Irish Composer Nominated for ASCAP Film Score of the Year

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Patrick CassidyIrish composer, Patrick Cassidy, has been nominated by ASCAP for Film Score of the Year for his original score for “Calvary”. The ASCAP Composers’ Choice Awards give their members an opportunity to honour their peers in the film, TV and video game music world. The winners will be revealed at the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards on March 9th.

Speaking from his home in Los Angeles this week, Patrick said: “I am delighted that ASCAP has nominated Calvary in the Film Score of the Year Category. Composers’ Choice nominees are hand-picked by a select group of composers, film and TV industry leaders, so it’s a great honour to be have been chosen by other music professionals for such a prestigious nomination.”

The Calvary score has also received a nomination for a Cue Award, the official awards of in the category of Best Dramatic Score. The score was previously nominated for the Discovery of the Year Award at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards.

Cassidy has composed the music and worked on the soundtrack for numerous films including ‘Hannibal’, ‘Veronica Guerin’, ‘King Arthur’, ‘Layer Cake’ and ‘Kingdom of Heaven’.

The nominees for 2014 FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR are:

Patrick Cassidy – Calvary

Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything 

Mica Levi – Under the Skin

Gary Yershon – Mr. Turner

Hans Zimmer – Interstellar


Twelve Songs in the Running for Pan Celtic National Song Contest 2015

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Pan Cheilteach Amhrán  Náisiúnta 2015 postaer A3 jpegTwelve songs will go head to head in the Pan Celtic National Song Contest 2015 which will be held in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow on Saturday, 7 March at 8pm.

Sponsored by IMRO in association with Gael Linn and Glór Cheatharlach, the composer of the winning song will receive a cash prize of €1,000 and the song will go forward to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Song Contest to be held in Derry in April.

The twelve finalists are:

Sharon Ní Chuilbin – “Tá Dóchas Ann”

Helena Byrne – “Is Tú Grá”

Pádraig Mac Domhnaill – “Oíche na Gaoithe”

Brighdín Carr – “Árainn Mhór”

Marcus Mac Conghail – “Is Cuma sa tSioc”

Eilín Ní Bheaglaoich – “Deoraí”

Tiarnán Ó Sé – “€50,000,000,000″

Bríd Ní Chionnaith & Róisín Nic an Starraí – “Imithe”

Colette Nic Aodha – “Oileán”

Damian Mac Gabhann & Aidan Cranny – “Imigh a Dhamhsóir”

Enda Reilly & Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin – “Go Beo go Deo na nDeo”

Lorna, Laine, Eoghan, Evelyn & Kiarán Ó Maoileáin – “Anseo”

The judging panel will be made up of Seá Ó Sé, Liam Lawton and Pádraigín Caesar.

All are welcome. Tickets @  €10.

Enquiries to 087 2857048, 059 9158105 or


The Socio-Economic Contribution of Music to the Irish Economy

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Report Highlights the Socio Economic Opportunities of Developing Ireland’s Music Industry

Wednesday, 18th February 2015 – There are significant job creation, export, commercial and educational opportunities to be opened up for Ireland’s indigenous music industry if the right support structures can be put in place. This is according to a new report produced by Deloitte and commissioned by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) on behalf of the Irish music industry. The Socio-Economic Contribution of Music to the Irish Economy highlights the considerable opportunities for Ireland’s vibrant music sector and sets out a number of recommendations to maximise the contribution of music in Ireland in the short, medium and long term. The report was launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD and Irish singer-songwriters Brian Kennedy and Luan Parle.

Based on sectoral analysis, the survey found that the Irish music industry contributes over €470 million to the economy and supports more than 11,510 jobs in Ireland – 9,030 direct, 2,480 indirect. In addition, while digital sales in Ireland have grown significantly, latest figures show that in the four years to 2012, recorded music sales fell by almost €40 million from €72 million to €33 million per annum

A survey of IMRO members and consultations with key music industry representatives – including artists and labels, publishers, songwriters, management companies, retail and broadcast personnel – highlighted a number of concerns relating to finance, market access, intellectual property, education and training and collaboration. To that end, the report outlines a number of recommendations, including:

  • The establishment of a Music Industry Taskforce, with representatives from Government, the business community and industry to help reinvigorate the sector and encourage collaboration;
  • Appointing an IP ‘Tsar’ to consider the impact of IP and copyright legislation and enforcement in both the music and technology industries;
  • The development of advanced training courses for music professionals to focus on ‘business of music’ education, particularly for early career musicians;
  • Establishing a Music Office – Music Ireland – to act as a focal point for the music industry, similar to the Irish Film Board. This office would provide assistance to individuals in the music sector and those looking to enter new overseas markets; Greater collaboration between the music, tourism, gaming and technology sectors;
  • Greater support for musicians, many of whom are self-employed, in accessing finance and ensuring that fiscal supports are effective and appropriately structured.

