IMRO | Pulse College Scoring for Film & TV Seminar with Richard Bellis

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Richard Bellis is an Emmy Award winning composer for his score on Stephen King’s “IT” and a nomination for HBO’s richard bellis ascap“Doublecrossed” starring Dennis Hopper. In addition to his film-scoring career, Bellis is a past president of the Society of Composers & Lyricists; served on the faculty of the University of Southern California, where he lectured for the past 11 years in the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program; and served on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Bellis currently serves on the Board of Directors of ASCAP.

Date: Sunday 18th October
Duration: 10am – 3pm
Venue: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2
Cost: €20.00

Application Procedure:

For bookings and further details contact:

Martina Halligan at

Participant Profile:

This course is targeted at composers who wish to advance their careers and learn more about promoting themselves in the industry.

10:00 to 12:00 – Skill Sets and Creativity

12:00 to 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 to 3:00 – The Film Composer in 2015: Artist, Expert or Functionary | How, Why & When Your Behaviour Effects an Entire Profession | Working on Stephen King’s IT


Topics include:

Negotiation – Royalties, Buyout, PROs, Precedent Setting Terms, Standards & Practices, Work-For-Hire, Licensing

Disagreeing without Acrimony

Questions – What are you NOT Expected to Know

Temp Score Issues

Orchestral Scores – Striping, Which Orchestra

The Dub – To go or not to go, that is the question


Paul Cunningham Jnr penned “Sooner Or Later” gets US release

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Sooner Or Later was written by Ireland based songwriter Paul Cunningham, Jnr. and produced by Emmy award winner Kenny Royster of Direct Image Studio in Nashville.

The Song is a timeless duet with exceptionally strong vocal performances from both artists.

The song is about two people who have developed feelings for each other, and as the song grows, so
does their courage to express those feelings. The video perfectly encompasses the storyline as you see two of the characters in the video grow from meeting eyes across the room at the beginning of the video, to finally being together at the end of the video.


MusicTown 2016 : Call for proposals

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MusicTown 2016 festival takes place  between 8 -17 April.musictown 2


The inaugural MusicTown Festival (2015) attracted an audience of 14,000 and featured over 50 events across a ten day period.

MusicTown’s vision is to amplify the many voices to be heard in Dublin, from the celebrated to those we have yet to discover, across all genres, bringing people together to be surprised and inspired by the city and its music. Inspired by Handel’s legacy and innovation the Festival will also have a special place for his music.

MusicTown celebrates the best, the next and the unexpected.

MusicTown’s programme respects all genres of music (from classical, traditional, urban, jazz, contemporary and all stops in between), through a festival model that is sustainable, supportive and collaborative.

MusicTown is an annual showcase of all genres of music being played in Dublin.


Dublin City Council Arts Office is seeking proposals from musicians / cultural organisations / venues/ producers who are interested in presenting events within this festival in 2016.

MusicTown will:

  • Promote your event as part of the festival (PR, online brochure, social media).
  • Provide production / practical assistance (this will be agreed on an event by event basis where we can match the help we can give to your needs).
  • Provide financial assistance (as partners are expected bring their own resources to proposed events, this will be agreed on an event by event basis and only where required/feasible, not all events proposed to the festival may require or recieve financial assistance).

Your event needs to  

  • Take place between 8 -17 April 2016 in Dublin.
  • Present any form of music.

We are particularly interested in propsals which

  • Showcase high quality Irish and/or international artists.
  • Are innovative in terms of music and collaboration.
  • Showcase young musicians and/or target young audiences/participants
  • Engages with the city in interesting ways.
  • Can appeal to, challenge and excite a local and international audience.
  • Can secure other sources of funding including in-kind funding.


Proposals will be assessed by the MusicTown team, members of the Dublin City Council Arts Office and the MusicTown Advisory Committee..

