Meet & Greet 9 – September 20th

On Monday September 20th, Minding Creative Minds’ (MCM) in association with The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, EPIC Working Group, Irish Music Rights Organization (IMRO), Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), MCD Productions & The Cowshed will hold its next online meet and greet session. This MCM Meet and Greet Session is open to the entire creative community in all of Ireland and our Irish overseas.

The aim of our MCM Meet and Greet Session is for attendees to share our experiences, share advice with each other and have a conversation with our peers as we strive to get our sector back to full health. Some of us may wish to tell our story, others may have questions, some of us may wish to attend as spectators just to find out a little more about what we do. Whatever works for you in attending, works for us. We want you to help us shape MCM and our events, so we as an organisation can maximise our efficiency in aiding and supporting your needs.

As we prepare for our sector to finally reopen, it is even more important we stay connected with our peers and colleagues. Minding Creative Minds Monthly Online Meet and Greet Session facilitates this perfectly. By being present we can be an active support for each other, by getting involved we can help each other navigate the months ahead as our industry reopens and we can regain our work routines. Some have already had an opportunity to dip our toes into the work arena via test events and while we will all be thrilled to get back to steady work routines, this can bring its own challenges. Minding Creative Minds Meet and Greet Sessions will bring us together so we can continue to support each other and our industry beyond Covid restrictions. If you have not been able to visit already, consider coming by on September 20 th to say Hi.Ailish Toohey, Communications Lead at Minding Creative Minds.

 

Meet & Greet 8 – August 30th

On Monday August 30th, Minding Creative Minds’ (MCM) in association with The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, EPIC Working Group, Irish Music Rights Organization (IMRO), Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), MCD Productions & The Cowshed will hold its next online meet and greet session. This MCM Meet and Greet Session is open to the entire creative community in all of Ireland and our Irish overseas.

The aim of our MCM Meet and Greet Session is for attendees to share our experiences, share advice with each other and have a conversation with our peers as we strive to get our sector back to full health. Some of us may wish to tell our story, others may have questions, some of us may wish to attend as spectators just to find out a little more about what we do. Whatever works for you in attending, works for us. We want you to help us shape MCM and our events, so we as an organisation can maximise our efficiency in aiding and supporting your needs.

Our forthcoming Meet & Greet will be our eighth session.
What I am most struck by during these gatherings is the amazing network of professionals there are in the Irish arts sectors and what a supportive, kind and innovative group of people we all are part of. The beauty of the meetings is that there is no specific agenda for each meeting so we share whatever is the most relevant information for our sector that week, and we have time to get to know each other in smaller break-out rooms . The atmosphere is friendly and there is no pressure on anyone to participate more than they want to. It’s been a lovely way for each of us to broaden our network, during what otherwise could have been quite an isolating time.
Ann Marie Shields, Minding Creative Minds Director and Head of Careers, Industry and
Events at BIMM Institute.

If you experience any problems when registering or following registration for our Meet and Greet session please contact us on info@mindingcreativeminds.ie.

 

Meet & Greet 7 – July 19th

On Monday June 21st, Minding Creative Minds’ (MCM) in association with The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, EPIC Working Group, Irish Music Rights Organization (IMRO), Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), MCD Productions & The Cowshed will hold its next online meet and greet session. This MCM Meet and Greet Session is open to the entire creative community in all of Ireland and our Irish overseas.

The aim of our MCM Meet and Greet Session is for attendees to share our experiences, share advice with each other and have a conversation with our peers as we strive to get our sector back to full health. Some of us may wish to tell our story, others may have questions, some of us may wish to attend as spectators just to find out a little more about what we do. Whatever works for you in attending, works for us. We want you to help us shape MCM and our events, so we as an organisation can maximise our efficiency in aiding and supporting your needs.

This will be our 7th Meet & Greet event and Minding Creative Minds is delighted to host this evening on a monthly basis offering support, encouragement and an opportunity to share ideas and plans as we plan for the return of arts, cultural and live events once again. MCM recently celebrated it’s first anniversary and we’d like to thank everyone who has contacted us over the past year and to continue to highlight that anyone working within the Irish Creative sector is eligible to use the services of Minding Creative minds which range from our 24/7 helpline to free counselling to advice on a range of issues ranging from legal, to financial to career matters.Dave Reid, Minding Creative Minds Founder.

