Apply Now for Music Generation Audio Engineering/Music Production Scholarship

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Music Generation and Nimbus School of Recording Arts are running a fantastic Audio Engineering/Music Production Scholarship opportunity for budding sound engineers to study at the world class, state-of-the-art Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver, Canada.

Started by renowned record producers Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, KISS, Peter Gabriel) and Garth Richardson (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Rise Against, Biffy Clyro), Nimbus School of Recording Arts passes on the same training, skills and discipline to a new generation of media professionals as that which Bob and Garth have learned throughout their careers.

The scholarship, valued at approx. €33,000,  will provide 12 months’ free tuition plus accommodation/living costs for a student on one of a range of cutting-edge music industry programmes.

Nimbus helps students turn their passion for music into a career through offering small class-sizes, mentorship from industry experts, and hands-on training in real studios which are open 24/7. The Music Generation scholarship holder will, upon successful completion of his/her course of study, earn the professionally-recognised and highly respected Nimbus School of Recording Arts Diploma.

Full details on the application process can be found at the Music Generation website here.

Interested applicants should act fast as the deadline is this Monday, 30th March at 5pm.


Indie Arena Seeking New Music

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Indie Arena StudioIndie Arena is a weekly radio show highlighting new and classic independent music. The show broadcasts weekly from Cork’s Room 101 Radio on Tuesday evenings from 8-10pm. Presenter Antonia K Moore is currently seeking submissions from artists.

If you would like to have your music considered for inclusion on the show, drop an email with links to your press kit and an MP3 to Antonia at

You can check out Indie Arena on Twitter and Facebook.


New Music by Linda Buckley to be Premiered at Up Close with Music

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Paul Kiernan TrumpetA new work by Irish composer Linda Buckley will be premiered at Up Close with Music presented by Concorde at the RHA Gallery on Sunday 29 March.  Performances feature new Irish music in an international context and take place from 2.30 – 4.30 pm.  Music from Ireland, USA, Iceland, Hong Kong and the UK will be performed by Concorde.

The programme features:

  • A new work for bass clarinet, violin, cello and electronics commissioned from Irish composer Linda Buckley.  The new work is performed twice during the afternoon, giving listeners a chance to reflect and listen in different ways.
  • The Irish premiere of Loftkastali (Castle in Air) by the Icelandic composer Helgi Ingvarsson, who will be attending the concert and also giving a seminar for composition students at DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama on Friday the 27th March.
  • The Irish premiere of Dave Fennessy’s duo for violin and cello – Changeless and the changed (St. Kilda Dandelion), written in 2014 for the Transplanted Project and taking its inspiration from the delicate and complex seed head of the humble Dandelion.
  • The world premiere of  Jerome de Bromhead’s violin piece – Charlie’s Lonesome Violin Blues – in tribute to the composer’s 70th birthday year.
  • The Irish premiere of renowned British composer Jonathan Harvey’s Fanfare for clarinet and trumpet, composed in the year of his death, 2012.
  • The world premiere of ‘Guts ‘n’ Bellows’ for violin and accordion by the award winning Greek-American composer Nickitas Demos.
  • The European premiere of Kokû (Vacuity) by Hong Kong composer Yip Kim Fung.  The title is related to Buddhism and the music evokes a sense of meditation.

Performers in the February concert are Paul Roe, clarinets; Elaine Clark, violin; Martin Johnson, cello; Dermot Dunne, accordion; and Paul Kiernan, trumpet – Concorde’s student performer for the 2015 series.

Up Close with Music is supported by a Project Award from the Arts Council in partnership with the RHA Gallery.

Sunday 29 March 2015

2.30 – 3.15 pm & 3.45 – 4.30 pm      RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2

Admission Free…early arrival advised!


The Martin Clancy “Ableton Push Gaming Composition Workshop” at iDIG Music Festival

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Ableton Push PlaygroundWhen Certified Ableton Live Trainer Martin Clancy was asked to create something special for the iDig Music Festival in April, he decided to put a spin on his popular ‘Ableton Push Playground’. The ‘Ableton Push Gaming Composition Workshop’ is gearing up to be one of the highlights of the Festival.

The Martin Clancy “Ableton Push Gaming Composition Workshop” is a drop-in music lab where you can try Push and Ableton Live for yourself and get expert advice and guidance from artists and trainers while composing your own unique gaming soundtrack. Martin and the trainers have some real treats in store for festival attendees. No musical experience is needed as Martin says ‘All you need is imagination.’ Clancy is keeping his cards close to his  chest on this one, and hasn’t yet revealed what iconic gaming footage and soundtrack he will be using.

Ableton Live is an innovative music software that focuses on improvisation and live performance alongside time honored recording techniques. Ableton Practitioners include Deadmau5, Daft Punk, M83, Hot Chip, Nine Inch Nails. Martin’s unique evening classes in Ableton Live provide a creative outlet for DJs, Sound Designers, Songwriters, and producers of all genres. Students reflect the new demographic of Dublin coming from Russia, Brazil, South Korea and as far away as Waterford.

Martin’s Ableton Push Playground was picked as one of Nialler9’s Top Ten things to do at Culture Night 2014. It has been featured in the Irish Times, RTE Radio and Arena. The  Ableton Push Playground showcased the Meltdown Festival 2014.