Commenting on the report, Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD said, “This report highlights the huge contribution the music industry makes to our economy. Ireland’s rich musical heritage is a very important element of our image on the international stage and it acts as a major draw for tourists. I look forward to working further with the music industry as my Department develops our first even national cultural policy;  Culture 2025. I am very keen to get the views and input of the music industry and stakeholders across the arts. I intend to publish a Culture 2025 Discussion Paper shortly, which will be an important step in opening up the debate around how we should shape the future of the arts in Ireland – including music.”

Keith Donald, Chair of IMRO said, “We are at an exciting juncture for Irish music and now is the time to Live and loud!ascertain how we can support, grow and reinvigorate the industry. The sector delivers significantly for Irish society and the economy, maintaining and creating thousands of jobs. Collaboration amongst Government, industry and music creators themselves will help the sector to adapt to new challenges, grasp new opportunities and help it to reach its full potential.”

Victor Finn, CEO of IMRO said, “If we are to maintain and increase participation in Irish music, it is important that Government, the business community and industry work together to recast perceptions of music as a career and to ensure that the right supports and structures are in place to assist musicians, help them to realise their potential and access markets in Ireland and overseas. In addition, we are calling for greater collaboration between the music industry and the tourism, film, technology and gaming sectors to create new opportunities for growth. The economic and social dividend for Ireland will be significant.”

Singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy said, “As a working musician and performer for the last 25 years it is incredibly important to stand by IMRO on these vitally important issues that affect the entire music industry.  Being a music creator is an actual proper job and this should be recognised, rewarded and assisted through all possible channels.  It is important to put in place resources that remunerate creation from its inception by supporting songwriters and composers’ basic investment, without which no works could ever come into existence. Music creators play an enormous role in society and never more so as we work our way through challenging economic times.”

Singer-songwriter Luan Parle added “I greatly welcome the announcement of this important report today as it paints a realistic picture of how our industry operates and hopefully it will lead to a better understanding of what investments, collaborations and regulatory environment is needed to help our industry grow in the months and years ahead.”


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Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh Returns This Week

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Scoil Cheoil Begley CooneyThe annual traditional music school, Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh, takes place this week in the idyllic setting of the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry. The village of Ballyferriter will play host to visiting musicians from Russia, Canada, Denmark, the UK and Belgium, as well as Irish musicians who return year after year to the school. Along with creating an international awareness of Ireland’s rich musical heritage, the school inspires young musicians to keep traditional performance alive.

So what makes this four-day event so special? There’s the incredible line-up of classes on offer with gifted musicians, dancers and singers sharing their knowledge on the harp, accordion, bodhrán, banjo, guitar, uileann pipes, fiddle, tin whistle, flute, concertina, bagpipes, mouth organ, sean-nós singing and dancing.

The music classes take place alongside a host of other great cultural and musical events such as the informal conversation classes in Irish and Scots Gaidhlig, a guided walk, a Singers Night, the ever popular pupils concert in the village church, set dancing sessions, the Féile Mass with Peadar Ó Riada and Cór Chúil Aodha, the annual Coffee Morning and session in aid of Crumlin Children’s hospital, and music and song with na Caipiní.

Two great concerts packed with talented musicians and singers are also in the events line-up, with performances from Steve Cooney and Seamus Begley, flute player Harry Bradley (who received Gradam Ceoil in 2014), Scottish gaelic singer Margaret Stewart, uileann piper Mickey Dunne, traditional singer Tommy McCarthy and the amazing Brendan Power on harmonica.

As usual there are also a couple of great new events on the Scoil menu this year, with a performance in the Blasket Centre showcasing three very different singing traditions, a presentation of old 78’s and vinyl recordings in Museum Corca Dhuibhne, and a lunchtime session in Louis Mulcahy Café featuring Brendan Power and old timey fiddle player Benjamin Wetherbee.

