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Ireland Music Week is now accepting artist applications

Ireland Music Week is now accepting artist applications


Ireland Music Week has given its notice for any new Irish bands looking to showcase at this year’s Ireland Music Week in Dublin from October 3rd to 6th.

Applications are now open for bands to play Ireland Music Week as of today, February 13th.

Artist Applications Open 13th February

Artist Applications Close 27th March

Showcase and Conference 3rd-6th October

It’ll be the 21st year of the new music showcase festival and conference.

Applications will be open for 6 weeks this year from 13th February to 27th March. 50 Irish acts will have the chance to showcase in October, with the line-up being announced in June.

Up to around 70 international delegates will once again attend, with buyers and bookers from the likes of ESNS, SXSW, The Great Escape, c/o Pop, ATC, CAA and many more.

“Ireland Music Week continues to be a key strategic moment in any Irish artists’ professional career development. With a stronger IMW team in place and with artists selected earlier we can collaboratively be more intelligent with our international guest-invitations and work to grow the domestic and international teams of our export ready artists, giving them the best opportunity to grow international audiences”.

Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact

Ireland Music Week places a strong focus on export-ready artists with an increased success rate year on year. Bookers, labels, publishers, managers, agents, and many more international professionals have confirmed to attend this annual showcase and conference, which is an essential step in any Irish artists’ development.


Ireland Music Week will continue its partnership with Keychange this year and, as always, the festival strives to achieve at least a 50% representation of women and underrepresented gender minorities in its line-up.

The 2023 Keychange participants from Ireland are:


  • katie phelan
  • Pastiche
  • Tolü Makay


  • Bekah Molony (Caught Up Creatives)
  • Mags Blackburn (Blue Monkey)
  • Maya Cullen Petroviç (Jawdropper Music)

About FMC

First Music Contact, who run Ireland Music Week, work with Irish acts by supporting them through their talent pipeline. This annual showcase is an opportunity to offer Irish acts some vital network and showcasing opportunities provided by the stellar mix of influential Irish and international delegates. FMC also run Music From Ireland, the Irish music export office and the music discovery portal FMC develops, supports and showcases the soundtrack to Irelands’ future.

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

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