HWCH Convention 2013

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It’s time for change.

As HWCH faces into its teenage years, it’s time for the festival’s convention to have a bit of a shake-up.

Change one – we’ve moved gaff. All the HWCH Convention talks, panels, workshops, conversations, duets, solos, sessions and heated rows will take place in our new daytime hub. You’ll find this at the National Digital Resource Centre (NDRC) on Crane Street in the heart of the Liberties. Head up Thomas Street. Go past Vicar Street, the National College of Art & Design and Arthur’s pub. Take a left onto Crane Street. Follow the signs. There you are now.

Change two – we’ve gone digital. Because of the increased interaction between tech and music over the last few years, it seemed a  natural progression to include a larger digital element to the festival. You’ll see what we mean when you go through the convention programme.

Change three – we’ve quadrupled in size. In years gone by, the HWCH Convention has been a relatively bijou affair. This year, we’ve supersized the whole thing and you now have over 20 different events going on from Thursday to Saturday. Now, you’re talking.

Change four – we’ve pushed the artists in front of the microphones. HWCH has always been about the artists and we believe everything starts with them. Come along to the artists panel on Saturday to get their perspective on life and the whole damn thing. 

Change five – we’ve restocked the tool-kit. Given that most artists today will find themselves involved in more DIY projects than a hardware store employee, we’ve decided to focus on areas like funding and marketing which artists always need to more about.

Change six – we’ve upped the quality. You’ll find plenty of new faces, fresh voices and different perspectives as HWCH Convention swings into action this year.

Change is good.

HWCH Convention takes place at the NDRC, Crane Street, The Liberties, Dublin 8 from Thursday October 3 to Saturday October 5. See programme for day by day breakdown and times. Some sessions must be pre-booked. Admission to all events is free of charge. 

Link to day by day programme

Where is the NDRC, man? Head up Thomas Street. Go past Vicar Street, the National College of Art & Design and Arthur’s pub. Take a left onto Crane Street. Follow the signs. There you are now.


Thursday 3rd October




Each of the selected companies at HWCH launchpad in association with Deezer will pitch their idea / company to a room of investors, VCs and their peers


Public attendance is limited email declan@hwch.net for a place in the audience

10.00 Introduction to day Gary Leyden NDRC            
10.20 Learning Experiences Ireland            
10.40 Soundtravel            
11.00 Doortonic            
11.20 Turning Pirate Radio            
11.40 BREAKOUT COFFEE            
12.20 seevl / MDG Web            
12.40 Buzzoo            
13.00 VisiLit            
13.20 _maker            
13.40 LUNCH            
15.00 Gigstarter            
15.20 Echo Place            
16.00 HipsterCEO            
16.20 BREAKOUT COFFEE            
16.40 Wildcard Distribution            
17.00 Fonesense            
17.20 Groovetools            
 deezer ndrc

