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 originally had a set of fact sheets for new bands available on its website. I have compiled these articles within a single PDF document. You can access this PDF here.

The list of contents is as follows –

Performance booking agreement (sample)
Mass production of CDs
Music copyright basics
You’ve written the songs so what next? (studio / recording pre-planning)
DIY gig booking tips
How do I get my label distributed?
Setting up an independent record label
Music acronyms
Music law
Music publishing
Press and publicity
Releasing a record
Rights in a song explained
Running a charity gig
12 steps to recording: going into the studio
What is a manager and how do I get one?
What is the law regarding sampling?
Writing a music business plan

The Hard Working Class Heroes Festival

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