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One Week to Ireland Music Week

One Week to Go! They didn’t think they would get there but in one weeks’ time, Ireland Music Week will launch the 18th annual showcase and conference intact with 50 showcases and 49 workshops and panels. These are the essence of both the domestic and international relevance and importance of the event. To showcase the soundtrack to Ireland’s future and to educate the future stars on how best to protect and benefit as their profile grows.

Here’s a taste of what’s to come next week:

(Thanks to Pillow Queens for the use of the track)

Alan McAleenan, Guinness Marketing Director, Ireland commented; “Guinness is proud to support Irish Music Week in its mission to showcase the Soundtrack of Ireland’s Future, discovering and protecting independent local artists who play such a vital role in the makeup of Irish culture.”

Culture Ireland is delighted to support IMW 2020 and applaud how the team were able to pivot to offer the event online and thereby achieve an ever greater global reach. Culture Ireland’s aim in supporting the event is to provide access for the artists to international buyers and professionals who can help grow their international careers. We welcome all attending this year and wish all the fantastic artists every success as we join with them remotely to experience some of Ireland’s finest talents.” – Christine Sisk, Director of Culture Ireland

For the fans and gig-goers, it is a chance to spot new acts before they get bigger, but also to discover new music and “go “ to a gig as close to how you would have experienced it in previous years, jump around from virtual room to virtual room and pick your favourites in the line-up.” – Angela Dorgan, Ireland Music Week.

Artist schedule – https://www.irelandmusicweek.com/showcasingartists2020

Conference – panel and workshop titles, descriptions and speakers.

https://www.irelandmusicweek.com/conference-day-x-day

IMW details the 49 panels and workshops that will cover all the topics you need to engage with as a developing musician or music industry professional. All conversations will take place in the context of the impact that the current pandemic is having on the industry, particularly on the live sector. Further international delegates and speakers have been added and a significant amount of delegates from all over the world will attend the nightly showcases.

Catapult will produce the online conference via the hosting platform Hopin, and the festival is delighted to have a world leader in virtual and streamed events, an Irish company, involved. Tiny Ark filmed the showcasing bands in Dublin venue. Lost Lane

Tickets are priced at €50 (full pass), €25 Conference / Showcase pass, €10 daily / nightly pass, and student also discounts available via:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/ireland-music-week-2020-tickets-85622793079

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

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Artist playlist – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7yhMzLCeyl4hWjE0xz0471?si=ofE5P4BjQtuhXcSadnQxgQ

https://www.irelandmusicweek.com/

IMW will partner with AndrsonCD Baby, GUINNESS , IMRO, and RTE2FM forthe conference and event.

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

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Bank of Ireland Launches €1 Million Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts

The Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund, in partnership with Business to Arts is open for applications. The Fund will distribute a total of €1 million between 2020 and 2022 and is designed to support artists and arts projects across the island of Ireland. This announcement brings the Bank of Ireland’s Begin Together community investment to €3 million.

The Arts Fund will support or commission artists and arts organisations to develop arts projects, enhancing the wellbeing of the participants, audiences and communities involved. All art forms are eligible and the aim is for the projects to benefit a range of audiences. The Fund will also support arts projects that have been adapted due to COVID-19, or are inspired by / respond to COVID-19

Francesca McDonagh, Group Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland said, “Our wellbeing as a country depends on our rich culture and heritage continuing to thrive. Through this Fund we are building on Bank of Ireland’s long history of supporting the arts. There is no better time than when artists, like communities across the island, are struggling in the face of the pandemic. This programme is part of our wider contribution to helping the recovery of communities and businesses across Ireland.”

Catherine Martin, TD, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht said, “The arts sector has been severely impacted by COVID-19 and the Government has been working to support artists over the past six months. The Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund, in the great tradition of business supporting creative communities, is a very welcome programme that will be embraced by artists and their local communities.”

Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts said, “We are acutely aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on the revenue sources for the arts sector. The establishment of this fund with Bank of Ireland sets a new way for businesses to support arts projects in their local communities. We look forward to partnering with Bank of Ireland and seeing the arts projects that have been supported by the fund realised throughout 2021.”

The Begin Together Arts Fund is a new strand of the Bank of Ireland Begin Together programme and brings the Bank’s community investment to €3 million. Launched in February 2020, the Begin Together programme originally had three strands – the Begin Together Fund, the Begin Together Awards and Begin Together Colleagues, all contributing to community initiatives across the Island. In April, Bank of Ireland also donated a further €1 million in emergency funding to communities with urgent needs arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

About the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund:

The Fund will provide fees to artists or groups of artists to create new work and help maximise the budgets of partner organisations (e.g. arts organisations, community/voluntary organisations, etc.) for their programme of activity.

