Ceol Éireann (Music Vision Ireland) is a not-for-profit Company set up by Irish music professionals for Irish music professionals. The founding members are a combination of astute business people and long time musicians themselves with a combined 170 years worth of experience in music, life, finances, strategy and some. Brian Warfield, Dave Browne, Johnny Lappin, Paul McMahon and Aobhín Pollard make up the fantastic five who aim to revolutionise the music industry in Ireland.
The objective of Ceol Éireann is to bring together all stakeholders in the Irish music industry and to be a unified central lobby voice for the enhancement and promotion of Irish musical talent both at home and abroad.
The founders of Ceol Éireann aim to be the catalyst for creating an inclusive platform for people involved in the various aspects of the music industry. From grassroots to more established Irish music industry professionals and many of the associated arts, the vision is to forge a new port of call for the success of the Irish music sector through collaboration, inclusion, communication & diversity.
“We need the support of stakeholders across the music industry to make this happen. In order to compete on the world stage we need access to International budgets and to support our musicians with avenues to overseas markets.” Dave Browne – Secretary General, Ceol Éireann
Ceol Éireann will be the driving force behind the type of legislative change that needs to occur in Ireland to make the promotion, creation and marketing of homegrown talent easier and more equitable for everyone involved. “There needs to be a clear strategy for up and coming artists”, Dave continued.
“As a musician starting out in the music business, it would be great to see Irish music represented fully by one single voice. Having one port of call for information and advice would be huge as at the moment, it’s a lot of trial and error which not only takes away from the music but can be very expensive. Local stations are supportive but it’s virtually impossible for a new original Irish artist to get airplay on major radio stations. At the end of the day, I love making music and that’s what I live for. Being able to make a living out of making music would be the dream. Irish music needs to be properly represented and supported in order to keep it alive.” – Sean Fox, Wicklow musician.
“Ceol Éireann is for the future of the industry and I am proud to be involved with this great idea and vision for Irish music. We have teamed up with some wonderful energetic people who I know will work tirelessly to grow the Irish music industry in all its forms”. Brian Warfield, Founder member of Wolfetones.
Register your support of Ceol Éireann here, for a single, united voice for musicians in Ireland.
Pictured above: The Decades, photo credit: Jessica Mooney