FMC and Sound Diplomacy Launch Survey to Make the Case for National Music Strategy

If you are a musician or work in music in Ireland, take the time to have your say.

First Music Contact, the Arts Council-funded national resource organisation for musicians and the independent music sector, is working on a ten-year plan to develop and improve and support the infrastructure for musicians and the wider music sector in Ireland.

Together with Sound Diplomacy, a UK based music industry research company - and a steering group that includes Irish musicians, labels, managers, studios, publishers, and other professionals working within the industry - they have developed a research template which will measure and map the health of current music support infrastructure of the industry. This research aims to provide clear insights to deliver a comprehensive roadmap for development.

The research seeks to include all genres of music in order to develop a strategy and programmes to address areas where there are gaps in provision. On completion, First Music Contact will work together with industry and government to develop programs and investment to deliver these plans.

“This is a different kind of research than that carried out in Ireland in the past” said Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact.

“We are not measuring the economic impact of music in Ireland, or the jobs it clearly creates or even the importance of music to our countries health, wellbeing and reputation. That case has, we feel, been made very well. What we are trying to do is measure what intervention, support, impact and investment the sector needs to develop further from the ground up so that everyone, and in particular the makers, are helped to develop to their full potential so that this important contribution by music and musicians can be sustained.

“We predict those investments will help our artists and those working with and around them to better compete in a global market and increase the global impact of all Irish music by acting at a local and national level”

According to FMC and Sound Diplomacy: "The aim is to not only make sure the challenges and opportunities you face are clearly identified, but also to consider the common goals that can be reached in support of a sustainable music industry for all. Your help is needed in order to shape the future direction and priorities in building a vibrant music sector in Ireland."

Fill out the survey here.


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