If you experience any problems when registering or following registration for our Meet and Greet session please contact us on info@mindingcreativeminds.ie.

 

Meet & Greet Session 6 – June 21st

On Monday June 21st, Minding Creative Minds’ (MCM) in association with The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, EPIC Working Group, Irish Music Rights Organization (IMRO), Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), MCD Productions & The Cowshed will hold its next online meet and greet session. This MCM Meet and Greet Session is open to the entire creative community in all of Ireland and our Irish overseas.

The aim of our MCM Meet and Greet Session is for attendees to share our experiences, share advice with each other and have a conversation with our peers as we strive to get our sector back to full health. Some of us may wish to tell our story, others may have questions, some of us may wish to attend as spectators just to find out a little more about what we do. Whatever works for you in attending, works for us. We want you to help us shape MCM and our events, so we as an organisation can maximise our efficiency in aiding and supporting your needs.

“Beyond providing a needed check-in for the creative and event community in Ireland, our online meet & greet sessions have proven to be a relaxed, informal space to share and question.  Our community has a snail pace live calendar and an even slower freelance market.  For those in the events and creative industry, it can feel impossible to land a gig or job in light of this past year, in the past 6 months and still today. It is important to turn to different forms of career or relationship building and focus on controllable factors for your personal career journey and in a place you can relate. Networking can be one way to greatly help.  Continuing to network and grow as professionals in the world of coronavirus is more important than ever, it is beneficial to still create industry connections.”  

“It’s as important as ever to gather advice and receive insight on new opportunities that may come in the future as well as having a sense of belonging.  For some our Minding Creative Minds monthly online session, offers a needed connection during these times and depending on one’s location it might be their only connection to the community. Communication lines are opening further across the sector, friendships being forged and experiences being shared; a natural support structure has commenced.  A true positive in a backdrop of negativity and one which will remain in place even when the sector reopens and we are back touring, performing, creating and attending live events and so much more. It’s evident how this monthly meet up is becoming a joyful, positive and conversational place to go.  One request I have for all of us is that we continue to spread the word.” Emma Olohan Sarramida, Minding Creative Minds Director and Director United Events Global, Lecturer, VP PR PWN Global Ngo.

If you experience any problems when registering or following registration for our Meet and Greet session please contact us on info@mindingcreativeminds.ie.

 

Mindfulness & Meditation Classes

Minding Creative Minds in association with Ben Glover, accredited mindfulness & meditation teacher, is delighted to offer free mindfulness and meditation classes to members of the Irish Creative Sector. Ben will host three classes on consecutive Tuesday evenings at 7pm, starting on 15 June.

Ben is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher who works extensively with private clients as well as running meditation programs within the corporate setting. His training is in awareness and compassion-based practices and in addition, he is also a certified hypnotherapist. In describing his practice he says, “The tool of meditation is a transformative way to simply be with all the experiences that we encounter and bring an awareness and awakened response to them.” Ben is a native of County Antrim in N.Ireland but currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. He comes from a creative background having been a touring singer-songwriter for the last fifteen years.

For more information please go to Be Still Aware Awake.

Meet & Greet Session 5 – May 17th

On Monday May 17th, Minding Creative Minds’ (MCM) in association with The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, EPIC Working Group, Irish Music Rights Organization (IMRO), Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), MCD Productions & The Cowshed will hold its next online meet and greet session. This MCM Meet and Greet Session is open to the entire creative community in all of Ireland and our Irish overseas.

The aim of our MCM Meet and Greet Session is for attendees to share our experiences, share advice with each other and have a conversation with our peers as we strive to get our sector back to full health. Some of us may wish to tell our story, others may have questions, some of us may wish to attend as spectators just to find out a little more about what we do. Whatever works for you in attending, works for us. We want you to help us shape MCM and our events, so we as an organisation can maximise our efficiency in aiding and supporting your needs.

Kim O’ Callaghan (Minding Creative Minds Director, MCD Project Manager and Deputy Event Controller and EPIC working group) says “The MCM meet and greet sessions have been a great opportunity for members of the creative industry to connect, and share their current experiences in navigating their way through these challenging times for the Industry . This past 14 months has been a very surreal and challenging time for so many in the industry , but those who have attended the meet and greet session have found a very supportive, informative community with shared experiences and great tips and advice. The Breakout rooms within the overall sessions have been very successful in giving people the opportunity in smaller groups to share information, thoughts, ideas and support each other.”

