Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “This is bad news for music in Northern Ireland. Our music professionals and experts should be able to work together to help new talent develop and gain recording contracts.
“It’s rather ironic that NIMIC has folded due to differences given that ‘musical differences’ is the oft-quoted factor behind many bands splitting.
“Our music scene is vibrant and it’s a real pity that this group has ceased to exist. I would however encourage other experts to take the initiative and come together to provide assistance for up-and-coming bands and musicians here.
“Musicians working together here to help pool their skills and assist each other seems logical and I would like to see a new network emerge if possible.”