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Conference Schedule



17 JAN 2024


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11am - 12pm FIRST DAY ORIENTATION - ROOM 5 - How to Maximise Your Time at a Conference

A workshop for emerging musicians, featuring industry experts discussing challenges and opportunities for up-and-coming artists. Topics include developing a unique sound, building a fanbase, approaching record labels, and promoting your music through social media. Panellists will offer insights and advice based on their own experiences and encourage interactive engagement. 

11.30am - 1.00pm - ROOM 3 - TALK / PRESENTATION: A Comprehensive Guide to IMRO Membership and Benefits

IMRO, the Irish Music Rights Organisation, plays a pivotal role in supporting and promoting the vibrant music industry in Ireland. At this advice information session, we will provide a comprehensive overview of what IMRO does and the multitude of benefits that come with membership. IMRO ensures that music creators are fairly compensated for their creative work when it's publicly performed, broadcast or made available online. Being an IMRO member not only safeguards your intellectual property but also opens up a world of career enhancing opportunities. Through this session, we guide participants on how to maximise their membership. This includes educating them on royalty collection, offering industry insights and information regarding membership resources and networking opportunities to connect with fellow musicians and industry professionals.

12pm - 1.00pm  - ROOM 2 - PANEL: The Future Beat: Navigating New Horizons in Music Booking


Dive into "The Future Beat: Navigating New Horizons in Music Booking," a dynamic one-hour panel designed for today’s music booking agents. This session offers an insightful exploration of the latest industry trends, challenges, and technological advancements shaping the world of music booking. Engage in interactive discussions on crucial topics like innovative networking strategies, ethical practices, and the art of negotiation in the digital age. The workshop also includes a forward-looking segment on the future trajectories of the industry, preparing agents for upcoming shifts and opportunities. Join us for an enlightening journey into the evolving landscape of music booking, where learning, networking, and collaborative brainstorming pave the way for a more successful and adaptive professional future.

1.30pm - 3.00pm - ROOM 3 - PRESENTATION: Exploring Music Tourism: Insights and Opportunities with Daithi Kearney

Description: Join us for an engaging panel discussion on Music Tourism, featuring DkIT’s Daithi Kearney. This session aims to delve into the growing intersection of music and travel, exploring how destinations are enhanced by musical heritage and contemporary scenes. Daithi Kearney, a well-respected figure in the field, will share his valuable insights on the impact of music on local cultures and economies, and the emerging trends in music tourism. Whether you're a music enthusiast, travel professional, or cultural curator, this discussion will provide a unique perspective on how music shapes and is shaped by the places we visit. Don't miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding of music tourism and its potential in today's world.

1.30pm - 3.00pm - ROOM 2 - Navigating the Complexities of Music Licensing: Insights from MCPSI

Join us for an enlightening presentation by the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society Ireland (MCPSI), dedicated to exploring the intricate world of music licensing. This session is designed to provide comprehensive insights into the legal frameworks that govern the protection of musical compositions and recordings.

Key Highlights:
Understanding Copyright Laws: Delve into the essentials of copyright law as it applies to music, highlighting how creators can safeguard their artistic works.

Licensing Processes Explained: Gain clarity on the procedures for acquiring licenses to use copyrighted music, essential for both creators and users.

Rights and Compensation: Learn about the rights of composers, songwriters, and music publishers, and the mechanisms for ensuring fair monetary compensation.

Types of Music Licenses: Explore the various categories of music licenses and their specific applications in different contexts.

Current Trends: Stay informed about the latest developments and trends in the music licensing industry, helping you navigate the ever-evolving landscape.

This presentation is a must-attend for anyone involved in the music industry, from creators to consumers, providing valuable knowledge and practical guidance on the legalities and processes of music licensing. Join us to deepen your understanding and stay ahead in the dynamic world of music rights and regulations.

3.00pm - 4.00pm - ROOM 2 - WORKSHOP: Getting The Most Out Of Your Showcase Performance with Ben Mandelson, founder of WOMEX

Embark on an enriching journey to elevate your showcase performances in this exclusive workshop led by Ben Mandelson, the visionary founder of the World Music Expo (WOMEX). This session is tailor-made for artists, managers, and producers who aspire to make a lasting impact in their live showcase events.

Whether you are a seasoned performer or just starting out, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn from one of the leading figures in world music. Enhance your skills, gain valuable industry insights, and take your showcase performances to new heights. Join us for an hour of learning, inspiration, and practical advice to transform your live music events.

1.30pm - 3.00pm  - ROOM 6 - PANEL: Rhythms Reimagined: AI's Impact Across the Music Spectrum


The panel discussion 'Rhythms Reimagined: AI's Impact Across the Music Spectrum' is about how artificial intelligence is changing the music industry. It will cover AI's influence in creating music, finding new artists, and organising events. The panel will look at how AI affects both the artistic and business aspects of music. This event is great for anyone interested in how music and technology are coming together, as it will provide insights into the opportunities and challenges of AI in music.

3.30pm - 5.00pm - ROOM 2 - TALK / PRESENTATION: Meet the Producer, Joanne Gardner & Documentary Showing of The Making of Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume 2

Don't miss the first European screening of the 1987 documentary "The Making of Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume 2". Film producer Joanne Gardner offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at this historic project.

Insightful discussion with Joanne Gardner about the documentary's creation.
Features legendary artists including Johnny Cash, Carter Family, Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Levon /helm, Ricky Scaggs, Bruce Hornsby, John Denver, Roseanne Cash, John Hiatt, / New Grass Revival, Michael Martin Murphy and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
A unique opportunity for music fans to explore a pivotal moment in music history.

Join us for an engaging and nostalgic journey into the heart of music's rich heritage.

4.00pm - 5.00pm - CARLINGFORD - Emerging Artist Official Showcases

6.30pm - 12.30am Official Showcases


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