About IMRO

About The Irish Music Rights Organisation

IMRO’s Vision

Ireland’s Music Champion- The trusted partner for music rights whenever, however and wherever music is played.

IMRO – “Cherishing Music In A Changing World”

IMRO’s Mission is to:

  • Protect, promote and develop the collection and distribution of music royalties
  • Foster music creation
  • Promote the value of music to the creative, cultural and business communities in Ireland

IMRO is a national organisation that administers the performing right in copyright music in Ireland on behalf of its members (who are songwriters, composers and music publishers) and on behalf of the songwriters, composers and music publishers of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it.

A public performance of copyright music takes place when that music is used anywhere outside of the domestic environment.

IMRO does not represent the interests of record labels. Their interests in Ireland are administered by Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) and their representative trade body is The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). IMRO´s function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works. IMRO is a not-for-profit organisation.

Music users such as broadcasters, venues and businesses must pay for their use of copyright music by way of a blanket licence fee. IMRO collects these monies and distributes them to the songwriters, composers and music publishers who created the songs. The monies earned by copyright owners in this way are known as public performance royalties.

IMRO is also prominently involved in the sponsorship and promotion of music in Ireland. Every year it sponsors a large number of song contests, music festivals, seminars, workshops, research projects and showcase performances. Indeed, IMRO is now synonymous with helping to showcase emerging talent in Ireland.

IMRO is keenly aware of the inadequacies in copyright legislation, not only in Ireland but in other countries too. It worked closely with the Irish Government on the drafting of the new Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 which was signed into law by President McAleese on Monday 10th July 2000. It also works with the European Commission on intellectual property issues and was instrumental in getting the European Commission to lodge its successful complaint against the US Authorities regarding inadequate copyright protection.

As you can see, IMRO is not just about collecting royalties! It is constantly working to better protect the rights of those whom it represents by promoting awareness about copyright issues, working with government, and educating the music-using public.

IMRO is a member of :

  • CISAC (Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Auteurs et Compositeurs)
  • GESAC (Groupement Européen des Sociétés D´Auteurs et Compositeurs)