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ASIWYFA Launch New Northern Irish Music Intiative

Northern Ireland’s musical grass roots is due a boost with the establishment of a new programme called FFWD. Set up to provide a range of seminars and masterclasses for artists and music businesses, it launched last Thursday with a FFWD Mentoring Clinic at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast.

The first session saw music industry bods Andrew Ferris and Charlene Hegarty (Smalltown America Records), Fran Cotton (legal and business affairs specialist), Rocky O’Reilly (Start Together studios/Oppenheimer/Malibu Shark Attack!), Mark Gordon (Score Draw Music/Skibunny) and Linley Hamilton (leading NI session musician, composer, performer) all offering advice and guidance.

Ross Graham, FFWD Programme manager, says, “Northern Ireland continues to produce world class creative musical talent and is now developing a strong entrepreneurial base and a growing infrastructure for the sector. This programme is designed to help local artists to add business skills to their creative skills, enhance the expertise of music entrepreneurs and help promote the N.I. music sector to key music and media industry players.”