RTÉ Choice Music Prize Conversations will take place earlier in the day at at BIMM, Francis St, Dublin. With four topical music-industry discussion panels taking place between 12.00-16.30, Conversations brings together artists and industry professionals to discuss and explore some of the key issues affecting both performers and the wider industry at the present time. Admission is free, but attendees will need to register for a ticket here as spaces are limited.
RTÉ Choice Music Prize Conversations / Hosted by Jim Carroll (RTÉ)
Registration at BIMM, Francis St
12.00 – 12.45
Panel 1 Keynote Interview
Conor O’ Brien, Villagers
As he prepares for the release of Villagers’ 6th album, Conor will be discussing his exceptional career – from his early days co-fronting Choice Music Prize-nominated indie sensation ‘The Immediate’, through signing to Domino Recording Company, to playing sold-out Villagers shows all over the world both solo and with a full band.
Panel 2 Breaking Through in 2024
It’s a constantly changing and evolving landscape, and there are a multitude of ways of making it to the top. But what is the best way to amplify your music and your brand in a meaningful way right now? This is your guide to the key boxes you must tick in 2024 if you want to get noticed.
- Nels Hylton (BBC Radio 1)
- Matt Manner (Runway Artists)
- Sheena Madden (Amplify Agency)
- Paddy McLean (Co-General Manager Chaos Label / Polydor)
14.00 – 14.45
Panel 3 – The Long Arm of the Law – Are music lawyers the most important connectors in the music industry?
With A&R becoming less focused on songs and personalities and more data-driven, is a Music Lawyer now the most valuable piece in a rising artist’s jigsaw puzzle? One of the best routes for creating interest from key sections of the industry, lawyers can help secure a manager and an agent as well as introduce labels, publishers and DSPs…are you already lost without one?
- Ally Horn (Partner, Russell’s London)
- Will Headlam Wells (Statham Gill Davies London)
- Willie Ryan (Solicitor / Barrister)
Panel 4 (In association with AIM Ireland)
The Future of Music – A Panel of experts from across Europe discuss how AI is changing the industry, in real time.
Join us for ‘The Future of Music’ panel, where a diverse group of music industry trailblazers from across Europe will delve into the dynamic realm of AI’s real-time influence on the music business. Explore the transformative role of AI in day-to-day operations for music professionals, including tech, marketing, publishing, and independent labels. This engaging discussion goes beyond the legal aspects, focusing on how AI is reshaping the landscape and redefining the everyday workflows for industry experts and the artists they champion. Gain insights into the cutting-edge strategies and innovations that are propelling the music industry into an AI-driven future.
Hosted by Gill Dooley (CEO, AIM Ireland)
Jaime Castañosa (Head of Marketing & Operations at Melboss)
Petra Kauraisa (Communications Executive & Consultant)
Ines Pagano (AMAEI – Portuguese Indie Trade association)
Later that night, the winning album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event in Vicar St and will be broadcast on RTÉ 2FM in a special four-hour extended show with Beta Da Silva from 7-11pm. A special TV show will be broadcast on Thursday 14th March at 22.30 on RTÉ2.
The Classic Irish Album will be announced live on the Will Leahy Show on RTÉ Gold this Thursday, 22nd Feb, followed by a full play of the album, and a Classic Irish Album feature on Dan Hegarty’s show. The prize will be presented along with Irish Artist of the Year and Irish Breakthrough Artist at the live event in Vicar Street.
The Irish Song of the Year 2023 will be announced by Tracy Clifford on the day of the live event and presented to the winner that night. Tracy will also host the event.
The 19th 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 eleven Irish music media professionals and industry experts.
The winning Album of the Year 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). All shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award.
RAAP, Culture Ireland, First Music Contact, Minding Creative Minds, Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet and Coimisiún na Meán are also official project partners of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize.
Through its funding of the Music From Ireland programme, Culture Ireland’s support of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize will be directed towards shortlisted artists, as well as assisting the RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations”.