Fact Sheets for New Bands

First Music Contact is the only free and independent information and resource organisation for popular musicians and the popular music sector in Ireland.

FMC also co-runs the Hard Working Class Heroes Festival, Ireland’s premier A&R festival showcasing emerging Irish talent (www.hwch.net).

Music from Ireland is another FMC spearheaded project, building a brand around Irish bands at international music festivals (www.musicfromireland.org).

Most recently FMC have spearheaded the Breaking Tunes project, providing a platform for Irish musicians to showcase their wares to the industry (www.breakingtunes.com).

FMC is grant aided by the Arts Council.

FMC has a set of fact sheets for new bands available on its website. You can download all the fact sheets as a single PDF document. The website link is http://www.firstmusiccontact.com/bandtips/

The list of contents is as follows –


  • Writing a music business plan

Useful Information

  • List of acronyms
  • Copyright article
  • Music, the Internet and the Law
  • Rights in a song explained
  • How to set up an independent record label
  • Getting your music onto iTunes
  • Registering for the official Irish charts


  • 12 steps to recording
  • Demo fact sheet
  • Home recording
  • CD duplication


  • DIY gig booking
  • Running a charity gig
  • Band tips tour management
  • Artist booking agreement
  • Band tips promoter


  • Releasing a record
  • How do I get my label distributed?
  • Music publishing
  • Press and Publicity
  • Band tips blogger
  • Band tips media
  • Band tips PR
  • Band tips radio

Additional Information

  • Record shops
  • Radio stations
The Hard Working Class Heroes Festival

The Hard Working Class Heroes Festival is an excellent forum for up and coming Irish bands