Midem to receive honourary 2016 ICMP Ralph Peer II Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Music Publishing

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The International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) has today revealed that leading music trade fair Midem is the special honouree of the 2016 ICMP Ralph Peer II Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Music Publishing – the unique and prestigious prize in the international music publishing field.

The Award, initiated by ICMP in 2013, and named after its first honouree Ralph Peer II, recognises visionaries in the field of music publishing, whose roles have helped develop, protect and value the music of composers and authors around the world. The ceremony will take place on 4 June during the Midem International Awards.

Advancing music publishing for 50 years

The ICMP Board unanimously nominated Midem to receive this special honourary Award as a result of its 50 years of building a unique deal-making platform that has continually united and promoted all players – both big and small – from across the music ecosystem.

Despite significant changes in the music sector, the annual event remains the place where music publishing executives can literally take a musical trip around the world, refresh existing publishing contacts and create new ones.

The personal interaction with international colleagues is unrivalled and has resulted in a multitude of publishing deals that have benefited music publishers, DJs, producers, artists, songwriters and consumers across the globe.

Crucially, Midem has been a catalyst for monetising copyrights across the world, by providing a forum for sub-publishers to meet and do business.

Up close and personal

“On behalf of ICMP, I would like to congratulate the Midem organisation on winning this Award,” said ICMP Chair Andrew Jenkins.  “Midem’s international focus is what makes it so special. For all of us, Midem is a wonderful opportunity to meet face-to-face with our business partners from around the world, to explore and conclude new business opportunities, and to discuss the pressing industry issues of the day. In this respect Midem is unique, and this sharing of ideas is vital to ICMP as it enables us, as the global voice of music publishing, to react appropriately on behalf of our members,” he added.

“It’s never been more important for the relationships within the music business community to be global. For 50 years, Midem has played a crucial role by creating a space where music publishing leaders can come together from around the world to connect, share ideas and build relationships that advance our community as a whole. The Board of ICMP is proud to honour Midem on its 50th anniversary with this award in recognition of all that it does for music creators,” said Ralph Peer II, Chair and CEO of peermusic and an ICMP Board Member.

“As Midem celebrates its 50th anniversary this award is particularly special. Creating an international market for music publishers was the initial raison-d’être for launching Midem and publishers remain at the heart of the event,” commented Jérôme Delhaye, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Entertainment Division. “As we begin the next 50 years of the Midem adventure we are proud to be launching the first Copyright Summit to address upcoming reforms in the US and Europe, fair remuneration and new business models – all of which are critical to the music publishing community,” concluded Delhaye.

Several thousand music makers, cutting-edge technology experts, brand specialists and talent from 75 countries are expected to attend this year’s event, which is taking place from 3 to 6 June.


About the Award

The ICMP Ralph Peer II Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Music Publishing was launched in 2013 to honour individuals or partnerships that have made a sustained and outstanding contribution to international music publishing. The inaugural award honouree was Ralph Peer II, CEO of peermusic and founder member of ICMP. Last year, music publishing icon Irwin Z. Robinson collected the Award at a gala dinner held during Midem.

About ICMP

ICMP is the world trade association representing the interests of the music publishing community internationally.  The constituent members of ICMP are music publishers’ associations from Europe, Middle East, North and South America, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Included are the leading independent multinational and international companies, and regional and national music publishers, mainly SMEs, throughout the world. As the voice and point of reference of music publishers, and the community of composers and songwriters they represent, ICMP’s mission is to increase copyright protection internationally, encourage a better environment for business and act as an industry forum for consolidating global positions.


Get your band involved with Garageland

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garagelandGarageland, in association with IMRO, Hot Press Magazine,, IRMA and RAAP is very proud to announce the rolling out of the new Garage Gigs comprising of over 10 dates across Ireland and into the UK.

Dermot Lambert, (frontman with platinum selling Blink and CEO of Garageland, already known for creating unique projects such as the original Garage Gigs and The Irish Youth Music Awards, based on his vast experience within the music industry both as an artist and as an industry business figure) has now designed a new formula which mixes crowd funding and artist management and direction, creating the circumstances where bands and artists can play their own music to full houses and get paid while they’re at it – a Holy Grail for any original musician.


Extra Belsonic Shows In August Have Been Added Due To Phenomenal Demand

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Due to overwhelming ticket demand for the June events at Titanic Belfast, 5 new shows in August have been added in to the Belsonic 2016 line-up! MADNESS, NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS & CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN, DISCLOSURE [Live], FATBOY SLIM and THE CORRS will all appear at this new & expanded lineup at Titanic Belfast.

They join The Chemical Brothers, Ellie Goulding, David Guetta, Faithless, Foals, Tiesto, Biffy Clyro, Stereophonics, Bring Me The Horizon, Olivers Heldens, The Coronas, Walking On Cars & Robin Schulz, who are set to perform in June.


