ITV seek talent for new ‘Rising Star’ singing talent show

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RisingStarRising Star is a new, primetime interactive and innovative singing talent show from ITV – the difference being that viewers at home are the judges and vote in real-time during the performances, via an app.

This means that the public has total control over who progresses through each stage of the competition and who is ultimately crowned as the Rising Star.


IMRO and ASCAP present Award to Gavin Friday & Maurice Seezer

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Photos taken at the Music In Film & TV Seminar at IMRO HQ hosted by 2FM’s Paddy McKenna. Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer were joined on the panel by Darren Hendley and Todd Brabec.Last night in Dublin, IMRO and ASCAP presented an award to Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer in recognition of the ongoing success of their film compositions in the USA in 2013.

The award was presented at a Music In Film & TV Seminar at IMRO HQ hosted by 2FM’s Paddy McKenna. Gavin and Maurice were joined on the panel by Darren Hendley and Todd Brabec.  The panel covered all aspects from composing fees, royalty payments to commissioning budgets and contract management. Jim Sheridan was also in attendance.

“We are honoured to work with such a fine society as IMRO. Their members have culturally deep and broad catalogue and in giving this award we recognise the success of Gavin and Maurice and the importance their art has in the US” Paul Williams, President and Chairman, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

“Film and TV composition is an area that continues grow in importance globally for Irish music creators.  Gavin and Maurice have created some of the most inspiring, moving and memorable soundtracks in Irish film and TV across the last decade that have gone on to touch audiences around the world.  Tonight this Award celebrates their creativity and talent.” Keith Donald, Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) Chairman.


Songlines accepting applications for ‘Later with Jools’ style event

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The first event Songlinescoming on Saturday 20th Sept 2014 and following by another in December 2014.

A number of singer-songwriters are invited to perform their own compositions in front of a listening audience at The Model, Sligo.

Songlines was established in Dec 2012 by Miles Graham with the help of Dervish front woman, Cathy Jordan who hosted the very first event. Its aim is to to provide a platform for the talented songwriters in the northwest of Ireland and beyond, to perform in a listening environment, showcasing their songwriting ability.


  • The format of the event is in a one room environment, consisting of 3-4 small stages in a circle, with a host introducing a number of singer-songwriters in rotation (a ‘Later with Jools’ type stage setup). The talent and standard has been to the highest level and in previous nights it has produced international bloggers sharing their experience online with Failte Ireland and social media sites.


A venue that is quickly becoming the creative hub of the northwest and is the perfect match for this event, with its rich art history embedded in the walls and surroundings. (See above link for more)

The announcement of  a named singer/songwriter host and dates released in the coming weeks.

Singer-songwriters are to contact to apply for a slot. Applicants should send one link of them performing live on video and a short history biog.

This event is sponsored by IMRO.


Pulse College hosts Live Online Q&A series

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Pulse College is hosting a Live Online Q&A Series with renowned members of the scoring community for their world class ‘MA in Scoring for Film and Visual Media’ Program.

Join Pulse College online Thursday 10th July for the second in their ‘Masters in Scoring’ Live Q&A Series. In this event hear from Course Director and one of Ireland’s most renowned composers, Derek Gleeson, as he offers an in-depth look into the life of a composer and his role as creator of this unique ‘MA in Scoring’ program, which is taught by award winning composers from the Hollywood scoring community, such as Conrad Pope, Christopher Young and Garry Schyman.

This event will be streamed live at 6pm (GMT) Thursday July 10th through the Pulse College Google+ page, website and YouTube. For more information on the event and to register in advance, visit

The course begins this September and applications are currently being accepted. There is no fee to submit an application.

This one year Scoring for Film and Visual Media Masters degree is designed for creative composers, musicians and innovators who want to be able to work as a creative artist in the global entertainment industry. Pulse College seeks passionate, focused and motivated students, who are innovative, demonstrate originally and ready to learn, contribute and create.

Run in association with the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, this Masters course will be delivered in Pulse College and the world-famous Windmill Lane Recording Studios. U2, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Lady Gaga are among the many legends that have graced these rooms. More relevant to this course, many great film scores have been recorded here too, including The Mask, Mission Impossible and many others by great composers such as Elmer Bernstein.

Visit to find out more about course and view the prospective online. Email or phone +353 (0)1 478 4045 with any queries.


International Songwriting Competition 2014 call for entries

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The International logo_2014Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its judging panel for the 2014 competition which is now accepting entries. This year, ISC has expanded on the participation of music industry executives, offering the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the highest level of decision-makers in the music business. Judges include Presidents and CEOs from Republic, Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Columbia, Virgin, Sony Music Latin, Mercury, Wind-Up, Tommy Boy, Alligator, S-Curve, and Concord Music Group.

Coupled with additional high-profile industry executives and an notable group of recording artists – many of whom are currently dominating the charts – ISC offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the most impressive and elite panel of judges yet.

