softexplosives.co.uk and Metro, Chicago
at the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2023
Picking up his first bass guitar at 13, Joe put his heart and soul into creating new music, as well as selflessly supporting his fellow musicians. He was compelled to create; he lived to compose, perform and share.
In commemoration of the meld of Joe’s combination of unmistakable talent and vast generosity in nurturing other artists, the Joe Cassidy Chrysalis Award will be presented at the annual Northern Ireland Music Prize ceremony in the Ulster Hall, Belfast in November 2023. ”Chrysalis” in the title is deemed most appropriate, in view of Joe’s lifelong work as the 'Butterfly Child'.
The purpose of this award is to provide financial support to a talented band or solo artist who shares Joe’s passion for making original music, his positivity, and his determination to survive and thrive in a very challenging music industry. In honour of Joe, we will also endeavour to give any additional practical support we can to the recipient, just as he would have done in his lifetime,
The cash prize of £3000 has been raised through the proceeds of an event held on 28th August 2022, when the legendary Chicago music venue Metro hosted “Hear in Heaven”. The event was a joyous coming together of 42 musical artists, whose lives had been touched by Joe, performing in his honour. Joe's family would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of those involved in the Metro event, for the incredible generosity and love they have shown. We'd also like to thank our friends at the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast for their wonderful support; we are looking forward to presenting the Joe Cassidy Chrysalis Award at the Northern Ireland Music Prize in November.
We will support one talented solo artist or band*, currently living in Northern Ireland who:
is passionate about making music
is innovative and talented, producing quality original music in any genre
is already proactive in trying to make things happen for themselves
has established a tangible fanbase either locally or beyond
can tell us how they would use this award to support their ambitions
*For the purposes of this award, bands will be considered as living in Northern Ireland when at least 50% of its core members are living in Northern Ireland.
We’re open-minded as to how the cash award might be spent, though it must be used towards costs that will support the artist/band to enhance, develop, record, tour or promote new music, helping them to progress to the next stage in their development. Whilst our approach is ‘admin light’, the recipient of the award should be prepared to provide information on how the prize money is spent.
We are looking for:
Passion - for creating original music.
Artistry - projected artistic impact of the music based on existing body of work.
Anticipated impact - the potential difference this award could make to the artist/band and the development of their music.
Submissions will be reviewed and a shortlist compiled. Reviewing and final selection will be undertaken by members of Joe’s family, friends and contacts in the music business. The award will go to the innovative and talented solo artist or band who we believe will benefit the most from the award. This decision will be final and details of any discussions will be confidential.
HOW TO MAKE A SUBMISSION
Please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
1) CONTACT DETAILS
Please note: the following information will be shared with those involved in the review and selection process.
2) NAME OF ACT/BAND
3) IN NO MORE THAN 500 WORDS PLEASE TELL US HOW YOU FIT THE AWARD CRITERIA
4) PLEASE ATTACH