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
- 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
- Record shops
- Radio stations