17th Dec 2019 in Arts

The largest music industry conference in Ireland is heading for the Cathedral Quarter early next year.

Centred around The MAC, Output Belfast will see 600 musicians and leading industry figures descending on the Quarter in February.

It’s the sixth annual event and the evening of 13 February will see a raft of free showcase events, featuring the most exciting new Northern Ireland artists all over the Cathedral Quarter.

Confirmed hosts include Champion Sound, Nialler9, Music Venue Trust, Sentric, PRS For Music, IMRO, Women’s Work, ZOOL Records, Pizza Pizza Records, Word up Collective and Stendhal Festival Of Art.

The Belfast City Council-backed event will also include panel discussions, music sessions, workshops and speed networking events as well as keynote speeches from award-winning musicians and managers of globally recognised talent.

The conference will address the challenges and opportunities that the music industry presents, highlighting the key role that music and performance plays within the buoyant creative industries sector.

Keynote speakers include UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher, Association of Independent Music CEO Paul Pacifico, and director of the Music Venues Trust Beverly Whitrick.

Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Deirdre Hargey said: “Now in its sixth year, Output Belfast is an unmissable event for those working, or who want to work in the local music industry, and the wider creative sector.

“It provides invaluable insights into every aspect of the business, from tips on writing and production to how to get noticed by the right people – as well as a fantastic opportunity to network.

“We’ve made a commitment in The Belfast Agenda to support our city’s creative economy as it’s one of our key growth sectors.

“We’re intent on building a stand out international reputation for creativity; so we’re proud to invest in events such as ‘Output Belfast’ and South By Southwest to both nurture and profile our talented creative industries professionals.

“Music is such a distinctive aspect of Belfast’s cultural profile – we’re known internationally for our rich and diverse musical history, but looking at today’s talent, I think we have an even more exciting future.

“Output is an essential part of the industry ecosystem that will help us maximise our opportunities and will certainly strengthen our case as we make an application for UNESCO City of Music status.”

Other speakers and panels at the 2020 event will include tour managers, composers, and producers and photographers.

To sign up for priority updates on the 2020 edition of Output Belfast, visit www.outputbelfast.com/

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