Artists or groups of artists applying must work with a partner organisation (e.g. a venue or event, arts organisation, community/voluntary organisation or another funding agency/organisation). Applicants can request funds between €3,000 – €10,000 / c. GBP£2,500 – £8,400, and average grants will be €5,000 / GBP£4,200, with maximum grants of €10,000 / GBP£8,400. Arts projects with larger budgets that have secured funds elsewhere are encouraged to apply. With each grant round, the Fund aims to provide funding to an arts project in each county on the island of Ireland.

Closing date for the first round of applications is Wednesday, 4 November at 5pm. The second round will open in April 2021. Go to www.businesstoarts.ie/artsfund/bank-of-ireland for information on the application process and to complete the online application form.

Ireland Music Week Shares Details of Conference Artist Bursary

Ireland Music Week is delighted to announce the further details of the online conference for 2020, and also announce that CD Baby return to IMW2020 with their Artist Bursary.

Conference – panel and workshop titles, descriptions and speakers.

https://www.irelandmusicweek.com/conference-day-x-day

Digital music distribution powerhouse CD Baby has partnered once again with Ireland Music Week this year, to support the professional development of Irish artists. All 50 IMW showcasing artists will receive a comprehensive CD Baby distribution package, with three showcasing artists each winning a CD Baby Artist Bursary. The €1000 grant to each, will help provide a band or solo artist the resources to develop their artistic practice, as well as mentoring + a comprehensive artist services package from CD Baby to support them every step of the way. The winning acts will be selected by international industry delegates attending Ireland Music Week. CD Baby will also be offering distribution and release strategy workshops for artists, labels and managers, covering a breadth of topics for the independent musician.

Rich Orchard, Director of European Market Development at CD Baby, said: “At what is a very difficult time for independent musicians, we’re extremely happy to return to partner (virtually!) with Ireland Music Week again for 2020. We made some great relationships in Dublin a year ago with showcasing artists, their management and labels, and it’s been gratifying to have been able to help build some of those journeys since, with some fantastic successes along the way. This year, we have a goal of shining a spotlight on all 50 showcasing artists, as well as working closely with our next three CD Baby IMW Artist Bursary winners. We will empower them all with preferred distribution across digital platforms, and best-in-class services across publishing admin, digital marketing, video monetization and sync representation; doing all we can to help support this key stage in their careers.”

IMW also today releases detail of the 39 panels and workshops that will cover all the topics you need to engage with as a developing musician or music industry professional. All conversations will take place in the context of the impact that the current pandemic is having on the industry, particularly on the live sector. Further international delegates and speakers have been added and a significant amount of delegates from all over the world will attend the nightly showcases.

Panel and Workshop topics include:

Introductions to publishing, management, labels, international touring and showcasing, A&R. Live pitch sync session, gender balance discussion, diversity discussion and much more.  There will be a chat with the Normal People music supervisors along with a look at a decade of Irish Hip Hop.

The artist showcases, filmed at Lost Lane, will take place online on Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th across three stages from 8pm each night.

Artist Showcase Schedule – https://www.irelandmusicweek.com/showcasingartists2020

The showcase stages will feature a varied and diverse line-up allowing viewers to catch lots of different performances each night.

Catapult will produce the online conference via the hosting platform Hopin, and the festival is delighted to have a world leader in virtual and streamed events, an Irish company, involved.

Tickets are priced at €50 (full pass), €25 Conference / Showcase pass, €10 daily / nightly pass, and student also discounts available via:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/ireland-music-week-2020-tickets-85622793079

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

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https://www.irelandmusicweek.com/

IMW will  partner with AndrsonCD Baby, GUINNESS , IMRO, and RTE2FM forthe conference and event.

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

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

Minding Creative Minds (MCM) opens up its services to the entire music sector

Minding Creative Minds (MCM), Ireland’s first 24/7 wellbeing support programme for the Irish Music community was launched in June for artists, songwriters, music managers and event sector personnel. MCM are now in a position to open up this crucial service to the entire music sector with immediate effect.   Whatever your role within the music sector, MCM are there for you.  Are you a musician, artist, songwriter, artist manager, event production crew, work in music PR, marketing, event management, music admin or live venue staff?  If you or someone you know in this sector is in need of emotional support or someone to talk with about financial, career or legal matters please log onto  www.mindingcreativeminds.ie

Minding Creative Minds (MCM) is a 32 county and Irish overseas well-being support programme.  MCM had hoped to open its programme to the full music sector by its first anniversary in June 2021.  Being able to expand to the entire sector some nine months ahead of its original schedule is well beyond initial expectations for the initiative which can now offer more assistance to those in need especially at this time as our industry’s personnel are also trying to deal with additional issues directly related to Covid-19.   Fast forwarding this expansion is made possible due to the continued support of industry funding partners and as a result of the service been chosen as a beneficiary of EPIC Working Group’s (www.epicwg.com) fundraising initiative, Songs From An Empty Room held in July and ongoing We Are The Support Act fundraising initiatives https://wearethesupportact.com

Of this expansion founder Dave Reid said, “We are delighted to announce the expansion of Minding Creative Minds which will give musicians and people involved in all sectors of the Irish Music Sector the opportunity to mind their mental wellbeing and be able to contact qualified counsellors and experts in different fields such as financial planning, legal and career matters enabling expert advice and helping to manage personal issues they might be facing. Working in collaboration with our partner organisations we can now provide a credible support structure for the entire sector.

