2024 Key Dates

Irish Album of the Year 2023 Shortlist Announcement – 8th January

Irish Song of the Year 2023 Shortlist Announcement – 12th January

Live in Vicar St, Dublin with an Exclusive RTÉ2FM Broadcast – 7th March

(Tickets on Sale Friday 17th Nov at 9am, priced €29.50 plus booking fees)


Returning Prizes:

Irish Artist of the Year

Irish Breakthrough Artist

Classic Irish Album

Find out more about the prizes here.


The RTÉ Choice Music Prize will be back in 2024 and continue its principal role in championing Irish music.  The key dates for 2024’s event were announced today on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show.

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize Event, one of the music industry’s biggest nights, will be back in Vicar St on Thursday 7th March and celebrated in an exclusive live broadcast on RTÉ 2FM, along with a TV-special on RTÉ2 later that month.

Three new prizes were introduced last year and will be awarded once again in March – Irish Artist of the Year, Irish Breakthrough Artist and Classic Irish Album. RTÉ 2FM will broadcast a week of Choice Music Prize announcements from 8th -12th January, with All Irish All Day kicking things off on the station on Monday 8th January.


RTÉ Choice Music Prize Key 2024 Dates include:

Irish Album of the Year 2023shortlist Mon 8th January

Irish Artist of the Year – shortlist Tues 9th January

Irish Breakthrough Artist – shortlist Wed 10th January

Classic Irish Album – further details Thurs 11th January (the winning album will be announced ahead of the live gig next year)

Irish Song of the Year 2023shortlist Fri 12th January


ConversationsThursday 7th March, BIMM, Francis St

Live Event with an Exclusive RTÉ2FM Broadcast – Thursday 7th March, Vicar St


RAAP, Culture Ireland, FMC and Minding Creative Minds are also official project partners of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize.


A full list of eligible Irish albums released to date in 2023 is published here.
We welcome any additional albums that may be missing from the list. For additions to the list please click here.


“2FM is delighted to continue our partnership with the RTÉ Choice Music Prize for the 8th year running. The RTÉ Choice Music Prize is an important annual event in the wider Irish music landscape, and we’re delighted to be able to continue to celebrate all that is great about Irish music and Irish artists. The inclusion of the ‘Irish Artist of the Year’, ‘Irish Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ and ‘Classic Irish Album’ categories for the 2nd year running, coupled with the longstanding ‘Irish Song of the Year’ and the preeminent ‘Irish Album of the Year’ prizes allow us to more broadly represent the incredible past, present and exciting future of Irish music. 2FM will continue its support as the flagship partner station with content and promos across our platforms over the coming months, and this will be reflected more widely across the entire organisation as we get closer to the awards night.” – RTÉ 2FM’s Head of Music, Adam Fogarty


RTÉ Choice Music Prize Conversations will take place at BIMM, Francis St, Dublin on Thursday 7th March. Conversations is an international music forum designed to encourage frank exchanges amongst both panellists and the audiences to challenge some of the biggest prevailing issues confronting artists and industry professionals.

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 prize only is chosen from a shortlist of ten albums by a panel of eleven Irish music media professionals and industry experts. The winning AOTY 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 on the night.

IRMA are delighted to continue their association with the RTÉ Choice Music Prize. The talent that exists within the Irish Music scene right now across many genres is very impressive and the RTÉ Choice Music Prize continues to shine a light both domestically and internationally on quality Irish Music across a number of key award categories.  IRMA is looking forward to the week of shortlist announcements beginning on January 8th and to the Live Event on March 7th” – Willie Kavanagh, Chairman of IRMA