If you experience any problems when registering or following registration for our Meet and Greet session please contact us on info@mindingcreativeminds.ie.

 

The ViVid Project Launch

The ViViD Project is organised and ran by freelance photographer Andrew Crowley, who goes by the name of Sunny Sardini Pictures.

The ViViD Project is a photography project aiming to contribute to the important conversation of mental health awareness within the Irish Creative Sector.

#TVP is producing a photobook with the theme of mental health/mental wellbeing and features various photographers across the Republic of Ireland and their work. The launch of the photobook will take place on the 29th of April 2021. You can register for #TVP Online Launch at www.sunnysardini.ie/the-vivid-project

This online launch will include industry guest speakers:

  • Music and Portrait photographer – Ruth Medjber
  • Concert photographer & mental health activist – Kieran Frost
  • Minding Creative Minds founder – Dave Reid

The ViViD Project is fundraising for Minding Creative Minds. Minding Creative Minds is a free 24/7 Wellbeing Support Programme for the entire Irish Creative Sector.

There will be two versions of the photobook. One you can find online at www.sunnysardini.ie/the-vivid-project where viewers can also donate. If you donate €20 or more you will receive a hard copy of The ViViD Project Photobook via the post!

 

 

Meet & Greet – April Session

Meet & Greet Session 4 – April 19th, 7pm

On Monday April 19th, Minding Creative Minds’ (MCM) in association with The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, EPIC Working Group, Irish Music Rights Organization (IMRO), Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), MCD Productions & The Cowshed will hold its next online meet and greet session. This MCM Meet and Greet Session is open to the entire creative community in all of Ireland and our Irish overseas.

In previous sessions following the opening words by Ann Marie, we broke into smaller discussion groups. Your feedback to this structure was very positive so we will be following this format at our April session. If you wish to offer feedback on the structure to any session we would love to hear from you to info@mindingcreativeminds.ie.

The aim of our MCM Meet and Greet Session is for attendees to share our experiences, share advice with each other and have a conversation with our peers as we strive to get our sector back to full health. Some of us may wish to tell our story, others may have questions, some of us may wish to attend as spectators just to find out a little more about what we do. Whatever works for you in attending, works for us. We want you to help us shape MCM and our events, so we as an organisation can maximise our efficiency in aiding and supporting your needs.

Rowan McDonagh from The Cowshed says “Minding Creative Minds Meet & Greet Sessions are proving to be a hugely valuable and insightful peek into the many varied issues we are all experiencing during these hard times. We get to see and hear the many different ways we are all affected, from the financial, legal and mental health problems many of us are experiencing in our isolated lives. We are seeing that a shared experience and safe space to voice our concerns and be heard as a community is proving to be a valued collective space. And more so, going forward this is a space we can all return to as a community to seek solace, comfort and unity.”

 

Meet & Greet – Session 3

Meet & Greet Session 3 – March 15th, 7pm

On Monday March 15th, Minding Creative Minds’ (MCM) in association with with The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, EPIC Working Group, Irish Music Rights Organization (IMRO), Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), MCD Productions & The Cowshed will hold its third online meet and greet session for Ireland’s entire creative community and our Irish overseas. This Meet and Greet Session will be chaired once again by Ann Marie Shields, Minding Creative Minds director and Head of Careers, Industry and Events at BIMM Institute. Registration is necessary.

In December, with thanks to its existing funding partners and new funding by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media we were thrilled Minding Creative Minds was able to open its services to the entire creative community both in Ireland and our Irish overseas (circa 55,000 people in total). As a result, as with our February session, on March 15th in addition to our friends and colleagues in the music and live events sectors, we look forward to welcoming our friends and colleagues from our extended creative community to this Meet and Greet Session.

For those who are already familiar with our Meet and Greet Sessions you will know should you have a specific question or there is an area of interest you would like discussed, we invite and encourage you to log these when registering;
• Are there any topics you would like us to cover?
• Do you have a question you would like to discuss or present for advice from other participants?
• Do you have any well-being tips or resources that you would like to share?

In February’s session following the opening words by Ann Marie, we broke into smaller discussion groups. Your feedback to this structure was very positive so we will be following this format at our session on March 15th also. If you wish to offer feedback on the structure to any session we would love to hear from you to info@mindingcreativeminds.ie.

