The development and progression of the conference (formerly known as Hard Working Class Heroes) has earned Ireland Music Week both local and international stature for being a must attend event for anyone working in music in Europe. It is one of the largest gatherings of music industry professionals from bookers to labels, managers, music supervisors, radio folk and journalists from around the world and here in Ireland.
First Music Contact, who run Ireland Music Week, work with Irish Acts from the very beginning of their careers. The annual showcase expanded from a 3 day event to a 5 day event, providing Irish artists with an opportunity to gain some vital exposure, provided by the stellar mix of influential Irish and international delegates who attend IMW.
In 2017, IMW reduced the number of bands showcasing to 50, highlighting the need for acts to have a development plan and an eye on international activity. The success of this move resulted in a record number of Irish acts being selected for overseas events including SXSW, The Great Escape, Eurosonic, Reeperbahn, Primavera Pro and more.