The Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast’s dedicated music hub, has appointed a new CEO.

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Charlotte Dryden will take up the position later in the summer. charlotte-dryden

Charlotte has an impressive background in leadership, music programming, event management, working with not-for-profit organisations, fund raising and music media.  Since 2008, she has worked at Oh Yeah, rising to the position of Creative Development Director. Aside from her many accomplishments in this role, she was the co-founder of Love Music Hate Racism Northern Ireland and initiated the ground-breaking Women’s Work festival that featured in a series of venues across Belfast in March 2016.

Shona McCarthy, Chair of Oh Yeah offers: “Huge congratulations to Charlotte on behalf of the Board of Oh Yeah. We are delighted to announce this appointment and know that Charlotte brings her own vision and style to build on the powerful legacy that has been created in Oh Yeah’s first decade as Belfast’s premier music hub. She brings outstanding experience and insight to the role and will contribute to the ongoing development of the music sector in Northern Ireland. We are immensely proud of the profound contribution that Oh Yeah has already made on the cultural landscape in NI under Stuart’s leadership and can now be very excited about the future too.”

Charlotte will replace Stuart Bailie, the outgoing CEO and co-founder of Oh Yeah, who has been in the position since 2008.

Charlotte Dryden says:  “I’m over the moon and honoured to be stepping into the role of CEO. Stuart has been a huge presence and inspiration and while those are big shoes to fill, I am committed to ensuring that Oh Yeah continues to welcome, nurture, develop, incubate and celebrate music. I’m really looking forward to the future of the centre and continuing to work with the Board, staff, volunteers and of course the music community as a whole as we move into the next phase of development.”

Stuart Bailie says:  “Charlotte is the heart and soul of Oh Yeah. Her credibility is solid and her work rate is astonishing. Countless lives have been improved by music because of her work in the fields of outreach and talent development. The Oh Yeah vision will continue to thrive under Charlotte’s guidance and we’re all looking forward to the tenth birthday celebrations in 2017.”


Music in Film @ Fastnet Film Festival

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Interested in the process of scoring for film?  Then the Fastnet Film Festival is for you.

Held Annually over the last weekend in May (25th-29th), in up to 20 different venues around the village of Schull, Fastnet Film Festival host a series of public Q&As, world class workshops, screen international short film programmes, alongside the screening of their competition entries.

Music In Film At Fastnet

stephen rennicks fastnetOn Saturday 28th May Stephen Rennicks in conversation with Maurice Seezer. Following on from the success of Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, Stephen has had a very busy year scoring Room for Lenny Abrahamson, Viva for Paddy Breathnach, the Channel 4 series Not Safe For Work and the RTE mini series Rebellion among others. In this discussion Stephen will show clips from his work and discuss the collaborative nature of composing music for TV and Cinema.

Bill Whelan FastnetOn Sunday, May 29 The Schull Fastnet Film Festival in Dublin, Bill Whelan will discuss “Music in Film” in conversation with Maurice Seezer. He’ll discuss his approach to composing for film, referring to his work from Dancing At Lughnasa for Pat O’Connor, Some Mother’s Son for Terry George and Poitín for Bob Quinn among others.

The line up this year is unprecedented with over 50 expert guests taking part, including;

  • Producer of Room Ed Guiney,
  • Set Designer of Room Ethan Tobman traveling for the festival from Canada,
  • Composers Bill Whelan and Stephen Rennicks,
  • Directors John Carney, Carmel Winters, Jim Sheridan, Thaddeus O’Sullivan,  Rebecca Daly, Richie O’Donnell.
  • Writers Pat McCabe, Vivienne de Courcy.
  • Producers Macdara Kelleher, Hilary Durman
  • and many more yet to be announced.

Over 46 events will take place including;

  • Screenings of Sing Street, Viva, Mammal, Room, Into the Wild and Atlantic.
  • In celebration of it’s 10th anniversary The Wind That Shakes The Barley will be screened followed by a panel discussion with actors Orla Fitzgerard, Martin Lucey, Frank Bourke, Aidan O’Hare, Damian Kearney and Casting Director Oonagh Kearney which will be moderated by Gerard Stembridge.

Fastnet Film Festival is sponsored by IMRO


The Songwriter Club debuts in Kerry

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songwritersclubThe first ever Kerry meeting of The Songwriter Club will take place in John B. Keane’s Pub, Listowel on Thursday 26th May at 8pm, hosted by Noelle O’Sullivan and Donnacha Toomey. There will be a meeting of the group followed by an open mic.

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.

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Soundcloud Go Launches in UK & Ireland

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soundcloud logoNew subscription service offers expanded catalogue of established and emerging artists to the existing SoundCloud experience, plus new functionality.

Coincides with rollout of advertising on the free-service, with both monetisation streams giving creators the opportunity to be paid.

SoundCloud, the world’s largest music and audio platform with 175 million monthly listeners, announced today the launch of its new consumer subscription service, SoundCloud Go in the UK and Ireland. Following its successful launch in the US last month, the UK and Ireland are the first international markets to offer music fans the SoundCloud Go expanded catalogue of more than 125m tracks with intuitive supporting features, created to complement and enhance the existing SoundCloud experience. The free service listeners love today will remain, and will now be supported by a range of advertising options as part of SoundCloud’s commitment to creators to have the opportunity to be paid for the work that they share.

“We received an incredible response from our community of creators and listeners alike with the launch of SoundCloud Go in the US earlier this year, and we’re excited to expand our offering to our listeners in the UK & Ireland,” said Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud Founder and CEO. “Creators are, and always have been, at the core of everything we do at SoundCloud. And it’s through this monetisation of the platform, which also includes the introduction of ads to the free service, that we will eventually enable them all to be paid for the work they share with the world.”

The SoundCloud Go experience includes:

  • In addition to the breadth of content that listeners are already accustomed to, SoundCloud Go gives access to a significantly expanded catalogue of the greatest established and hottest emerging artists.
  • On the tube or off the grid, offline listening allows you to take your music with you wherever you go.
  • An ad-free, uninterrupted listening experience to more than 125 million tracks from the 12 million creators heard each month on SoundCloud
  • Available now in the UK and Ireland on web, iOS App Store and Google Play, and priced at £9.99 and €9.99 per month respectively, with a free 30-day trial

Additionally from today, SoundCloud’s free service will be supported by audio advertising, in-stream native ads, promoted profiles, creator partnerships, and more. All are designed to fit seamlessly into the SoundCloud experience and to provide brands with a variety of ways to reach a new, highly engaged audience. The introduction of advertising will ensure listeners can continue to experience SoundCloud for free, as well as offer creators the opportunity to be paid for the work that they share. SoundCloud Go subscribers will be able to opt out of these ads, enjoying uninterrupted listening as part of the service.


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

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hi res MEDIUM ICMP_CMYK_300DPI_LARGE (2)Premier international music event celebrating its 50th edition

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