Dispelling the myths of funding
Join Help Musicians UK’s Creative Programme Officer, Joe Dahner, with a panel of funders and successful fund applicants as we navigate the world of funding, discussing the do’s and don’ts, the wills and won’ts of applying for and obtaining funding as part of developing a successful career in music.
Lyndon Stephens heads up Belfast based management company Champion Sound and label Quiet Arch. In the past four years they have had no less than 15 albums shortlisted for the Northern Ireland music prize and have won it twice. Lyndon also works with Help Musicians as a mentor on their 3 for 3 programme. They also run a monthly podcast called summit which decodes the modern music industry at a grass roots level.
Liam is a artist manager, producer and music educator based in Derry. For the last 10 years he has been lecturing in Music Production and Music Business across the Music courses at the North West Regional College as well as working as an engineer and producer for countless bands from the North West. Most recently he has been managing, producing and developing ‘ROE', the 19 year old songwriter from Derry who recently won the “Oh Yeah Contender” award at the NI Music Prize and is opening for Snow Patrol on their UK arena tour this winter.
Joanne is the interim music and traditional arts development officer at the Arts of Northern Ireland (ACNI). Joanne has been working at ACNI for the past 3 years and she has been working in the music sector across Ireland for the past 20 years. She started out as a recording and live sound engineer and graduated from Queen’s University in 2004 with a BSc in Music Technology before moving into artist management, development and consultancy. Joanne has previously worked with bands including Taste (Formerly Rory Gallagher’s Taste), Swanee River and Mental Deficiency, currently she continues to manage the artist Junior Johnson.
Joe Dahner is the Creative Programme Officer for Help Musicians UK, the leading independent musicians charity with a dedicated office in Belfast. Based in the charity’s London office, Joe is the power behind the charity’s recent Do It Differently Fund, and a musician himself. Throughout the day, Joe will be available for artists to ask for guidance on how to perfect their funding applications, and get the best chance to develop their creative careers.