13/11/2009

Music Commission Plays Out

There's discord today after a body set up to promote and develop the music industry found that its management was out of tune with the way ahead.

The Northern Ireland Music Industry Commission (NIMIC) has closed because of irreconcilable differences among its board members.

The NI body was set up in 2001 to showcase local talent and develop musicians' business skills, but today, Invest NI said it had entered a voluntary winding-up arrangement.
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"Due to irreconcilable issues within NIMIC's board, Invest NI and other potential partners were unable to consider any further funding," it said.

"NIMIC has made a significant contribution to the development of the music industry in Northern Ireland since 2001 through the support provided by Invest NI and the Arts Council."

The commission showcased local artists at high-profile events such as the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.

(BMcC)

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