The aim of our MCM Meet and Greet Session is for attendees to share our experiences, share advice with each other and have a conversation with our peers as we strive to get our sector back to full health. Some of us may wish to tell our story, others may have questions, some of us may wish to attend as spectators just to find out a little more about what we do. Whatever works for you in attending, works for us. We want you to help us shape MCM and our events, so we as an organisation can maximise our efficiency in aiding and supporting your needs.

“Minding Creative Minds Meet & Greet sessions enable Ireland’s creative communities to come together to support each other and share valuable information. These sessions allow us to interact with friends, meet peers, network, and make new contacts, whilst having an opportunity to chat, share resources and bounce ideas around. The first two sessions proved to be very enjoyable and I’m really looking forward to MCM’s next Meet & Greet on March 15th.” – Ann Marie Shields, Minding Creative Minds Director and Head of Careers, Industry and Events at BIMM Institute.

 

Meet & Greet – Session 2

Meet & Greet Session 2 – February 15th, 7pm

On Monday February 15th, Minding Creative Minds’ (MCM) in association with EPIC Working Group, Irish Music Rights Organization (IMRO), Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), MCD Productions & The Cowshed will hold its second online meet and greet session. This MCM Meet and Greet Session is open to the entire creative community in all of Ireland and our Irish overseas and will be chaired by Ann Marie Shields, Minding Creative Minds director and Head of Careers, Industry and Events at BIMM Institute.

Unlike our inaugural Meet and Greet session which was interview led, we will be implementing a slightly different approach for our event on February 15th;

When registering, there will be an opportunity for you to log your question or an area of interest you would like discussed;

  • In planning our schedule of Meet and Greets, are there any topics that you would like us to cover?
  • For our upcoming session do you have a question you would like to discuss with other participants?
  • Do you have any well-being tips or resources that you would like to share?

We have aspired from our first MCM Meet and Greet Session to investigate various approaches to each meeting and the feedback to our survey following December’s session suggests this to be what you would like also. We want to naturally come to a format which works for everyone, especially the attendees. You. This is your event.

In December, with thanks to its existing funding partners and new funding by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media we were thrilled Minding Creative Minds was able to open its services to the entire creative community both in Ireland and our Irish overseas (circa 55,000 people in total). As a result, on February 15th in addition to our friends and colleagues in the music and live events sectors, we look forward to welcoming our friends and colleagues from our extended creative community to this Meet and Greet Session.

The MCM Meet and Greet Session on February 15th will commence at 7pm and advance registration is necessary, but this also affords you the opportunity to log your enquiry or question as early as possible, just click here and follow the instructions.
The aim of our MCM Meet and Greet Session is to enable attendees to share our experiences, share advice with each other and have a conversation with our peers as we strive to get our sector back to full health. By holding our MCM Meet and Greet Session, Minding Creative Minds wants to help in building resources and facilitate an atmosphere of help and support for all and encourage an open conversation within our community. Some of us may wish to tell our story, others may have questions, some of us may wish to attend purely as spectators to find out a little more about what we do. Whatever works for you in attending, works for us. We want you to help us shape MCM and our events, so we as an organisation can maximise our efficiency in aiding and supporting your needs.

The effects of Covid 19 hit all sectors in Ireland in 2020 and now again in 2021 and we know first-hand how severe our music, live event sectors have suffered and wider creative communities. With restrictions tightened and extended following a third wave of the illness, the result is financial loss for us all and an extended delay in the opening performing arts arenas which dominos across connected service streams in our sector. However, for some of us the mental health repercussions have created a greater sense of isolation and of course we are not on our own; the entire industry is going through this trauma at this time. Our individual stories impact us all in different ways. There is not a one size fits all fix.

“In this time of deep personal struggle for many, it’s become more obvious how important music and the arts are to the well-being of our society, and I don’t doubt there will be a renewed appreciation for the arts as a result. It’s very encouraging that Minding Creative Minds Meet and Greet sessions enable our music, live and wider creative communities to come together to support each other and share valuable information. By helping each other our artistic community can emerge from this period stronger, wiser and more unified. I’m really looking forward to once again meeting and being inspired by, colleagues, friends and peers at MCM’s next Meet and Greet on February 15th.” – Ann Marie Shields, Minding Creative Minds and Head of Careers, Industry and Events at BIMM Institute.