Musician and mental health advocate Niall Breslin (Bressie) says, “Music has always been the world’s greatest therapist, but sometimes those that provide such therapeutic comfort to others with their music, need some help of their own, and that’s why minding creative minds is so crucial “

Successful and respected singer, songwriter Gavin James says, “I am delighted to hear Minding Creative Minds (MCM) is now able to expand its services to all musicians and all people working in the full Irish Music Sector.  Minding Creative Minds (MCM) is a first of its kind for Ireland, it’s a free 24/7 wellness, counselling, financial and legal advice service.  Please make contact if you work in the music and live event sectors and need either emotional support or practical advice.  Minding Creative Minds is here for you and contacting them is easy, just log onto www.mindingcreativeminds.ie for all the details.”   

The Minding Creative Minds funding partners are First Fortnight (Lead Partner), IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation), IRMA (Irish Recorded Music Association), MCD Productions, RAAP (Recorded Artists, Actors & Performers), Universal Music Ireland and the BAI (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland)

There has been a substantial uptake of users during the first three months of the Minding Creative Minds programme and of those who contacted the service 40% did so seeking mental health consultation with over 26% actually having either video or telephone counselling and over 37% wanted practical advice (career guidance, financial assistance, legal assistance and life coaching). During the first three months since its launch 55% of those who have contacted the MCM are women.  47% of MCM’s users are based in Dublin, over 10% in Munster, 12%+ from Connacht, close on 5% from Ulster and there have been people contacting the service from London also.  

“During these very challenging times for the Live events industry with no clear roadmap for recovery, the services offered by Minding Creative Minds will be essential to so many. We will continue to do everything we can to support this great initiative and to spread the word so that all live events personnel know they are not alone and that this free 24/7 wellness, counselling, financial and legal advice service is available to help them and give much needed support in the weeks and months ahead.  At a time when we are most disconnected we want to support those who help connect us the most.”Kim O Callaghan MCD Project Manager & Deputy Event Controller

Minding Creative Minds (MCM) is a free 24/7 wellbeing support programme for the Irish Music Sector, delivered by Spectrum Life.

  • First dedicated wellbeing support programme for the Irish Music Sector 
  • Assisting the creative community through COVID-19 challenges and beyond

MCM includes access to the following Wellbeing services:

  • 24/7 Dedicated Phone Line (Phone 1800 814 244) (Calling from NI – 0800 0903677)
  • Counselling Service (Short term intervention / Up to 6 Sessions)
  • Telephone Counselling 
  • Secure Video Counselling
  • Extensive Web Portal and App enabling live chat function with a counsellor

In addition to the mental health support system offered, Minding Creative Minds looks at the whole individual resulting in the programme also offering access to a number of additional services structured to help users with various issues they may face such as:

  • Advice on practical, day-to-day issues that cause anxiety and stress
  • Legal Assistance for a range of issues
  • Financial Assistance and Consumer Advice
  • Career Guidance and Life Coaching
  • Support for Non-Irish Nationals and their families
  • Mediation for conflict resolution

“As musicians and writers, we have always been susceptible to the stresses and strains that are part and parcel of the challenging environment that we call the music industry, but never before have we faced the level of uncertainty that is now before us.  Creative people, by our nature, have a particular set of pressures that are specific to our work and our nature. This comprehensive programme is specifically designed to cater for these issues.  I have no doubt that this initiative will save lives.” –  Eleanor McEvoy, IMRO Chairperson.

“If ever there was a right time to offer support to people affected by the Covid 19 Pandemic that time is now. We at the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) are helping to fund this great Mental Health initiative ‘Minding Creative Minds’ and we hope it will assist people in the music Industry to deal with the issues of mental wellbeing.” Willie Kavanagh, Chairman of IRMA

“Musicians and members of the creative sector, with their particular professional pressures and community standing, are likely to be experiencing both good and bad days – there may be moments of clarity alongside moments when it all feels too much. ‘Minding Creative Minds’ is here to provide you with the support you need at the time you need it. Launching on June 1st, ‘Minding Creative Minds’ is an independent, confidential, complimentary mental health support that is accessible to members of the music sector and their dependants across Ireland, at any time of the day or night. We hope that knowing this support is here for you gives you some solace on both the good and bad days which may lie ahead” Emelina Ellis, Clinical Lead Spectrum Life


For Further details visit:

http://www.mindingcreativeminds.ie/
https://twitter.com/MindingCreative
https://www.instagram.com/mindingcreativeminds/

Minister Martin announces membership of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce

Catherine Martin T.D., Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht has announced the membership of the Arts and Culture Recovery Task Force.

