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June Issue

Musicians Newsletter                

Hi there,

During these unusual times, most contact is digital and we are all waiting for real life concerts and conversations to begin again. The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us a lot, exposing the music industries shortcomings and leaving millions of artists out of work globally. Conversely, it’s also opened up many new opportunities that needed an extra push to get going. In the online digital world international audiences and collaborators are just as accessible as ones at home. 

In this month's newsletter, we highlight some of the new initiatives that you can get involved in and explore how artists and organisations, including our own, are adapting to this ‘new normal’. As always, we’d love to hear about any of the ways you’ve faced this challenge, or inventive solutions you’ve noticed around you. Please get in touch if there’s something interesting you’d like us to highlight. 

All the best, 
Ken, Aoife, Adam and Caitriona  

Jazz Connector - July Zoom Discussion

Our kick-off Jazz Connector meet-up in February was cathartic and inspiring, but more importantly it reminded us all of the importance of communication and working together from within our creative scene. If you missed out, you can read all of the talking points that were discussed here.

Following on from this event, IMC would again like to invite all the communities of people who make up the jazz world in Ireland - musicians, promoters, educators and venues - to come together for an informal Zoom meet-up on Thursday July 2nd.

Together, we’ll be discussing the effects of Covid-19 on the jazz scene and adapting to the ‘new normal’.

We’ve invited a few guest voices to share their experiences including (TBC):

Please register your interest here for more information. You can also let us know what time of day suits you on Thursday 2nd, and if there are any particular topics that you would like us to cover in this or future discussions. Places are limited so be sure to let us know if you’d like to join in! 

Register Now

Minding Creative Minds, a free 24/7 wellbeing support programme for the Irish Music Sector, has launched.

In a very welcome bit of good news, a new free 24/7 wellbeing support programme for the Irish Music Sector is now open for Irish musicians, songwriters, artist managers & event production crew and will cover individuals from Northern Ireland as well as those in the Republic. The assistance available includes: 

  • 24/7 dedicated phone line (ROI: 1800 814 244 – NI: 0800 0903677 – International: +353 1 518 0277)
  • Counselling service (short term intervention/ up to six sessions)
  • Telephone counselling
  • Secure video counselling
  • Extensive web portal and app enabling live chat with a counsellor

Minding Creative Minds will also offer a series of additional services including legal and financial assistance, career guidance, mediation for conflict resolution and much more.

Originally set to launch later this summer, the start date was accelerated to June 2 in response to the devastating impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic on the music sector.

Click Here For More Info

Jazz Promotion Network, Shape the Future of Artist Workspaces in Dublin and IMC Musicians Surveys

There are currently 3 active surveys for jazz and improvised musicians that urgently need more input from the community:

  • Jazz Promotion Network Survey
    Assessing the effects of Covid-19 on the jazz sector.
    • Closing Date: June 30th
    • Duration: 5 mins approximately
  • IMC's Musicians Survey 2020
    Help us to present a unified, democratised voice for the jazz & improvising musicians community in Ireland. 
    • Closing Date: June 30th
    • Duration: 20-40 mins approximately
  • Dublin City Council Arts Office
    ‘Have your say: Shape the future of artist workspaces in Dublin'.
    This study will explore the current and future requirements of a much needed space to develop and perform music. It's crucially important that as many musicians take advantage of this opportunity as possible to make our voices heard.
    • Closing Date: June 30th
    • Duration: 15-20 mins approximately
We need to work together to develop creative solutions to this crisis and build a stronger, more connected scene going forward. 

Hotter Than July moves online for 2020 edition  

For 2020, Hotter than July is moving to an online space, celebrating inclusivity and diversity with music, dance and creativity that is accessible to everyone from home!

From Friday 17th to Sunday 26th of July, there will be a programme of performances and activities, which we will be announcing soon! 

Connect with IMC on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube to keep up with news on Hotter than July. 


Alternate Monetization for Musicians

In the current crisis, it’s obvious that many musicians have lost their income from their art due to the collapse of live gigging. However, many musicians are also continuing to create music, and sharing it via streaming and recordings. While you may not be able to create income in the same way from streaming as from a gig, and you may want to keep the music you are creating accessible, there are ways by which you can still receive some income from the music you are making.

Bypassing a venue or promoter, a number of platforms offer ways in which audiences can contribute directly to the artists. Audiences may want to support artists they like during this period, and these platforms can also be a good way of building a two-way relationship with your audience for the longer term, or expanding your audience outside your geographic area.
Read more

Culture Night, Audio Syncing Tips, European Improvisors Network and more!

  • An expandable networked universe for the art of improvisation: Stichting Here & Now and WhatIIIF? are proposing a project to develop an open online environment for European improvisers from any discipline, their audiences and the reflection on their craft.
  • Crash Ensemble Seeking Emerging Composers: Five successful applicants will compose a new work for the ensemble; the deadline for applications is 2 August.
  • Curated Space Open Call 2020: Arts & Disability Ireland is inviting curators, producers, arts managers and artists with disabilities to submit expressions of interest to curate an edition of Curated Space in 2020.
  • Together Apart: ​Thoughts on Collaborative Improvisations via Zoom with Bex Burch of Vula Viel.
  • Culture Night 2020: Now accepting artist applications
  • Increase in Arts Funding: The Government has announced extra funding of €25 Million for the arts and culture sector to help tackle challenges posed by the coronavirus.
  • Synced Up: TU Dublin Conservatoire engineer Ben Rawlins has some really handy tips on syncing audio to video. 
  • Stepping Stone: An international collaboration platform and community aimed at empowering musicians towards sustainable international careers.
  • 61st Jazz Festival Ljubljana: ‘Jazz from a distance’ – new, transitory music format and support for continued artistic creativity

Drummer Steve 'Dakiz' Davis launches new YouTube channel

In this months Artist Spotlight we'd like to highlight a new series of drum lessons from Steve 'Dakiz' Davis. The videos were commissioned by Moving on Music as part of their ‘All About…’ series.

Steve is well known for his his creative approach to percussion and free improvisational style of playing. His first few videos will focus on introducing drummers to different styles of jazz drumming, beginning with the swing tradition.

Click here to watch


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