Ireland Music Week Seeking Artists for 2020 Showcase

Beauty Sleep performing at Ireland Music Week last year (Photo by Owen Humphreys Photography)

Ireland Music Week Seeking Artists for 2020 Showcase

Event takes place online on 7–9 October; deadline for submissions is 3 July.

International music conference and showcase Ireland Music Week is seeking applications from Irish artists to participate in this year’s event in October. The showcase, which is organised by First Music Contact, usually takes place in various venues across Dublin city centre, but will this year be a fully online event, including conference events and artist showcases. The selected fifty acts will be recorded performing three songs in early September, and those performances will then be broadcast online between 7 and 9 October. 

Submissions will be judged by a panel of music industry professionals, who will assess the applications in terms of songwriting ability, quality of songs, quality of recording, export readiness, and gut feeling. Applications are made through the Breaking Tunes portal. 

CEO of First Music Contact, Angela Dorgan said:

Ireland Music Week is an essential event in… the music industry in Ireland. It has been a challenge to maintain it in the calendar for 2020, but we feel we have come up with an innovative and exciting alternative to the real event. The main aim is to allow both industry and fans here and abroad to witness the next crop of Irish talent. The showcases and robust and busy conference schedule we are working towards online will maintain IMW’s essential presence as a key international facing showcase event.

The event, which was known as Hard Working Class Heroes until last year, has showcased a wide variety of Irish music talent, including artists such as Hozier, Fontaines D.C, AE Mak, Girl Band, Pillow Queens, The Coronas, Celaviedmai and David Keenan. The line-up in 2019 included rapper JyellowL, songwriter Kitt Philippa, rock band Thumper, R&B act Super Silly, Galway singer and guitarist Maija Sofia, electronic pop group Beauty Sleep, Derry punk act Touts, and singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy, amongst others. 

For more information on applying for Ireland Music Week 2020, visit

Published on 9 June 2020

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