Top names from the global music industry to speak at Ireland’s largest music conference, ‘Output Belfast’ next month

Top names from the global music industry to speak at Ireland’s largest music conference, ‘Output Belfast’ next month 1

Top names from the global music industry are lined up to speak at Ireland’s largest music conference, ‘Output Belfast’ on Thursday 21 April 2022.

A Belfast City Council initiative, the conference will include panel discussions, music sessionsworkshops and speed networking events, as well as keynote speeches from award-winning musicians and managers of globally recognized talent.

Based at The MAC and Oh Yeah Music Centre, it’s expected that the conference will attract more than 600 local artistsbusinesses and students, and deliver a programme addressing the challenges and opportunities presented in today’s music industry, as well as highlighting the key role that music and performance plays in the city’s buoyant creative industries sector. Later that evening, there’ll be a range of free showcase events featuring the most exciting new NI artists, in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

Output Belfast

Announcing the details of Output Belfast 2022, Councillor Ryan Murphy, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee said:

“Now that Belfast is recognised by UNESCO as a City of Music, it’s even more important that we invest in our musicians, our music infrastructure and our support to raise them to the next level. Music is such a vital part of our identity and our life experience in Belfast and we’re so fortunate to have an incredible amount of talent in our city. Music not only brings vitality to Belfast, it also builds shared experiencescreates jobs and profiles us in a positive light.

We’re proud to present the OUTPUT conference as it provides a really valuable development opportunity for our artists, giving practical insights into the music business, and excellent opportunities to network and make industry connections.

2022’s Opening Keynote speakers & topics will be:

Title: ‘Catch 22 – What the music industry needs to do, do better and stop doing in 2022’

Speaker: Eamonn Forde (Award-winning Music Journalist and Author)

Title: ‘The Future of Independent Venues in the UK’

Speaker: Sybil Bell (Founder of Independent Venue Week)

Title: ‘Your music, your rights: the role of PPL in Northern Ireland’

Speaker: Peter Leathem (Chief Executive Officer at PPL), who commented:

“I am delighted to be delivering a keynote speech at Output Belfast in April. PPL has long-standing links to the vibrant Belfast music community and, as my father is also from Northern Ireland, I always enjoy returning to the city. I am very much looking forward to meeting you all at Output.”

Other speakers and panels at the 2022 event will include:

Panel: ‘Come Alive – How to land a booking agent as an emerging artist’

Moderator: Joe Dougan (Concert Promoter, Belsonic)


Matt Hanner (Founder and booking agent at Runway – Roster includes The Futureheads, Sleeper, Public Image Ltd)

Angie Rance (Booking agent at Earth Agency – Roster includes Penguin Café, Sam Lee, Rachel Sermanni)

Matt Bartlett (Managing Director at Midnight Mango – Roster includes Amy Montgomery, The Wood Burning Savages)

Panel: ‘Ivors Academy Presents: Shut up and (co) write the hits! How to Co-write for yourself and others’

Moderator: Lara Baker (Director of Business Development, UK & Ireland at Songtrust)


Iain Archer (Ivor Novello award-winning Co-writer with Snow Patrol and James Bay, Grammy-nominated Co-writer with James Bay)

Lady V (Grammy Winning Co-writer with Dirty Vegas, Co-writer with David Guetta, Demi Lovato, Tiesto, Selena Gomez)

Ciaran Lavery (Artist, songwriter, NI Music Prize winner)

Nikki MacRae (Co-Founder Soft Gut Song Camp)

Panel: ‘Screen Guild of Composers presents: How to move from artist and musician, to film and TV Composer’

Moderator: Sarah Glennane (Screen Composers Guild of Ireland)


Ray Harman (Multi-award-winning composer – Blood, The Young Offenders, Taken Down, Inspector George Gently, and Love/Hate)

Die Hexen (Award-winning composer – You Are Not My Mother, Saul & I, She Lives Alone, Eye Exam)

Panel: ‘What music managers really want – Irish Music Managers Talk’

Moderator: Charlene Hegarty (Zero Myth Management – Kitt Phillippa, New Pagans, The Darkling Air and Gemma Bradley)


Ceri Dixon (Head of Digital Partnerships & Artist Manager at Red Light Management)

Laura McCabe (Jawdropper Management)

Aine Cronin-McCartney (A&R at Faction Records, Manager of Reevah)

Panel: ‘Women’s Work Festival presents: This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music

A Q & A with Sinéad Gleeson, who co-edited This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music with musician Kim Gordon.

Moderator: Siobhán McAndrew (Presenter, Producer And Broadcast Journalist)

Speaker: Sinéad Gleeson (Editor, Broadcaster and Journalist)

Panel: Composing for Games – from Game Boy to XBox’

Moderator: Aaron Casey (Head of Music Business at BIMM Institute Dublin, Rights & Royalties consultant)


Lynden Campbell (Managing Director at HotHouse Music)

Chipzel (Musician, Composer, and Producer specialising in chiptune music)

Panel: ‘Funding Panel with: Arts Council NI, Help Musicians NI, BPI and more’

– A full overview of funding available to musicians, creatives and music businesses.