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh kicks off on February 18th and continues through to February 22nd.

Like’ the Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh facebook page to be kept up to date with any additions to the line-up, and to book a place on any of the classes, a full list of which is available on the Scoil website at


Open Mic Sessions Go HD

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JailbreakThe Jailbreak Sessions and Dive Bar Sessions, formed by Alan Morton and Conor Clancy, have been running since March 2013 shining a light on new and emerging songwriters taking their first steps into the world of live performance. The Jailbreak Sessions take place on the first Wednesday of every month in the Patriots Inn, Kilmainham and the Dive Bar Sessions are every second Thursday in in the basement of the Turks Head, Temple Bar.

Now, with the support of IMRO, the sessions are offering performers the chance to have a free HD quality video of their performance for their own unrestricted promotional use. All performances are recorded on a Zoom 8-track (audio) and two DSLR cameras. Artists can also have an audio-only copy of their performances for use on services like Soundcloud, BreakingTunes and InMusic.

To take advantage of this great promotional tool, artists are advised to check the sessions’ Facebook page for upcoming events. All styles and genres are welcome including music, poetry, comedy and anything else you might do. There is no need to book in advance – just show up on the night and put your name on the performers list.

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Meteor Choice Music Prize Event Line-Up Announced

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choice music prize advertThe 10th Meteor Choice Music Prize live event, in association with IMRO and IRMA, will take place on Thursday 5th March and tickets for the show have now sold out.

Live performances on the night will come from Album of the Year nominees, Delorentos, James Vincent McMorrow, The Riptide Movement and We Cut Corners, along with Song of the Year nominees, Kormac, Little Hours and The Minutes.

The Meteor Choice Music Prize event will be broadcast live on Today FM in a special four hour extended programme during the Paul McLoone show.

RTE 2 Television
will broadcast a one-hour highlights programme of the Meteor Choice Music Prize on Sunday March 8th at 10.55pm.

The album shortlist is as follows (artists listed 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 winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially–commissioned award, courtesy of IMRO and IRMA. HMV are the official retail partners of the project. RAAP, Culture Ireland and Music Week are also official project partners.

You can vote for the Meteor Choice Music Prize – Song of the Year 2014 here –

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




Songwriters In The Round is back for it’s first event of 2015!

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SongwriterRound_120115_POSTERSongwriters in the Round always promises a great evening of music and this Thursday 12th February it’s back for the first event of 2015.

Beginning in September last year this unique event has seen some incredible songwriters come to Kilkenny to play to an intimate and highly appreciative audience at Hole in the Wall. Hosted by Martin Bridgeman, three songwriters perform ‘In the round’ format sharing their songs and an insight into the story of each song.


IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards 2014 | Winners Announced

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Last night, RTE’s Paddy McKenna hosted the much-anticipated seventh IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards at the Irish Music Rights Organisation Headquarters in Dublin.venue awards 2014 3

The award for National Live Music Venue of the Year 2014 (via public vote) went to Dolans, Limerick.

Of the annual awards voted by over 10,000 IMRO members, Keith Donald, IMRO Chairman said  This is our annual chance to give a really big thank-you to promoters and venues across the country. The work they do is invaluable, as young bands and artists can’t build up an audience without them”.

Other winners in the regional categories include:

Dublin –  Vicar St, Dublin

Rest of Leinster – Cleere’s Bar & Theatre, Kilkenny

Munster – University Concert Hall, Limerick

Ulster – Voodoo Venue, Letterkenny

Connacht – Matt Molloy’s, Mayo

Also nabbing accolades for IMRO Live Music Festival of the Year and IMRO Best Small Live Music Festival 2014 were   Electric Picnic and Kilkenny Roots Festival respectively.

Performances on the night came from The Minutes, Lethal Dialect and Jack O’ Rourke.

Hot Press Editor Niall Stokes also gave special commendations, presenting awards to 5th On Teeling in Sligo, Whelan’s in Dublin and 3Arena.

He said: “Live music is more important than ever for musicians and bands – so it is crucial they have the best possible venues to play in. The IMRO Live Music Venue Awards are a fantastic platform for recognising all of the amazing work that is happening all over Ireland, in creating those essential opportunities for musicians.