Clare Duignan will chair the Task Force and the other members will be:

  • Arts Council
  • Business to Arts
  • Council of the National Cultural Institutions
  • County and City Management Association (CCMA)
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht
  • Department of Social Protection
  • Ealaín na Gaeltachta
  • Events Industry Alliance
  • Irish Congress of Trade Unions
  • National Campaign for the Arts
  • Irish Music Rights Organisation
  • Irish Theatre Institute
  • Screen Ireland
  • Screen Producers Ireland
  • Denise Chaila
  • Martin Hayes

The Terms of Reference are as follows:

The Taskforce will prepare a report for the Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht including a set of recommendations on how best the arts and culture sector can adapt and recover from the unprecedented damage arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.  The sector includes culture, the arts, the audiovisual industry and the live entertainment industry.  Taking as its starting point, the research and evidence of the devastating impact of the pandemic on the sector compiled by the Department, the Arts Council and other stakeholders, the Taskforce will:-

  • adopt a solution-focused approach;
  • seek sector-specific expert input and consult with stakeholders;
  • invite additional individuals or expertise to attend meetings on an ad hoc basis, as it deems necessary;
  • focus on providing intelligence and recommendations for an expected on-going and varying impact of COVID-19 restrictions;
  • identify immediate and medium term goals for recovery and sustainability in the sector;
  • identify possible policy initiatives or impediments to a robust sustainable recovery in the sector;
  • recommend whole of Government policy initiatives and actions to support the sector;
  • report to the Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht by the 31 October 2020 in order to provide the Government with an action-plan for the sector.

The taskforce can be contacted at ei.vog.ghc@ecrofksat and all correspondence will be published in due course.

Speaking today, Minister Martin said: “The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the arts and culture sectors.  Live performances, theatre, music and events have all but disappeared from society.  Identifying ways of preserving and re-establishing this once-vibrant, heart-warming and magical sector will be a mammoth task.  The membership of the Task Force that I am appointing holds a wealth of experience and talent and I have no doubt that collectively they will rise to the challenge.  I look forward to receiving the Report in due course.”

Open Letter From The Live Events and Entertainment Sector

This week (14th – 20th September) is National Awareness Week for the Live Entertainment & Event Industry in Ireland.

Today, EPIC have released an open letter from the Live Events and Entertainment Sector with over 600 signatures from across the industry. The letter is accompanied by the video voiced by Stephen James Smith.

The letter is part of National Awareness Week for the Live Entertainment & Event Industry in Ireland and follows  EPIC’s (Event Production Industry Covid19 Working Group) Pre-Budget Submission ( https://www.epicwg.com/ ) presented last Wednesday 16 September.  

All week venues across the country have been lighting up red in support of National Awareness Week and EPIC’s Pre-Budget submission. Some of the venues taking part include 3Arena, RDS, Aviva Stadium, Croke Park, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Gaiety Theatre, Olympia Theatre, Dolans, Roisin Dubh, INEC, Town Hall Theatre Galway amongst others around the country.

It is now 190 days since the Live Entertainment and Events Industry has been forced to close. The  Non-Funded Event Industry supports over 35,000 jobs, contributes over €3.5 billion Euro to the economy and in excess of 3 million annual bed nights to the wider tourism sector. For the first time in the Event Industry history, employers, workers and freelancers from viable operations are unable to trade and to work.  The commercial non-funded sector has never asked for support before but these are unprecedented times.  

An Open Letter from the Live Events and Entertainment Sector

The unprecedented and ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic has been as great a disaster for Ireland’s entertainment and hospitality sectors as the 2007/2008 banking crisis was to its construction and financial services industries. 

Across literally hundreds of theatres, venues, clubs, festivals and small/large-scale events, the domestic live events and entertainment industry employs in excess of 35,000 full and part-time workers. The vast majority of these highly skilled people haven’t had any employment since March 12th, 2020. Never in the long history of staging live performances and events on this island has there been such a sudden and total cessation of all work and activity. 

We were the first industry to shut, and we will most likely be the last one to fully reopen. The non-funded Events Sector accounts for 90% of the five million tickets sold in Ireland each year, and directly contributes over €3.5billion to the national economy. It is estimated that for every euro spent on a ticket, an additional €6 is spent in the wider tourist economy (including more than three million hotel bed nights per annum). 

We are unique in that we are the only sector completely closed under government mandate; as a result, through absolutely no fault of their own, live entertainment workers currently have little or no employment opportunities. 

