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
Vision: 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 privacy notice

We are committed to maintaining the trust and confidence from anybody who visits our site, buys a ticket, comes to a show, or just gets in contact. We do not collect or keep unnecessary information, we do not share or misuse your information in any way, you can contact us with any questions and you can unsubscribe or leave our social media groups at any time.

We just want to let you now about our great events!

Data we collect

Website cookies and analytic
When someone visits movingonmusic.com we use Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details on how visitors use our site. We do this to understand the number of visitors we to the various parts of the site (what gigs are popular for example). This information is general and not specific to any visitor. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

Email list
By signing up to our mailing list, we will occasionally contact you about our gigs, events, and opportunities (typically once a month). We only need your name and email address. Your postcode is optional but it is useful to us (when reporting to funders). We use MailChimp to deliver our newsletter. We can see statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our way of communicating. For more information, please see MailChimp’s privacy notice. We will not share or misuse your information in any way. You can contact us with any questions. You can unsubscribe at any time. We just want to let you know about our great events!

Ticketing Data
Depending on the event we may sell tickets via Eventbrite or through the venue (if they have their own ticketing system). In any case your contact details will only be used to confirm entry and any print-outs destroyed after the event. We may contact you once after an event to make sure there were no issues. We will not automatically add you to our mailing list and please be assured that we do not share your personal details with any other company without your consent.
If you have any questions, would like to update information, email Michael Bonner (Data Protection Officer) info@movingonmusic.com


Moving on Music Board Members

Michael Johnston (Chair)
Mukesh Sharma
Colette Norwood
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 a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner supported by PPL