Friday 4th October




Rainsford Room


Sugar Room

10.00 - 13.00 Speed Sessions            
Book one of 30 places to have speed dates with all delegates attending HWCH 2013. This is your chance to meet the bookers. Agents, managers, bloggers and industry professionals from at home and abroad. You get ten minutes to pitch your band /comapny. A whistle blows and you move on to the next delegate. Spaces are limited and awarded on a first come first serve basis email industry@hwch.net to book a space.        
14.00 - 15.00 Panel: Music Innovation and Technology   14.00 - 15.00 Workshop: The kitchen sync   14.00 - 15.00 The Guide: Band Names and Bios
Speakers - Mark Foster, Deezer UK and Ireland: Craig Watson, Soundwave: Mark Crossingham, Universal Music: Nic Robinson, Kobalt: Syd Lawrence, We Make Awesome Sh.it   Speakers - Deke O Brien: Laura Webb; Music Supervisors   Speakers - Steve Reddy and Jenny Headen
Welcome to the crossroads. Coming up one road, there’s the music business. Coming up another road, there’s the tech side. There’s going to be an almighty crash-bang-wallop unless the traffic lights work. Our panel of music and tech heads chew the fat on how far we’ve come and where we go from here.   How to make money from your music through film, TV and advertising placements   A no-holds-barred romp through putting your band’s bio together. What to say and, much more importantly, what not to say.
15.00 - 16.00 Panel: Bands and Brands   15.00 - 16.00 Workshop: The Deezer Geezer   15.00 - 16.00 The Guide: Design and Visuals
Speakers - Hazel Chu,Diageo, Paul Adams, ThinkingOutsideIn, Chewy, Thinkhouse: Robert Quirke, Action Media   Speaker - Mark Foster   Speakers - Darragh Nolan and Brendan Canty
Just how far are you and your band prepared to go for a brand? At a time when brands are the ones with the money, many acts find themselves on the horns of a dilemma about their engagement with the moneymen. Brands themselves naturally want all of the action, but do bands actually have a clue what they’re doing when they get into this space? And what should they be doing?   Mark Foster, Deezer UK and Ireland’s managing director, on the view from his hot-seat   What your visual collateral says about you – and why having a photo with all the band members wearing tracksuits and jumpers may not be a great idea
16.00 - 17.00 PANEL: The Science, Philosophy and Economics of being in a band   16.00 - 17.00 Workshop :Bands and Apps   16.00 - 17.00 The Guide: Engineering
Speakers - Harry Martin, Domino Records: Jason Edwards, 13 Artists: Claire Southwick, Transgressive Producers; James Byrne, Villagers   Speakers - Patrick Leddy, Furious Tribe; Syd Lawrence, We Make Awesome Sh.it, Joseph Benguira, YouZeek   Speakers - Sean Corcoran
What it’s like to be in a band or working with a band in 2013? What are the expectations, the realities, the objectives and the rest of it? Our panel of people who work with bands every day of the working week (and that includes Saturday and Sunday) get philosophical about it.   Get your own app, they say. It will be only mighty, they say, You’ll be lost without it, they say. But do you really need to spend time and effort on apps or can you get away without them? Are apps just another case of snazzy tech gimmicks or can you actually use the to grow your own community?   Everything you wanted to know about sound engineering in an hour without having to hand over hundreds of euros to someone who used to do sound for a hair-metal band 30 years ago

Saturday 5th October




Rainsford Room


Sugar Room

10.00 - 13.00 Speed Sessions   10.00 - 14.00 Workshop : Build your own guitar pedal      
Book one of 30 places to have speed dates with all delagtes attending HWCH 2013. This is your chance to meet the bookers. Agents, managers, bloggers and industry professionals from at home and abroad. You get ten minutes to pitch your band /comapny. A whistle blows and you move on to the next delegate. Spacces are limited and awarded on a first come first serve basis email industry@hwch.net to book a space.   Make and do: learn the skills required to make and customise guitar pedals with the team from _maker, the learning platform for musicians, instrumentalists and sound artists who wish to create their own equipment (http://twitter.com/__maker). Space is limited and pre-booking is ssential - email declan@hwch.net    
14.00 - 15.00 PANEL: The artists talk back   14.30 - 15.30 Workshop: Data quality and management   14.00 - 15.00 The Guide: Funding for Startups
Speakers - MayKay, Fight Like Apes, Conor Adams, Cast of Cheers, Nial Conlon, Delorentos; Conor Deasy, Biggles Flys Again   Speakers - Daragh O' Brien, Castlebridge Associates   Speakers - Linda Coyle
Join a choice selection of music-makers as they down their instruments for an hour to talk about the stuff on their mind. A view of the business from those at the sharp end of the business.   A how-to and how-not-to guide for artists, labels and companies in managing the data at their fingertips from Daragh O'Brien of data management company Castlebridge Associates   Linda Coyle from Enterprise Ireland on the wide range of assistance available to would-be Irish tech heavyweights
15.00 - 16.00 PANEL: Making Money From Video   15.30 - 16.30 Workshop: Your Band Online   15.00 - 16.00 The Guide : Funding for Touring
Speakers - Tina Moran (other voices), Ross O’Connor (google), Cathal Furey 45sound and Kevin Godley WholeWorldBand   Speaker - James Foley, Deezer; Syd Lawrence, We Make Awesome Sh.it   Speakers - Val Balance,The Arts Council, Madeline Boughton, Culture Ireland
There is a plethora of ways to monetise your videos so are you doing it right? A selection of video-friendly folks chew the fat and work out how much more money the video for your track would make if it had a cat dancing the cha-cha in it.   Managing your band's online identity. From becoming a social media superstar without losing your marbles, annoying your friends and being an idiot to optimising your band's profile on Deezer, Spotify, iTunes etc.   Where to go to tap the cash to help you hit the road with your band or act and make friends home and away.
16.00 - 17.00 PANEL: Fund It Yourself   16.30 - 17.30 Workshop : Make your own venue      
Speakers - Paul Barton, Pledge Music: Donal Scannell, Gigstaretr: Andrew Hetherington, Fundit.ie: Shane McKenna, Dabbledoo   Speakers - Orlaith Ross, The Crypt,Laura Gdovn, Block T, Peter O 'Brien Upstart,    
Crowdfunding has become the meme of the moment, as all those in the artistic community in need of cash turn to social media campaigning and pledges to get the money needed to turn ideas into reality.   The A to Z (or at least T) of how set up your venue and creative space from those who’ve been there, seen that and built the stage    