Up until now, we have been totally ignored and received virtually no government aid. As an impossibly bleak winter approaches, we and our dependents desperately require serious government support to survive. The workers at all levels of this vital sector have no prospects of earning a living in the foreseeable future, so the supports need to be appropriate and unprecedented in order to address the dire financial situation facing almost every single person and business. If government support doesn’t come then the curtains will close, joy will be lost, the music will fade, the parades will stop, the children’s giddy laughter at the panto will be no more, and the cherished memories created in muddy festival fields will be a thing of the distant past. The non-funded Live Events Sector faces decimation and at least a decade of recovery if not supported immediately with the following asks: 

1 – Immediate reinstatement of the EWSS and PUP payment at €350 per week for the highly skilled staff and businesses of the sector until the sector (which is fully closed by government under public health advice) is allowed to return to work. 

2 – Grant funding proportionate to what has been allocated to the Arts Council in 2020. The Live Events Sector accounts for 90% of all tickets sold in Ireland, and as such is a far greater employer and contributor to the national economy. We have received little or no grant funding before, but in these exceptional circumstances it is imperative that a scaffolding fund be made available to support the viable businesses of the sector until we can return to work. 

3 – While this Task Force was announced by Minister Catherine Martin on the 10th of September, it is essential that the formation of the members gives due consideration to the Commercial Live Events Sector. This is the sector that manages the largest events in the country, has managed the Papal Visit, The Visit of Barack Obama and The Queen of The United Kingdom. The Commercial Live Events Sector are the experts, the best in class and should receive parity of voice with the state funded sector on the task force. 

We are highly skilled professionals, we are essential businesses and services, we are musicians and artists, carpenters and creators, we are stagehands, technicians and experts, we are sounds, lights and visuals, we are tears, laughter and gasps of excitement. We are the Christmas panto, we are concerts, we are festivals, we are food fairs, we are parades, we are conferences, we are exhibitions, we are theatres, we are dance, we are national celebrations & state visits. We are the best nights of your lives. 

We are the creative lifeblood of this country – and a vital part of its economy. We are the dynamic problem solvers who bring the magic to the most difficult of circumstances. Most importantly, we are contributors; we have always given back. In this unprecedented crisis, reluctantly for the first time we must ask: We need government support for our industry and we need it immediately.

Supported by:

A. Smyth, Aidan Greene, Ailbhe Reddy, Aimée, Áine Cahill, Alison Spittle, Andrea Corr, Andy Irvine, Aoife Dooley, Aoife Scott, Aslan, Barry Murphy, Bell X1, Billy Scurry, Bleeding Heart Pigeons, Booka Brass Band, Bronagh Gallagher, Chasing Abbey, Christy Moore, Clannad, Colin Murphy, Corrina Lynch, Cry Monster Cry, Daniel O’Donnell, Dara O Briain, Dave Kearney, David Keenan, Davina Devine, Declan O’Rourke, Delorentos, Des Bishop, Diffusion Lab, DJ Karen, Dublin Gospel Choir, EDEN, Elaine Mai , Emma Langford, Eric Lalor, Erica Cody, Eve Belle, Fia Moon, Fiachna O Braonain, Fontaines D.C., Frances Black, Fred Cooke, Gavin James, Gearóid Farrelly, Gemma Doherty, George Feely, Ghostboy, Happyalone, Hozier, Hudson Taylor, Jafaris, Jenny Greene, Jerry Fish, Joanne McNally, Joe Wall, John Gibbons, John Hughes, Just Mustard, JyellowL, Kelly-Anne Byrne, Kevin McGahern, Kodaline, Kojaque, Laoise, Lar Kaye, Leo Moran, Lisa Hannigan, Little Hours, Luka Bloom, Lyra, Malaki, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Mark McCabe, Mary Black, Mary Coughlan, Melodic Dublin, Mike Denver, Mike Scott (of The Waterboys), Mother DJs, Moya Brennan, Neil Delamere, Niamh Farrell, Noel Hogan (The Cranberries), Patrick Scahill, Patrick Sheehy, Paul Brady, Paul Ryder, Phil Bass, Picture This, PowPig, Róisín O, Rory O’Neill (Panti Bliss), RuthAnne, Sinéad O’Connor, Somebody’s Child, Sorcha Richardson, Soulé, Stephanie Rainey, Steve Wall, The Academic, The Blizzards, The Coronas, The Murder Capital, The Riptide Movement, Tommy Fleming, Tommy Tiernan, True Tides, U2, Wyvern Lingo, Ye Vagabonds

