Help Musicians UK (HMUK), the leading independent music charity, is pleased to announce the appointment of Keith Millar as the charity’s Northern Ireland Development Manager.
Bringing seven years’ experience to the role, Keith will continue to build and expand on the charity’s operations—liaising with the industry, establishing networks, addressing the ever-changing needs of the industry within the region, and supporting local emerging talent through Northern Ireland-focused creative opportunities.
Eight months after the charity launched Help Musicians Northern Ireland (HMNI), its first regional operation based in Belfast’s Oh Yeah Centre, the team has brought together artists, music industry bodies and the wider community—supporting diverse activity including Women’s Work festival, promoting outstanding talent such as ROE (3:3 Three Bands in Three Years programme) and music industry internships in collaboration with CCSkills.
Keith previously managed the Flowerfield Arts Centre venue in Portstewart and has extensive experience working in festivals and events including Belfast’s Culture Night, Aperture Festival, Stendhal Festival of Art and was heavily involved in Atlantic Sessions from 2010. He is also the founder of a music-based SME and the manager of an upcoming Belfast-based band, No Oil Paintings.
On his recent appointment, Keith said: “Having worked alongside HMUK since their recent arrival in Northern Ireland, I have been impressed by the ethos, the vision for and commitment to musicians, those who support them and the local industry as a whole. These qualities sync up very well with my own reasons for being involved in music, and for that reason, I’m delighted to be part of such a dedicated team with such a worthy mission.”
HMUK is the only organisation that is delivering a creative programme whilst also offering a Health and Welfare service for musicians. Additionally, the charity advocates for and campaigns on areas which affect musicians’ lives.
Richard Robinson, Chief Executive said: “I would like to congratulate and welcome Keith to HMNI.
“HMUK remains committed to being a truly national charity and to developing strong links across the UK, Keith’s role will further develop partnerships with local stakeholders so that we can understand the needs of the community and support the health, wellbeing and creative opportunities for musicians at a local level.
“The HMNI brand goes from strength to strength and we are focussed on developing Northern Ireland-wide opportunities for musicians and the industry. We have been totally inundated with support and good wishes since our launch last year and in Keith Millar we have a manager who can take this support to the next level.”