Public Meeting – Music Alliance Ireland and Traditional Irish Music

Public Meeting – Music Alliance Ireland and Traditional Irish Music

Music Alliance Ireland invites musicians and those involved in the music sector to a public meeting as part of TradTalk.

11.05 am,  Saturday 5.11.2022

University College Cork / Coláiste na hollscoile Corcaigh

Tradtalk is an initiative of Trad Ireland / Traid Éireann, bringing traditional artists together for a unique gathering to explore issues and create conversations within the traditional arts.

At Tradtalk Music Alliance Ireland Chairperson Toner Quinn and Project Manager Neva Elliott will speak about the aims of the Alliance and the work undertaken so far. This will be followed by an open discussion on current issues in the traditional music sector in Ireland.

All welcome.

For more on Trad Talk see www.trad-ireland.com

 Image courtesy of Trad Talk. 

“Musicians’ Fees and Lack of Venues Highlighted at Music Alliance Ireland’s Second Public Meeting”: Meeting of new group took place as part of the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival.

“Musicians’ Fees and Lack of Venues Highlighted at Music Alliance Ireland’s Second Public Meeting”: Meeting of new group took place as part of the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival.

Published by The Journal of Music on 11 July 2022:

The lack of guidelines on rates for musicians and a lack of spaces for music were two of the issues highlighted at the second Music Alliance Ireland meeting, which took place as part of the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival on Sunday 10 July.

The meeting, which took place in the Junction Dome, a temporary performance space set up by the festival, was attended by local musicians and promoters. Speakers included Toner Quinn, Chairperson of Music Alliance Ireland, and Neva Elliott, Project Manager for the new group.

‘We have seen, in a short time, the effectiveness of joining together as a group in highlighting long-standing issues in the music sector,’ Quinn said. ‘We find that there is considerable overlap in the issues faced by musicians and music organisations, regardless of the genre or where they are based.’

At the meeting, the speakers set out the aims and objectives of Music Alliance Ireland and discussed the work undertaken so far. This was followed by an open discussion with those attending. 

Key issues
Local musicians and promoters highlighted how music venues had declined in Clonmel and that there were not enough spaces for performance or collaboration for emerging and established musicians. They also emphasised the need for widely accepted guidelines on rates for musicians, which would help not just musicians but also promoters.

Other matters discussed included young bands not having space for rehearsal, IMRO payments for live music, the VAT rate for band fees, and the need for more comprehensive coverage of music in the national media. There was also discussion on the opportunity to work together to achieve a space for collaborative use. 

MAI members and aims
Music Alliance Ireland was formed at the beginning of the pandemic to establish a collective voice for the music sector and has been involved in a number of advocacy campaigns since.

The current members are the Contemporary Music Centre, Crash Ensemble, Diatribe Records, Improvised Music Company, The Journal of Music, Kirkos Ensemble, Music Network and Trad Ireland/Traid Éireann. The group meets ten times a year and is open to new members. It will shortly be publishing details on how artists and organisations can join.

The group has developed six main aims, as follows:

1. To establish a network and voice for music organisations and musicians;
2. To advocate for support and policies for music at a national level;
3. To work for the establishment of a music hub (a space for rehearsal, collaboration, offices, equipment, recording, storage and performance) in Dublin and equivalent spaces in other centres around Ireland; 
4. To campaign for proper pay for musicians;
5. To further the provision for music from Ireland in Irish broadcasting and media; and
6. To support the development of the independent record label sector.

The group has already published a number of submissions advocating for the music sector, including submissions to the Arts Council’s music policy, the Future of Media Commission, RTÉ Lyric FM, the Dublin City Council Cultural Infrastructural Study, the Dublin City Development Plan, and the Basic Income for the Arts pilot.

The first public meeting took place at the National Concert Hall in April. There will be further public meetings in the autumn.

For further information and updates, sign up to the newsletter at https://musicallianceireland.ie.

For further details, and to sign up to the group’s newsletter, visit https://musicallianceireland.ie

 

Published by The Journal of Music on 11 July 2022

Image credit: The Journal of Music

Music Alliance Ireland at Clonmel Junction Arts Festival

Music Alliance Ireland at Clonmel Junction Arts Festival

Music Alliance Ireland at Clonmel Junction Arts Festival
 
Music Alliance Ireland will host a public meeting at Clonmel Junction Arts Festival on Sunday 10 July at 1pm in the Junction Dome.
 
Following a launch in Dublin in April, Music Alliance Ireland/Comhaontas Ceoil na hÉireann, will host its second meeting at the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival on 10 July.
 
At the meeting in Clonmel, which will take place in the Junction Dome at 1pm, Chairperson Toner Quinn and Project Manager Neva Elliott will speak about the aims of the Alliance and the work undertaken so far. This will be followed by an open discussion on current issues in the music sector in Ireland.
 
