Resonate Futures Conference in Derry

Former UK City of Culture hosts a wealth of music industry experts and performers from March 20-22

Over three days from March 20, music industry experts will gather at venues throughout the city of Derry~Londonderry to share their expertise and inside knowledge to those seeking to break into the multi-billion pound industry.

Resonate Futures Conference is a roundup of Nerve Centre’s year-long Resonate project, which captured the musical talent, energy and spirit of the city during the UK City of Culture 2013 year.

From March 20 – 22, movers and shakers including legendary broadcaster Tom Robinson, dance producer Jupiter Ace and PR mogul Kathryn Mason will take part in a series of free master classes and workshops covering all aspects of the music business, from songwriting to marketing and production.


‘The music industry is by its nature a vast and tangled business and for musicians and music lovers taking their first steps into the industry, the road to success can be daunting,' said Pearse Moore, Nerve Centre chief executive.

‘Resonate Futures Conference is a great opportunity for those musicians to learn things that you can’t find in a textbook or even online. It will give them the chance to get direct access and advice from the professionals themselves.’

Those professionals include also Jeff Robinson, the Belfast-based music promoter who has developed PR campaigns for the likes of Biffy Clyro and Tom Jones. However, the three-day conference is not all work and no play.

The weekend will see intimate performances and collaborations from a range of artists including Paddy Nash, We Are Aerials, Droids, Glenn Rosborough and Resonate Music Video Contest winner, Adam Leonard at Nerve Centre on Friday, March 21 to celebrate a year of the Resonate project. Admission to the event is £5.

Friday’s session will come to a close with an evening of free music at Sandinos, hosted by BBC Radio 6 broadcaster Tom Robinson and performances from Ryan Vail, singer-songwriter Best Boy Grip (pictured above) and Derry four piece, The Clameens.

The next generation of young musicians in the city will also host a musical showcase at Craft Village on Saturday, March 22 from 2-7pm as SYNC – Music Promise takes to the streets for a celebration of youth, music and creativity.

Nerve Centre’s Resonate project, in partnership with Blast Furnace Recording Studio, captured the musical talent of the city during its City of Culture tenure by providing a range of recording opportunities. The Resonate project was also on hand to document many of the major musical happenings of the City of Culture year, from Celtronic to Culture Tech.

View the Resonate Futures Conference programme at the Nerve Centre website.