IMRO believes an essential part of our role is the continued support for new music creation in Ireland. Below are some examples of the many showcases, music festivals, song contests and awards, music education programmes, seminars and workshops we have been proud to be involved with in recent years.
For over 20 years, the IMRO Showcase Tour has provided a live platform for scores of up and coming Irish acts. With hundreds of applications each year, the tour highlights forty to fifty acts who perform in venues from Derry to Cork and Galway to Dublin, culminating in a “Best of Tour” gig in Dublin. With support from 2FM, The Irish Daily Star and State.ie, the tour always generates considerable PR and industry attention for the participating acts.
Temple Bar TradFest
Temple Bar TradFest is Dublin’s premier celebration of traditional music and culture and has taken place in January each year since 2006. Each year, the festival brings some of Ireland’s top traditional musicians, as well as musicians from overseas, to play during the festival weekend. As well as sponsoring the festival, IMRO have hosted a series of masterclasses and showcase concerts as part of the festival since 2010.
Sligo Jazz Project
IMRO have supported the Sligo Jazz Project in recent years. SJP is a project incorporating Sligo International Jazz Summer School and Festival each July. The Sligo Jazz Project has, since its inception in 2005, promoted events full of inspiration, education and entertainment, combining Irish and international artists on the same stage. Around a hundred students attend the summer school each year, with tuition provided by some of the world’s leading jazz musicians who, as well as giving masterclasses and workshops, perform concerts at the festival.
The Music from Ireland initiative is a collaboration between IMRO, First Music Contact and Culture Ireland. Over the years, Music from Ireland have coordinated international showcases and industry networking functions at South by Southwest (USA), The Great Escape (UK), MIDEM (France), Canadian Music Week (Canada), Eurosonic (The Netherlands), The Wilde Oscars (USA) and CMJ (USA).
The IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards
Since 2008, the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards have acknowledged the central role that live music venues play in developing and supporting the music community in Ireland. A shortlist of venues is selected by the membership of IMRO, based on general ambience, staging, sound, lighting, diversity of music, artist relations and venue promotion. The shortlist is then put to the general public who select the winning venues. Venues receiving top votes in Dublin, Rest of Leinster, Connacht, Ulster and Munster receive a regional award, while the venue which receives the highest votes overall is awarded IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year.
Over the years, IMRO have sponsored numerous regional and national song contests held throughout the country. Many of Ireland’s most successful songwriters have cut their teeth at these events in the past and IMRO consider these contests to be a valuable part of Ireland’s songwriting culture. In the last year IMRO is proud to have supported The Glinsk , Clonmel, Tipperary Peace Song Contests and the Sean McCarthy Traditional Irish Ballad Competition.
The Choice Music Prize was established to encourage, highlight, showcase and promote Irish music of excellence. The ethos behind the prize is to stimulate debate and interest in Irish artists and in Irish Music and to increase public awareness of music from Ireland annually. The project was established in 2005 to highlight those albums which deserve some extra time in the spotlight and, ultimately, to select the album which best sums up the year in Irish music. The focus and spotlight is ultimately on the ten annual shortlised artists and their respective albums. IMRO have sponsored the prize since its inception.
Seminars & Workshops
IMRO regularly host music masterclasses and workshops at our offices and in venues outside of Dublin, all of which are free of charge to our members. Most recently, masterclasses and workshops have been hosted by ASCAP licensing consultant and former Vice President and Director of Membership, Todd Brabec; Canadian songwriter, Ralph Murphy; Grammy Award winning producer, Martin Terefe; Grammy nominated and two time Ivor Novello winning songwriter / producer Sacha Skarbek; songwriter, producer and twice Ivor Novello nominated Paul Herman and Vice President of US music publisher Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc, Debbie Rose.
IMRO have been providing support to Songschool since its inception in 2001. The idea behind Songschool is to encourage creative expression among primary and secondary school students through songwriting, recording and performance. There is a strong focus on encouraging collaboration and participation among all students taking part in the workshops, projects and courses which take place in schools and youth clubs throughout the country.
Songschool have a team of qualified and experienced instructors who offer an insight into life as a professional songwriter / musician and an overview of songwriting and the music business. Students are given the opportunity to write and record their own songs during the workshop and receive a special Songschool / IMRO certificate of participation on completion of the course.
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