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May Issue #2

Musicians Newsletter                

Hi there,

We hope you're keeping well and taking some time to enjoy the little things that Spring has to offer! 

As we move closer to reopening society in Ireland, it's becoming clear that live music and arts will be one of the last sectors to emerge from this crisis. Although this is extremely tough, all over the world musicians are showing incredible resilience and ingenuity with their responses to the crisis and continuing to create and share spectacular art with each other and their fans. 

Below we've gathered some great resources that you can use to make sure you're starting off on the strongest possible footing when the time comes to get back out there. We're also delighted to be continuing our Piece by Piece series with a performance by Paul Dunlea tonight at 8pm. We hope you'll join us! 

All the best, 
Ken, Aoife, Adam and Caitriona  

New EJN Webinars focused on the Covid-19 Crisis announced

The Europe Jazz Network have announced a series of public online webinars that they will run over the coming month that deal with various aspects of the covid-19 crisis and its short and long-term effects on the creative music sector and all its stakeholders.

The webinars will be streamed live on the EJN social media channels (Facebook and Youtube) every Monday and Thursday at 5pm CEST(4pm Irish Time), and they will also remain available on those channels for watching them at a later stage. You don’t need to register beforehand for the webinars, but you can set-up reminders on the social media channels for each of the sessions.

Our Director, Kenneth Killeen, will be a panellist for the 2nd webinar titled 
Alone Together:
How do we maintain artistic quality and collaborations in isolation? Creativity and lockdown: a time of reflection and new compositions, artists’ digital monologues, house concerts and shows in venues without an audience.

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How to optimise your Spotify Artist Profile to make it work for you

Spotify can be a very effective tool for any artist who’s interested in reaching a larger audience. The streaming platform currently has 70 million paying subscribers worldwide and leads the pack amongst similar competitors like Pandora, Tidal and Apple Music.

Spotify is often criticised for the percentages it pays out and the millions of streams you need to see any serious direct income. While this criticism is indeed justified, in this article we put that aside to focus on some of the real value the platform can offer to you. We look at some of the tools, ideas and creative ways you can use Spotify to help build a sustainable career in music. 


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Paul Dunlea continues our Piece by Piece series tonight at 8pm

IMC and Triskel Arts Centre have come together to host a weekly sequence of online performance called Piece By Piece featuring leading Irish improvisers, which kicked off on Friday 10th April

Each artist’s input performance will influence the next performance in this musical chain. Piece by piece, artists will create new improvised work, based on the preceding work. Improvising musicians are uniquely skilled at interpretation and spontaneous creation allowing for fresh creation of the highest calibre and a unique 'live art' experience for the Piece By Piece online audience.

The 6th piece in the sequence comes from virtuoso trombonist, composer, and arranger Paul Dunlea, who is in demand across genres. His original music builds on his gift for strongly flowing melodies with a tight sense of groove, and an ability to paint evocative pictures in sound. Paul talked to us about his experience of improvising and the Piece by Piece project ahead of his performance, you can read the interview here.

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Have you started teaching from home? If so, make sure you're on our list! 

Since many musicians are in the midst of transitioning to teaching online, we’ve gathered together some ideas and thoughts on what to consider when teaching music lessons remotely. Don't forget to let us know if you'd like to be added to our list of online music teachers HERE
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Music Network Webinar On Music Publishing with Steve Lindsey

Our colleagues over at Music Network have hosted a special series of live, online training sessions for professional musicians working in all musical genres. This professional development course is freely available to all and aims to help musicians develop important skills necessary to respond to the music industry’s shifting demands.

In a recent 2 parter, musician and publisher Steve Lindsey addresses some essential areas of music publishing, including details on copyright ownership, song splits, registrations, Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), income streams, contracts and music usages. 

Check it out here:


IMC Musicians Survey 2020

Last week, we launched our IMC Musicians Survey for 2020. Firstly, thank you to everyone who has taken part so far. Secondly, we'd ask that you please take the time to participate if you haven't yet had the chance. 

As we move closer to reopening society in Ireland, it's becoming clear that live music and arts will be one of the last sectors to emerge from this crisis. But that doesn't mean we can't use this unexpected downtime to affect a positive change on our vibrant community. The information you submit will assist IMC to present a unified, democratised voice for the jazz & improvising musicians community. 

The majority of questions in this musicians survey were written before the current Covid-19 crisis and therefore a lot of the information may not seem important at this time. However, it’s still vitally important for us to assess what the health of the Irish jazz and improvised scene was before this crisis. Once we have a baseline to compare to, we intend to conduct a survey specific to the crisis, and in tandem the results will allow us to measure the effect Covid-19 has had on the sector. You can read more details about the survey here.

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