A look back at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize

Ships has been announced as the winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2017 for the album Precession (Ships Music label). The judging panel, made up of Irish music media professionals, deliberated at length tonight before choosing the winning album.

Ships received a cheque for €10,000, a prize which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) – as well as a specially-commissioned award.

The winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year was also announced and Chasing Abbey won the prize for their song “That Good Thing”. Decided by the public via the RTÉ and Choice Music Prize websites, fans got behind their favourite song in big numbers.

The sold-out event in Vicar Street was hosted by RTÉ 2FM’s Eoghan McDermott and was broadcast live on the station on a specially extended Louise McSharry show.

RTÉ2 will broadcast a one-hour TV highlights programme of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize featuring performances from the acts and interviews by Bláthnaid Treacy on Sunday March 18th at 11pm.

Earlier during the day, the inaugural “Conversations” took place at the Morrison Hotel, a music forum attended by international and Irish industry.

Irish Youth Music Awards

One of the most satisfying aspects of my job is discovering new Irish acts and one of our goals for 2017 was to open our legendary ‘Studio 8’ recording space to as many unsigned & independent Irish acts as possible. One project to benefit from this was the ‘Irish Youth Music Awards’. The IMYA’s is a community based youth music project for teen bands and musicians aged 12-19 years old, across the whole island of Ireland. It is a music led, music based project which honours the most effective music projects run by groups of young people each year. The principle aim of IYMA is to give young musicians access to industry professionals to benefit from their advice and knowledge.

Last year over 15,000 young people engaged in the initiative and it is still growing. The 2018 IYMAs National Day is set for April 21st in Croke Park. IYMAs partners and supporters include The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, RTÉ 2FM, BIMM Institute Dublin, LinkedIn Learning, IMRO, Music Maker, Gaisce – The President’s Award and Youth Action Northern Ireland

With that in mind I’m proud to announce that we will broadcast the Studio 8 session with 2017 IYMAs recipients ‘Liquid Space’ this Wednesday February 21st! 

RTÉ Choice Music Prize

The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2017, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced today on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by Tony Clayton Lea, chairman of the judging panel. The shortlist is as follows:

Come On Live Long – In The Still (self released)

Marlene Enright – Placemats and Second Cuts (self released)

Fangclub – Fangclub (Universal)

Lankum – Beneath the Earth and the Sky (Rough Trade)

James Vincent McMorrow – True Care (Faction Records)

New Jackson – From Night to Night (All City)

Otherkin – OK (Rubyworks)

Fionn Regan – The Meetings of the Waters (Abbey Records)

Ships – Precession (Ships Music)

Talos – Wild Alee (Feel Good Lost)

As part of RTÉ’s continued commitment to promoting Irish music, RTÉ 2FM celebrates the announcement of the shortlist across its schedule throughout the day with All Irish Music All Day from 6am to midnight. As part of this Louise McSharry will present a two-hour special programme on this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2017 shortlist from 8-10pm this evening. RTÉ 2FM will continue to mark the announcement of the shortlist this week and beyond through a mix of airplay of tracks from the shortlisted albums, interviews with this year’s shortlisted artists and live performances.

The shortlisted albums can be enjoyed in full on the RTÉ Choice Music Prize website www.choicemusicprize.ieand on  www.2fm.ie/rtechoicemusicThe winning album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 8th March 2018. As part of the partnership with RTÉ, the event will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four-hour extended programme from 7-11pm and on RTÉ2 as part of a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize TV programme, approximately one week later.

The 13th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate and acknowledge the best in Irish recorded music.  The prize has become one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar since its inception in 2005 and is awarded to the Irish Album of the Year, as chosen from a shortlist of ten releases by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts.

The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award. 

RAAP, Culture Ireland & Golden Discs are also official project partners. 

Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas Industry executives to attend the RTE Choice Music Prize Live Event on March 8th while Golden Discs will feature special stands showcasing the RTE Choice Music Prize nominees across their stores nationwide.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2017

The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2017 will be announced on Wednesday 31st January 2018. A special event featuring exclusive performances from both Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees will be held in Dublin’s Tramline venue that evening. 

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and at http://www.ticketmaster.ie priced €28.00 including booking fee

2fm Xmas Ball raises over €500,000

What a fantastic night at the RTÉ 2fm Xmas Ball last night in aid of ISPCC Childline! To all the acts who gave so generously of their time and talents, The Script, The Coronas, Róisín O, Gavin James, Hudson Taylor Hermitage Green,  Little Hours & Wild Youth, to all at MCD, 3Arena, RTÉ 2fm and numerous generous suppliers we are truly grateful

A staggering and vital €500,000 was raised for Ireland’s 24 hour listening service for children and young people. This support will help ensure the ISPCC remain there for children and young people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

2fm Rising List 2018 – New Irish Music

The 2fm Rising list is a culmination of an incredible year of music on 2FM which included our various live events with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, our best selling u2 Joshua Tree ‘New Roots’ charity album and our new partnership with the RTÉ Choice Music prize.

The strength of the list previews what an exciting year lies ahead for the Irish music industry. The breath of sounds and styles from these great Irish acts is stunning.

For full details and to hear some of these exciting new Irish acts, log onto 2fm.ie/rising18.

Outerview Episode 19 – Bernadette Jiwa

This week I talk to best-selling author and marketer Bernadette Jiwa about her latest book ‘Hunch’.

Bernadette is a recognised global authority on the role of story in business, innovation and marketing and the author of five best-selling books on marketing and brand storytelling. She advises, consults and speaks to entrepreneurs and business leaders who want to build meaningful brands.

In this episode we talk about empathy and curiosity. The genius trap and where breakthrough ideas come from. Is the Internet ruining how we gain insights? Why we don’t observe anymore and are we just too plugged in to the internet? Practising intuition and how to be more curious.

If you’ve missed any of the past episodes you can see the archive here

Outerview Episode 18 – Richard E. Grant

This week on my podcast I chat media interviewing, storytelling & facing fears with Actor, Writer & Perfumer Richard E. Grant.

Richard E Grant was born in 1957 and grew up in Swaziland. He moved to England in 1982 and made his acting debut in 1987 with Withnail and I, Bruce Robinson’s cult film. He has since starred in numerous Hollywood films and TV dramas, including Gosford Park, Dracula, The Iron Lady and most recently Logan. Richard has also showcased his interview skills on Sky Atlantic’s ‘Richard E. Grant’s Hotel Secrets’.

He is the author of a book of film diaries “With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E Grant” and the novel “By Design: A Hollywood Tale”. He has written for the Sunday Times, Observer and Vanity Fair. An exploration of his life-long love affair with scent, Richard E. Grant’s Jack perfume has also been a huge success.

Ricky Gervais is Deadly Sirius

He started on radio.

He’s back on the radio.

100% worth the wait.

“SiriusXM made me an offer to return that I couldn’t refuse,” Gervais said in a statement. “my own playlist and absolute freedom of speech,” he added. “It’s the perfect platform for me, and hopefully the listener too.”

Ricky Gervais is Deadly Sirius- Pilot Episode from DeadlySiriusSXM on Vimeo.

“Ricky Gervais Is Deadly Sirius” will debut Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. ET on SiriusXM.