The Northern Ireland Music Industry During Covid-19

HM Productions have started production of a documentary about the Northern Ireland music industry during Covid 19 combined with the yet unseen consequences of Brexit with a goal to potentially broadcast on regional television and online streaming services. 


The music industry has been affected massively by current pandemic and with no end in sight for restriction on live music, musicians and other music industry professionals are starting to feel the strain financially as a direct result.


Many individuals in the industry fall through the cracks in the government support schemes and have received no financial support what so ever. Venues which have been forced to temporarily close may never reopen and artists who have been told by the government to abandoned their dreams and aspirations of a music career and “find jobs in another sector” need their stories told. As do the people behind the scenes who make live music happen from the production crew to the front of house sound engineers, the lighting technician and the tour bus drivers to name just a few.


Our aim is to tell the story of not only the extremely talented musicians of Northern Ireland but also the highly skilled individuals within the music industry which make it all happen and give some much needed support and recognition where it is really needed. 


The production will take the format of an interview based documentary and tell the story of the past 12+ months in chronological order from the point of view of the individuals most effected.

Time Line

The Northern Ireland music industry pre 2019/2020.


- January/February 2020, rumors of a new virus from China.


- March 2020, the uncertainty of live shows continuing with the unknown risk.


- All live music venues closed, live events stopped, lockdown starts UK wide as Covid 19 and its effects spread worldwide.


- Artists start live streaming during lockdown.


- Post lockdown, bars reopen without live music.


- Some gigs run socially distanced


- We Make Events raise awareness for artists.


- Lack of government support to the industry.


- People who desperately needed support and didn't get anything.


- The Government telling musicians and artists to seek new jobs and retrain to survive.


- What is the future for the music industry in Northern Ireland


- What is the future for live music venues in Northern Ireland.


- How and when will they reopen Post Covid-19.


- The effects of Brexit on the music industry.


- The long-lasting effect of Covid-19 and Brexit on the Northern Ireland music industry.


- Is it possible for the Northern Ireland music industry to ever fully recover from Covid 19.

Online Filming Release Form

Production name (Working title): The Northern Ireland Music Industry and Covid 19

Production Company: Hylands Media Productions Ltd. (HM Productions/Ultra Violet Films)

Producer: Christopher Hylands          Director: Mark Hylands



I hereby authorize Producer to record and edit into the Program and related materials my name, likeness, image, voice and participation in and performance on film, tape or otherwise for use in the above Program or parts thereof (the “Recordings”).  I agree that the Program may be edited and otherwise altered at the sole discretion of the Producer and used in whole or in part for any and all broadcasting, non-broadcasting, audio/visual, and/or exhibition purposes in any manner or media, in perpetuity, throughout the world.

Producer may use and authorize others to use all or parts of the Recordings.  Producer, its successors and assigns shall own all right, title and interest, including copyright, in and to the Program, including the Recordings, to be used and disposed of without limitation as Producer shall in its sole discretion determine.


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