Following a successful 2018 outing, the RTÉ Choice Music Prize continues to champion Irish music with key dates for 2019’s event announced today on 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show, with Song of the Year winners Chasing Abbey performing live.

The 14th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate the best in Irish recorded music - since its inception in 2005, the Prize has become one of the music industry highlights of the year. The Irish Album of the Year award is chosen from a shortlist of ten albums by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts; previous winners include Villagers, Jape, Divine Comedy, Rusangano Family and electronic duo Ships, who won in March of this year for their record Precession.

Watch: 2018 RTÉ Choice Music Prize Awards Show at Vicar St, Dublin

The Irish Album of the Year 2018 will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Live Event from Vicar Street on 7th March 2019, and will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four hour extended programme from 7-11pm, with a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize highlights programme going out on RTÉ2 television the following week.

Watch: RTÉ Choice Music Prize - Chasing Abbey on 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show

The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award.

The Irish Album of the Year 2018 Shortlist Announcement will take place on Wednesday, 9th January 2019, with the Irish Song of the Year 2018 Shortlist Announcement on Wednesday 30th January, 2019. The RTÉ Choice Music Prize Live Event will take place on Thursday 7th March 2019 in Vicar Street, Dublin - tickets go on sale this Friday 23rd November from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide, priced €28.00 including booking fee.