RTÉ Choice Music Prize Conversations returns for the third year – a thoughtfully curated international-leaning music forum designed to encourage an exchange of learning and discussion and challenge the biggest prevailing issues facing both artists and industry professionals.
The aim of Conversations is to provide relevant and practical advice and insights to those within the domestic music and creative industries about a number of topical issues. It’s also a chance for participants to meet, exchange views and hear from their peers.
The panels will be moderated by Jim Carroll from RTÉ’s Brainstorm.
9.30am: Registration opens
Conversation 1 / 10.30am
Show Me The Money – As revenue streams become less and more fragmented for artists we ask what funding streams are available to artists in terms of supports for overseas showcases, touring opportunities in the UK and beyond and we ask is crowdfunding a viable source of funding for musicians.
Panel: Angela Dorgan (CEO First Music Contact, Music From Ireland) / Ciaran Walsh(Programme Manager Culture Ireland) Michelle Reid (Arts Programme Manager at Fundit.ie & Business to Arts) / Luan Parle (Artist).
Conversation 2 / 11.30am
Can Radio Still create hits in the Streaming Era – Radio has always been the most important media outlet for acts seeking to grow a fanbase and increase their profile. In recent years, though, multiple streaming services have arrived on the pitch turning heads and growing audiences. There’s a school of thought that streaming is now replacing radio but there’s also a view that both can happily co-exist together.
Panel: Mike Walsh (Ex head of Music Radio X) / TBC (2FM) / Damien McGarrigle (Snr Catalogue & Digital Partner Manager Sony Music Ireland), Maya Cullen Petrovic (Jawdropper Music Management & PR)
12.30pm: Lunch break
Keynote / 1.30pm
With Sarah Liversedge Platz (Managing Director / Director A&R BDi Music / Bucks Music Group.
Sarah will be talking about her life in music and in particular the publishing sector through her company BDI Music which is a thriving, multi-million pound business with Grammy, Ivor Novello, BAFTA, RTS and Kerrang Awards. Sarah is also Director A&R at Bucks Music Group, Director of The Movement London & Director of Absolute Rights Management and she sits on the Music Publishers Association Ireland Board. Sarah is also a member of the MPA’s Pop Publisher Committee and is one of the key industry advisers on the PRS Foundation Momentum Fund. Sarah’s clients include, multi-platinum producer/songwriters, Jake Gosling & Troy Miller.
Conversation 3 / 2.30pm
5 Questions to ask your Would-Be Manager – When you decide to put the life of your new band in the hands of this cheeky, charming, connected manager, how do you know you’re doing the right thing? In 2020, having 2020 vision about management is a must. In an industry where the manager is the fulcrum of the whole operation – looking after everything from A&R to putting the records in envelopes – what should acts know or ask or find out about before they hire that manager? We ask some kick-ass managers about acts should know about first
Panel: Edison Waters (Manager Gavin James) / Gill Dooley (Manager, Aimee) / John Glennon(Jawdropper Management)
Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas industry delegates to attend the both the panels and the event in Vicar St that night. For further information and bios, log onto
The 15th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate the best in Irish recorded music. The Prize has become one of the music-industry highlights of the year since its inception in 2005. The Irish Album of the Year award is chosen from a shortlist of ten albums by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts.