I would be inclined to open the subject of an IRC channel to discussion.
My first question would be to inquire as to why you feel such a resource would be a needed.
Chat channels have their benefits, but this project lacks sufficient admins and developers to offer adequate coverage of a channel dedicated solely to mt-daapd. IMO, the forums provide decent support for troubleshooting issues and that would likely be the primary focus of a project channel. Do you not agree?