Hard Working Class Heroes 2015


What: Mapping Popular Music in Dublin Drop-in Workshops
When: 2-4pm Friday October 2nd and Saturday 3rd 2015
Where: Rainsford Room, NDRC, Crane St, Dublin 8

We are delighted to announce Mapping Popular Music in Dublin workshops in partnership with the Hard Working Class Heroes Convention at the NDRC Dublin, October 2-3rd 2015. The convention features some fantastic sessions with leading labels and management folks, music video-makers, and journalists.

The convention starts at 10.30am Friday 2nd October, is free to attend and open to the public. Do drop in and say hello!

Facebook event page here. To see the full HWCH 2015 line-up that features , go here. To buy tickets, go here.



Hard Working Class Heroes and HMV Ireland are excited to announce the details of this year’s HWCH Convention, which is taking place on the 1, 2, 3 of October at NDRC. Some of the most exciting and influential figures working in the global music industry will be taking part in the Convention discussing the opportunities and challenges for artists creating and performing music in 2015.

HWCH Convention 2015 is the biggest gathering of international and Irish music industry executives in Ireland this year, featuring strategists, A&R execs, festival bookers, agents, retailers,  journalists and, of course, some of Ireland’s top artists. With panels, workshops and networking speed sessions across three rooms in NDRC over three days, HWCH Convention 2015 is essential for artists and others working in the music industry.

Highlights of the Convention include:

Who to impress in the media with Jessica Hopper, Senior editor of of the mega-influential Pitchfork and author of the critically acclaimed “The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic” & more. Festival bookers, Record labels,  A&R, Journalists & retailers a plenty.

Workshop highlights include:

How to Make a Great Music Video with Brendan Canty, Director of Hozier’s VMA nominated Take Me To Church video. And the first ever panel which talks to music fans.

Also attending from the US is Hugh McIntyre who covers the music industry, from tech to charts, for Forbes Magazine.  He also freelances as a pop music critic for media outlets such as Mashable, Noisey, MTV and Huffington Post, among others.

Our view from the top interview will be with Rob Hall a man who knows the music business like the back of his hand. He spent 10 years as president of international touring at AEG Live and worked on tours with Leonard Cohen, Prince, Bon Jovi, Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Usher and dozens more. Before that, he was a booking agent, a recording studio boss and director of Marshall Arts and the Mean Fiddler.

Journalist and producer Jim Carroll is the main Convention Moderator. Jim has written for The Irish Times since 2000 and blogged for the newspaper at On the Record since 2007. He produces and hosts the Banter series of public talks and is a regular contributor to RTE Radio.

Supported by HMV Ireland, The Arts Council, Culture Ireland and the HWCH Convention 2015 is FREE to attend.

For more information and the full Convention schedule see: www.hwch.net // www.facebook.com/hardworkingclassheroes | @hwchfestival + #hwch15 | www.hmv.ie


About HWCH

HWCH is organised by First Music Contact, an information and advice resource for musicians at any career level. It delivers initiatives to help artists at key points of their development. As well as HWCH, FMC runs Music From Ireland, Ireland’s Music Export body with Culture Ireland showcasing Irish talent at international music showcases and conventions, along with BreakingTunes.com an online platform for musicians and artists to upload and showcase their music. FMC also provides information and advice to artists to help them navigate the industry.

About NDRC

NDRC is an early stage investor in innovation, making ventures happen by investing in startups and improving the environment in which ventures can grow. Over the last five years it has been working to build the best model for supporting early stage technologies. By the end of 2013, NDRC’s portfolio of startup ventures had secured €40m in commercial follow-on investment.


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