1000 Beasts (Cian Sweeney), Aeron, Aidan Thompson, Alex Gough, Allen Anderson, Annie Love, Aoise Butt, ASH / SNKY SESSIONS, Aviary Talent, Bill Mango, Brian Blackwell, Brian Crosby, Brian Masterson, Brian McCarthy, Bríd Lyons, Cailín, Cash X Mack, Cat Irvine, CdotM, Cerillo, Cheylene Murphy from “Beauty Sleep”, Chósta, Chris Coogan, Chris Kent, Christopher Hockey, Cian Fennelly, CMS, Colin Lyons, Colin Morley, COLLIE, Colm Doyle, Conor Brennan, Conor C, D. Cullen, Daisy Mckenzie, Dale Jameson, Dale Nolan, Daniel Healy, Daniel O’Brien, Danny Bichard, Danny Farrell, Darce (Ciarán Darcy), Dark Hallow 94, David O Neill, David P, Davina Devine, Decksta, Declan Mc Clafferty, Deirdre Molloy, Deirdre Young, Dick Fossilman, Dino Cafolla, Dj Dr.Flamer (Elementum V- Eclectrika ), DJ KONNECT, Donal Lucey, Eamonn Conway, Eddie Kay, Eden Isle, ELKIN, Ella Englishby, Elliot, Elliott Mo, Emily 7, Emma Doran, Emmo, Eoin Bailey, Erica Murphy, Faye O’Rourke, Faye Shortt, Fergal Henry, FÍACHRA, Fiachra O Mahony, Fintan McKahey, Fio Fa, Fionn Curran, FRUITZ, Full Funktion, FYNCH, Galactic Beat Club, Gareth Quinn Redmond, Garrett Yeates, Gav K, Gavin Fox, Gavin R. Gallagher, Gerald Ahern, GES, Ghostking is Dead, Glen, Glimmerman, Greyface, Havana Gudtime, Hayley Goldrick, Holly, House Hatcher, IainMoyles, Jack Cleary Fuinneamh, Jack Murphy, Jake Curran, Jake O’Driscoll “God Alone”, James Barber, James Casey, Jamie Carroll, Jamie Cooney, Jamie keane, JaXson, Jay Oglesby, Jenn Hession, Jessie O’Connell, John Fitzgerald, Jonathan Byrne, Jonathan Martin Smyth , Jordan Hearns, Josh Gray, Karl Guest, KAYCEE, Kevin Murtagh, Klye, Laura McCabe, Lee Currid, Lee Moore, Letterbox Kid, LPM, Luis Angel, Luke Reddy, Lydia Ford, M_Con, Marc McLaughlin, Marc-V, Marcus Woods, Mark Colbert, Mark O’Gorman Daly, Martin Angolo, Mary Tiernan, MATHESON, Matt Dundon, Melina Malone, Michael Chang, Michael O D, Mike Hanrahan, Mimi Lane, Mizza, Mode_1, MuRli, MYTH, NANCY Live, Nathan O’Brien, Nialler9, Niamh Brady, Nicholas Clarke, NIMF, Nnic, Noel Sutton, Oisín Egan, Orwells ‘84, Oscar, Owen, Owen Fogarty Pagan, Patterns, Paul Byrne, Paul Darcy, Paul G. Smyth, Paul Jarvis, Paul Ryder, Pauric O’ Meara, Peter, Peter Sweeney, Pierluigi Guarracino, Podge Collins, Pretty Happy, Ray Blackwell, Rebecca Cappuccini, Red Sun Alert, Reece Arrigan, Remedy, Rhythms Of Prescott, Rob de Boer, Rocco Music, Rónán Connolly, Rookie, Rory, Rory De Nógla, Rory McCranor, Royce Laroca, Ruth – Mother, Ryan Roe, Sam Greenwood, Samuel Powell, Saoirse Duane, Sarah Jane Goff, Sarah Lynch, Sarah-Beth O’Mullane, Seamus McDonnell, Sean McKeon, Shampain, Shane Clifford, Shane Daniel Byrne, Shannen Blessing, Shauna McMahon, Shay Whelan, Shiv, Sinéad Wylde, RTÉ lyric fm, SLKTA, Sonny Condell, Sons Of Charlie, SPRINTS, Stephen Dowling, Stephen Lawless, Stephen Mullan, Steve Bennett, Stuart Cremin, The Flavours, Theodora Byrne, Tom Collins, Tony Cantwell, TOYGIRL TV People, Two Many Spoons, Veda Lady, Vibez Emotion, Viv Quinn, Why-Axis, Will Boyle, Yasmin Gardezi, Yurtis Mayfield, Zach Ahern. 

115 Cafe & Live Acoustic Venue, 3Arena Dublin, Aiken Promotions, Bedlam Events, Best In Fest, Bingo Loco, Brian Spollen, Caroline Downey, Cyprus Avenue, Declan Forde – Selective Memory, Denis Desmond, Dolans presents, Electric Picnic, Festival Republic, Forever Young, Indiependence, Labyrinth Events, Lantern Presents, Life Festival, MCD Productions, Melvin Benn, Old Oak, Resolution, Sea Sessions, Singular Artists, The Gaiety Theatre, The Grand Social, The Olympia Theatre, Tony Brereton, Una Molloy, Vicar St., Will Rolfe POD Concerts, Winthrop Avenue. 