  ANDREA LEONELLI / Digital Music Trends
AOIFE WOODLOCK / Other Voices Aoife has been the music producer on the critically acclaimed Other Voices TV series since 2005. Other Voices recently took the series to NYC, London and Derry. Woodlock has booked acts such as The National, Amy Winehouse, Ryan Adams, Florence and The Machine, Snow Patrol, Elbow and The XX. The most recent series includes Laura Marling, Laura Mvula, Mathew E White and John Grant. The series has been instrumental in platforming new Irish music to International audiences and is distributed globally. The Guardian / Observer is the UK and Ireland media partners. She also works as a consultant to Jack Daniels Music Campaigns, filming acts collaborating on various projects. Most recently the JD projects included Duane Eddy, Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley and Ellie Goulding in the UK. The Irish projects included Divine Comedy, Magic Numbers, Cathy Davey and Jape. These are broadcast on the Chanel 4 music slot.
CAMERON WRIGHT / Festival Director - Canadian Music Week Cameron has been involved in the Canadian music scene for over 13 years. Heavily involved in live music, Cameron can be found producing shows with every major promoter in Toronto - from AEG Live to Live Nation to Embrace Productions and more.
He has helped produce shows for Oasis, Foo Fighters, Tool, Portishead, Phoenix, Stone Temple Pilots and hundreds more. For the last 3 years, he has been the festival director for Canadian Music Week, now in its 31st year, which takes over Toronto every March with 80 venues

CLAIRE SOUTHWICK / Transgressive Producer Management Claire Southwick is a partner and director of Transgressive Producer Management alongside Tim Dellow and Toby L at Transgressive Records. Transgressive Producer Management was established in 2005 with Claire bringing her clients into the fold.
Claire manages producers Rob Ellis/Paul Savage/Jim Anderson/David Pye/Tarek Musa and Richard Jackson. Artists worked with include Anna Calvi/Mogwai/Bat For Lashes/PJ Harvey/Wild Beasts/Fever Ray/Everything Everything.
Claire has worked in the music industry for 15 years. Beginning her career at an indie label called Blue Dog, Claire then worked in PR, publishing and management before dipping her toe into producer management at Sanctuary Music and progressing to set up her own Producer management company.
Claire is also a creative director and partner in the BHZ/Dancing Coins label which launched the artist Cold Specks. Cold Specks’ debut album was shortlisted for the Polaris Prize and was also recently nominated for Breakthrough Artist in the Juno Awards.
Claire also manages Charlotte Hatherley’s new project Sylver Tongue and upcoming new artist I Have A Tribe.

  CONOR ADAMS / Cast of Cheers
  CONOR DEASY / Biggles Flys Again
  CRAIG WATSON / Soundwave

DARAGH O'BRIEN / Director - Castlebridge Associates Daragh O Brien is the Managing Director of Castlebridge Associates. An acknowledged thought leader in the field of Information Quality and Data Protection, he has developed and taught courses in Information Quality Management and Data Protection for a number of organisations in Ireland. He has provided consulting services across industries as diverse as Health Care, Telecommunications, Education and Financial Services.

DARREN HEMMINGS / Founder - Motive Unknown For three years Darren Hemmings was the Head of Digital Marketing for the PIAS Entertainment Group. In 2011 he left to form Motive Unknown, a strategic digital marketing agency. Since then the company has worked on campaigns with labels such as Infectious Music, Domino, Houndstooth, Lucky Number and more, covering artists including Alt-J, Moby and Villagers among others. As well as working on artist campaigns, Motive Unknown has also worked with fashion brands such as FLY53, and with tech companies such as Soundhalo. In addition to running Motive Unknown, Darren also curates the Daily Digest newsletter, which goes out to key people across the UK and US music industry.

