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Ours to Protect

Ours to Protect in association with the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland

‘Ours to Protect’ is a radio and audio project spearheaded by Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) which will see 23 local and regional radio stations broadcast over 1200 new and unique programmes over the course of a year – all devoted to climate change and climate action.

Irish Music Month

Irish Music Month is set to see increased radio play for Irish music across 25 independent radio stations around Ireland – with €100k being paid directly to Irish artists.

This year’s broadcast celebration of Irish music has been timed to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day and will run from Monday March 12 to Friday April 13, 2023.

During Irish Music Month, iRadio, along with 24 other stations will:

  • Play significantly more Irish music, in all its wonderful diversity – giving a vital additional boost to the profile of Irish artists.
  • Participate in a major national talent search for a New Local Hero.
  • Run a €125,000 campaign (€5k per station) encouraging listeners to support gigs by Irish artists, and to buy Irish music and Irish music merch. 

The single by the recipient of the A New Local Hero Award gets to record it in Camden Recording Studios and produced by Cian Boylan –  who has worked with Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Gregory Porter, Emily Sandé, Dave Stewart, Van Morrison and David Gray among many more big names.

The music will also feature in TV Series Normal People and movies like The Lobster etc;  and it will be mixed by the Grammy Award-winning Ruadhri Cushnan, who has mixed dozens of hits, including for Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, Shawn Mendes, All Saints, K. T. Tunstall, Snow Patrol, Kodaline and James Bay. Ruadhri is now based in the Camden Recording Studios music hub.

The initiative by was announced by Hot Press and the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI).

It’s also supported by IMRO, RAAP, MCD Productions, Live Nation, Ticketmaster, Camden Recording Studios and the Rubyworks label.

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