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Ireland Music Week – Artist Applications Now Open for the October Festival

April 26, 2022

Ireland Music Week is delighted to announce that, after two years online, the festival will return live and kicking to Dublin venues in October. The international facing showcase and conference, now the twentieth year, will take place from October 4th-7th. 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 Friday May 20th at 6pm

Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact, explains:

This is the 20th year of Ireland Music Week (previously HWCH), and as a showcase and meeting ground for the global industry, it has become a world-beating festival. Uniquely IMW has managed to keep the showcasing focus exclusively on the best emerging Irish acts each year, giving them the best opportunities to develop professionally.  IMW has also led the charge by delivering a gender-balanced line-up for the last five years, which has in turn, delivered more equal and diverse line-ups for our international activity as well as Irish festival line-ups. The festival has long been the catalyst for real change in the Irish music industry and we hope to keep delivering on that for the sector for decades to come”

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. Tickets are on sale now via

For artists of all levels, the conference at the festival will give them a chance to learn and develop their craft and create new opportunities with agents, labels, bookers, music supervisors and services from all over the world.

Christine Sisk, Director, Culture Ireland added; 

“Over the last two decades, Ireland Music Week has played a critical role mentoring and developing new Irish musical talent. Culture Ireland has supported IMW over these years recognising in particular the importance of it as a platform to create international opportunities for Irish musicians”.

The conference will continue to include dedicated B2B elements with a dedicated AIM Ireland day, along with panels, workshops and one-to-one meetings for the artists with the international and Irish professionals.

Artist applications now open via

Tickets via

Some of last year’s big successes to progress from the festival include Sprints, M(h)aol, Bobbi Arlo, Bicurious, Cooks But We’re Chefs, Dea Matrona, FYA FOX, Niamh Regan, Pastiche, Pretty Happy, Will Troy and many 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, Pillow Queens, THUMPER,  Soulé, Daithí, Jafaris, Chasing Abbey, Saint Sister, Wyvern Lingo, Just Mustard , Villagers, 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier, along with Girl Band, Jape, The Coronas, Talos, Le Boom, Loah, Soak, Hazey Haze, Sinead O’ Brien, Æ Mak, Kitt Phillippa, Ailbhe Reddy, MELTS, April, Jyellowl, Somebody’s Child, Junior Brother and more.

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.

|| Ireland Music Week is supported by The Arts Council and Culture Ireland ||

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