12pm THE ARTS UNDER ATTACK: A RESPONSE
An Bord Snip has recommended swinging cuts in the budgets allocated to all of the arts organizations. So
how important are the arts to a country like Ireland? And how will musicians, film-makers and creative workers be affected if the knife is applied?
JAMES MORRIS (Irish Film Board), BARRY DEVLIN (Film-maker & member Horsilps), CAMILLE O’SULLIVAN (Artist)
1pm SERVANT OR MASTER? RECORD PRODUCERS NEED TO KNOW THEIR PLACE…
Some producers have a trademark sound. Others are like ghosts in the machine, imposing as little as they can. And there are maestros of the mixing desk whose critical instincts make all the difference. What is the key to making great records?
DAVID ARNOLD [right] (Producer & James Bond composer), NICKY RYAN (Producer, Enya), GARETH MANNIX (Producer, Republic of Loose), ROGER BECHIRIAN (Producer Elvis Costello & Manager Bell X1)
2pm RECORD COMPANIES STILL HAVE THE BEST TALENT SCOUTS! DISCUSS.
In a changing world what is the role of A&R and labels? Are bands and artists best served by established modes
of discovering talent? What are labels looking for? And what are the differences between majors and indies – and going it alone?
OSSIE KILKENNY (Financial adviser & Industry Expert), NICK SEYMOUR (Member Crowded House & Producer), CONOR O’MAHONY (A&R, Warner Music UK) ANDREW FERRIS (Smalltown America Records)
3pm BROADCASTING – IT’S ALL IN THE MUSIC
Radio stations are defined by the music they play. Music also gives identity to programmes on TV. But how are playlists chosen? Is there scope for individual choice in so me stations and not in others? And are Irish artists given a fair shake?
DERMOT McEVOY (Music Associate The Late Late Show), HECTOR O HEOCHAGAIN(iRadio & TV Film-maker), RICK O’SHEA (DJ, RTÉ 2fm), TONY FENTON (DJ, Today Fm)
4pm ENCORE: A GREAT LIVE ACT WILL SURVIVE ANY RECESSION!
Record sales may be in decline but there is still money to be made touring. So what is it that makes a great live
act? How important is it to put on a show? What are agents and promoters looking for? And is live music the
answer to the industry’s ills?
VINCE POWER (Venue owner & Festival Promoter), STEVE STRANGE (Agent, X-Ray Touring), STEVE IREDALE (Tour Production Led Zeppelin, U2), RSAG (Artist, Producer & Performer)