Public Meeting Online 18th October 2023

Public Meeting Online 18th October 2023

Music Alliance Ireland/Comhaontas Ceoil na hÉireann will host its next public meeting on 18 October at 2pm. The online meeting will take place on Zoom and all members of the public are welcome to attend.

At the meeting, Caitríona O’Mahony, General Manager of Improvised Music Company, will speak about Music Alliance Ireland and the group’s work. This will be followed by an open discussion on issues facing the music sector in Ireland.

Music Alliance Ireland was formed in 2020 with the aim of establishing a collective voice for the music sector. The current steering group consists of performance groups, concert promoters and resource organisations with a remit across the island and involvement in a variety of musical genres.

Members include the Contemporary Music Centre, Crash Ensemble, Diatribe Records, Improvised Music Company, Journal of Music, Kirkos Ensemble, Music Network and Music for Galway. MAI meets several times a year and is open to new members.

This month’s meeting follows the group’s last meeting in Galway International Arts Festival in July, and previous meetings at New Music Dublin, Quiet Lights festival, TradTalk conference, Clonmel Junction Arts Festival, and Your Roots are Showing folk conference in Monaghan.

The group has been involved in a number of advocacy campaigns since its establishment. It has published various 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.

For further details on Music Alliance Ireland, visit www.musicallianceireland.ie

Zoom Link Registration: https://forms.gle/6sM8CvDZrVHM3kTeA

Public Meeting in Galway 20th July 2023

Public Meeting in Galway 20th July 2023

Music Alliance Ireland

Public Meeting in Galway

Date: Thursday 20th July

Time: 1pm – 2.15pm

Venue:  O’Donoghue Theatre, University of Galway

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89096424878?pwd=aldXaDhndHpVazVjc2FWSHh5MGszQT09

Music Alliance Ireland/Comhaontas Ceoil na hÉireann invites you, in person or on Zoom, to a public meeting to discuss issues relating to the music sector in Ireland, including the provision of spaces for music in Galway.

Music Alliance Ireland is a group of national music organisations and companies that have come together to establish a collective voice for the music sector in Ireland.

The current working group consists of performance groups, concert promoters and resource organisations with a remit across the island and involvement in a variety of musical genres, including Contemporary Music Centre, Crash Ensemble, Diatribe Records, Improvised Music Company, Journal of Music, Kirkos Ensemble, Music Network and Trad Ireland/Traid Éireann. MAI is now open to new members.

At the meeting, you can find out who Music Alliance Ireland are, what they have been working on, and discuss developments that you would like to see in the music sector in Ireland. 

Speakers:

Toner Quinn, Chair of Music Alliance Ireland and Editor of the Journal of Music

Bianca Gannon, Project Manager of Music Alliance Ireland and Artist Development Officer with Improvised Music Company

Public meeting – New Music Dublin, 21 April 2023

Public meeting – New Music Dublin, 21 April 2023

Music Alliance Ireland – public meeting at New Music Dublin

Date: Friday 21st April

Time: 5.00pm

Venue: The Iveagh Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin.

Music Alliance Ireland invites you to a public meeting.

Music Alliance Ireland is a group of national music organisations and companies that have come together to establish a collective voice for the music sector in Ireland.

MAI will let you know who Music Alliance are, what they have been working on, and discuss what developments you would like to see for the music sector in Ireland.

Our current working group consists of performance groups, concert promoters and resource organisations with a remit across the island and involvement in a variety of musical genres; Contemporary Music Centre, Crash Ensemble, Diatribe Records, Improvised Music Company, Journal of Music, Kirkos Ensemble, Music Network and Trad Ireland/Traid Éireann.

We meet ten times a year and are now open to new members.

Public Meeting – Your Roots Are Showing, 23rd January 2023

Public Meeting – Your Roots Are Showing, 23rd January 2023

Music Alliance Ireland Public Meeting at Your Roots are Showing Folk Conference in Monaghan

Monday 23 January at 10am.
The Four Seasons Hotel and Leisure Club

Music Alliance Ireland/Comhaontas Ceoil na hÉireann, a new group of national music organisations and companies, will host its fifth public meeting at the Your Roots are Showing folk and traditional music conference in Monaghan on Monday 23 January at 10am. The meeting follows the group’s launch in Dublin last April and subsequent meetings at Clonmel Junction Festival, TradTalk and Quiet Lights in Cork.

The meeting at Your Roots Are Showing will take place in the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan and will feature Journal of Music editor and current Chair Toner Quinn speaking about the aims of the Alliance and the work undertaken so far.

Your Roots are Showing

The inaugural Your Roots are Showing folk and traditional music conference runs from Sunday 22 to Thursday 26 January and will present a range of panel discussions with industry professionals as well as workshops, mentoring sessions, vendor exhibits and artist showcases. The five-day event will feature contributors from Philadelphia Folk Festival, Grand Ole Opry, WOMEX, Rounder Records, Compass Records, Glastonbury, Milwaukee Irish Fest, English Folk Expo, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Midnight Mango Booking Agency, Sligo Live Festival, Music Network, the Arts Council and the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

For more on Music Alliance Ireland, and to sign up to our newsletter at https://musicallianceireland.ie/about-us/

Register

To register for Your Roots are Showing Folk Conference, visit: www.showingroots.com

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