DEKE O'BRIEN / ADTRAX Deke O Brien is a founder director of IMRO and current director of MCPS.He set up Trax on Wax Music to sign writers for RTE's Zig & Zag / Dustin. This association led to placing many Irish acts on RTE' compilation albums for the "Non Stop Pop" TV weekly show. With the demise of CD sales and the slow up-take for online downloading, a sister company ADTRAX emerged for the express purpose of music synchronization in Advertising, which was hugely successful in securing blue chip clients like Guinness/Heinekin Volkswagon/Toyota/Mazda Denny Foods/Superquin/Supervalue/Birds Eye etc.... More recently ADTRAX has focused exclusively on placing Irish unsigned music.in ads. with huge success story for "Heathers" on the Failte Ireland campaign.This lasted for three years which lead to a major signing with Universal and Warners. Other acts Ham Sandwich and Laundry Shop benefited in many ways both financially and exposure -wise from this association with Failte Ireland. Finally Foy Vance a masterful writer and performer has renewed with Denny (Kerry Foods) for the 4th year running with the wonderful track "Homebird". ADTRAX goes from strength to strength in convincing major corporate advertisers that the right SONG does'nt have to be the big international hit and can come from our own talented composers offering positive opportunity to worthy contributors
DEV SHERLOCK / The Hype Machine Dev is part of the elite team at The Hype Machine, one of the world’s most influential music sites, where he works closely with artists and music bloggers, and is also host/co-producer of Hype Machine Radio.His career spans both traditional and new media. He served as an editor at Musician Magazine, a programming exec for Clear Channel Radio, and co-founder of a digital media start-up before teaming with The Hype Machine in 2009. Also a widely-published music journalist, his writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Q, Billboard, The Word, NME, Time Out, Details and The Rolling Stone Album Guide.
DONAL SCANNELL / Gigstarter CEO of gigstarter, a white label platform which allows artists to sell concert tickets before a tour is confirmed. Once ticket purchases are pledged by fans tour dates are locked down to match demand in real time. Mondo Management client Ruarri Joseph has just used our platform to arrange his first Irish tour.
HAZEL CHU / Diageo Hazel Chu was recently appointed the Head of Corporate and Trade Communications for Diageo. Prior to joining Diageo, Hazel held the position of interim Head of Communications at NDRC (National Digital Research Centre), managing the overall marketing and communications strategy for the organisation while advising multiple start-ups on how to build their brand. Hazel started off her career in communications, marketing and events, working with charities such as MS Ireland, UNICEF and Temple Street Child. In 2007 she joined the core team at Electric Picnic and held the position of Assistant Artist Manager for several years, she worked on several music festivals including Love Box, Some Days Never Ends and Midlands. In 2010 she moved to New York to work as a marketing and communications consultant to the North America Bord Bia office and was asked by New York based Designer Yoana Baraschi to advise on a marketing and communications strategy for her the brand. Thereafter she returned to Dublin and was made Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications with Forfás for the European Science Open Forum and Dublin City of Science projects. When not brand building or PR spinning Hazel loves surfing, watching Black Books and avoiding big lorries when cycling her bike around town.
  VAL BALANCE / The Arts Council
  JAMES BYNRE / Villagers
JAMES FOLEY / Deezer. James Foley is head of editorial for Deezer UK and Ireland. Deezer’s mantra is music discovery, helping fans rediscover the joy of finding and sharing fantastic new music through specially selected editorial recommendations for every single market in which it is present. Co.Waterford man James was previously music editor at indispensable UK industry tip-sheet and news service Record of the Day.

JANKE BRANDS / Eurosonic Janke Brands taught financial administration for independent artists at the Academy of Pop Culture in Leeuwarden. As a musician in an alternative pop band, Janke toured intensively at festivals and venues throughout the Netherlands for 14 years, contributing to various CDs. With a partner, she initiated record label Wham!Wham! records, putting out international releases of experimental pop music.  She started working for Eurosonic Noorderslag in 2003, first at the financial dept. During these years Janke gradually quit her side projects to dedicate all her energy to Eurosonic Noorderslag. She is now member of the management team, serving as a policy officer, financial manager and business manager of the international exchange programme ETEP. Beside this she fullfills a number of social tasks in various boards.

