMRO said: “I’m delighted that the Minding Creative Minds initiative has now been extended beyond the music industry and into the entire creative sector. It’s a wonderful initiative that is already providing much needed support for those of us that work in the music industry and it’s heartening that the extension of the program will mean that that many more will now benefit from these much needed services.”

New supports for local radio and audiovisual production that supports the Live Music Sector Announced

Minister Catherine Martin has today announced additional financial supports of €4.9m for the broadcasting sector. The supports are targeted at independent radio, in particular local and regional radio, and the production of programmes that support the live music sector.

Minister Martin will be providing additional funding of €2.5m for the independent radio sector.

The Minister today wrote to the BAI requesting that they develop a funding round for the independent radio sector early next year. Minister Martin asked that local and regional radio stations in particular would be prioritised.

Speaking today the Minister said: “Radio has played a vital role in providing reliable news and information to citizens throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and in bringing together local communities. I am delighted to be able to provide additional support of €2.5m which builds on earlier supports to the sector to ensure they can continue to deliver their services at this difficult time when advertising revenues have been reduced.

“I hope these extra funds will help local radio stations across the country who have had a difficult year. I have met with the sector and heard their concerns and want to ensure that local radio stations have more support as we hopefully look towards a better period for the country next year.”

Recognising the severe challenges faced by the live music sector as a result of COVID-19, the Minister also asked the BAI to include a call for specific projects to support this sector in the next general round of Sound and Vision and has provided €1.4m for this purpose.

The Minister noted: “We all love our live music and miss going to gigs and concerts. I have asked the BAI, therefore, in calling for applications for the next general round of Sound and Vision to seek projects which will provide a mechanism to support the sector.”

This will complement the other initiatives to support the live music sector that the Minister has already put in place.

Finally, the Minister asked the BAI to allocate €1m of the additional funding to the current Sound and Vision round which was hugely oversubscribed, providing much needed support for the independent production sector.

IMRO and Law Society of Ireland Annual Copyright Lecture Announced

Where the creative arts meet artificial intelligence: IMRO and Law Society of Ireland Annual Copyright Lecture 2021 to focus on the important intersection between copyright and AI.

IMRO and the Law Society of Ireland are highlighting the growing importance and complexity of the relationship between creative intellectual property (IP) and artificial intelligence (AI). 

Dr Mark Hyland, IMRO adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the Law Society, outlines that the growing prominence and transformative power of AI is having an enormous impact on the creation and distribution of cultural and creative goods and services.

This important topic has been the focus of a series of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) public consultations called the WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence,” Dr Hyland explains. “The conversation aims to bridge the existing information gap between AI players and regulators, and build broad awareness of the diverse issues in this fast-moving and complex field.” Read more about the WIPO Conversation on IP and AI here, with the most recent public consultations having taken place (virtual sessions) on 7-9 July and, on 4 November 2020. 

“There is a concept on the effect of new technology, known as ‘Amara’s Law,’” suggests Barry Scannell, Director of Legal Affairs in IMRO and a PhD candidate on AI and music rights in University College Cork, “Whereby the short-term effects of a new technology are over-estimated, while the long-term consequences of the technology are ignored.”

“We are witnessing this in the intersection of AI and music, where the state-of-the-art in AI is not capable of autonomously generating art, but there are still concerns in some sectors as to what this means for the industry. Meanwhile, the technology’s overwhelmingly positive long term-capabilities are not given adequate consideration,” he said. 

2021 IMRO and Law Society of Ireland Annual Copyright Lecture

The Law Society and IMRO will host a free public lecture on the intersection between copyright and AI on Tuesday 16 February 2021. This event is part of a unique partnership between the Law Society and IMRO, designed to highlight the importance of intellectual property to Ireland’s economic, cultural and creative sectors.

The lecture, titled The Complex Intersection between Copyright and Artificial Intelligence will be delivered online and details of how to register will be published in early 2021. Speakers on the day will be Dr Hyland, Barry Scannell (IMRO) and Professor Jonathan Griffiths of Queen Mary University of London (acting as discussant). 

IMRO Adjunct Professorship of Intellectual Property Law

Dr Mark Hyland is the inaugural adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law. IMRO and the Law Society of Ireland partnered to create the role in response to the fast-changing digital landscape and the inevitable on-going effects on copyright law and practice.

The professorship is a key resource to the Law Society in broadening the knowledge base of trainee and qualified solicitors in the expanding area of IP Law.  The expectation is that a solid grounding in this field of law will entice a new generation of lawyers into the music and entertainment industries.

Dr Hyland is a lecturer in the College of Business at the Technological University Dublin. His current research focuses on two main themes: website-blocking injunctions in an IP context and, how geo-location/geo-blocking technologies can be used to facilitate the territorial licensing of digital copyright works. He is a qualified solicitor and contributes articles on EU IP/IT law developments to the Eurlegal section of the Law Society Gazette.

