How to make a living as a musician in Leitrim

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

How to make a living as a musician in Leitrim

Creative Workshop in The Glens Manorhamilton on Friday, June 22

Thinking outside the box – how to make a living as a musician is a creative Frame Workshop in The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton on Friday, June 22.


This free event has a panel discussion from 2-3.30 and discussions from 3.30 -5pm.


Trying to make a living out of music can be a real struggle. There are many challenges to working as a musician, particularly in rural Ireland, but across the whole industry it’s getting harder to sell CDs, to get good paying gigs and even though technology has made some things easier, it also means there’s a lot more competition around, not least from Netflix and the ever increasing range of entertainment musicians must now vie with for attention.


To really make a living out of music you need to think outside the box, explore new opportunities, and do what you’ve always done – only differently and better than before.
As a musician you need to take an active role in developing an audience for your work, how you market your work and promote yourself has changed dramatically in a very short time but at the same time there are new opportunities from different groups and individuals looking to pay for the services of a musician and different means for musicians to develop their music projects.


To explore some of these issues, the workshop is delighted to have invited a panel of professional musicians who have managed to carve out sustainable careers out of their craft to attend the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton on Friday from 2-5pm.
This informal and informative event will be of interest to musicians and singers from any context or genre, but traditional musicians in particular.


It will be a great opportunity to meet the panel and get together with other musicians to compare notes and to share insights on ways to develop a sustainable music career in rural Ireland.
Chairing the panel will be Sandra Joyce, director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick.


Panel members will include: Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Cathy Jordan lead vocalist for Dervish, Fiddle player Dr Liz Doherty, Fiddle and banjo player John Carty and Fiddle player Ciarán O Maonaigh former recipient of TG4 Young Musician of the Year.

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