IFPI’s Global Music Report 2016 Premium Section | Available Now

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gmrIFPI’s essential in-depth statistical guide to the global music business is now available following publication of the complete two-section
IFPI Global Music Report 2016.

The complete report includes the 86 page ‘Data and Analysis’ section, formerly called ‘Recording Industry in Numbers’ (RIN), containing comprehensive data for nearly 50 territories and in-depth analysis by format and sector.

The full report, containing both the ‘State of the Industry’ overview and this newly-released ‘Data and Analysis’ section is available to purchase now.

Key highlights of the 2016 full report include:

  • Revenue streams. Detailed analysis of the industry’s diverse and evolving revenue streams, as digital becomes the primary revenue stream for recorded music, overtaking sales of physical formats for the first time. Contains an overview of the top contributors to global streaming growth and a breakdown of global digital revenues for 2015.


  • Market trends. Comprehensive data on global, regional and national music market trends, focusing both on 2015 and past years. Total industry revenues grew 3.2 per cent to US$ 15.0 billion, leading to the industry’s first significant year-on-year growth in nearly two decades.


  • National markets – national data for 49 territories including:
    • Data splits for physical, digital, performance rights and synchronisation for 2011-2015;
    • Detailed breakdown of revenues within the digital segment for 2011-2015;
    • Economic and digital indicators


  • Regional markets. Detailed summaries of market performance in regional markets. Latin America was, for the fifth consecutive year, the region with the highest level of growth in recorded music revenues (+11.8 per cent) with digital revenues rising by 44.5 per cent, more than four times the national average.


  • Focus on physical formats. The ‘Data and Analysis’ section looks at the performance of the physical market in different territories around the world, including vinyl’s continued growth and historic volume data for global physical formats 1973-2015.


  • Global charts. In addition to the top 10 albums and digital singles published in the ‘State of the Industry’ section of the report, the premium ‘Data and Analysis’ section includes a more complete listing of the top titles of 2015 with the full top 50 global albums chart and the top 20 global digital singles chart.

Adrian Strain, Director of Communications for IFPI, says: “The Global Music Report is the must-have publication for anyone needing to understand the state of today’s global music business. It provides unrivalled and comprehensive data and information and is the authoritative reference book for the industry globally.”

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Good Eating Guide 2016 Awards | Winners Announced

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Dylan McGrath’s ‘Taste at Rustic’, South Great Georges St. Dublin is the overall winning restaurant 2016 in the annual Good Eating Guide To Ireland award presentations announced in the Conrad Hotel, Dublin last night (Mon. 18.04.16).good eating guide winner 1

Best chef award went to Derry Clarke, L’ Écrivain, Baggot St., Dublin. The Seafood Bar, Dawson St. Dublin, took Best Newcomer Award while Best Value Award went to Roly’s Bistro, Ballsbridge, Dublin. The Oliver St.John Gogarty, Temple Bar, Dublin headed the Gastro Pub category. Best Tourist Venue Award went to The Courtyard, Sober Lane , Cork and best hotel Restaurant went to Hugo’s, Druids Glen, Co.Wicklow.  The Cinnamon Restaurant, Ashbourne, Co Meath took the Best Family Friendly award for the second year in succession. A total of 28 Awards were presented in categories which included awards for provincial winners.

The award  presentations were made by popular Dun Laoire Rathdown TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor.

The Good Eating Guide Restaurant Awards is a project organised by publishers of the  Good Eating Guide to Ireland with results based on votes cast by participating  restaurateurs.  The publishers specialise in publications aimed at home and overseas tourism markets. Its’ stable of publications includes The Golfers Guide to Ireland, the Good Eating Guide to Ireland, and other tourism related bespoke publications.

The Good Eating Guide Awards are sponsored by IMRO


Be Part of IMROs What’s Your Soundtrack Campaign

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We want to know the pop that makes your customers shop or the rock that keeps your business rolling! tune into the benefits of music in business

We want you to be an ambassador for our new ‘What’s Your Soundtrack? print, online and radio advertising campaign. Why? Because, by being an IMRO licence-holder, you’ve already demonstrated your support for music creators. So we thought we’d offer the chance for your business to reach a new nationwide audience.

If you’d like to take part, just tell us what the soundtrack to your business is – a list of three songs by Irish or international artists that enhance your workplace for customers or employees.

Send your soundtrack and contact details to and we’ll get in touch with you.