Proposals should include:

  • Max 4 X A4 pages.
  • Information on the events artistic concept.
  • Proposed venue (where known) and/or other relevant partnerships.
  • How the event contributes to the priorities/objectives of the festival.
  • Summary bios of key personnel (artistic and production).
  • Short descriptions of 2 music events previously organised, including venue details and attendance figures.
  • Proposed budget (including other sources of financial and in-kind support).
  • Weblinks to 3 audio / video examples of group/ individuals work (we cannot accept media files by email).

Send your propsal to:

Closing date for submission: 5pm Friday 16th October 2015

For more on MusicTown @musictowndublin  

For queries on MusicTown contact


Tiny Magnetic Pets ready “Stalingrad” E.P release

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tinymagneticpetsTiny Magnetic Pets are set to return with “Stalingrad” a new 4 track E.P. in advance of their up-coming second album “Future Perfect?” after a successful first outing with their debut album “Return Of The Tiny Magnetic Pets” being compared to Berlin-era Bowie/Eno, Kraftwerk, Stereolab, Goldfrapp & Air.

The album received unanimous critical acclaim plus a world-wide release from Darla Records in the U.S. to Universal in the Far East. Debut single “Girl In A White Dress” was a surprise radio hit with influential U.S. DJ & tastemaker Nic Harcourt playing tracks regularly on his KCRW radio show.


Culture 2025 | Update

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Regional consultation meetings will be held in the following locations – Galway, Limerick and Kilkenny – in thedeptAHG coming weeks, with the consultation process finishing with a symposium in Dublin in mid-October. The meetings have been organised in conjunction with Local Authority Arts Officers.

The aim is to have a national discourse on the role of culture in modern multicultural Ireland and what should be done to foster and develop it. This consultation process will inform and underpin the first ever National Cultural Policy – Culture 2025 – which will clearly articulate the important role of culture in our country and which will set out a road map for what we want to achieve in the cultural sector for the next 10 years leading up to 2025.

Locations for Meetings :

Galway, Town Hall Theatre – 2nd October 2015, 10am-12.30pm

Limerick, Hunt Museum – 8th October 2015, 2.30pm-5pm

Kilkenny, Parade Tower – 13th October 2015, 2.30pm-5pm (please note updated venue)

Dublin, Great Hall, Royal Hospital Kilmainham (Irish Museum of Modern Art) – Monday 19th October, 9.30am-4pm

For the full text of the discussion document, click on the following link: Culture2025

To register for an event, please click here as places may be limited.

Submissions on Culture 2025 can be made until 31st October 2015 by email to or in writing to:

Culture 2025
Cultural Institutions Unit
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
New Road Killarney
Co Kerry


Philadelphia Performance of “You Raise Me Up” for US Papal Visit

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Brendan GrahamIrish songwriter, Brendan Graham’s, international hit song, ” You Raise Me Up”, was performed yesterday as part of the last major event in Pope Francis’ five-day trip to the USA. The performance was delivered by Irish tenor, Anthony Kearns, outside the Philadelphia Art Museum just before the Papal Mass and was attended by almost 1 million people.

This is the second time this year that “You Raise Me Up” has been performed for Pope Francis. In January, in Manila, the song was performed to hundreds of thousands by Angeline Quinto during a Papal visit at University of Sto. Tomas.

These performances add to the social, humanitarian and political journey of “You Raise Me Up” as a song throughout the years.


‘In The Round’ – Raffs’ Writers Series

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Join Mickey raffsJoe Harte, Duke Special and Nick Kelly tonight Thursday September 24th in Raffs, Skerries, Dublin.

Show starts at 9pm, tickets €10

In the three years since it opened its doors, Raffs on the corner in Skerries, has established itself as one of the premier venues for live music in Co.Dublin and is set to cement that reputation with a second “writers series” of concerts hosted by Mickey Joe Harte featuring some of the finest singer songwriters  in the country.

Proprietor Jimmy Rafferty a musician and lover of good songs and songwriters, developed the idea of the writers series along with Mickey Joe and following a very successful run over the recent summer with names that included, John Spillane, Mick Hanly, Moya Brennan, Don Baker and Charlie McGettigan will welcome a host of new artists this September through to December.