JASON EDWARDS / 13 Artists Jason began his career in music before he left school as a contributing writer at Artrocker magazine and ThisIsFakeDIY. He then moved to OneRecords as their in-house press officer whilst simultaneously establishing a regular club night at Glasgow's School of Art. Now a booking agent at 13 Artists (a boutique agency in Brighton representing Radiohead, The Arctic Monkeys, Interpol and more) since August 2010, Jason looks after a roster of artists including Grimes, Spector, Theme Park, Factory Floor, Oh Land, Clock Opera and Blood Orange.
JAVIER LOPEZ / Midem Javier Lopez is the UK & Ireland Sales Director for Midem, the original and most important global music/tech/brands trade show and conference, which has been taking place in Cannes for the last 48 years. In 2013, over 6400 participants from 73 countries and representing 2500 companies attended the event. Javier came to the UK 20 years ago and never returned to his native Madrid, except for some summer sun! He spent several years working from London as a freelance music journalist for Spanish magazines such as Rolling Stone, Vogue Spain, Top Music and Rockdelux, as well as for the Agencia EFE (official Spanish News Agency) and for the cultural sections of other publications. In 1998 he joined the music exporter Beehive International where he was in charge of sales to South America and Southern Europe. He then continued this role with another exporter, Caroline 2, until he joined Reed Midem in 2004.
KEVIN GODLEY / WholeWorldBand In 1972 Kevin co-founded the band 10cc with Lol Crème. With singles like ‘Rubber Bullets’ ‘The Dean & I’ and ‘I’m not in Love’ plus four hit albums, 10cc went on to self 30 million records before splitting up in 1976. On leaving 10cc Godley & Creme explored new creative horizons and by the launch of MTV in 1981, had become synonymous with music video. The pair went on to direct pioneering promos for Herbie Hancock, Lou Reed, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Sting, Duran Duran, The Police, Culture Club, and Peter Gabriel and many more. The clip for their own single "Cry" was a watershed moment in the industry and remains one of the most innovative music videos of the period.
Godley & Creme were nominated for two Grammies and won seven MTV Music Awards including the prestigious Video Vanguard Award before their own partnership dissolved in the late 1980’s. Kevin then embarked on a solo career directing TV commercials, U2’s ‘Zoo TV Outside Broadcast’, the opening film for Paul McCartney’s 1993 American tour and promos for Blur, The Beatles, Gabrielle, Alabama 3, Bono & Frank Sinatra, The Black Crows, Will Young and U2. In 1990, the BBC approached Kevin to originate an idea to highlight environmental issues. This project was ‘One World One Voice’. Conceived by Kevin as a ‘chain tape’ that travelled the world adding performances en route, the resulting TV show became the inspiration for his latest enterprise WholeWorldBand. WholeWorldBand is a commercial platform that gives established and emerging musicians the opportunity to collaborate with each other in audio and video, whatever their location or musical genre. Short - listed for a 2013 Music Accelerator Award at South By South West, it is currently testing ahead of release. In 2000, the Music Week CADS (Creative Art and Design) Committee honoured Kevin with an Outstanding Achievement Award, acknowledging 20 years of consistently stunning work and in 2004 he joined his ex 10cc band mates to receive an Ivor Novello Award for ‘Outstanding Song Collection’. Alongside his current adventures in technology, Kevin is also writing his memoirs, developing projects for film, TV and the stage, and planning an exhibition of his own video – based artwork.
  LAURA G DOVN / Block T
LAURA WEBB / Music Supervisor - Laura started out in the music supervision world by working with esteemed music supervisor, Laura Wasserman. During her time as a music coordinator, she worked on films such as SHARK TALE, A LOT LIKE LOVE, XXX2: STATE OF THE UNION, 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, MTV’S THE HILLS. In 2009, Laura started her own music supervision company Webb Worldwide Music. Some of her credits include: MTV’s WORLD OF JENKS, THE CITY, TAKING THE STAGE, HOW’S YOUR NEWS, BET’s BORN TO DANCE, 2012 MTV’s Movie Awards & SAVE THE DATE, which was in competition at Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by IFC. She is currently music supervising the third season of TEEN WOLF, the second season of Bravo’s VANDERPUMP RULES, and the independent film written by Joss Whedon, IN YOUR EYES.
LIZZY NEWTON / South By Southwest (SXSW). Lizzy is a Music Festival Booker at South By Southwest (SXSW). Now in its 28th year, SXSW Music and Media Conference and Festival is a must for the music and creative industry professional. SXSW 2013 saw nearly 25,000 music industry professionals attend compelling panels, industry discussions, demo listening sessions, and trade show exhibits. The Music and Media Conference aims to educate and inspire musicians and those who work with them. In 2013, SXSW showcased six nights of music performed by 2,278 acts representing 55 different countries, performing at over 100 venues in downtown Austin, Texas. Whether you're a grizzled music biz vet, or a wide-eyed newbie, you'll find great discussions and unique opportunities to meet people who can help advance your ambitions.
