Best known as Northern Ireland’s ‘godfather of punk’, music doyen Terri Hooley will provide unique business insights to a Belfast audience later this month at an event hosted by the Institute of Directors’ Young Directors Forum.
The founder of the Good Vibrations record label and store of the same name will speak at the ‘Business for Punks’ event, sponsored by Barclays and taking place at KPMG Belfast on 22nd January.
Kirsty McManus, National Director, IoD NI said:
“Northern Ireland has produced numerous entrepreneurs throughout recent decades, but few have a story quite like Terri Hooley’s.
“Borrowing just £40 to open a small record shop in Belfast in 1978, Terri rose to be one of the best-known figures not only on the local music scene but across the economy as a whole.
“So compelling is the account of Terri’s rise in the music and business world, it has even been made into a film and stage show.
“We very much look forward to hearing more of his story and those of our other speakers, as we seek to gain further insights into entrepreneurship and the music industry.”
Terri is credited for launching the careers of local bands such as The Undertones and The Outcasts, helping them to make their mark on the international music scene.
He will be joined during a panel discussion by John D'Arcy, National Director of The Open University in Ireland and Charlene Hegarty, Talent Development and Projects Co-ordinator at Belfast music hub, the Oh Yeah Centre.
John has led The Open University in Ireland since 2010 and was also the founding Chairman of the Oh Yeah Centre, opening the charity in 2007.
Charlene, meanwhile, is a regular new music contributor on the BBC Introducing network and winner of the Creative Industry Skills Award at the Creative and Cultural Skills Awards 2018, for her work with a number of youth and talent engagement projects at the Oh Yeah Centre.