This year we decided to invite more record company executives in order to open up more opportunities to songwriters and artists,” states Candace Avery, Founder and Director. “It is so difficult for up-and-coming artists to reach these elusive music executives, so this is an incredible chance for artists to have their music heard by the people who actually make career-changing decisions. We are very excited and honored that so many high-level industry professionals want to participate – this is truly unprecedented in any competition.”

ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in prizes. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. Past winners have included Grammy winners, chart-topping artists, amateur songwriters, and everyone in between, including Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; and many more.

2014 ISC judges include:

Recording Artists

Tom Waits; American Authors; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans; Bastille; Casting Crowns; Avicii; Wayne Shorter; John Hiatt; Keane; DJ Snake; Robben Ford; Danilo Perez; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Martina McBride; Newsboys; Jon Secada; The Chainsmokers; Jason Isbell; Afro Celt Sound System; London Grammar; Michael W. Smith; Craig Morgan; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jean-Luc Ponty; James Cotton; Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; J. Holiday; and more to be announced…

Industry Executives

Monte Lipman (Founder and Chairman/CEO, Republic Records); Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records); Jeff Castelaz (President, Elektra Records); Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK); Ted Cockle (President, Virgin Records UK); Mike Smith (President, Mercury Records UK); Nir Seroussi (President, Sony Music Latin); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Rosie Lopez (President, Tommy Boy Entertainment); Glen Barros (President, Concord Music Group); Rex Rideout (VP of A&R, Motown Records); Jay Landers (Executive VP of A&R, Verve Music Group); Bryan Stewart (VP of A&R, Curb Records); Jason McArthur (VP of A&R, Provident Label Group / Sony Music Entertainment); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony); Keith Naftaly (Executive VP of A&R, RCA Records); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Joseph Burney (VP of A&R, RCA Inspiration/Sony Music Entertainment); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Steve Greenberg (CEO, S-Curve Records); Kim Buie (A&R, Thirty Tigers); Albert Schilcher (VP of Music and Music Marketing, MTV International); Gary Briggs (Senior VP of A&R/Producer, New West Records); Lori Teig (VP of Talent, VEVO); Jermaine Hall (Editor-In-Chief, Vibe Magazine); Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Julie Kertes (General Manager, National Parenting Publications Awards, NAPPA); Claire S. Green (President, Parents’ Choice Foundation); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); Wende Curtis (Owner, Comedy Works); and more to be announced…

For an entry form and further details you can go to the ISC’s website


Hard Working Class Heroes 2014 Open Call

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Taking place from HWCH14
October 2nd-4th Hard Working Class Heroes (now in its twelfth year) is taking submissions from acts who would like to perform at this years festivities.

Having previously hosted breakthrough acts such as Hozier, Villagers, The Frames, The Strypes and Jape, Hard Working Class Heroes has seen a phenomenal amount of talent grace its stages.

If you or your act would like to apply for this years proceedings you can click on the link here and follow the steps.

You can follow Hard Working Class Heroes on Facebook, Twitter or their website.


Solidarity Songs competition call for entries

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Solidarity Songs solidis a national young songwriter competition jointly organised by Kerry One World Centre (KOWC) and Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (KDYS) with the support of Kerry County Council Arts Office.

The goal of the competition is to encourage young song writing talent and raise awareness of global issues. Express how you feel about the world today by writing about local and global justice issues & win a music editing software package, valuable studio recording time & pressed copies of your work on CD.

Entries by email to :  with lyric sheet attached, or by post on CD-ROM to:

Kerry One World Centre, 5 Friary Lane, Tralee, Co. Kerry

The current round of Solidarity Songs is open for entries, deadline November 1st, 2014.
See :  for more information.

Follow Kerry One World Centre on Facebook.


Full Tilt launch online electronic music production course

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Full TiltThe Sound Training Centre, based in Temple Bar, Dublin, has been teaching music industry professionals for over 25 years. Past graduates have worked with Michael Jackson, Will, I. Am., The Script, and Rihanna, to name but a few. Due to international demand, the highly renowned Sound Training education is now available online.

Sound Training Online has launched its first online course, ‘Electronic Music Production With Full Tilt’. The course provides an in-depth approach to producing electronic music using Logic Pro X. It is a comprehensive 12 week programme taught by the highly renowned dance music act Full Tilt, who will help elevate your tracks to a professional standard using all of the tips and tricks of the trade. Full Tilt provide weekly personalised feedback and guidance on production-based assignments, and with over 10 years of experience producing electronic music, they will help guide your initial track ideas into finished productions.


Dave Flynn and the Clare Memory Orchestra seek female singer

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Dave Flynn and the
238969f4-5ab4-43b1-9541-40e63c7f6f73Clare Memory Orchestra are giving one lucky female singer aged 18-30 the opportunity to sing the role of one of Brian Boru’s daughters in a new piece called “Mná Brian Boru”,  composed by the orchestra’s artistic director and composer, Dave Flynn with lyrics by Pádraic Ó’Beirn.

