Output Festival: Daytime Schedule 2018

Output, Ireland’s largest one-day music conference and showcasing event, returns to Belfast on Thursday 8 February 2018.

Organised by Belfast City Council in partnership with Invest Northern Ireland’s Music Business Support Programme, the conference will include panel discussions, music sessions, workshops and speed networking events as well as keynote speeches from award-winning musicians and managers of globally recognised talent.

In the evening the spotlight will turn onto Northern Ireland home-grown talent, with a series of free showcases taking place across venues in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. It’s an opportunity for the traveling industry to sample and connect with some of 2017/18’s most talked about new bands and artists, with shows presented by Irish promoters, festivals, management companies, blogs and media organisations.

For more information and sign-ups visit www.outputbelfast.com

Daytime Conference 8th Feb

All events take place in the Metropolitan Arts Centre (The MAC) or the Oh Yeah Centre (unless otherwise stated)
If you already know which events you wish to attend click here to sign up now

Once you know which sessions you would like to attend click here to register your place.

Registration is essential to secure places in sessions.

10am-11.15am – OPENING KEYNOTES

Festival trends in 2018

Goc O’Callaghan (Vice Chair Association for Independent Festivals)

Meaningful Social Interactions
Facebook, the Newsfeed & Messenger: how we talk with fans

Sam Taylor (I AM POP)

What now, recorded music?
A discussion on physical, streaming and everything in between

Jeremy Pritchard (Everything Everything)
Roisin Dwyer (Commissioning Editor Hot Press)


CMU Present – The Digital Dollar Deals Guide

Based on ‘The Deals Guide’ published by the MMF last year, learn about the ten different label/distribution deals types now available to artists in the streaming age, and the pros and cons of choosing DIY v distribution v label services v indie label v major label.
Chris Cooke (CMU Insights)
Annabella Coldrick (Music Managers Forum)
Will Priestley (Harbottle Lewis)

Trailer Talk

An essential briefing on placing music and songs in film trailers
Connie Farr (Music supervisor)
Mark Cornell (Ignition – trailers for Jumanji, Spiderman, Dunkirk, Cars and more)
Mark Gordon (Moderator)

20 Feet from Stardom

How to make a career as a session musician
Alana Henderson (Cellist, Hozier)
Si Francis (Bass, Ellie Goulding)
Freddy Sheed (Drums, The Japanese House, The 1975)
Carlos Garcia V (Guitar, John Newman, Paolo Nutini)
Phil Taggart (Moderator)

Meet the funders (FULLY REGISTERED)

Your chance for one-on-one meetings with funding organisations and business start-up mentors
Elizabeth Sills (PRS Foundation)
Marcus McGuigan (Invest NI)
Keith Millar (Help Musicians NI)
Caroline Sewell (Musicians Union)
Go For It! Representative

Sing when you’re winning (FULLY REGISTERED)

Tips and techniques on how to improve and look after your voice
Shelley Bukspan  (BIMM Dublin Vocal Coach)
Cormac Neeson (The Answer)

Playing live in the USA – Visas and how to get one

Tamizdat are the company who facilitate US visa applications for UK and Irish bands
Matthew Covey (Tamizdat)

The Sound of Success

When your passion becomes your profession – Behind the lens with a millennial auteur
Christian Tierney (21 year old videographer who has worked with The Weekend, The 1975 and Kendrick Lamar)
Thomas Camblin (Rally – Moderator)

Ableton Live 10 Masterclasses

Learn practical production techniques with all new Ableton Live 10 – in collaboration with CreateSound.ie


Topliners – how to write hooks

PRS For Music present a session on earworms – melodies that stick
Stuart Fleming (PRS for Music)
Flash Taylor (Bucks Music Publishing)
Marli Harwood (Topliner)
Callum Stewart (Topliner/lyricist)
Jason Sharpe (Tileyard Music)

Ready Player One – making the music that makes the game

From composing to placing music in games and games trailers – the complete overview
Dan Byrne-Mccullough (Hyperduck SoundWorks)
Chris Geehan (Hyperduck SoundWorks)
Ben Sumner (Feel For Music)
Janesta Bourdeau (gaming supervisor and sync focused catalogue owner)
Mark Gordon (Score Draw Music – Moderator)

