Podcasts 2016 - Hard Working Class Heroes
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How to apply for a US Performance Visa

A workshop with Matthew Covey from TAMIZDAT.org
Every year, artists face an ever-increasing array of problems with the US artist visa process. From petitions being delayed or denied, to artists encountering problems at consulates or border crossings, the unpredictability of the process has lead artists to shy away from entering the US market, or use limited financial resources to enlist legal help to ensure the success of the process. Matthew will discuss the impact this trend is having on the arts and artists and the problems performers are facing. He will review the resources available to artists and discuss efforts being made to bring long term systemic improvements in the system.


The Education Panel

A growing number of colleges now offer courses tailor-made for the music business. But are these courses actually producing the kind of savvy graduates that a modern music business requires? What exactly is the music business after in terms of new hires – and can this be taught in a college?
Speakers: Alan Cullivan (BIMM), Ronan Healy (Catapult Events), Dr Niamh Nic Ghabhann (University of Limerick) and Colm O’Sullivan (Today FM Head of Programming)


Interview: How to Listen to Music Now

A conversation with Ben Ratliff, New York Times’ music writer, about his book Every Song Ever: How To Listen to Music Now. It’s a book about listening to music in a time when every single song ever recorded is available a click away and the divisions which held sway for decades no longer apply.


The management will see you now

So what does a manager actually do in 2016? Find out when we speak to music managers Fachtna O’Ceallaigh (Hare Squead), Michael Roe (All Tvvins) and James Byrne (Girl Band) about the ins and outs of what happens in their world.


21st Century Labels

It used to be the case that an act needed a label to get their record from A to Z but such rules no longer apply. With streaming services flexing their muscles, artists seeking other ways of releasing music and the money from sales no longer enough to pay the bills, you might think it’s all doom and gloom in the record label world but that’s not the case at all. A new era means new opportunities and new ways for labels to operate.
Some words of wisdom from Will Headlam-Wells (Believe), Mark Meyer (Play It Again Sam/Different Recordings), Eve Fairley Chickwe (Kobalt) and Harry Martin (Domino) about running a record label now, what’s involved in making a living, views on the current state of the ecosystem and, naturally, Frank Ocean.


Getting media coverage in the US

US writers and journalists Amanda Petrusich (The New Yorker, Pitchfork, New York Times etc), Emily McBride (Paste magazine), Hazel Cills (MTV News) tell us what they’re after when it comes to covering bands and new music. The who, what, why, how, where and when of getting attention Stateside.


Meet the fans

At HWCH Convention 2015, we decided to hear from the people you never hear from at shindigs like this and invited three music fans to come along and give us the view from the front of the stage. It went so well that we’ve decided to bring it back.
We’ll talk to three people who actually pay for their gig tickets and music about how they decide which bands to check out, where they go to find out about new music, the venues they like, the festivals they rate, what they like about Irish bands and, of course, what they don’t like


Meet the artists

Over the last few years, this panel has become a HWCH Convention favourite. In a nutshell, we bring together a bunch of musicians and let them talk about what’s on their mind, an approach which has made for some fascinating insights and outsights. This year, we’re joined by Bressie (The Blizzards), Murli (Rusangano Family) Lizzie Fitzpatrick (Bitch Falcon) and Sallay Garnett (Loah)


Interview: The radiohead

A conversation with Chris Douridas from Santa Monica’s KCRW, one of the most important taste-making radio stations in the United States. Aside from presenting and programming for the station, he’s also worked as a music supervisor and as an A&R.