The format is presented “in the round” with Mickey Joe being joined on stage from the start by two very special guests each night, taking it in turns to talk about the songs and inspiration behind them, never letting the truth get in the way of course.

This is a night where people come to listen and the “centre stage” venue at Raffs on the corner becomes really a listening room, with a great atmosphere and a genuine appreciation for the songs and the songwriters, you could hear a pin drop, that is until one of the many stories of inspiration or that of life on the road, bring the house to spontaneous laughter, and its then that the picture of the “writers series” is complete.

September 24th – Duke Special & Nick Kelly (The Fat Lady Sings / Alien Envoy)

October 8th – Leslie Dowdall (In Tua Nua) & Mike Hanrahan (Stockton’s Wing)

October 22nd – Leo Moran (Saw Doctors) & Anto Thistlethwaite (Waterboys)

October 29th – Ciaran Tourish (Altan) & Kevin Doherty (4 Men & A Dog)


IMRO | The Business of Music Seminar Series | Music Publishing

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Music Publishing Today : Insight & Analysis

Date: 30th September 2015
Time: 11am – 5pm
Venue: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2

Anyone wishing to reserve a place at this seminar should send an email to


(Limited availability | No admission charge).

Hosted by Stuart Worthington (MMF Training), this intensive event forms Part 1 of a publishing series aimed at individuals who are required to be on top of the latest developments in the fast-changing global music market – giving them a greater understanding of current systems and future challenges. Details of Part 2 of the series will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Panel includes: Stuart Worthington (MMF), Johnny Lappin (Evolving Music Co & MPAI), Victor Finn (CEO IMRO) and Colin Kavanagh (Arthur Cox).

This workshop has been developed and refined over time to ensure that all attendees become better equipped to take advantage of the new business opportunities that are central to the development of our industry.

Individuals from all sectors of the music and media industries who are involved in or interested in any aspect of music rights management and publishing will benefit from the programme’s varied and comprehensive content. The objective is straightforward: to provide practical information placed in the context of today’s music industry.

Collectively the whole modular programme provides a wide-ranging analysis of all the key issues, challenges and practical opportunities facing those involved or interested in today’s music publishing industry.

Topics covered in Part 1 include;

  • The Journey of a Song/Composition: Music Publishing, Rights Management & Licensing Today
  • Writer / Composer & Publisher Relationships, Contracts & Agreements
  • Sub-Publishing, Co-Publishing, Publisher Relationships & Contracts; plus International Royalty Tracking

Details for Part 2 of this publishing series will be announced soon.


Stuart Worthington

Stuart Worthington

Starting out running a direct marketing agency, Stuart Worthington has remained an independent small business “owner-manager” for more than three decades. He now has over 25 years’ experience working in the music and media industries as a specialist provider of management consultancy and small business support plus professional training & development services for a range of clients and strategic partners, in territories and markets across five continents.

Specialising in the music industry since 1992, over in the UK Stuart has worked with both MMF (Music Managers Forum – since 1995 to date) and MPA (Music Publishers Association – since 2003 to date) to design, develop and deliver annual Professional Development Programmes in both Music and Artist Management and Music Publishing, aimed at and attended every month by industry personnel and practitioners ranging from new entrants to senior management and legal and financial professionals.

Stuart was made UK Head of Training and Education for the MMF in 1997, and in 2014 became Head of a new Training & Education Committee for the global umbrella organisation IMMF (International Music Managers Forum – servicing MMF chapter & network member national organisations in 22 countries).

As well as running production and licensing companies and a boutique music publishing business, for several eventful years Stuart also co-managed the band Happy Mondays. Having worked closely with artist manager members of the MMF around the world for many years (including a ten-year worldwide joint venture with MMF UK between 1997 and 2007) he has to agree with Manchester’s late great Tony Wilson: “my sympathies lie with the managers!”

Since 1989 to date Stuart has also continued to work with, and regularly moderate panels at industry events hosted by, an increasing range of clients and strategic partners in most sectors of the cultural and creative / arts and entertainment / media industries including music industry export offices, trade associations and unions as well as collecting societies around the world – including IMRO here in Ireland.

