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The Northern Ireland Music Industry During Covid-19

HM Productions and UltraViolet Films 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.


Interview Question Topics

  • Northern Ireland music in the 70s and 80s


  • Northern Ireland music industry in 2019


  • February 2020, new virus from China


  • Covid starting to spread, uncertainty of live shows in the UK and Ireland


  • Live music venues closed, live events banned


  • Live streaming during lockdown.


  • Government response to this to help artists/musicians, venues and crew


  • Streaming services like Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music


  • Socially distanced live shows


  • We Make Events


  • The UK Government Advert to retrain


  • The future of the music industry in Northern Ireland and restating live music


  • Reopening live music venues


  • Brexit impact on the Northern Ireland music industry


  • Covid-19 and Brexit long lasting effect on the Northern Ireland music industry

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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