Read more about the IMRO Adjunct Professorship of Intellectual Property Law here.

Ireland Music Week Performances Now on RTÉ Player

Ireland Music Week has teamed up with RTÉ Player to host a selection of this year’s artist performances on their platform. The performances will sit across four parts with a song from each of the 2020 line up acts available internationally for 30 days from today, Wednesday 16th December. This will help further-showcase the artists to new audiences around the globe.

The showcasing acts were filmed by Tiny Ark in Dublin venue Lost Lane in September.

View a song from each of the artists via RTÉ Player here (running alphabetically over 4 parts):

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

The news was announced on RTÉ2FM this morning with additional support for the artists across their social media. The line-up includes:


Additionally, from today, IMW will share one performance a week from the 2020 line-up across socials, YouTube and Facebook. Starting today with Hazey Haze.

CD Baby Bursaries

Ireland Music Week (IMW) and CD Baby are delighted to announce the three winners of the 2020 IMW x CD Baby Artist Bursary are Limerick-based Zambian-Irish rapper and singer Denise Chaila, R&B rising star shiv, and Wexford singer songwwriter JaXson.

The €3,000 (3 x €1,000)grant will provide the artists with resources to develop their artistic practice, as well as a comprehensive artist services and mentoring package from CD Baby. Each were selected by international industry delegates attending IMW 2020.

Every Ireland Music Week showcasing artist also received a CD Baby distribution package, including a Pro Publishing account option, free digital marketing tools and sync representation, as well as a 1:1 digital release strategy session with the CD Baby Europe team.

Despite the disappointment of not being able to return en masse to Dublin for this year’s event, we are delighted to continue our partnership of last year with Ireland Music Week, to shine a spotlight on the cream of new Irish music, and give these artists the global platform they deserve,” said Rich Orchard, Director of European Market Development at CD Baby. “We’ve had some outstanding success stories the past twelve months, so having been able to watch all 50 showcase performances this year, I couldn’t be more excited about this year’s crop of artists and the year ahead.”

Learn more at:

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

IMW partners include Andrson, CD Baby, GUINNESS, IMRO, and RTE2FM for the conference and event.

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

Other Voices: Home at the Guinness Storehouse

This December, Other Voices partner with the Guinness Storehouse to host their first ever Christmas concert: Other Voices: Home at the Guinness Storehouse.

Taking place at 8pm on Wednesday 16 December, Other Voices: Home at the Guinness Storehouse will see this iconic building in the heart of Dublin 8 come alive with an eclectic programme of live Irish music and entertainment, delivering the must-see cultural event of Christmas 2020.

As we reach the end of a unique and challenging year, Other Voices: Home at the Guinness Storehouse will showcase inspiring and impactful live performances, connecting people both at home and abroad. During the evening, Other Voices will also accept donations that will go directly to supporting the music community in Ireland through the Irish Music Industry Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund. 

Other Voices: Home at the Guinness Storehouse will feature a wide range of Irish talent including Limerick based MC’s Murli, Godknows and the phenomenal Denise Chaila, Choice Music Prize nominated musician Sorcha Richardson, Ivor Novello Award winning & Mercury Music Prize nominee Conor O’Brien (aka Villagers), trailblazing hip-hop duo Mango X Mathman, singer-songwriter and pianist Jack O’Rourke, Louth-based folk trio The Mary Wallopers, ‘New Music’ collective Crash Ensemble, renowned uilleann piper Sean Potts, fiddler player and presenter Doireann Glackin, a specially commissioned contribution from the award-winning Irish writer Joseph O’Connor and more. 

As the night unfolds, the Guinness Storehouse will bring a dash of Christmas magic to the skies of Dublin with four beams of light shining out from the Gravity Bar, offering a symbol of comfort and connection to the people of Dublin. This beacon of light will also be seen around the Irish coast, as a necklace of lighthouses are illuminated as a safe, secure and comforting pathway home. 

The evening will be presented by Sierra Leonean / Irish singer-songwriter Loah, whose career includes an acclaimed debut album and her brilliant performance as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar on the West End. 

Speaking about hosting the event, Loah said: “It is an honour to present an incredibly special evening of Other Voices at the Guinness Storehouse. It’s been a difficult year for live performance, and this event will be a show of resilience and a celebration of all that is amazing in Irish culture. Many of us are far apart this winter, but we are hoping to bring you right into the heart of Dublin with a truly unique array of music and words.”

Speaking about the production Philip King, Other Voices said: “At Christmas time, home is at the heart of everything. That journey home for so many will just not be possible this year. The Other Voices: Home at the Guinness Storehouse event will be streamed live globally, from the heart of Dublin at the iconic Guinness Storehouse. It will collapse distance and light a pathway home and connect all of those separated from the ones they love, from friends, from family, from each other.  This evening will connect, entertain and inspire and send a message of hope, love and courage this Christmas. I am delighted that we can again work at this remarkable location, with the Guinness Storehouse team.”