Jo Wright (Music Development Officer at Arts Council of Northern Ireland/ACNI)

Nikki MacRae (Programme & Outreach Officer at Help Musicians NI/HMNI)

Chris Tams (Director of Membership and International at British Phonographic Industry/ BPI)

Plus more to follow.

Panel: ‘Self-releasing on a budget – the DIY Label panel’

– Looking into how the indie sector successfully approaches a track or album campaign.

Moderator: Francesca O’Connor (Make Waves Management, Co-Founder of ‘Safe in Sound’)


Jack Clothier (Alcopop Records – Cherym, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Subways, Johnny Foreigner)

Phil Loutsis (Vice President, Community Team at AWAL)

Gill Dooley (CEO of A.I.M Ireland)

Panel: ‘A (Sound) Design for life: Developing a career as a sound designer for Film and TV. Skills, networks… success!’

Moderator: Aaron Casey (Rights & Royalties consultant, Head of Music Business at BIMM Dublin)

Speaker: Tim Harrison (Award-winning Sound Designer for Film – Black Mirror, Censor and Flux Gourmet)

Panel: ‘ATL and BBC Introducing presents: BBC Introducing – Meet the team (and learn how to pitch to them!)’

Moderator: Phil Taggart (Broadcaster, Author, Music Consultant, Founder of Hometown Records)


Gemma Bradley (Presenter on BBC Radio 1’s ‘BBC Introducing’ and BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘ATL Introducing’)

Millie Carter (Production Coordinator, BBC Music Introducing)

Kelly Betts (Editor, BBC Music Introducing)

Panel: ‘Successfully pitching new and emerging music to Music Supervisors’

Moderator: Patrick Cloherty (Head of Sync, Europe at Sentric)

Speakers: Juliet Martin (Music Supervisor – Normal People, Conversations with Friends)

Michelle De Vries (Music Supervisor & Consultant – Shaun The Sheep: Farmageddon, Ron’s Gone Wrong, The Capture)

Panel: ‘An introduction to Carbon literacy training for artists and the music industry’

Speaker: James Dove (Founder of Climate EQ)

Panel: ‘PRO Moves – Meet the performing rights collection societies!’


Stuart Fleming (Senior Songwriter and Composer Relationship Manager at PRS for Music, Scotland & Northern Ireland)

Keith Johnson (Director of Marketing & Membership IMRO)

Ciara McEvoy (Relationship Manager at PPL)

Plus more to follow.

Panel: ‘Ivors Academy Presents: Composing for musical theatre – developing a career in scoring musicals and shows’

Moderator: Jake Morgan (Composer, Ivors Academy Youth Council Member, Founder of Mogran Creative)


Katie Richardson (Composer, sound designer and music producer – Good Vibrations (The Lyric Theatre), ‘Rough Girls’ by Tara Lynn)

Michael John McCarthy (Musician, Composer, winner of Edinburgh Scotsman Fringe First award)

Panel: ‘Shake the room – The unstoppable rise of Irish hip-hop’

Moderator: Dylan Murphy (Head of Content at District Magazine)


Alicia Raye (Singer, Rapper, featured artist in Spotify playlists: New Music Friday UK, Afro Bashment, Who We Be and The New Eire)

Bekah Molony (Music booker and Artist Manager for Celaviedmai)

Joel Safo (CEO and Founder of JSM Management)

Phil Udell (Co-Founder State Magazine, Director Word Up Collective, Co-Manager of Tebi Rex, Natalya O’Flaherty, Cbakl)

Panel: ‘Inside the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Delia Darbyshire and the creation of the Dr Who Theme’

– An unmissable talk including a listening session featuring stems from the original iconic recording.

Speaker: Mark Ayres (Composer – Doctor Who, The Radiophonic Workshop, Sound designer)

Panel: ‘Pitch perfect – How to engage with Irish Festival Bookers’


Shane Dunne (Indiependence Festival, Promoter at MCD)

Ross Parkhill (Stendhal Festival)

Gareth Stewart (Other Voices Festival)

Plus more to follow.

Panel: ‘The Fourth Pillar Presents – A Manifesto for Music’

 With the NI Assembly elections coming up in May 2022, this panel will hear from representatives from across music on the support they would like to see from our next cohort of political leaders.

 Moderator: Lynne Best (Director at The Fourth Pillar)


Jamie Njoku-Goodwin (CEO of UK Music)

Roisín McDonough (CEO of Arts Council of Northern Ireland)

Julie McLarnon (Founder of Analogue Catalogue Studios)


Further daytime panels and sessions will be announced within the next month.

On the evening of 21st April, Output Belfast will present a fantastic array of free showcase events across a number of venues in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, featuring highly anticipated live performances from the best new acts in NI music.

Confirmed hosts include Jawdropper Music, District Magazine, Word Up Collective, Crash Management, YEO Magazine, Oh Yeah, Nialler9, Faction Music, Across The Line, The Thin Air, Middle Isle, Output Belfast, PRS for Music, Midnight Mango, Chordblossom, Sentric, New Champion Music, IMRO, Beekeeper Management and Soft Gut Songwriting Camp.

To sign up for priority updates on the 2022 edition of Output Belfast, visit in the coming weeks.

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