MARK CROSSINGHAM / Univesal Music Ireland. Mark Crossingham has been at the helm of Universal Music Ireland since 2008, prior to that he was General Manager of UMGI's Concord Music Group . He has also been deputy managing director for Universal Island, senior VP international at Universal Music U.K., and head of Universal Music U.K.'s international marketing unit. Mark's career in in the music industry started in 1986 as a west end sales rep for Warner Music UK. Within two years he was National Accounts Manager Warner Music UK. Mark joined the Universal group in 1995 as Marketing Director MCA Music International.
MARK FOSTER / Deezer. Mark Foster’s career in the music industry began in the mid-eighties at Arista Records, as UK Product Manager for a varied portfolio of US artists, ranging from legends such as Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick to the soon-to-become stellar Whitney Houston. A succession of Marketing and International roles were to follow, at Polydor and Warner Music, including time in Paris as Marketing Director of both of Warner’s French affiliates. Returning to London as Vice President of all of Warner Music’s European Marketing operations, Foster oversaw pan-regional campaigns for superstar and developing artists from Warner Bros, Elektra and Atlantic, including Madonna, R.E.M., Prince, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and many more, as well as European stars such as Phil Collins, Enya, The Corrs and cross-border breakouts such as Laura Pausini. He then founded Warner Music International’s New Media Division, responsible for developing new revenues and establishing ground-breaking licensing relationships in the digital music space. After leaving Warner, Foster acted as a digital strategy and marketing consultant for a number of organisations both inside and outside the music industry, including the IFPI, PPL and various small labels and retailers. In 2011, Foster was asked to spearhead the UK and Ireland launches of the leading streaming subscription service Deezer. Deezer opened for business in Ireland in December 2011. Since then, Deezer has expanded as a global streaming service, available in over 180 countries and has more than 4m paying subscribers worldwide.
MATT MCDONALD / CMJ Matt’s primary focus is on programming artist showcases at the CMJ Music Marathon. Now in its 33rd year, the Marathon attracts more than 1300 artists and 100,000 music fans from around the world to NYC every autumn and will take place this year October 15-29. In addition, Matt oversees various events, tours, and music licensing initiatives at CMJ throughout the year, with a primary focus on up-and-coming acts. Prior to joining CMJ in 2005, he was a talent buyer at a handful of New York clubs.
  MAYKAY / Fight Like Apes
  NIAL CONLON / Delorentos
NICK ROBINSON / Kobalt Nick Robinson is Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, of independent music publisher, Kobalt Music Group. Nick is based in Kobalt's London headquarters where his role includes sourcing and signing new writers/catalogues, artists and music publishers; artist/writer relations and A&R/creative development. His signings at Kobalt include Alt-J, Bon Iver, Thom Yorke and Polica. Nick has more than 20 years experience in the industry, previously as senior executive writer/publisher relations Europe, at US performing right organisation BMI. There he was responsible for the signing of and relationships with artists including Adele, Radiohead, Natasha Bedingfield, Mika, James Blunt, Keane, Duffy, Sigur Ros and Estelle. Prior to joining BMI, Nick worked at EMI in A&R for five years, three of which as head of the A&R department. Before that he spent six years as an editor at Music Week magazine and also worked at Island Records UK as head of press. Before that, he was a journalist on a local paper/music magazines.
ORLAITH ROSS / Event Producer Orlaith Ross is an independent artist, curator and event producer based in Dublin. Having earned her BA in Art and Design Education from NCAD in 2009, she went on to complete her MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy in UCD in 2012. Over the past five years, Orlaith has featured and curated shows and events in Ireland, Hungary and France, specialising in craft and design. Orlaith’s current focus is on hosting creative events in unusual venues, she has curated and produced a number of unique events including distinctive locations such as The Fumbally, The Powerscourt Centre and The Factory. Orlaith is currently based in Christ Church Cathedral as the Events and Marketing Officer, organising and producing music and visual art events such as ‘Altered’ for National Music Day and ‘Der Golem with 3epkano’ for Heritage Week, these events have garnered broad press coverage and positive reviews.
