Joshua Burnside, Roe and Jealous of the Birds showcased at major music gathering, South by Southwest
Three musical artists from Northern Ireland, Joshua Burnside, Jealous of The Birds and Roe are taking part in this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) showcase, the world’s largest gathering of the music, media and film industry in Austin, Texas. Also attending is management for the artists, Lyndon Stephens, Declan Legge and Liam Craig.
This opportunity is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland’s new collaboration with PRS Foundation and their International Showcase Fund (ISF), which is also supported by Department for International Trade, British Underground, Arts Council England, the Musicians’ Union, PPL, Creative Scotland, Wales Arts international and Arts Council Wale. The ISF offers musicians, who are at critical stages of their careers, the chance to promote their work through showcasing performances and networking with industry leaders.
Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland added,
“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is committed to providing valuable, meaningful opportunities for our artists to develop their careers. This opportunity, supported by the Arts Council through funding from the Department For Communities, does just that by giving artists, and their management, the chance to connect with leaders within the music industry whilst shining a light on the tremendous talent that is inherent to Northern Ireland. We are proud to partner with PRS Foundation and Invest Northern Ireland in this important initiative which is enabling export ready artists vital access to a global stage.”
ISF is open to artists in Northern Ireland who wish to travel to and perform at music industry facing showcase events including; SXSW, WOMEX, Folk Alliance, Classical:NEXT, Eurosonic, JazzAhead, Reeperbahn Festival and Canadian Music Week. ISF can support costs for international travel, accommodation and visas for those artists invited to perform at an industry event in a territory that will be beneficial to their career development.
Brian Dolaghan, Executive Director at Invest Northern Ireland said:
“Northern Ireland has a strong base of musical talent which has been developed over many years with support from a wide range of stakeholders including Invest NI. By supporting this initiative we aim to help grow and develop the sector through increased access to key external markets and through events such as SxSW help develop closer business linkages within the global music industry.”
Vanessa Reed, CEO at PRS Foundation said,
“We’re delighted to partner with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland in extending our vital career development and international showcasing opportunities to talented music creators in Northern Ireland. It’s fantastic news that the whole of the UK is now eligible to apply to this important fund which has a significant impact on music creators’ careers and continues to promote the strength of UK music worldwide.”
The International Showcase Fund is currently open for applications.