Michigan Irish Music Initiative

Get onto the US touring circuit with MIMI, the Michigan Irish Music Initiative and play as featured artist(s) on the Main Stage at the Michigan Irish Music Festival in Sep 2018.

Previous performers include Andy Irvine, Damien Dempsey, We Banjo 3, Gaelic Storm, Sharon Shannon, Altan, and Slide.

This is a competition - Trad Battle of the Bands - Hosted in the Spirit Store Dundalk, Saturday 14th April 2018.

The Michigan Irish Music Initiative (MIMI) is one of the most exciting new awards offered to young traditional Irish music groups. Organised under the auspices of the Michigan Irish Music Festival (MIMF) the Michigan Irish Music Initiative provides a platform for talented and aspiring independent artists, groups associated with colleges, organisations, or institutions who focus on Irish traditional music to participate in high level competition, offering the winners the distinguished opportunity of featuring on the main stage at the Michigan Irish Music Festival, Muskegon, USA between September 13th – 16th 2018 with round-trip flights, accommodation, and breakfasts/dinners included. The entrants must aim to emulate the excellence of professional performance-groups through their arrangement, presentation and stagecraft.

NOTE: Festival organisers from many other festivals attend the Michigan Irish Music Festival including those of The Milwaukee Irish Fest; Dublin (Ohio), Syracuse (NY) The Kansas City Irish Festival; La Crosse Irish Music Festival; and The Wheatland Festival amongst amany more. This offers a unique opportunity for winners to present their music to the most influential industry leaders.

1st Prize:
Round Trip Airfare
Hotels for up to 7 Members
Feature on Main Stage at the Michigan Irish Music Festival.

2nd Prize:

3rd Prize:

Hurry as there are limited spaces and this competition closes soon! | Download Terms & Conditions

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In association with the Irish Traditional Music Archive ITMA, Dundalk Institute of Technology DkIT and the Michigan Irish Music Festival MIMF