Music Cork presents – How to crack Ireland

From press to live – the roadmap to the territory
Niall Byrne (Nialler9)
Sarah Casey (agent at LPO – clients include Beoga)
Ed Smith (Producer – Today FM)
Shane Dunne (Music CorkIndiependence/MCD)
William Ryan (Barrister)
Mick Roe (Faction Mgmt – James Vincent McMorrow/Jape)
Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1 – Moderator)

Meet the Performance Rights Organisations

Speed meetings with the main UK and Ireland PROs
PRS for Music
Duncan McCrone (MCPS)
Keith Johnson (IMRO)
Dan Millington (PPL)

CMU Insights Speed Briefing: The Value Gap

Why does the music industry keep shouting about the copyright safe harbour and the so called ‘value gap’? And how did YouTube become the music industry’s enemy number one? Find out all you need to know about YouTube and the value gap from this speed briefing from CMU Insights.
Chris Cooke (CMU Insights)

Breaking the rock

Making press and PR work for you in metal and heavy rock
Remfry Dedman (rock and metal critic – The Independent)
Simon Glacken (I Like Press)
Adam Rees (Metal Hammer / Guitarist Magazine writer)
Becky Laverty (Pioneer PR / festival booker)
Eamonn Forde (Moderator)

Masters of the universe

A conversation on the art of mastering your music
John Davis (Metropolis – mastering engineer for U2, Lana Del Rey and more)
Rocky O’Reilly (Start Together Studios – Moderator)

Ableton Live 10 Masterclasses

Learn practical production techniques with all new Ableton Live 10 – in collaboration with CreateSound.ie


Anatomy of a successful video premiere

From creation to release – a step by step guide
Caroline Bottomley (Radar Music Videos)
Nadia Khan (Manager of Lethal Bizzle and more)
Sean Adams (Drowned in Sound / BBC 6 Music)
Karim Khan (Lucid PR – clients include Sony, Island Records, Universal, Virgin)
Eamonn Forde (Moderator)

Placing music in UK and US Television

Heads of music from Sky and BBC open up on the pathways to music placement
Peter Bradbury (Head of Music – Sky)
Nicky Bignell (Head of music licensing – BBC)
Teri Nelson Carpenter (CEO Reel Muzik Werks – former US independent publisher of the year)
Mark Gordon (Score Draw Music – Moderator)

The Talent Development Toolkit

Oh Yeah Centre presents the comprehensive guide
Charlene Hegarty (Oh Yeah Talent Development Manager)
Tom Packer (Motive Unknown)
Joel Borquaye (AWAL)
Ryan Vail (Artist)
Elizabeth Sills (PRS Foundation)

Meet the Irish Festivals (FULLY REGISTERED)

Your chance to pitch to festivals and music showcases
Cillian Stewart (Castlepalooza)
Ross Parkhill (Stendhal Festival)
Andrew Marsden (Moira Calling)
Molly King (Other Voices
Angela Dorgan (Hard Working Class Heroes)
Sarah Kiely (Open House Festival)
Paul Brown (Earagail Arts Festival)

CMU Insights Speed Briefing: Top 5 Streaming Challenges

Find out more about the five key challenges that must now be met by the wider streaming music business – including artists, songwriters, labels, publishers, collecting societies and the streaming platforms themselves.
Chris Cooke (CMU Insights)

Talk about pop music (production)

How to carve out a career producing a-list hits
Danton Supple (Producer – Coldplay X&Y and A Rush of Blood to the Head)
Paul Whalley (Producer and collaborator with Mumford and Sons, Ellie Goulding, Little Mix)
Pip Newby (Producer manager)
Stefan Abingdon (Selena Gomez / Jess Glynne)
Rocky O’Reilly (Start Together Studios – Moderator)

Ableton Live 10 Masterclasses

Learn practical production techniques with all new Ableton Live 10 – in collaboration with CreateSound.ie


You want it darker? Scoring thriller and horror films

Richard Vreeland (Disasterpeace) – From Los Angeles, Soundtrack to iconic horror It Follows

Stuart Braithwaite  (Mogwai) – Soundtracks for Les Revenants and many more

Rory Friers (ASIWYFA) – Soundtrack for The Cured featuring Ellen Page (Juno/Inception)

Carly Paradis – Composer-Line of Duty / Pianist for Clint Mansell

Brian Henry Martin (Director/Journalist)
Mark Gordon (Score Draw Music)