This piece has been commissioned by the Arts Office of Clare County Council to commemorate the Millenium of Brian Ború. It is an alternative take on Ireland’s legendary High King as told through the voices of the most important women in his life. It will be premiered in St. Flannan’s Cathedral in Killaloe on the 18th of October 2014.

A female lead is sought, who ideally has excellent Irish and skill in traditional Irish singing. The scheme is not suited to purely operatic voices, although it will be an advantage to have experience working with classical as well as traditional musicians. The successful candidate will sing a solo part with the orchestra. Professional payment for rehearsals and concert alongside travel expenses within Ireland and accommodation will be included.

Auditions for short-listed candidates will take place in Ennis, Clare on July 5th and in Dublin on July 6th before the orchestra’s principal conductor, Bjorn Bantock and artistic director, Dave Flynn. Venues for these auditions will be confirmed to short-listed candidates. For the successful candidate, rehearsals will take place with the orchestra in Killaloe from the 15th – 18th of October.

The deadline for applications is 27th June 2014.

Applications can be made through the website and should include video examples of your singing, preferably through video channels such as YouTube. Ideally submissions would include one piece in English and one in Irish, one fast and one slow.

About the Clare Memory Orchestra

The Clare Memory Orchestra, founded by composer Dave Flynn, is an innovative and uniquely Irish orchestral project. Flynn has created a distinctive new sound by mixing some of the leading traditional and classical musicians in Irish music. The orchestra gets its name from the fact that it is based in County Clare and that the musicians perform without sheet-music, unlike standard classical orchestras. Through its unique instrumentation and performance practices the CMO is the only such orchestra of its kind in the world.
The CMO premiered The Clare Concerto, also commissioned by the Arts Office of Clare County Council and composed by Dave Flynn, in Glor Ennis in November 2012. Since then, the CMO has been widely acclaimed for its electrifying performances with Artists in Association Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill and in August 1st 2014 members of the CMO will join Martin and Dennis and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for a momentous concert at the National Concert Hall.

In January 2014 the CMO expanded into vocal music during a concert in Moscow Catholic Cathedral to an audience of over 1000 people. CMO members Niamh Varian-Barry and EtainMcCooey were featured vocal soloists on this occasion as they will be for ‘Mná Brian Ború’ alongside the successful applicant to this scheme.

This is a marvellous opportunity for any singer to perform solo with this remarkable group of musicians in such beautiful surroundings as St. Flannan’s Cathedral in Killaloe.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions in relation to the scheme please visit

For any further queries please contact CMO Project Manager Rebecca Halliday


June showcase at The Acoustic Yard announced

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This month’s The Acoustic YardIMRO supported ‘The Acoustic Yard’ on Tuesday 24th of June offers up the sublime songwriting talent of Four Men and a Dog frontman Kevin Doherty, the amazing vocals of Kathleen Turner and the fabulous tunesmith Jimi Cullen. The monthly sessions offers a perfect blend of singer/songwriting under the intimate setting and glass roof of Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar.

Kevin Doherty, from Donegal, has recorded 5 albums with the hugely popular Four Men and a Dog and has appeared at many of the world’s major festivals and venues. Their performances and recordings include supreme examples of the playing of Irish traditional music and a mix of country, folk, blues and americana, including original songs by Kevin. Two of their albums were recorded at the studio of Levon Helm ‘The Band’ in Woodstock, New York.

Kevin has recorded 4 solo albums, ‘Strange Weather’, ‘Sweet Water’, ‘Telegraph’ and ‘Seeing Things’ as well as a limited edition EP called ‘Morocco’. He will be playing some new tracks especially for ‘The Acoustic Yard’ from his latest offering ‘Seeing Things’ a brilliantly constructed CD. Kevin is a true songwriter with lyrics and melodies immersed together in thought-provoking brilliance.

Kathleen Turner is a new name on the singer/songwriter scene and her latest EP release ‘Some Stories’ will surely catapult her into a household name. Coming from a good pedigree as sister of songwriter Juliet Turner, Kathleen has managed to blend contemporary melodies with a more traditional slant which is apparent in her fantastic song ‘Kenmare Bay’. As Juliet posted recently, “Sometimes I see Kathleen coming towards me and think “what am I doing over there?”
Now based in Limerick since 2006 the Tyrone-born singer is Education Outreach Officer with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the key manager of their ‘Sing Out With Strings’ programme.

Jimi Cullen is currently touring his third CD ‘Life’, a wonderful collection of songs played with his amicable carefree sound. Jimi hails from Wexford and started out ten years ago playing in every nook and cranny. As one of the hardest working musicians, it finally paid off when his cover of The Cranberries classic ‘Zombie’ reached number two in the Irish iTunes chart last year.

Recently he was nominated for Best Male, Best Acoustic/alternative and Best Unsigned artist in the Music Review Unsigned awards. As a songwriter, Jimi has written some of the catchiest melodies around and he is a perfect addition to this month’s ‘The Acoustic Yard’.

Doors open 8.30pm and as usual IRISHTV will be there to film the event for future broadcast.

You can follow The Acoustic Yard on Facebook and Twitter.