But it IS a real job: Output Belfast offers free advice for Northern Irish music creators

Free panel hosted by music industry experts and PRS for Music

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Supported by PRS for Music, Output Belfast returns on Thursday 13 February to the MAC in Belfast.

Output Belfast is Ireland’s largest free music industry conference. The event includes panel discussions, music sessions, workshops, speed networking and keynote speeches.

Stuart Fleming, Senior Relationship Manager, Scotland & Northern Ireland, PRS for Music, will host the panel ‘But it IS a real job – The economics of a songwriter’, where songwriters and publishers will open up on pathways to earning a living writing songs. The panel is moderated by Cormac Neeson, co-writer and vocalist of The Answer and also features Jamie Gilmour, director of music copyright management service Rightsbridge and Tanya Mellotte, co-writer and backing vocalist in Unloved.

As part of Output Belfast, PRS for Music will also be hosting a free showcase of home-grown talent in partnership with Women’s Work. Taking place at The Black Box in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter on the evening of Thursday 13 February from 8pm, artists performing include Lucy Gaffney, Gender Chores, Wynona Beach and Strange New Places. This is a free event, attendees are advised to turn up early to avoid disappointment.


I’m very much looking forward to joining this panel and discussing the many routes to economic stability available to songwriters that may not be apparent at first glance. The songwriting community in Northern Ireland is world-class and I hope we can assist them in making the most out of their creative passion.

Stuart Fleming, Senior Relationship Manager, Scotland & Northern Ireland, PRS for Music

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 160,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers in the UK and around the world. On behalf of its members, it works diligently to grow and protect the value of their rights and ensure that creators are paid transparently and efficiently whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2021, 27 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £677.2m paid out in royalties to its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.

PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is now carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.

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