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Music Futures

A meeting of musical minds, hosted by Jim Carroll, taking place during 12 Points festival and MusicTown this April. It poses the question, 'What does it mean to be a music town?'

How can cultural, corporate, city and community bodies work together to generate and sustain work for Irish artists, create new work through shared cultural initiatives, and ultimately, unite & grow audiences?

These & other questions will be put to curated panels of contributors comprising of musicians, cultural and community bodies and media representatives to get perspectives and insight from across the sector.

MusicFutures is also an opportunity to explore the practicalities of infrastructure for music in an urban environment, utilising city spaces effectively as well as looking at the long term development of music, and future audiences, through innovative music initiatives for children.


Laurence Mackin is the Arts Editor of the The Irish Times. He is a member of the Science Gallery Dublin’s Leonardo group and was previously the editor of the Warsaw Business Journal in Poland.

Trevor O'Shea heads up Bodytonic Music’s extensive portfolio of festivals and venues including the annual The Beatyard, Life Festival and the Dublin City Block Party.

Aisling O'Gorman is the Music Programmer at The Ark, Ireland's only Cultural centre for children.

Áine Mangaoang is a Musicologist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Dublin City University currently leading a research project entitled "Mapping Popular Music in Dublin.


Tony Sheehan is Artistic Director of Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, where he has led the transformation of the organisation from a small arts centre to a major Cultural Hub, incorporating Christchurch, which was annexed to Triskel in 2011 after its restoration by Cork City Council.

Acclaimed filmmaker and former Juno Falls front man, Myles O'Reilly has been creating unique music documentaries of major artists through his Arbutus Yarns website and he has a unique perspective on music making in Ireland today.

Aoife Woodlock is the music producer for Other Voices. She began her music career in cultural centre located in the Ormond Building, and went on to manage the Temple Bar Music Centre for ten years. As well as Other Voices, she is currently a consultant with UK’s Redlodge Agency, which oversees, among other things, the Jack Daniel’s Music Projects.

Niamh Bushnell is a serial entrepreneur and the first Dublin Commissioner for Start-ups. Drawing from her extensive experience in the start-up sector, Niamh assumes strategic responsibility for making Dublin the best place in Europe to start and grow tech and innovative business.


Shane Latimer is a guitarist, composer and teacher based in Dublin. He plays six, seven and eight string guitars and improvises on the instruments using various preparations and electronic processing. He is also a founding member of the Bottlenote Music and 12 Rutland Place.

Mark Murphy founded the much respected ChoiceCuts in 2001. Having recently located to the The Sugar Club, Mark brings his venue experience to the table to discuss how having a dedicated space has helped shape their brand.

Ciara Scanlan is founder of MART, a not-for-profit arts organisation that provides studios, galleries and event spaces to foster and promote artistic endeavors. She is also a visual artist working primarily in video, performance and web-based media. As an artist and protagonist, she feels it is her role is to upset the status quo.

Laura G. Dovn is Managing Director of Block T, an independent creative arts organisation, an entrepreneurial hub and a one-stop-shop for all things creative. The organisational model aims to be self-sustaining, providing subsidised support for our community of creatives while generating jobs in the cultural sector.

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