BIMM Dublin hosts RTE Choice Music Prize Conversations panels
We really enjoyed hosting RTE’s Choice Music Prize Conversations in our Dublin building for a free day of topical music industry discussion panels.
The conversations bought together artists and music industry professionals to discuss and explore some of the critical issues affecting both performers and the wider industry. The four conversations covered many topics, including how to build an online fanbase, the importance of touring and performing, the impact of radio on the industry, the importance of independent artists, and an exciting keynote interview with Fontaines D.C. manager Trev Dietz.
Conversation one – KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: TREVOR DIETZ
The first conversation was a keynote interview with Trev, who spoke in-depth about Fontaines D.C. and their success, going from BIMM students to Grammy-nominated in a matter of years.
Conversation two – BUILDING AN ONLINE FANBASE
Ceri Dixon, Head of Digital Partnerships and Artist Manager at Red Light Management, and Blackstar Agency’s Campaign Manager, Olly Brooks, were joined by exciting Irish drill artist SELLÓ. They spoke about the digital music era and the importance of an online presence. This panel explored how best to build and engage with your fan base so as to increase streams and ticket sales.
Conversation three: LIVE AND DIRECT
Wassermann agent Holly Rowland joined PlayBook Artists agent Eleanor McGuinness and Rob McGee from FMLY Agency to talk about the importance of live and touring revenue. The panel discussed what live agents look for in emerging Irish artists, and explored how to build and maintain an audience and the effects of Brexit on touring as a whole.
Conversation four: HEARD IT ON THE RADIO
BBC Radio 1’s Nels Hylton and Gemma Bradley joined John Kennedy from Radio X to talk all things radio. They discussed what they look for in a submission and how to stand out from the crowd. Who better to ask than the DJs themselves?
Conversation five: BEHIND THE SCENES – IN ASSOCIATION WITH AIM IRELAND
The Association of Independent Music (AIM Ireland) spoke with Independent music professionals behind some of this year’s RTEChoice Music Prize nominated artists. Gill Dooley, CEO of AIM Ireland, was joined by SELLÓ’s manager, Gino, Thumper’s manager Joe Clarke, and Ismay Bourke, who works in PR for Dashoda Artist Management.