New Irish music initiative hailed by President Higgins

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A new initiative to promote Irish artists and bands was announced this week, with the Irish President hailing it as a hugely important and truly historic new initiative for Irish radio.

Irish Music Month, launched in partnership with Hot Press, will see a significant increase in the radio broadcast of original local music on 25 independent radio stations. € 100 will go directly to musicians and performers through benefits such as extended Hot Press support to generate exposure, sales and additional income for artists, € 125,000 radio campaign to buy Irish music and merchandising as well as a strong national talent search to launch a New Local Hero Award nationally and internationally.

To celebrate the launch, Irish President Michael D. Higgins expressed his support for this major new initiative.

“” yet another profound statement of the central role of culture in our lives; the commitment of so many dedicated people within the artistic community to ensure access to this culture; and the support given to them by the media, so important to nurture and encourage our artistic talent.

“I have no hesitation in saying that we owe a great debt of gratitude to each of the 25 independent radio stations, spread out as they are across the country – and providing as they do a special connection to the citizens of this. country and with music fans of all genres – for supporting this important event; and to Hot Press, which has made such a valuable and enduring contribution to Irish music over so many years. “

Click here to listen to the President’s full message.

Irish Music Month, which runs throughout October, will be the largest programming event ever hosted by local and regional stations since the founding of independent radio in Ireland in 1989. The event is supported by the BAI, as part of its & Outline vision.



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