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Ireland Music Week announce conference details

Ireland Music Week announce conference details


Ireland Music Week has announced the panels and workshops for the conference section of the showcase festival taking place from Tuesday October 5th to Friday October 8th.

Taking place daytime online via the Hopin online platform panels include include How / When to get a Manager / Label / Publisher; How to Break the U.S.; Approaching Irish, UK and U.S. Media; Getting Export Ready and more. There will also be discussions on mental health in music, radio in Ireland, Tik Tok, YouTube, and the value of art within the music industry.

There will be a keynote with Austin Daboh of Atlantic Records (formerly Spotify).

There will be a specific AIM Ireland-focused day on Friday 8th.

The hosts for the conference are Arveene, James Byrne and May Kay.

New delegates have also been announced:

Priscilla Kotey (Warner) / Solomon Adesiyan (Trusted Entertainment) / Jack Clothier (Alcopop) / Mary MacSweeney (Dublin City Council) / Alim Kheraj (I-D) / Marni Wandner (The Syn) / Alan Swan (RTE) / James O’ Donohue (Red Light Management) / Molly O’ Brien (Beggars) / Age Versluis (Friendly Fire) / Jafaris (Artist) / Faye O’ Rourke (Artist) / Berenike Guilliard (Warner) / Eoin Egan (Netflix) / Will Larnach Jones (Iceland Airwaves) Sarah Isaacs (Kobalt) / Cath Hurley (Future Yard) / Carly James (CAA U.S.)

The 50 participating artists for the night time showcases online are listed here.

Three international artists from the Keychange initiative are also playing and they are The Blind Suns, Any Other and Hafdis Huld. Keychange innovators joining the conference will be Letizia Angelini, Nadia Leal and Maarja Merivoo-Parro.

Tickets from €10 per day.

Tuesday 5th

All workshops and panels are 45-60 minutes each

Hosts – Arveene / May Kay / James Byrne 

Tuesday 10.30 

Streaming And Digital 101

Speakers – A presentation by Cerri Dixon (Red Light Management)


Tuesday 5th 11.00 

Digital Distribution

Speakers – Rich Orchard (CD Baby) 


Tuesday 11.30 

Approaching Irish Media 

Speakers – Priscilla Kotey (Warner Music Ireland), Louise Bruton (Irish Times) & Niall Byrne (Nialler9), John Barker (98FM)


Tuesday 12:00 

When/How to get a Publisher

Speakers – Mick Roe (Faction Records), Clare McKinney  (Domino Publishing) + TBA

Tuesday 12.30

Funding for Artist Basic Income – Local, National and International.

Speakers  –  Angela Dorgan (NCFA) Niall Doyle (Arts Council) Chritine Sisk, (Culture Ireland) Mary McSweeney (LEO, Dublin City Council) 


Tuesday 12.30 

Approaching Music Media in UK 

Speakers – Alim Kheraj (i-D,Independent),  Jay Taylor (Prescription PR), Debbie Ball (Create Spark), Robin Murray (CLASH Magazine) and Abbie McCarthy (BBC Introducing)


Tuesday 14.00 

How / When To Get a Label

Speakers –  Solomon Adesiyan (Trust It Entertainment), Jack Clothier (Alcopop) + TBA


Tuesday 14.00 

PRS VS Media; 10 Things I Hate About You

Speakers  – Michelle Whitehead (MW PR), Ed Smith (Today FM), Debbie Ball (Create Spark), Marni Wandner (The Syn)

Tuesday 14.30 

An Introduction to European Radio

Host – Alan Swan

Speakers – TBA


Tuesday 15.00 

How/ When to Get a Manager

Speakers – Tara Richardson (Q Prime), Molly O’ Brien (Beggars), Laura McCabe (Jaw Dropper),  James O’ Donohue (Red Light Management)


Tuesday  15:00 

European Promoters You Need To Know

Speakers – Age Versluis (Friendly Fire, Netherlands), Marlon Burton (ATC Live), Georgio Salmoiraghi (Swamp Booking) + TBA