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Ireland Music Week 2020 Announces Artist Showcase and Conference Schedules

Ireland Music Week is delighted to announce the Artist Showcase schedule along with the Conference schedule for next month’s online event.

The artist showcases, filmed at Lost Lane, will take place online at www.irelandmusicweek.com on Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th across three stages from 8pm each night.

The showcase stages will feature a varied and diverse line-up allowing viewers to catch lots of different performances each night.

Ireland Music Week has been a crucial moment in the global music industry calendar for 18 years  and has been a catalyst event for so many now successful Irish artists.  In this challenging time for the artists, our sector and the Irish music industry ecosystem and audiences of live vibrant new music, we hope the week of talks, workshops and gigs will bring some normality to these times.  We can’t wait for music fans and professionals in Ireland and beyond to spend an hour a night discovering and supporting the soundtrack to Ireland’s future.” – Anglea Dorgan

Artist Showcase Schedulehttps://www.irelandmusicweek.com/showcasingartists2020

Conference Showcase Schedulehttps://www.irelandmusicweek.com/conference-2020

Panel and Workshop topics include:

Introductions to publishing, management, labels, international touring and showcasing, A&R. Live pitch sync session, gender balance discussion, diversity discussion and much more. AIM Ireland will also officially launch during the event. Further details coming next week. All conversations will take place in the context of the impact that the current pandemic is having on the industry, particularly in the live sector.

Catapult will produce the online conference via the hosting platform Hopin, and the festival is delighted to have a world leader in virtual and streamed events, an Irish company, involved.

Tickets are priced at €50 (full pass), €25 Conference / Showcase pass, €10 daily / nightly pass, and student also discounts available via:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/ireland-music-week-2020-tickets-85622793079

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

https://www.irelandmusicweek.com/

IMW will once again partner with Andrson, CD Baby, RTE2FM and IMRO forthe conference and event.

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

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

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Live music to return to Claremorris over October bank holiday weekend

Like so many events over the last few months the 2020 Claremorris Folk Festival fell victim to the Corona Virus pandemic. Mindful of the devastating affect the virus has had on the whole arts sector the people behind the festival were determined to return to hosting live music as soon as it was possible to do so. They have just announced that four of Ireland’s finest songwriters will perform in the town over the October bank holiday weekend.

Joshua Burnside and Aoife Nessa Frances will take to the stage in the Dalton Inn on Friday the 23rd of October with Cormac O’Caoimh and Ultan Conlon providing the tunes on Saturday the 24th.

To comply with government health guidelines there will only be 40 tickets available each night and a range of additional COVID measures will also be in place.

Full details and tickets available at ClaremorrisFolkFestival.com

EPIC Launch their Pre-Budget Submission

EPIC (Event Production Industry Covid19 Working Group) launch their Pre-Budget Submission today.

September 16th 2020 marks 188 days since the Live Entertainment and Events Industry has been closed. For the first time in the Event Industry history, employers, workers and freelancers from viable operations are unable to trade.  It is the only sector with such a strict lockdown for such a long period of time.

The Live Entertainment and Events Industry was successful before Covid and will be again but while the sector is closed and prevented from trading, EPIC are asking the Government for immediate and concrete support to scaffold this viable industry until it is able to safely return to capacity in all its glory. The commercial non-funded sector has never asked for support before but these are unprecedented times.  

This is a vibrant and viable industry, an industry of creators and innovators, an industry of business people with skin in the game, an industry with a highly skilled indigenous workforce that is a world leader in its field. 

The country misses gigs, concerts, theatres, dances, choirs, orchestras, festivals, food festivals – the country misses our commemorations, our parades, our favourite bands and entertainers. But right now, for most in the Live Entertainment & Events Sector, they miss the opportunity to earn a living, to pay their bills, to survive. This is not possible due to the devastation of the sector by the ongoing Covid19 Pandemic and the mandated closure of the entire sector.

The Non-Funded Event Industry supports over 35,000 jobs, contributes over €3.5 billion Euro to the economy and in excess of 3 million annual bed nights to the wider tourism sector. 