Johnny Lappin

Johnny Lappin

Johnny Lappin heads up the publishing division of the Liffey Group of companies, the hugely successful stable that includes Celtic Woman & The High Kings. Lappin also sits on the boards of Music Publishers Association of Ireland (MPAI), IMRO and Mechanical Copyright Protection Society Ireland Limited (MCPSI). He oversees the music publishing interests of MCD boss Denis Desmond’s Evolving Music Co which includes the highly successful duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ryan Sheridan, Hozier, Wyvern Lingo, Little Hours, Otherkin, The Original Rude Boys, The Minutes, Funeral Suits, Leaders Of Men and Nottingham based April Towers to name a but few of their extensive writer roster. In early 2014 he negotiated one of the biggest deals in Irish sub publishing history when concluding a deal for the Evolving catalogue with Sony/ATV and EMI Music. He is regularly called upon to contribute to panels and to speak on radio programmes to discuss key issues concerning intellectual property, copyright and music publishing.


Victor Finn

Victor Finn

Prior to becoming CEO of IMRO, Victor Finn was Managing Director of The Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (Ireland), during which time he oversaw significant developments in the Irish music publishing industry, as income for publishers and songwriters shifted from traditional physical product to digital. A Chartered Management Accountant with a degree in Marketing from University of Limerick. Since joining IMRO he has positioned IMRO as the primary rights organisation in Ireland, with IMRO taking on the administration of mechanical rights thus allowing one-stop shop licensing for online, mobile and broadcast music services. Partnerships with European collecting societies ensure that IMRO’s international and online revenues continue to grow. Transitioning IMRO into an efficient licensing operation in Ireland has meant the organisation continues to thrive domestically as the economy recovers.


Colin Kavanagh

Colin Kavanagh

Colin Kavanagh is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial Department and head of the firm’s Media & Entertainment Group. Colin provides corporate, commercial and regulatory advice across a range of industries but in particular the life sciences and creative industries. Colin works with both domestic companies and foreign companies with operations in Ireland.

The Arthur Cox Media and Entertainment Group is a leading practice in the area of media and entertainment law in Ireland. The Group works closely with the Technology & Innovation, Intellectual Property, Defamation and Finance Groups and draw on the expertise of other specialist lawyers in the firm as required. They advise the creative industries on all of their legal needs including finance and funding, contract law, regulation, music, film and television, advertising and sponsorship, publishing, defamation and commercial arrangements generally. They act for television and radio broadcasters, cable companies, production and distribution companies, publishers, advertising agencies, record companies and talent, as well as many digital and on-line media, content provision and telecommunications companies.

Allied to their existing expertise in music copyright, sound broadcasting, digital media and dispute resolution, the Media and Entertainment Group advises on recording contracts, contract law, music publishing, management agreements, merchandising and live performance agreements.


Oracle is the 5th Album from Somadrone

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Somadrone Oracle_IMRO NewsIrish Producer Somadrone has just released his 5th album, “Oracle”Somadrone has been making electronic music since 1997 and has toured Europe, US, Asia and Australia as member of Dublin’s cult band Redneck Manifesto and Jape.

The album is available to order on digital and limited edition LP from Somadrone’s website  and is available on Bandcamp .

You can also get a sneak preview of the album on Nialler9 where it’s currently streaming –


“Headstrong” Set for Release by Robb Murphy

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Robb Murphy_IMRO News Sep 15Robb Murphy returns with the release of the third single from his current album, “Sleep Tonight”, on 9th October. The single, “Headstrong”, follows on from the re-mastered live acoustic version of “The Darker Side” and the first single from the album, “The Mysteries of the Heart”.

Accompanied by a heartwarming video starring some zoo escapees(!), “Headstrong” invites the listener into the world of Irish storytelling with an upbeat, pop tempo and gentle vocals from Robb.

The album was recorded by Mill Valley Studios in Belfast and featured a range of musicians including the Ulster String Quartet. Robb heads off on a 9-date tour of the Netherlands at the end of October.

Check out the video for “Headstrong” below.