Tuesday 15:30 

EMEE Presents – Meet The Europeans 1

Host – Virgo Sillamaa 

Speakers  – TBA


Tuesday  16.00 

Irish Hip Hop – What’s changed in Last 7 years 

Host – Arveene

Speakers – Jafaris (Artist), Erica Cody (Artist), Stevie Grainger (DJ) + TBA


Tuesday  16:30

Approaching Music Media in US

Speakers – Adam Lewis (Planetary), Brendan Burke (The Syn)


Tuesday  17:00 

Minding Creative Minds

A Guided Meditation with Ben Glover

Wednesday 7th

All Workshops and Panels are 45 Minutes Each

Hosts – Arveene / May Kay / James Byrne


Wednesday 11:00 

The Irish Promoter Landscape

Speakers Fin O’ Leary (Singular Artists), Julie Cooper (Foggy Notions), Eleanor McGuinness (Playbook Artists)


Wednesday 11:30 

Approaching Major A&R 

Speakers –  Marietta Ouzas (Sony Music Australia), Berenike Guilliard (Warner Music International), Willie Ryan (Music Lawyer) 


Wednesday 12.30

The Value of Art and Artists within the Music Industry 

May Kay in conversation with Faye O’Rourke (Artist, Soda Blonde)


Wednesday 12.30

CD Baby / Release strategies

Speakers – Rich Orchard (CD Baby) + TBA


Wednesday 14:00

Artists Online – YouTube, TikTok and Twitch

Speakers: TBA


Wednesday 14.30

EMEE Presents – Meet The Europeans 2

Speakers – TBA


Wednesday 15.00

Minding Creative Minds – Music and Mental Health

Host – Siobhan Murray ( 

Speakers – Louize Carroll (, Tolu Makay (Artist)


Wednesday 15:00 


Speakers – TBA


Wednesday 16.00

Music For Film and TV 

Speakers –  Eoin Egan (Netflix) + TBA


Wednesday 16.30 

Breaking the U.S. 

Speakers – Ben Buchanan (CAA) + TBA


Wednesday 17.00 

Live Sync Pitch Session 

Speakers – Andrea Madden (Made in Chelsea), Janet Lopez (Neophonic), Sarah Isaacs (Kobalt)

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Wednesday 17.00

Minding Creative Minds – Guided Meditation with Ben Glover

Thursday 7th

All Workshops and Panels are 45 Minutes Each

Hosts – Arveene / May Kay / James Byrne

Thursday 11.00

Independent Album PR Campaigns

Speakers – Philly Taggart (BBC Radio Ulster) + TBA


Thursday 11.00

Intro to Copyright and Band Song Splits

Speakers – David Wilkinson + TBA


Thursday 12.00

DIY Social Media Strategy

Speakers – Debbie Ball (Create Spark) + TBA


Thursday 12.30 

Irish Venues

Speakers- Dave Allen (Whelan’s), Derek Turner (Spirit Store), Edel Curtin (Coughlans)


Thursday 14.00 

Self-releasing Music In Ireland 

Host -Speakers – Joey Edwards (Pizza Pizza), Nealo (Artist), Ailbhe Reddy (Artist), Dani Larkin (Artist)


Thursday 14.30

Live Booking in the UK

Speakers –  Alex Murray (One Inch Badge), Chris Loomes (DFC Scotland), Cath Hurley (Future Yard) 


Thursday 15.00

Friends In High Places – Live Music on TV

Speakers – Jenna Nolan (James Corden), Alison Howe (Jools Holland, BBC)


Thursday 15.30

Get Export Ready to Showcase

Speakers –  Robert Meijerink (ENSN), Adam Ryan (The Great Escape), Carly James (CAA), Will Larnach-Jones (Iceland Airwaves)


Thursday 16.00 

Irish Radio – A Changing Landscape for Music

Speakers –  Phily Taggart (BBC Radio Ulster) + TBA


Thursday 16.30

Live Booking in the U.S. 

Speakers – Ben Buchanan (CAA), Dev Sherlock (SXSW), Mahmood Shaikh (Concerted Efforts)

Friday 8th

All Workshops and Panels are 45 Minutes Each


Friday 11:00 

The Value of the Indies

Friday 12.00 

Meet the UK – An Introduction to AIM UK

Friday 14:00 Keynote

Austin Daboh’s Story

Friday 15:00 

Meet Europe

Friday 16:00 

Meet the U.S.

All Workshops and Panels are 45 Minutes Each

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