Artist Applications Now Open for Ireland Music Week 2023

February 14, 2023

Ireland Music Week is delighted to announce that the festival will return to Dublin venues in October. The international-facing showcase and conference, now in its twenty-first year, will take place from October 3rd-6th. The festival is now calling on artists to apply to showcase:

Log onto and click on the “APPLY” button – applications will be through the artists’ Breaking Tunes profiles. 

Closing date for applications is Monday March 27th at 5pm.

Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact, comments: “Ireland Music Week continues to be a key strategic moment in any Irish artists’ professional career development. With a stronger IMW team in place and with artists selected earlier we can collaboratively be more intelligent with our international guest-invitations and work to grow the domestic and international teams of our export ready artists, giving them the best opportunity to grow international audiences”.

Up to 50 acts will have the chance to play and take part in this internationally-recognised event showcasing Ireland’s best emerging talent. The showcases will take place on the Thursday and Friday night of the festival.

Ireland Music Week places a strong focus on export-ready artists with an increased success rate year on year. Bookers, labels, publishers, managers, agents, and many more international professionals have confirmed to attend this annual showcase and conference, which is an essential step in any Irish artists’ development.

Ireland Music Week will continue its partnership with Keychange this year and, as always, the festival strives to achieve at least a 50% representation of women and underrepresented gender minorities in its line-up.

Artist applications now open via

Some of last year’s successes to progress from the festival include Sprints, Bobbi Arlo, Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra, The Scratch, Skinner, Negro Impacto, Lucy McWilliams, Gurriers, EFE, Bricknasty, Jeorge II and more.

Since its inception in 2003, the festival has showcased many of Ireland’s best-known acts including Fontaines D.C., David Keenan, Denise Chaila, Kynsy, CMAT, Alex Gough, Aoife Nessa Frances, Sprints, M(h)aol, Niamh Regan, Pretty Happy, Cooks But We’re Chefs, Pillow Queens, THUMPER,  Soulé, Daithí, Jafaris, Saint Sister, Wyvern Lingo, Just Mustard , Villagers, 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier, along with Gilla Band, Jape, The Coronas, Talos, Le Boom, Loah, Soak, Sinead O’ Brien, Æ Mak, Ailbhe Reddy, MELTS, April, Jyellowl, Somebody’s Child, Junior Brother and more.

Notes for editors

First Music Contact, who run Ireland Music Week, work with Irish acts by supporting them through their talent pipeline. This annual showcase is an opportunity to offer Irish acts some vital network and showcasing opportunities provided by the stellar mix of influential Irish and international delegates. FMC also run Music From Ireland, the Irish music export office and the music discovery portal FMC develops, supports and showcases the soundtrack to Irelands’ future.

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