About Us

We promote music with an edge…


Who we are

Moving on Music is the leading promoter of jazz, folk, roots, traditional, classical and ‘other’ music in Northern Ireland.
Established in 1995, we are an independent, not-for-profit organisation and registered charity. We provide an eclectic mix of music and education services to the entire community. We are dedicated to ideals of innovation and originality, championing new developments in music, inspiring and nurturing musical talents, and providing opportunities for everyone to get involved in music.
We believe music can change lives and we consider our gigs life changing.

What we do


A Transformed Creative Future for Northern Ireland stimulated by ‘ Music with an Edge.’

Mission Statement:

To Achieve Excellence through Stimulating Music Development in NI throughout the next Five Years

Clustered Events

Throughout the year we will present various clustered events including Electronic, Roots and Contemporary Music weekends. These events showcase the very best of local, national and international musicians.

Presentation and promotion of special one-off events in Belfast

We present and promote a large number of special one-off events in Belfast, which embrace all types of music and take place in various venues across the City.

Co-ordinate tours

We co-ordinate tours, which feature local and international acts and cover a wide range of musical genres, such as jazz, traditional, classical, bluegrass and pop/rock.  We then work with an extensive network of venues, local authorities and arts/community centres, to bring these tours to audiences across Northern Ireland.

Brilliant Corners – a festival of jazz in Belfast

Each year, during the final week of March, we host Belfast’s only jazz festival, ‘Brilliant Corners’. The title is taken form the 1957 album by the great Thelonious Monk; a ground breaking work and one of the ‘1001 Albums to Hear before you Die’. The festival combines local talent with international contemporaries, and Belfast audiences have really embraced it, with numbers growing year on year.

As always the focus is on quality music, and we aim to deliver the most exciting programme of jazz each year. BrilliantCornersBelfast.com

Education and Outreach Projects

Another important part of our work is our education and outreach projects, which aim to provoke a curiosity in music for the first time, nurture existing interests in music, or assist with the professional development for musicians pursuing careers in the industry.

This includes workshops, mentoring, commissioning work, professional development schemes, talks, performance opportunities and informal advice.

We have also delivered larger scale projects such as ‘New Songs for Sandy Row’, ‘Beyond The March’, ‘Stagecraft’ and ‘Flight of The Earls’.

Event Management and Consultancy

Annually, we are involved in programming music events at some of Northern Ireland’s largest festivals, and act as a broker for local authorities and those involved in music events.

Moving on Music Board Members

Michael Johnston (Chair)
Mukesh Sharma
Colette Norwood
Tom Cairns
Jill Johnston
Sandra Irvine
Gareth McGonigle

Charity Number: XR67439
VAT Registration Number: 787 950 464
Company Registration Number: NI 33384
NI Charity Reg Number: NIC104762






Moving on Music is honoured to receive a donation in the memory of the company’s late chairperson, David H Irvine. The donation will be administered as an award and will be used specifically to assist in the career development of musicians and composers from Northern Ireland and learning-based projects delivered to schools, colleges and interest groups.