The Irish government will host a seminar April 19-20 in Dublin aimed at overcoming investor wariness of the music business.

The Irish government will host a seminar April 19-20 in Dublin aimed at overcoming investor wariness of the music business.

The "Creative Financing and Music" seminar is part of Ireland's program for its six-month presidency of the European Union. The seminar will examine techniques for raising funding and discuss possible EU support for the local music industry. Sponsors are the Music Board of Ireland and the European Commission.

In other news, Alanis Morissette, the Divine Comedy, Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan, Bob Geldof and the Chieftains will perform May 1 in Dublin and Belfast in a special dual concert to celebrate the EU's expansion to include 10 new countries.

The "Beautiful Night" event is a ticketless program on O'Connell Street in Dublin and at Donegal Square in Belfast. Katie Melua, Moya Brennan and Kila will also be featured, and other performers are expected to be added in the coming weeks.