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Ireland Music Week reveal conference programme details

Ireland Music Week reveal conference programme details


Ireland Music Week, formerly Hard Working Class Heroes, has announced its expanded programme for the conference wing of the festival from 1st to the 5th of October.

The programme will see over 50 industry panels and workshops in Lost Lane and Studio 10 in the heart of Dublin town, which include the below:

Tuesday 1st Oct – the conference will kick off in style with a Spotify master class. Come and meet the team and discover the knowledge, tools and best practices to help you raise your profile and find your audience on Spotify. This artist-facing masterclass is strictly pre-registration and spaces will fill up fast.  If you would like to join them, please kindly RSVP directly to this link     Please note that each individual will need to fill out this form to attend.

Wednesday 2nd Oct – a program of talks and meetings to allow people to join and help develop the vision for AIM Ireland, following its launch earlier in 2019 and a keynote speech from Kees van Weijen President of IMPALA.

Thursday 3rd Oct– as well as lots of topical and useful workshops there will be a live sync pitch session along with workshops on DIY video-making, data, neighbouring rights and a start your own music business bootcamp. This will be followed by the IMW launch and networking event that evening.

Friday 4th Oct – workshops on how artists can get gigs and festivals in Ireland and abroad and an interview the brilliant Jeannette Lee from Rough Trade Records, a discussion on how we might protect creative spaces in our cities along with some insights from the team working closely with Fontaines D.C..

Saturday 5th Oct – a panel discussion on Brexit and how music might be affected, a mental health panel following up on last year’s findings, workshops on how to approach media here, in the UK and the US, streaming and A&R and much more.


All of the panels and workshops are colour-coded by experience to make it easy for budding artists and more established ones to figure out what suits them.

In addition, Ireland Music week has announced the last round of international industry delegate speakers, bringing the numbers of  bookers, labels, managers, music supervisors, radio and journalists from around the world and locally to participate to 52.

Additional International Delegates:

Matthew Covey – Tamizdat
Jeannette Lee – Rough Trade Records
Chris Scott – Communion Records
Jacque O’ Leary – Beggars Group
Abbie McCarthy – BBC Introducing
Glenn Peoples – Billboard
Paul Pacifico – AIM UK
Jacopo Beta – Linecheck
Tom Carter – Universal Music Publishing
Lara Baker – Songtrust
Will Marshall – Primary Talent
Adam Read – Deezer
Aly Gilliani – Bandcamp
Jana Recmanikova – Festival Republic
Rich Orchard – CD Baby
Tim Fowler – Lee & Thompson LLP
Stuart Clarke – Good Life Management
Nick Robinson – Kolbalt Music
Evelyn Sieber – Reeperbahn Festival
Joe Hastings – Help Musicians UK

As for the showcases, all that info and the acts playing is here.

 Tickets via Eventbrite are priced as follows (excluding charges)

Delegate Pass €100 (conference and showcases) (discounts available to AIM Ireland members and students)

Conference only €65

Weekend Showcases €35

Friday Night Showcases €25

Saturday Night Showcases €25

Single Venue Showcase €12.50 (only available on the door at the venues)

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