Global music industry figures lined up for Output Belfast


Date: March 22, 2022

Category: Culture and arts




The biggest names in the global music industry are lined up to speak at Output Belfast on Thursday 21st April – the biggest music conference on the island of Ireland.

An initiative of Belfast City Council, the conference will feature panel discussions, music sessions, workshops and speed networking events, as well as keynote addresses from award-winning musicians and globally recognized talent managers.


Announcing details of Output Belfast 2022, Councilor Ryan Murphy, Chairman of the Belfast City Growth and Regeneration Committee, said: “Now that Belfast is recognized by UNESCO as a City of Music, it is even more important that we invest in our musicians, our musical infrastructure and our support to elevate them to the next level.


“Music is such a vital part of our identity and experience of living in Belfast and we are so lucky to have an incredible amount of talent in our city. Music not only brings vitality to Belfast, it also builds shared experiences, creates jobs and presents us in a positive light. We are proud to present the Output Conference as it provides a truly valuable development opportunity for our artists, providing hands-on insight into the music industry, and excellent networking and industry connection opportunities. .


Based at the MAC and Oh Yeah Music Centre, the conference is expected to attract over 600 local artists, businesses and students and offer a program that addresses the challenges and opportunities presented in today’s music industry. today, while emphasizing the key role that music and entertainment play in the city’s vibrant creative industries sector. Later in the evening there will be a series of free showcase events featuring the most exciting new NI artists, in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.


This year’s keynote speakers and opening topics will be:


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


Eamonn Forde, award-winning music journalist and author


• “The future of independent venues in the UK”


Sybil Bell, Founder of Independent Venue Week


• “Your music, your rights: the role of the PPL in Northern Ireland”


Peter Leathem, Managing Director of PPL


Peter Leathem, Managing Director of PPL, said: “I am delighted to deliver a keynote address at Output Belfast. PPL have long-standing ties to Belfast’s vibrant music community and, as my father is also from Northern Ireland, I always enjoy returning to the city. I can’t wait to meet you all at Output.


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


For more information visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events and to register for priority updates go to www.outputbelfast.com





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