Career Development for Emerging Musicians with Matthew Nolan

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What challenges do you face as an emerging musician building a sustainable music career? Kilkenny Arts Office are organising a session  that will offer practical advice and resources for those interested in developing this career pathway.


The following issues will be covered in detail:

Working and Performing

  • Gigs and live performance.
  • Recording and broadcasting.
  • Composing and song writing.
  • Working with other musicians.
  • Education and teaching.


Career Development

  • Financing and funding for young musicians.
  • Learning and Training opportunities.
  • Job opportunities.



  • Writing press releases.
  • Managing a PR campaign / working with the media.
  • Creating PR assets.


Legal and Money

  • Rates of pay.
  • Contracts and business agreements.
  • Workplace rights and legislation.
  • Legal services and advice.
  • Finance and tax.
  • Cost of living crisis!


Health, Safety and Wellbeing

  • Health and safety
  • Mental health and well-being.
  • Discrimination and harassment.


Followed by Q&A Session & Discussion


Date & Venue

Tuesday 5th December 2023, 5:00-8:00pm

Cleere’s Bar, Parliament Street, Kilkenny


Booking Details:

Free entry.  Booking is essential. To book a place, email Diane Seale – Limited places and early booking is advised.


About Matthew Nolan:

Matthew Nolan is a Dublin based musician, music curator, and academic. He was the founder and artistic director of 3epkano from 2004 to 2015, an instrumental music ensemble who specialised in the production of original music for movies from the silent era.

He established the WIRED music strand at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, which ran from 2008 until 2013. During this time he brought an array of indie music luminaries to perform in the Marble City. They include, naming but a few: Spiritualized, Lisa Hannigan, Agnes Obel, Damo Suzuki, Tindersticks, Amiina, Low, Rachel Grimes, The Fall, James Vincent McMorrow, The Divine Comedy, The Sea and Cake, Erik Friedlander, Jape, and A Winged Victory for the Sullen. Since 2013 he has run Note Productions, a music promotion company dedicated to expanding the Irish audience for jazz, world music, electronic and contemporary classical music.

Over the last 10 years, he has been involved in producing new music for several award winning Irish films including Exile in Hell, Runners, and Somewhere Down the Line. He teaches Film Studies at Dublin Business School and Trinity College Dublin. Ongoing and current projects include Dracula and People on Sunday. Matthew has also worked on commissions from a range of performing arts institutions and arts organisations, including: The Audi Dublin International Film Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, National Gallery of Art, Cork and Dublin French Film Festivals, Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, Cork Midsummer Festival, Film Society at Lincoln Centre in New York, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

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