Ireland Music Week Announce Second Round of International Delegates

August 23, 2019

Ireland Music Week (IMW) are delighted to announce that three new music industry partners: CD Baby, Andrson, and Budget Music Videos, have come on board to support the IMW conference to help with business and artist development. They join long-standing supporters The Arts Council, Culture Ireland and Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office, and media partner RTE 2FM.

IMW has also announced a second round of international delegates who will speak at the conference and the showcases. The event will be Ireland’s largest gathering of bookers, labels, managers, music supervisors, radio folk and journalists from around the world, and here at home. The five-day program will see a mixture of workshops, discussions, and panels for artists across all levels. Tickets are available on EventBrite at

Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact said: “We knew our ambition to grow from a three day artist-centered event to a five day business and artists event would need the support of the wider music industry from partners whose ambition matched ours. We are incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received from the music and music tech industry, and local and national government support for Ireland Music Week 2019. With the support of our partners, we’ll expand the breadth of our professional development offerings for artists and those who work with them, as well as showcase those artists to a global audience.”

CD Baby Artist Bursary

Online music distribution powerhouse CD Baby has partnered with Ireland Music Week to support the professional development of Irish artists. All 50 IMW showcasing artists will receive a CD Baby distribution package, and one showcasing artist will win a CD Baby Artist Bursary. The €2500 grant will provide one band or solo artist with the time and resources to develop their artistic practice, as well as mentoring and a comprehensive artist services package from CD Baby to support them every step of the way. The winning act will be selected by international industry delegates attending Ireland Music Week from among the 50 showcasing artists. At the conference, CD Baby will also offer workshops not only for artists, but also for labels and managers, covering a breadth of topics for the independent musician.

Rich Orchard, Director of European Market Development at CD Baby, said: “Having recently opened our first European office, we’re delighted to partner with Ireland Music Week this year as part of their biggest annual event yet. We’re going to shine a spotlight on all 50 of these wonderful showcasing artists, and I look forward to charting the development of our inaugural IMW bursary winner. As well as preferred distribution to digital stores, we’ll be offering IMW artists best-in-class services across publishing admin, digital marketing, video monetization and sync representation; doing all we can to help support this stage in their careers.”

Andrson: New Digital A&R Platform

Ireland Music Week has also partnered with Andrson, a new music startup using predictive analytics and audio AI to reinvent digital A&R. Andrson is offering an exclusive opportunity for 2019 Ireland Music Week showcasing artists and applicants to be first users of the Andrson platform. The benefits for artists include: direct exposure and communication with industry (labels/management/agents), profitable discovery and monetization of their music, control over their profile and uploads, and access to bespoke analytics. Industry benefit from effortless discovery and faster capitalization of new music. Andrson will officially launch its new platform at Ireland Music Week, and acts joining the pilot will be the only artists discoverable on Andrson during the conference. The Andrson team will also offer workshops for artists on how to get the most out of the platform.

Zach Miller-Frankel, Founder and CEO of Andrson said: “Andrson is poised to be the global leader in digital A&R, but more than that, we are all about giving artists the advantage. We can think of no better way to do that than by partnering with Ireland Music Week to showcase the amazing wealth of Irish music.”

Music Video Production Master Classes

Budget Music Videos joins Ireland Music Week as a conference exhibitor for 2019. Their production team will lead workshops for delegates on ‘How to Make Great DIY Music Videos.’ Artists and conference delegates will also have the opportunity to test the new Budget Music Videos platform.

Loraa White, Company Director for Budget Music Videos said: “Video is king when it comes to building your audience and engaging fans—and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We’re delighted to partner with Ireland Music Week to share insights on how to make a high-quality DIY music video on a budget, from selecting and working with a production team, to communicating your vision, storyboarding, planning your shoot, editing, and more.”

Second Round of International Delegates

Ireland Music Week has also announced a second round of international delegates who will attend the showcases and take part in the packed conference, including top music supervisors, agents, talent managers, and many more. Read their bios at:

We are really thrilled with the number and calibre of speakers and buyers this year, and today’s list brings our gender balance at the event to 50/50, which is what we try to achieve every year,” said festival organizer Angela Dorgan. “In the face of Brexit, we have especially concentrated on keeping the doors open to our nearest neighbours. We would not have been able to welcome so many guests without the support of See Here funds from Culture Ireland and we are immensely grateful to them.

Andrea Madden – Channel 4 / Made in Chelsea

Angel Gambino – Rhapsody International (Napster)

Carly James – Paradigm Talent Agency

Claire Courtney – Earth Music Agency

Corrina Kavanagh – Columbia Records UK

Gabrielle Corbett – Vevo

Gary Cohen – ATC Management

Geoff Travis – Rough Trade Records

Janet Lopez – Neophonic

Jennifer Reeve – Neophonic

Josh Mateer – Parlophone

Loraa White – Budget Music Videos

Mark Lippman – Scruff of the Neck

Orla Gorman – Universal Music UK

Sam Heerey – Double Six Rights

Sarah Besnard – ATC Live

(With more to be announced in the coming weeks)

More About Partners:

CD Baby

CD Baby gets independent artists paid weekly for their music in all the ways musicians earn money today: streaming, downloads, video monetisation, physical sales, publishing royalties, sync licensing and more. Over the past two decades, it has grown to become the largest global distributor of independent music, the largest publishing rights administrator in the world, one of the most trusted names in the industry, and the go-to educational resource on topics such as music marketing, rights management and more. CD Baby is proud to work on behalf of 750,000 recording artists worldwide, helping them build a better bridge between their creativity and the revenue sources they need to start a successful career in music. In 2018, CD Baby opened their first UK & European office in London.



Founded in 2018, Andrson is the solution to the music industry’s largest problem – digital A&R. We use predictive analytics and audio AI to link unsigned talent with music industry professionals. Basically, Andrson focuses on audio analysis to enable rapid discovery of musicians whose sound fills the empty slots on your roster. So if you need to sign a female singer between the ages of 20-25 within 100 km of London who sounds at least 80% like Adele, Andrson is the answer.


Budget Music Videos

Budget Music Videos is a music video production company based in the UK and Ireland. The company has been established since 2013 and work closely with independent musicians. The website offers a wide range of services including Music Video Production, Pre-Made Stock Music Videos, Music Video Marketing and Music Video Tutorials.


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