Commenting on the meeting, Quinn said:
Our launch meeting at the New Music Dublin festival in April was extremely useful in obtaining feedback from the music sector on the aims and objectives of Music Alliance Ireland. We’re delighted to have our second meeting at the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival and we look forward to hearing the views of more artists and those involved in the music sector and exploring how the Alliance can support the sector into the future. All are welcome.
 

Published by The Journal of Music: ‘There will always be challenges facing music and musicians in Ireland’: Music Alliance Ireland Holds First Public Meeting at National Concert Hall

Published by The Journal of Music: ‘There will always be challenges facing music and musicians in Ireland’: Music Alliance Ireland Holds First Public Meeting at National Concert Hall

 

Published by The Journal of Music on 6 May 2022:

 

‘There will always be challenges facing music and musicians in Ireland’: Music Alliance Ireland Holds First Public Meeting at National Concert Hall

Group plans to host regional meetings in the coming months.
 
 
 
 

 

A new group of national music organisations and companies, Music Alliance Ireland/Comhaontas Ceoil na hÉireann, held its first public meeting on 28 April as part of the New Music Dublin festival at the National Concert Hall.

The group was formed at the beginning of the pandemic to establish a collective voice for the music sector and has been involved in a number of advocacy campaigns since.

The current members are the Contemporary Music Centre, Crash Ensemble, Diatribe Records, Improvised Music Company, The Journal of Music, Kirkos Ensemble, Music Network and Trad Ireland/Traid Éireann. The group meets ten times a year and is open to new members.

The meeting was chaired by musician Nick Roth of Diatribe and project manager Neva Elliott, formerly CEO of Crash Ensemble. Commenting on the reasons for establishing the group, Roth said:

Music Alliance Ireland aspires to be a collective voice for music in Ireland. There will always be challenges facing music and musicians in Ireland. Most recently, we had the pandemic, but before that it was the threat to Lyric FM, and before that it was the difficulties facing the national orchestras. On top of that, we have the perennial issues of low pay for musicians and the difficulty they have in finding places to live in Ireland, the small size of our independent record label sector, the lack of rehearsal space in Dublin, and more. The only way we can address any of these issues for the long term is by joining together.

Music Alliance Ireland was initiated in the spring of 2020 by Elliott and Aoife Concannon of Improvised Music Company, in partnership with the Arts Office of Dublin City Council. The group has since developed six main aims, as follows:

1. To establish a national network and voice for music organisations and musicians in Ireland;
2. To advocate for support and policies for music at a national level;
3. To work for the establishment of a music hub (a space for rehearsal, collaboration, offices, equipment, recording, storage and performance) in Dublin and equivalent spaces in other centres around Ireland;
4. To campaign for proper pay for musicians;
5. To further the provision for music from Ireland in Irish broadcasting and media; and
6. To support the development of the Irish independent record label sector.

The group takes inspiration from the previous MAI – the Music Association of Ireland – which ran from the 1940s to the 2000s, and also had six aims, one of which was the establishment of the National Concert Hall. 

Elliott also spoke about her reasons for initiating the group:

I was previously CEO of Crash Ensemble, and what I wasn’t able to do as one person, and one organisation, was to effect change on the wider ecosystem we existed in. That frustration wasn’t just around making things better for Crash, but also for the artists around us, artists that were our community and coming to me to ask for help and advice. I could see there were opportunities we were missing out on as a sector, and at times we weren’t standing up strongly enough and asking for what we need, or pointing out when things weren’t right for us. I believe in doing things together, that together we can effect that change. 

The group has already published a number of submissions advocating for the music sector, including submissions to the Arts Council’s music policy, the Future of Media Commission, RTÉ Lyric FM, the Dublin City Council Cultural Infrastructural Study, the Dublin City Development Plan, and the Basic Income for the Arts pilot. 

Music Alliance Ireland will be hosting regional meetings in the coming months and will also be publishing details on joining for new members. 

Among those in attendance at the NCH were a number of representatives from member organisations, as well as Robert Read, CEO of the National Concert Hall; Michael Dervan, classical music critic of the Irish Times; Karina Lundstrom of Lundstrom Arts Management; composer Raymond Deane; Dermot O’Callaghan of Sing Ireland; Red Keane of Jazz Ireland; Keith Johnson and Breffni Banks of IMRO; Joe Csibi, General Manager of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra; Tadhg Kinsella of Dublin Modular; and Majella Hollywood of Chamber Choir Ireland.

For further details, and to sign up to the group’s newsletter, visit https://musicallianceireland.ie

Published by The Journal of Music on 6 May 2022

Image credit: Nick Roth and Neva Elliott speaking at the first Music Alliance Ireland meeting. (Photo: Improvised Music Company)

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Music Alliance Ireland Chairperson Toner Quinn speaks to Ger Sweeney, Presenter of Live on Eire, on Talk Radio Europe, 20 April 2022.