Jim Carroll

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The return of the Choice Music Prize for the fourth year

Yes, it is happening again so here are the relevant dates for your diary. The shortlist for the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2008 will be announced on Wednesday January 14th and the live event will …

Mon, Nov 24, 2008, 14:30

   

Yes, it is happening again so here are the relevant dates for your diary.

The shortlist for the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2008 will be announced on Wednesday January 14th and the live event will take place in Vicar Street, Dublin on Wednesday March 4th.

The winning act will go home with a cheque for €10,000 (courtesy of the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) and the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)) and a smashing piece of glassware (courtesy of industry body, Recorded Artists & Performers (RAAP)).

The shortlist is selected by a panel of 12 men and women, good and true, drawn from the ranks of those who write about and/or talk about music for a living. They are currently hard at work working out which of the 180+ Irish albums released in 2008 will get on the shortlist. You’ll find out who the judges are when the shortlist is announced in January.

Interestingly, when we announced this here last year, most of comments had Jape as the winner from the get-go. Wonder will people be on the money again this year?

Declaration of interest: I’m the co-founder of this and am also the non-voting chairman of the judging panel.