Singer-songwriter, actor and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, Conleth Kane, has released a new remix of his 2019 hit song, Proud, supported by Individual Emergency Resilience Programme (IERP) funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Department for Communities. His 2019 track has been remixed by world leading pop music producers, 7th Heaven, and an accompanying video was recently revealed to mark this year’s Belfast Pride celebrations.
The Arts Council’s IERP was designed to provide much-needed financial support to those working in the Creative Economy at a time when essential elements of the arts, cultural and creative sectors had been decimated due to venue closures, festival and event cancellations and the disappearance of live audiences. This emergency funding enabled Conleth to develop and create a video to accompany the new remix.
Originally hailing from Northern Ireland, Conleth Kane trained at the prestigious Arts Educational Schools in London and went on to perform roles on screen as well as starring in musicals in the West End and all over the UK and Ireland before becoming a singer-songwriter.
Conleth Kane said, “I’m so grateful to the Arts Council for the emergency funding during the Covid pandemic. I watched the majority of my creative work evaporate leaving me in a very restricted place as an independent artist. It impacted massively on my mental health. The funds enabled me to invest in myself and my work and I felt a massive weight lifted off my shoulders. I’m very ‘proud’ of this project and the reaction it has received so far. I couldn’t have done it without this support – so thank you!”
Jo Wright, Acting Head of Music and Opera, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented, “Conleth is an immense talent and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to support his work through our Individual Emergency Resilience Programme, a vital funding scheme designed to help artists respond to the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis, including helping them to continue producing creative work. Congratulations to Conleth on this fantastic, uplifting new remix.”
Visit www.artscouncil-ni.org for information on all funding opportunities.
About Conleth Kane
Described by OK Magazine! as ‘the breath of fresh air we all need right now’ and QX Magazine as “an infectiously energetic, refreshingly cheerful singer/songwriter”, Conleth Kane recorded his debut album ‘Proud – Live in London’ at a sold out show at The Crazy Coqs in London’s West End in Oct 2018 seeing him shoot to Number 2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Charts in Feb 2019.
He went on to perform live sets of his own songs on both BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Ulster, and Northern Ireland’s Number 1 Radio Station, Cool FM. 2017 saw Conleth win the ‘Personal Contribution to the LGBTQ Community’ at the annual GNI Magazine Awards in Belfast – voted for by the public.
Conleth has toured his music all over the world including Europe and Australia as well as performing as a special guest for the London Gay Men’s Chorus and the Gay Mens Dance Company at Pride in London and The Troxy in London.
In 2019 Conleth headlined and hosted Belfast Pride and was a guest speaker/performer at Northern Ireland’s first ever LGBTQ networking event for members of the business/corporate world in Northern Ireland held by FUSION NI. He has also been a guest speaker for PRIDE IN THE CITY at The London Stock Exchange.