“Great venues are really important in creating scenes and both 5th On Teeling in Sligo and Whelan’s in Dublin – who are the recipients of a special Lifetime Achievement Award from Hot Press to mark the end of their 25th Anniversary celebrations – fit that description perfectly.

The overall winner of the Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year is 3Arena, in Dublin, which of course was refurbished and rebranded during the year. 3Arena is widely recognised in the business as one of the greatest music venues in the world. It has brought the presentation of live music to a new level of sophistication here, setting standards that the whole live music industry in Ireland can both benefit and learn from. They are hugely deserving of this accolade.”


Introducing AVA Festival Belfast

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Up Productions AVA Festivalhas teamed up with a range of Belfast locals including Matthew McBriar and Andrew Ferguson (Bicep), Oisin O’Brien (Guerilla Shout), Generator NI and many more, to produce AVA (Audio Visual Arts) Belfast, a one day-&-night grass roots festival and conference that celebrates and amplifies the strong current of electronic music and digital visual arts that has emerged from Northern Ireland.
Merging an old industrial warehouse-come-skate park (T13) with both established and emerging Electronic Music Producers, DJs & Visual Artists, this project shall pay homage to Northern Ireland’s unique energy and character. It will celebrate the talent that has been produced, whilst inspiring and developing the next generation.

Amongst the headlining names confirmed for 2015, are the long-time procurers of the famous ‘Feel My Bicep’ blog, the Belfast DJ/Producing duo ‘Bicep’, coupled with the highly eclectic half-Irish-half-Scottish DJ duo ‘Optimo’; the long-standing Irish veteran that is ‘Phil Kieran’; the reputable purveyor of high quality house and techno ‘Ejeca’; along with the inter galactic ‘Space Dimension Controller’, with his NI debut of the SDC Live Laser Show.
There will also be sets from Schmutz, Swoose & Cromby, Extended Play, Twitch and Visuals from GUERILLA SHOUT (Oisin O’Brien, Daniel Holmes and Kristian Glenn).

AVA aims to be more than a festival. The goal is to provide an opportunity for emerging and established artists, labels, designers, promoters and some very special guests, to share their knowledge through a free daytime conference (11.00-16.00) that progresses into the AVA evening showcase (16.00-Late).
Nothing like this exists in Northern Ireland and with a limited early bird price tag of just £15 per person for AVA Festival; it is set to sell out quickly.

Speaking on the festival, Bicep have said:
When Sarah (Up Productions) brought the concept to us back in April 2014, we knew it was something that had to happen. Having played at festivals around the world, we wanted to support the development of a strong electronic festival in Belfast. Getting all the talent together and back in the city and in one incredible warehouse space down at the docks, with a supporting conference is going to be pretty special.” (Bicep).


Date: Saturday 30th May 2015 – 11.00am – LATE
Venue: Titanic Quarter, Belfast

Showcasing Line-up:
Phil Kieran
SDC (Live Laser Show NI Debut)
Swoose B2B Cromby
Extended Play


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AVA BELFAST 2015 official website:


Pulse College live online Q&A with Andy Hill

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Pulse College AndyHillwill be hosting a live Google Hangout Q&A this Wednesday February 4th with Former Vice-President for Walt Disney Pictures, Grammy Award Winner and guest course tutor Andy Hill. Andy will talk about the scoring industry, building a long-lasting successful career and what he will be bringing to the MA in Scoring for Film & Visual Media program at Pulse College Dublin/Windmill Lane Recording Studios!

On the Hangout you will also have a chance to ask your questions and learn about:

  • Advanced Scoring Module: a sneak peek at the 110 piece orchestral recording with Conrad Pope in May
  • Meet the current MA in Scoring for Film & Visual Media masters students and hear their latest compositions to video.
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • 3 Step Masters Application Process & portfolio requirements
  • Career path options


Wednesday 4th February
6pm GMT / 1pm EST / 10am PST


To watch the Online Q&A, simply register your details and you will be invited to this exclusive interview with an industry veteran of the scoring world, which will be streamed on the Pulse College website, their Google+ page and through YouTube.

(NOTE: Those who already registered for any of Pulse College’s previous MA in Scoring Live Q&A events and have not unsubscribed do not need to register again).