The RTÉ Choice Music Prize Live Event will take place on Thursday 7th March 2019 in Vicar Street, Dublin. Tickets go on sale this Friday 23rd November from Ticketmaster outlets and http://www.ticketmaster.ie priced €28.00 including booking fee.
Other key dates include:
Irish Album of the Year 2018 Shortlist Announcement – Wednesday 9th January 2019
Irish Song of the Year 2018 Shortlist Announcement – Wednesday 30th January 2019
The Irish Album of the Year 2018 will be announced at the Live Event and will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four hour extended programme from 7-11pm, with a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize highlights programme going out on RTÉ2 television the following week.
Adrian Lynch, Head of Audiences, Channels and Marketing, RTÉ, said, “The success of our partnership with the Choice Music Prize over the past two years highlights how our television, radio and online platforms can combine to great effect to promote nominated artists and support Irish music talent. This was another great year for Irish music and we are looking forward to doing our bit across RTÉ2, 2FM and rte.ie to make 2018 a year to remember for all RTÉ Choice Music Prize nominees.”
According to Alan Swan, Director of Music, 2FM, “Giving airplay to emerging and established Irish talent is at the very core of what we do at 2FM and our RTÉ Choice Music Prize All-Irish music days, which celebrate Irish music and artists, have become one of the most popular features on the station. This has been such an exciting year for Irish music and we can’t wait to celebrate it with the RTÉ Choice Music Prize on 2FM.”
RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” will return and take place on the day of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Live Event. Making its debut last year, this imaginative and provocative international music forum is designed to encourage frank exchanges amongst panellists and with the audiences to challenge and elucidate the biggest prevailing issues confronting artists and industry professionals.
The 14th 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.
The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA).
“2018 has witnessed another incredible year for Irish music. A wealth of emerging artists have made serious inroads in various international territories, clearly demonstrating the creative force of Irish music creators right now. Choice Music Prize recognises and champions some of our finest songwriters and IMRO is delighted to continue its longstanding association with this prestigious music prize” Victor Finn, Chief Executive of IMRO
“It is with great pleasure that we see the Choice Music Prize grow in stature and significance every year. New music is the lifeblood of the Recorded Music Industry and the Choice Music Prize puts a spotlight on some Ireland’s best new music.” Willie Kavanagh, Chairman of IRMA
All shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award.
RAAP and Culture Ireland are also official project partners of the RTE Choice Music Prize.
This year RTÉ Choice Music Prize are delighted to have also partnered with Yangaroo Music Ireland who will provide all eligible artists a simple, free route for instant delivery of a digital copy of their eligible album directly to the Irish Album of the Year judging panel. Yangaroo Music Ireland (http://www.yangaroomusic.ie) offer a professional digital delivery service for Labels and Artists to deliver their new music releases instantly to media, venues, festivals and promoters in Ireland.
Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas Industry executives to attend the RTE Choice Music Prize Live Event on March 7th.
The Choice Music Prize website has published a list of Irish albums released to date in 2018. This list can be viewed and updated by logging onto http://www.choicemusicprize.ie.
Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event will go on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets and from http://www.ticketmaster.ie on this Friday 23rd November priced €28.00 including booking fee.