EPIC calls upon the Government to provide: 

  1. Reinstatement of the support payment of €410 (being the previous level of the TWSS) and €350 (being the previous level of the PUP) which is vital for the skilled workforce of the sector until it fully recovers. The sector is unique in that it is almost entirely closed under government mandate with no opportunity to trade.
  2. Implementation of a “scaffolding support fund” equivalent to the level allocated to the state funded sector, to help protect and hold the sector upright and together, allowing it to survive, until such time as organised and ticketed live entertainment events can return to full capacity safely. 
  3. An extension of business rates waiver for a period of thirty-six months to allow SMEs, Venues and the other businesses of the sector to recover. 
  4. Reduction in the rate of VAT on ticket sales to 5% to aid with the staged re-opening of the sector at likely greatly reduced capacity. 
  5. A VAT Tax Credit for the personnel and SMEs of the sector to inspire trade at reduced capacity and enhance the opportunity for businesses to return to work. 
  6.  Implement a taskforce on insurance to review cancellation insurance for events. 
  7. Extension of the credit guarantee scheme to ensure SMEs can borrow 100% loan requirements due to extreme difficulty with securing the remaining 20% from Irish banks. 
  8. Stimulus packages to support the sole owner businesses and small businesses & venues: 
    • Schools and Colleges: €2 million fund, to provide seat loss compensation grant up to €2,500 in each case. 
    • Musical Societies, Drama Societies, Stage Schools and Dance Schools: A €1 Million Euro fund accessible to theatres and arts centres to be distributed by the Department of Culture. The fund would allow the theatre or arts centre to apply for €400 per night of performance and pass the saving on to the society in reduced rent. 
    • c. Small Venue Supports: A €3m euro fund allowing for grants of €1,000 per performance in small music venues to compensate for reduced capacity and to encourage venues to open with less capacity. 9. Confirmation that the recently announced Cross Departmental Taskforce for the Arts, Culture & Live Events Sector will be a long standing body with representation on the taskforce for the commercial live events sector relative to the size of the commercial sector versus the state funded sector. 

EPIC’s full Pre-Budget Submission is viewable here:  https://www.epicwg.com/

About EPIC

The Event Production Industry Covid19 Working Group (EPIC) was established in May 2020 in response to the devastating impact of the pandemic on the industry. EPIC is an independently elected group of representatives from all aspects of the Live Entertainment and Events Industry and is a member of the Events Industry Alliance (EIA). 

EPIC is a volunteer-led movement that seeks to give a voice to the 35,000 staff of the wider events industry, those that have spent years in the shadows creating some of the best memories of the citizens of Ireland. We work to ensure that their voices are heard at both local and national level and that the commercial Live Entertainment & Events Sector is recognised as a vital part of both the economy and contemporary Irish society.

The entertainment industry has been decimated by the Covid19 Pandemic. The industry is unique in that it is almost fully shut under government mandate. On September 16th, EPIC launch their Pre-Budget Submission requesting a number of supports for the staff and businesses of the sector. One of the key things you can do to help amplify this message is to mail your TD. All you need to do is click on the link below, select your constituency, fill in your details and hit send.

https://action.uplift.ie/campaigns/epic-live-entertainment

#ThisIsWhoWeAre

Photo: Leon Farrell, Photocall Ireland

‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ Directory Launched

In the absence of its yearly music festival, We’ve Only Just Begun have instead launched on online music directory. This key project holds the same objectives as their annual festival – to promote female and non-binary artists in Ireland. The directory currently lists over 600 female and non binary recording artists, musicians, composers and DJs.

The directory is the most comprehensive and up-to-date site for female and non-binary artists who are either Irish or based in Ireland. These include signed and unsigned, plus those attached to current projects and available session musicians. It is an ideal resource for agents, producers, promoters, radio programmers, labels, publishing companies, artists looking for session musicians or new band members, DJs, original bands – the list goes on and on!

Founder and director of We’ve Only Just Begun Festival and Directory Shauna Watson said the following on the launch of the directory:

“The live music industry came to an abrupt halt this year because of Covid-19, our annual We’ve Only Just Begun Festival being one of the many events to be cancelled. While we can’t have a live show, we wanted to develop a project that champions female and non-binary musicians in Ireland, much like our festival does. The Directory was built to promote artists and give bookers, promoters, agents, radio programmers, labels and managers a direct contact with profiled artists for professional opportunities. This year particularly, we’ve really noticed such fantastic support for women in the music industry. We’ve seen this evidenced in line ups like Songs From An Empty Room and in the support industry wide for the Irish Women In Harmony charity single. Nothing makes us happier than to see this change and this backing, from all members of our community – irrespective of gender. We strive to continue to be a part of this move towards a more equal industry, through the promotion and showcasing of the incredible talent Irish artists have to offer.”

Don’t see yourself in the directory? Please apply to join – just fill out the form on the directory website.

The directory was compiled by Shauna Watson with thanks to Vick Bain, Jodie Delany, Stephen D’arcy, Sally Ó Dúnlaing, Grace McManus, Lauren Rusowicz, Rubyworks Records, Fair Plé, Ciara O’Leary Fitzpatrick, Ciaran O’Brien, Theodora Byrne and Mary Watson.

We’ve Only Just Begun is supported by IMRO and RTÉ 2FM

Support We’ve Only Just Begun along with the wealth of Irish female and non-binary talent by sharing the news of the launch on socials with #WOJBDirectory and #HowYouFindUs.

Check the Directory here

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