PAUL BARTON / Pledge Music Paul Barton's Industry Area of focus is A&R. He's been 10 years in the music industry, working for both an Indie Publisher/Record label ( Perfect Songs/ZTT Records ) and a Major Record label ( Warner Bros ). Career highlights include discovering The Enemy and them having a number 1 debut album, working with Gallows and the producer GGGarth Richardson on the ‘Grey Britain’ album. PledgeMusic is a music company offering you a new way to take control of your career. We’re not interested in being a rights owner – Pledge does not want ANY rights to your music. We just help you fund, market, and release whatever music you want to make. PledgeMusic is an online Direct-to-Fan music platform, launched in August 2009, that facilitates musicians reaching out to their fanbase via social media platforms to pre-sell, market, and distribute music projects including recordings, music videos, and concerts.
PETER O'BRIEN / Upstart Peter has been working in the area of social change for 12 years. He is committed to helping facilitate a cleaner and healthier more fun society where people can connect and collaborate to improve peoples lives. He is founder and co-founder of several socially conscious and environmental businesses, including Visionaries, Energy Futures, Edenbee, Happenings, Breathe Expo, Yestival and of course Upstart. Peter successfully negotiated the re-opening of Dartmouth Square and has used it since for all sorts of social, political, cultural and educational events for the city. Since, through Happenings, Yestival, Breathe Expo and Upstart, he works with DCC, OPW, Waterways Ireland and private land owners to run interventions in the capital that hopefully inspiring new ways of thinking about how we use our living space and relationships within that space, or more simply our community!
STEVE FARRIS / Polar Patrol Publishing: Polar Patrol is a pro-active music publishing service for songwriters, artists and musicians set up by Jonny, Nathan and Gary from Snow Patrol which is run day to day by Steve Farris, with Natalie Nissim on A&R duties. Our small team offers a hands on approach to music publishing with the aim of nurturing new songwriting talent and artist development. Polar Patrol does not restrict its roster to any particular genre, as Jonny explains "there is no agenda - if it's good enough and we believe in it 110%, we will sign it." Polar Patrol is administered world wide by Kobalt Music. We currently publish Johnny McDaid (songwriter), Here We Go Magic (band), Kidda (electronica artist), Luke Temple (singer/songwriter), Gita Harcourt (songwriter), Bo Bruce (artist) and Gary Nock (singer/songwriter and artist) Nadine Shah (artist), Tree (artist), Kasket (electronica artist), The Windsor Player (artist) and Little Matador (artist). Since the company started in 2010, our writers have scored a No.2 UK hit with Example "Say Nothing" (co-written by Johnny McDaid) and a UK No.10 album for Bo Bruce's debut "Before I Sleep".
STEVE ZAPP / International Talent Booking ITB is a major international live music-booking agency representing legendary artists, contemporary global superstars and upcoming talents, booking their live performances throughout the world other than the U.S. and Canada. In a business so susceptible to short-lived trends, few have the courage to trust their instincts. But from his earliest days as a gig-goer, Steve Zapp realised that his gut feeling was pretty reliable when it came to music. That strength of conviction and resistance to prevailing fashions has served him well over 11 years at ITB. “I started out as ents manager at Reading University in 1991,” says Steve, “and when I was younger the bands I tipped seemed to happen, for some reason. That helped me trust my own belief in an artist, and many of the acts that are doing best for me now – such as Biffy Clyro, Editors and The Courteeners – were unsigned when I saw them, but they had something I believed in, and I felt I could see the bigger picture with them and build their career from the live side of things.”
SYD LAWRENCE / We Make Awesome Sh.it Syd Lawrence is a maker and founder of We Make Awesome Sh. He is a core contributor to Tomahawk, an evangelist for Twilio and often builds silly things for the web that make people smile. He's basically a massive geek with too much time on his hands, thanks to his resistance to sleep and has worked with household names such as Coca Cola, Microsoft as well as all three major labels, and various indies..”
TINA MORAN / South Wind Blows Ltd Tina Moran is managing director and producer with South Wind Blows Ltd., set up in 2006 with Philip King and Nuala O’Connor, with whom she has worked since 1996 under Hummingbird Productions Limited. Producer credits include Other Voices Series 1 to 11, Gloach The Presidents Call, Silence, Limits of Liberty, John McGahern A Private World, Gabriel Byrne Stories from Home, Christy Moore Live at the Point, Two Sound Live and The Raw Bar amongst many others.