McCarthy frustrated that NI music body has folded

Alliance Culture, Arts and Leisure spokesperson Kieran McCarthy MLA has expressed annoyance that the Northern Ireland Music Industry Commission has folded saying assistance is important to ensure musicians in the region can reach their potential. The organisation was set up in 2001 to showcase talent and further develop business skills in the sector, and it has now folded due to ‘irreconcilable issues within NIMIC’s board.’

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.”


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