The iDigMusic Festival is the first Gaming Community music event held in Ireland and has partners such as Google, Microsoft and ConCast. Martin will be in the illustrious company of a  number of Grammy and BAFTA Nominated composers such as Christopher Tin (Civilization) , Russell Bower (World of Warcraft Composer and Head of Music – Blizzard) and Ireland’s own Eimear Noone (Zelda) along with the composers of the Angry Birds Soundtrack and Jill Aversa (HALO, God of War). The festival takes place in the Convention Centre, Dublin from 4th to 6th April. Full details, including ticket info, here:

IMRO members can avail of a discounted admission price for the festival. Contact for full details.


The Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition Open for Entries

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Clancy Brothers songwriting logo NEWThe Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition 2015 is now open for entries. With free entry and a prize fund in excess of €1,500, this is an open competition for new, original songs.

Following a successful first year, competition organisers are looking forward to hearing a wide range of music from across Ireland.

The competition is open to all musical genres and styles, and to all ages and nationalities. As long as it is a song, it is eligible for entry. Entries are accepted on CD or by email in MP3 format, so it couldn’t be easier to enter.

This is a songwriting competition with the songwriter in mind. Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics. The quality of performance and production will not be considered.

The three finalists will perform their song at a concert on Sunday May 31st in the Nano Nagle Chapel, Carrick on Suir, during the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art 2015 as part of a fifteen minute set. The winner will be announced at the end of the concert.

With cash prizes of €500 for the winner and €200 for each of the runners up sponsored by the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art and IMRO, no one will leave empty handed. The winner also receives a voucher for CD duplication from Duplication Ireland and all three will gain premium services from

With further support from IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation), Music Matters and the Clancy Brothers Festival, this songwriting competition is set to grow.

Last Year’s Winners

Lisa Loughrey’s winning song, ‘Lost with all Hands’ is the title track on The Mariannes’ new EP. The Mariannes are launching their CD in Whelan’s, Dublin, on Thursday April 9th. And runner up Robb Murphy’s song, ‘Mysteries of the Heart’, features on his new album, ‘Sleep Tonight’, due out in March.


Email entries:

Postal entries:
Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition

C/O The Tudor Artisan Hub
42 Main Street
Co. Tipperary

Closing date: April 29th, 2015.

Finalists will be notified by May 13th, 2015.

Please read the full rules before entering.

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Songwriters in the Round upcoming event

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SongwriterRound_120315_POSTER-FinalFor anyone who enjoys music and great songs, Songwriters in the Round is an absolute treat. This month in the stunning Archer Room at Hole in the Wall – Sean Millar (AKA Doctor Miller), Eamonn O’Connor (Lucky Bones), and Ed Romanoff will play in the captivating ‘in the round’ format, taking turns to play from a special selection of their work, to share stories of songwriting and the origin of their songs.


Donegal Group Win the Pan-Celtic National Song Contest

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Pan Celtic Winner 2015‘Foireann Bhrí’, led by well-known songwriter Brighdin Carr, were a hugely popular choice with their song ‘Árainn Mhór’ at the Pan Celtic National Song Contest held in Carlow on Saturday night. The song was composed by Brighdin and delivered by singer Jason Ó Frighil supported by ‘Foireann Bhrí’ including a host of musicians and singers.

The song contest was sponsored by IMRO and Brighdin was presented with a cheque for €1,000 by Keith Johnson, Director of Marketing & Membership at IMRO. ‘Árainn Mhór’  will go forward to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Song Contest in Derry on Thursday, 9th April.

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The Gloaming Win the Meteor Choice Music Prize 2014

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The Gloaming were announced as winners of the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2014 for the album The Gloaming lastThe Gloaming night at a sold-out event in Vicar Street, Dublin. The judging panel, made up of Irish music media professionals, deliberated at length tonight before choosing the winning album. Instead of using sales or airplay as criteria, the Meteor Choice Music Prize judges focus, simply and solely, on the music. The group received a cheque for €10,000 provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) as well as a specially commissioned award. The show was hosted by Today FM’s Paul McLoone and was broadcast live on the station on Paul’s show.

The winner of the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year was also announced and The Script won the prize for the song “Superheroes”. Decided by the public via the Meteor website, there was a fantastic response as fans got behind their favourite song, with a record number of votes cast. The prize was presented to the band by Richard Moat, CEO, Eircom Group.

RTE 2 Television will broadcast a one-hour highlights programme of the Meteor Choice Music Prize on Sunday March 8th at 10.50pm.

The full shortlist of nominated albums for the 10th annual prize was as follows (albums in alphabetical order):

Aphex Twin – Syro (Warp)

Delorentos – Night Becomes Light (Universal Ireland)

The Gloaming – The Gloaming (Real World)

Hozier – Hozier (Rubyworks/Universal)

James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical (Faction)

Sinead O’ Connor – I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (Nettwerk)

Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy (Warner Music)

The Riptide Movement – Getting Through (Universal Ireland)

U2 – Songs of Innocence (Island)

We Cut Corners – Think Nothing (Delphi)

The Meteor Choice Music Prize is supported by IMRO, IRMA, RAAP, Today FM, RTE, Culture Ireland, HMV & Music Week.