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February 2021 Issue

Musicians Newsletter                

Hi there,

Happy New Year from all of us at IMC! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and got a chance to relax and re-focus. Spring is coming fast, the plants are starting to bud and soon Winter will be a distant memory. 

We've got a very exciting 2 part professional development series coming up this month all about Digital Distribution. Staff from Bandcamp and CD Baby will be joining us to tell you everything you need to know about releasing music digitally in 2021!

We've also got an exciting and very unique new limited series to announce called Blind Date Jazz! You'll have to read on to find out more, but we think this quote from Wynton Marsalis sums it up:
“Jazz music is the power of now. There is no script. It’s conversation.”

There's lots to read about below, so scroll down to find out more.

All the best, 
Ken, Aoife, Adam and Caitriona  

Sign up for the next Jazz Connector - Digital Distribution Series: Everything you need to know about releasing music digitally in 2021

Continuing our fortnightly Jazz Connector online meet-ups, 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 interactive presentation, Q&A session and chat on Thursdays February 11th and 18th from 7:00 - 8:30PM.

The topic at hand is:

Digital Distribution Series: Everything you need to know about releasing music digitally in 2021

On February 11th we’ll be joined by Aly Gillani. Aly is the European Label Rep for Bandcamp, a thriving, global music community where fans discover new artists, intimately connect with them, and directly compensate them for their work. Aly’s role involves expanding and managing the growing network of labels and artists using Bandcamp to connect with their fans.

Bandcamp should be familiar to most independent artists, especially after their recent ‘Bandcamp Fridays’ campaign, where 100% of the money fans spend on the site during the first Friday of every month goes directly to the artists. The company believes that artists—no matter the size of their audience—must be compensated fairly and transparently for their work. 

Aly will give us an overview of how to build your fanbase and make money on Bandcamp, giving advice on:

  • Design
  • Editorial Coverage
  • Bandcamp Messaging
  • Bandcamp's Live Streaming Project
  • Vinyl Pressing
  • and much more...
Register for Feb 11th (Bandcamp)

On February 18th we’ll be joined by Henriette Heimdal. Henriette is the Market Development Coordinator for Europe and the UK at CD Baby, the largest global digital distributor of independent music. Her role includes building and maintaining relationships with local CD Baby artists and commercial partners, coordinating the production of industry events for the company and assisting with the development of CD Baby’s international business.

Henriette will give us an overview of the services CD Baby can offer, giving advice on:

  • Understanding the variety of distribution options and what’s available to you as a self-releasing artist
  • Release flow and strategy
  • – their digital marketing tool
  • Accessing streaming services backends and what can you use that data for
  • Digital marketing – social media focused + banner ads
  • Playlisting – editorial and third party
  • Smartlinks
Register for Feb 18th (CD Baby)

Announcing IMC’s Blind Date Jazz - A New Limited Series

Sundays at 8pm, from 14th February
Streaming on Youtube or Facebook, subscribe to be notified.

Musicians often describe improvising with each other as having a conversation - listening, throwing out ideas, responding and developing on each other’s musical thoughts, all in real time. Since the start of the pandemic we’ve all had less opportunity to listen and hear - feeling either isolated from other people, or besieged by a tsunami of digital content, impossible to focus and listen.

IMC’s new limited series Blind Date Jazz brings listening and creative improvisation into focus, with some of Ireland’s leading improvisers coming into the studio to create an exciting, new, musical conversation.

The twist?  Neither musician has any idea who they are playing with!

Unknown, unrehearsed, unplanned and unseen. Not even aware what the other instrument is. In other words, completely blind.

So, join us on this journey, as we introduce two mystery performers, shepherding them into the studio while completely hiding from each other’s sight. A curtain bisects the studio, obscuring the artists from one another. They begin to play, exchanging musical thoughts, sentences, developing a theme and interacting only through the music, an open mind and completely blind. Our studio curtain drops at a certain point and they come face to face with their new improvising partner. Does the musical conversation change?

Blind Date Jazz is an exploration in listening, intuition, skill and spontaneity, all unique hallmarks of the improvising artist.

Find out more HERE

Watch our recent Jazz Connector on Developing a Music Career Strategy for 2021 with Jazzfuel's Matt Fripp

Developing a Music Career Strategy for 2021 with Matt Fripp

If you missed out on last months Jazz Connector session with Jazzfuel's Matt Fripp, don't worry. We've just uploaded a recording of the session along with notes, talking points and slides. Matt had lots of wisdom and industry knowledge to share so make sure to check it out! 

Get the Talking Points HERE

Tell us what you want next from Jazz Connector

Regular attendees might have noticed that we've changed the time of our Jazz Connector sessions to Thursday evenings. We know many musicians have family and work responsibilities during the day, so at the end of last year we put out a Timing Survey to gauge when the best time to hold these would be. 

For our Summer Jazz Connector sessions, we're planning on covering some practical software, programmes or apps which can benefit the creative process. We want to know what you want to learn. So click the link below and tell us! 

What software would you like to learn how to use in 2021?

Watch all 8 incredible performances in IMC's Piece by Piece Series 2

In case you missed it, you can still catch the finale of our #piecebypiece series of interlinked musical improvisations! Some amazing saxophone & sound creations from Chris Engel closed the series with a bang. Why not have a look back over the series and see what you missed or what links you can see between the works?

Upcoming Funding Deadlines, Job Opportunities & Industry News

  • IMRO Music Industry Webinar | YouTube Best Practice: Explaining the essentials of YouTube strategy and optimisation. With an estimated 70% of all watch time being driven by recommendations from YouTube’s algorithm, this module, which is delivered by Music Ally, covers all bases for ensuring your YouTube videos and channels are as visible as possible.
    February 9th 10:00AM
  • Fingal County Council Artists’ Support Scheme 2021: This strand of funding allows professional artists to avail of up to €4,000 towards travel and professional development opportunities, a residency, or towards the development of work.
    DEADLINE February 26th 16:00PM
  • The Minding Creative Minds Meet and Greet Session: Minding Creative Minds’ (MCM) in association with EPIC Working Group, Irish Music Rights Organization (IMRO), Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), MCD Productions & The Cowshed will hold its second online meet and greet session. This session is open to the entire creative community in all of Ireland and our Irish overseas and will be chaired by Ann Marie Shields, Minding Creative Minds director and Head of Careers, Industry and Events at BIMM Institute.
    February 15th 19:00PM

OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS Q&A with flamenco guitarist John Walsh

Leading Irish flamenco guitarist John Walsh has just released his debut album, Irlanducía, and shared some insights with us about his inspiration from different flamenco artists, the different paths composition can take, the process of fine-tuning different tunes through experimentation, and his thoughts on ‘authenticity’ and what it means.
John has been leading the flamenco world in Ireland as a performer, composer and educator, after studies in Andalucía. He has given concerts at home and abroad at the National Concert Hall, Guitar Festival of Ireland, International Flamenco Festival Festival, and ‘El Candela’ Madrid, amongst others, and performed with Flamenco artists including Salvador Andrades, Jose Manuel Leon, Maria Delgado, Alicia Carrasco, Karen Lugo, Luis de Luis, Antonio Sanchez.

As a composer John has been commissioned to write for Riverdance, ballet Ireland and Michael Rooney’s De Cuellar Suite amongst others

Read the Interview HERE


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