Speaking about the event, Catherine Toolan, MD, Guinness Storehouse said: “We are so excited to host this special event with Other Voices that will connect our home in the heart of Dublin to homes across Ireland and further afield this Christmas. Ireland is brimming with talent and creativity, but there’s no doubt it’s been a difficult year for performers, so we hope this event shines a light on the incredible talent out there and also raises much-needed funds to support the industry.”

Tourism Ireland will highlight the concert around the world to its millions of fans and followers on social media.

Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted to support Other Voices: Home at the Guinness Storehouse. We will highlight the concert around the world to our fans and followers on social media – targeting in particular our diaspora and ‘Culturally Curious’ audience. Our promotions on social channels will run in advance of the event and we will also cross-post the livestream on Facebook, on 16 December. Highlighting events like this allows us to keep the beauty of Ireland to the fore, reminding people everywhere about our rich culture and showcasing our authentic home-grown talent around the world. Tourism Ireland wants to ensure that the island of Ireland is right at the top of international travellers’ ‘wish-lists’, when the time is right for them to travel here again.”

Other Voices: Home at the Guinness Storehouse will be presented in partnership with the Guinness Storehouse, with the support of Tourism Ireland. The live virtual event takes place at 8pm on Wednesday 16 December. To view, simply go to the Other Voices Social channels for links to the live stream.  #OVHome

Stay tuned for more information and sneak previews over the coming weeks!

Enjoy Guinness sensibly. Visit

Job Opportunity at Music Generation

City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) invites applications for the following fixed term position: Music Generation Development Officer (Dublin City).

This is a five-year fixed term contract. Reference Number: MG20

A Music Generation Development Officer will be appointed by CDETB and will be responsible for managing a vocally-centred programme of performance music education on behalf of Dublin City Local Music Education Partnership.

The successful candidate will have a broad understanding of the diversity of vocal tuition – encompassing group and solo singing, rap, vocal percussion, beatboxing, spoken word, songwriting and composition – and will have the skills and experience to develop a programme that responds to the specific needs of young people in disadvantaged communities.

Music Generation Dublin City is part of 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.

Application forms and full particulars on the above position can be downloaded from Completed application forms should be returned BY EMAIL ONLY to ei.btedc@snoitacilppa not later than 12 noon, Tuesday 15 December 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

CDETB is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and encourages applications under all nine grounds of the Employment Equality Act.

Calling all Singers, Choirs & Buskers: Record your Carolathon Video & See it Beamed on to Grafton Street LED Screen

Join Dublin Simon’s Virtual Carolathon this Christmas and YULE raise not just spirits but vital funds for the most vulnerable in our society 

Dublin Simon Community is calling on all singers, choirs and buskers to submit their videos for this year’s virtual Carolathon, which will be streamed on to an LED screen on Grafton Street from 11th December at 11am to 12th December at 6pm.

The annual Carolathon usually sees a relay of choirs and singing groups performing Christmas songs on Grafton Street for 24 hours, but has gone virtual this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. A small number of volunteers will be available to take on-street donations as videos play on the screen, while contactless payment and “text to donate” options will also be available.

Those wishing to see their musical talents featured on the LED screen on Grafton Street are asked to email their videos via WeTransfer to ei.nomisbud@gnisiardnuf by Friday 4th December. Those would like to support Dublin Simon Community by bucket-shaking at the event are asked to email ei.nomisbud@gnisiardnuf directly.

“Carolathon” is a key event in the organisation’s Christmas “Sing for Simon” campaign, which usually sees over 100 groups and choirs hosting fundraising events across Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan. Unfortunately, these events also cannot take place this year due to Covid-19.

The annual “Simon House of Light” event, a three-day festival of light projection and live music show at Powerscourt Townhouse Centre was due to take place from 3rd to 5th December. While the festival is also unfortunately cancelled, contactless donation machines will be in the centre for the duration of the weekend.

Please donate what you can to

About Dublin Simon Community  

Dublin Simon Community provides services to almost 7,500 people in Louth, Cavan, Monaghan, Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Services range from:  

  • Outreach support to people who are rough sleeping. 
  • Emergency accommodation for those with nowhere else to go. 
  • Treatment, counselling and recovery services for people experiencing homelessness with addiction issues.
  • Long-term supported accommodation for those who need support.
  • Independent housing units for people able to live independently.
  • Tenancy support and homelessness prevention services to prevent falling into homelessness.
  • Resettlement services for people moving out of homelessness and into a home of their own.
  • Education and Employability services for people who wish to build their skillset and find stable employment.
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