RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” Returns for 2019

February 19, 2019

RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” returns for the second year – a thoughtfully curated international-leaning music forum designed to encourage an exchange of learning and discussion and challenge some of the biggest prevailing issues facing both artists and industry professionals.

It will take place on the day of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, Thursday 7th March from 10.30am – 3.30pm at IMRO, Dublin 2.  Tickets, priced at €5.00, are on sale now via http://choicemusicprize.ie/conversations

The event will provide an opportunity to learn from and challenge leading figures and experts working in the international industry and examine some of the critical components of today’s constantly changing music industry landscape. 

The panels will be moderated by Jim Carroll from RTÉ.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations”

Venue: Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Baggot St Lower, Dublin 2

9.30am: Registration opens

Conversation 1

10.30am: A Conversation with Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury / Co-founder The Great Escape)

Conversation 2

11.30am: I Heard You on the Radio: Irish Radio’s Role in Breaking New Acts

From Kodaline to Gavin James, radio is still key when it comes to breaking acts in Ireland thanks to an audience who still turn on and tune in every day. But is this likely to continue indefinitely? Should radio be taking more chances? Is radio’s attention economy margins getting squeezed by streaming? What will happen to radio when our cars are no longer FM-friendly?


Alan Swan (Director of Music 2FM)

Abbie McCarthy (BBC Introducing)

(further panellists to be announced)

12.30pm: Lunch break

Conversation 3

1.30pm: Are Guitar Bands About To Take Over Again?

They may not have quite done away with your Ed Sheerans and Ariana Grandes, but the return of the guitar band is very much on trend. While we’ve always seen cyclical ebbs and flows, it will be hugely interesting to see how they fare in the current era of heavily formatted commercial radio and streaming playlists. Our panel will look at the guitar band ecosystem, the role played by live venues in this resurgence, the ways to promote a guitar band in 2019 and where they think the new guns will be five years from now.


James O’ Donohoe (Artist Manager Red Light Management UK)

Carl Brogan (Manager The Academic)

(further panellists to be announced)

Conversation 4

 2.30pm: Mental Health and Music

Support and welfare of musicians and artists has never been as important as it is today. All involved are hugely aware of the vulnerability of working in the arts and the fact that musicians are four times as likely to suffer from anxiety and mental health issues than that of the general population. But awareness is just the beginning and panellists will examine some very specific areas which need to be addressed.


Joe Hastings – Head of Health & Welfare (Help Musicians UK) 

Louize Carroll (Occupational Psychologist, Bass Player The Blizzards) 

Aoife Ruth (Musician, Psychotherapist, Researcher)

3.30pm: Concludes


Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas industry delegates to attend the live event and First Music Contact (FMC), as part of their international profiling activity, will again advise on the selection of delegates and oversee their integration into the individual mentoring sessions with the artists and the conference.

In Association with IMRO and Culture Ireland

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