Or visit to tell us your soundtrack and to learn more about IMRO’s What’s Your Soundtrack? campaign. us


Whistle This Promotions Announce April 8th Showcase

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Whistle This Promotions will be presenting a number of live performances in Bowes of Thurles, on Friday the 8th of April. The evening will feature performances by

Small Fish

Paudie Ryan & Friends

Tom Shorley

Shane McGuire

Poet: Larry O’Sullivan

plus other guests on the night.

Whistle This is a monthly showcase session providing a platform for singer/songwriters, musicians, poets and performers. The event takes place in Bowes, Thurles and is hosted by Tom Lyons. It features a mix of experienced songwriters/performers and those seeking to gain experience in live music.

Acts that have performed in the past include Eoin Ryan, Dietrich, James McGrath, Mick Hanly with Eoghan O’Neill, Adela Meally, Clem O’Brien Band, Pat Wright, Jester, Fran Garry, Half Ten, Larry O’Sullivan, Shane Lyons, Seskin Lane, Tom Lyons, Avi McGurty and Kelsey Creek.

You can follow Whistle This Promotions on Facebook, for more information.


Frightened Rabbit, The Coronas & Walking On Cars Added To Belsonic Line Up

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FThe Coronoasrightened Rabbit will join Foals at Belsonic 2016 as main support, while The Coronas & Walking On Cars will open for Ellie Goulding!

Remaining tickets for both shows are on-sale now from Ticketmaster outlets.

They join The Chemical Brothers, Ellie Goulding, David Guetta, Faithless, Foals, Tiesto, Biffy Clyro, Stereophonics, Bring Me The Horizon, Olivers Heldens & Robin Schulz at this new & expanded Belsonic at Titanic Belfast.

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets in recent years, BELSONIC is relocating to a brand new bigger location at the iconic Titanic Belfast building, and boasting it’s most ambitious line up to date. The popular music festival also moves from it’s traditional time slot in August to the earlier period of June, bringing a host of international headline acts to the heart of Belfast city centre for the 9th year running.

Belsonic 2016 at Titanic Belfast:

Thursday 9th June 2016 – Tiesto + Oliver Heldens & Support **SOLD OUT**

Friday 10th June 2016 – The Chemical Brothers + Erol Alkan, Phil Kieran & Schmutz

Saturday 11th June 2016 – Faithless & Support

Friday 17th June 2016 – Bring Me The Horizon & Support

Thursday 23rd June 2016 – Foals, Frightened Rabbit & Support

Saturday 25th June 2016 – Biffy Clyro & Support

Sunday 26th June 2016 – David Guetta + Robin Schulz & Jonas Blue

Tuesday 28th June 2016 – Ellie Goulding + The Coronas & Walking On Cars

Wednesday 29th June 2016 – Stereophonics & Special Guests The Vaccines plus support

You can follow Belsonic on Facebook and Twitter.


The Songwriter Club Dates Announced

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This April, The Songwriter Club is taking place in Galway, Dublin and Waterford.

Sinead McNally and Keith McLoughlin set up a meet up group called The Songwriter Club which has been running in Dublin since October 2011. They get musicians to meet up and get chatting about the music industry, the lives of songwriters and much more. Meetings are now held in Galway by Noreena Gill, Wexford by Jimi Cullen, Waterford by Karen Coss and Keith in Dublin.

The idea behind the club is to bring songwriters together every couple of months to chat about all sorts of songwriting stuff, share ideas, set up collaborating groups and also to have fun getting to know each other. There will also be special guests from different areas of the industry. All songwriters, whatever the genre, whatever the standard are welcome to attend.

You can catch The Songwriter Club in –

Galway on Monday 4th April at 7.30pm in Monroes launching The Dominick Street Sessions.

Dublin on Friday 8th April at 7.30pm in Friday Arts at No 5 with special guest speaker Julie Feeney.

Waterford on Saturday 9th April from 2pm – 5pm in Kazbar with guest Roddie Cleere from KCLR 96FM

You can also follow The Songwriter Club on Facebook and Twitter.



Brendan Graham narrates prestigious Film Festival nominated Sojourn

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brendan graham 2013World renowned Irish songwriter, Brendan Graham narrates Sojourn, an Irish film written and directed by Paddy Slattery.

Sojourn has been selected for showing at the NYC Independent Film Festival 2016.

The NYC Indie Film Festival provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works. The festival strives to promote an open and nurturing environment for artists, writers, actors, film-makers and fans.

The highly anticipated screening of Sojourn takes place on April 30th @ 1.45pm, in the Producer’s Club, Theatre P, 358 West 44th Street, New York NY 10036

Sojourn is a visual and poetic story, inspired by WB Yeats’ character Aedh, a lonely lost soul who yearns for love, peace and enlightenment.

Of Graham, Director Paddy Slattery stated “His voice alone evokes images of an ancient Celtic mystical land”

For further info on Sojourn, please visit