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Take Your Music Career to The Next Level

Liam Craig - music educator and artist manager. Photo Credit: Ciara McMullan

Take your music career to the next level and grow your fanbase with the Fanbase Builder Programme from CMU’s Pathways Into Music Foundation and Help Musicians.

The FREE ten-week professional development programme will provide fifteen early-career artists from Northern Ireland with a series of practical online and in-person workshops that explain how frontline artists go about building a business around their music-making, with practical advice on how to effectively release tracks and grow a fanbase.

Each participating artist will also undertake a fanbase building project during the programme, most likely linked to a new release. With support and advice from a team of music industry experts and a bursary of £500 to spend on the project, artists will identify measurable objectives and a marketing strategy for their campaign, implement that plan and – in the process – grow their fanbase and take their music career to the next level.

The programme will be delivered by Chris Cooke –  co-founder and MD of CMU, Phil Nelson –  artist manager (Aqualung, Duke Special) and co-founder of The Great Escape, Fiona McAuley – Head of Digital at YMU (Years & Years, Clean Bandit) and Liam Craig – music educator and artist manager (ROE).

Application is now open here and closes 1st June.


An Evening with Halestorm

Hot on the heels of announcing their Nov/Dec 2021 US touring extravaganza with Evanescence, US rockers HALESTORM are delighted to confirm new tour plans for the UK/Europe in Feb/Mar 2022, including a headline Belfast show at the Ulster Hall on Saturday 05th March 2022.

The shows will be “An Evening With…” performance in smaller than usual venues, making the band’s patiently awaited return to the stage an intimate and special experience, both for fans and themselves.

Powerhouse frontwoman Lzzy Hale enthuses, “We are so excited to announce our upcoming Evening-With tour of the UK & Europe this February through March 2022! That’s right, All Halestorm, all the time! A collection of up close and personal shows where we will be performing deep cuts, all the fan favourites, and even some brand new songs! Come join us! Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 18th! Though not able to tour dudring the pandemic, the band have kept busy working on new music and exploring other creative avenues.

Lzzy Hale is the official host of AXS TV’s now airing A Year In Music seasons 3 & 4, recently featured in Two Minutes to Late Night’s women-centric cover of Pantera’s Mouth For Warhas participated on Rebel in The Picturebooks’ Major Minor Collective project (alongside Clutch’s Neil Fallon, Black Stone Cherry’s Chris Robertson, and Refused’s Dennis Lyxzen), and will soon be a judge on Hit Parader’s forthcoming reality music competition TV series No Cover, set to air on Amazon Prime. 

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Paul Caldwell Set to Release New Hit ‘Everytime’

Irish singer-songwriter Paul Caldwell, will be releasing the third track from his EP ‘Headlines’ on June 25, 2021. The track titled, ‘Every Time’ is an ode to physical and mental changes throughout life. Based on injury and heartbreak. Caldwell wrote this song during a period of uncertainty; a point where time and reflection was abundant

Recovering from an injury gave me lots of space and time to look inward or observe the understanding of a situation. This song is a documentation of the transitional feeling from hurt to acceptance, and eventually happiness. Quite a shift in perspective. –  Caldwell

“Everytime” opens as a piano driven ballad, but progresses into a rousing, folk-rock hymn. Caldwell’s vision is to take listeners on an emotional journey ending with the feeling of elation. The track’s second half perfectly captures this feeling with an uplifting, “Springsteen-esq” crescendo. What moving forward after a time of reflection can feel like and how you overcame some of your inner thoughts and fears.

Caldwell’s latest EP, Headlines is deeply emotional and subtly evokes nostalgia, heartache and hope. The EP was produced by Jeff Zipp at Light Machine Records in Vancouver. The title track, “Headlines” was released on October 2020, followed by the second track, “Monday”. Between the two tracks, they have received notable radio play in Canada and Ireland and have amassed over 40,000 streams. Paul was recently voted into the Top 100 of the coveted CBC Searchlight competition, for his song “Headlines.”

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