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IMRO Member Offer – Music Industry Course for Musicians

The Music Industry Xplained course is designed for musicians looking to get ahead in the music industry.
Brought to you by Hot Press, the MIX course is now taking registrations for 2011 and IMRO members can avail of a discounted registration rate.
Now in its eighth year, MIX 2011 is aimed at musicians who want to maximise their income and learn more about the music industry, management, media, publicity, promotion, publishing, record labels and more.
The 13-week course provides the opportunity to learn from top professionals and presents an invaluable grounding in all areas relevant to a songwriter and recording artist.
There will lectures each week by top industry experts of the Irish and International music industry, including Willie O'Reilly (CEO, Today FM), Steve Averill (U2 Designer), Alan McEvoy and many more.
Speaking about the course, director Mark Hogan says, "The Music Industry Xplained course is designed to give musicians a comprehensive insight into all aspects of the business. The lecturers are among the leading professionals in their field and so participants have access to an extraordinary level of accumulated knowledge and experience."
Key subjects covered in the course include Music Online, Record Companies, Music Marketing, Publicity, Image Development, Record Production, Songwriting, Music Publishing, Working with the Media, Management, Finance, Touring and Distribution. The course is also suitable for those involved in management, PR, promotion, media, etc.
MIX 2011 will run in Dublin city centre every Tuesday at 7.30pm from February 1st.
Places are filling up fast. To secure your place and avail of the IMRO member offer of just €475, contact: Laura McDonnell at Hot Press on (01) 241 1500 / (085) 812 1066 or email ei.sserptoh@arual
You'll also get a free Hot Press subscription for the duration of the course. Quote the Promo Code 'IMRO' to receive the special IMRO discount.
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New Single from Nell Bryden

Everyone's favourite New Yorker with the big voice, Nell Bryden is excited to enter the New Year with the release of her 5th and final single from her current album 'What Does It Take?' Glory To The Day is released on January 3rd, 2011 through Cooking Vinyl. Nell’s new single is now the SIXTH single from her album that has been playlisted by BBC Radio 2!

This single contains a radio remix by Danny Kirsch (Charlotte Church, Katie Melua, Freemasons, Happy Mondays, Andy Abraham), and also beautiful acoustic and instrumental versions, plus the original album version.
Bryden is fast becoming one of the most talked about and sought after new artists, building the buzz the old-fashioned way with word-of-mouth endorsements of her live shows. With four international tours (and 500+ shows) in the last 2 years under her belt, including sharing the stage with KT Tunstall,  The Counting Crows, Imelda May & JLS. Going from strength to strength, her self-released debut UK single, What Does It Take, spent 7 weeks on the BBC R2 A-list (Second Time Around spent over 2 months on the RTE Radio1 playlist and was Song of the Week on Today FM)- she is definitely one to watch. Bryden also appeared on RTE TV’s the Late Late show on her first Irish single release; Second Time Around.

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ICC Presents Concorde

24th January 2011| 8.30pm (pre-concert talk 8pm) |
Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin 2

For their first concert of 2011 the Irish Composers’ Collective will be joined by the contemporary music ensemble Concorde performing new compositions by Glen Austin, Hugh Boyle, Piaras Hoban, Donal Mac Erlaine, Emma O’Halloran and Donal Rafferty in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall.
Concorde was founded in 1976 to promote the regular performance of new music and continues to nurture the creation of new work, commissioning and premiering over one hundred compositions since its inception.
Having toured regularly in Europe and the USA, Concorde recently performed at festivals in Spain and Slovenia.  In June 2008 Concorde presented a programme of new Irish music to the delegates of the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Dublin. 
Concorde, together with bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay, launched their newest recording, Reflections, on the Navona label earlier this month. They are currently working with violist and composer Garth Knox and composers Jane O’Leary, Ed Bennett, Judith Ring and Brian Keegan and are Ensemble-in-Residence at DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama.
The Irish Composers’ Collective was founded in 2003 and is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing Irish composers with a community for information, education and the pooling of resources in order to create concerts of their music with professional musicians.
In particular, the Irish Composers' Collective strives to further the professional development of their members at an early stage in their careers and it has over 40 members from backgrounds as diverse as jazz, electronica and traditional music. This event is in association with the National Concert Hall and is supported by the Arts Council.
Tickets €10 / €5 may be purchased from the National Concert Hall Box Office online at , in person or by telephone +353 (0)1 4170000
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Evil Uncle

Evil Uncle has just released his highly anticipated debut album 'Two Lights Not Broken'. 

The album was recorded DIY style by Evil Uncle in the ruins of John Lennon's apartment in the derelict Maharishi’s Ashram in Northern India.  It was mastered by none other than Aidan Foley (Van Morrison, U2, Foo Fighters and The Frames).  A one-man musical feast, Evil Uncle’s combination of quirky themes and upbeat, instantly catchy tunes has earned him a strong following in Ireland, the UK and beyond.  Whisps of Wilco, Jarvis and Grandaddy can be felt floating about like ghosts and he has certainly picked up a storytelling trick or two from the eloquent Ray Davies.
The album was launched at a sold out Sugar Club on 16th November and a full Irish tour followed including dates at Roisin Dubh, The Roundy, Cork, St John’s Theatre, Kerry, Cleere’s Theatre, Kilkenny and The John Hewitt, Belfast as well as a host of accompanying university gigs. 
Tracks from 'Two Lights Not Broken' have earned increasing airplay on 2FM and Today FM as well as a spot as New Artist of the Week on i102-104.  "If this is a taste of things to come we’re in for a treat." – Elbo Magazine.  Evil is the new good!
'Two Lights Not Broken' is available in record stores nationwide as well as online at, iTunes, CD baby and Amazon.

Dervish to Star at 2011 Bristol Folk Festival

Exuberant Irish traditional music band, Dervish, have been invited to the 2011 Bristol Folk Festival next spring – a festival that is returning to the city after an incredible 32 years. The sensational Sligo-based musicians will be the special guests of multi award-winning headliners Show of Hands.

Led by Cathy Jordan, regarded as one of the finest traditional singers in Ireland today (as well as a fine bodhran and bones player!), Dervish will be performing alongside All Ireland Champion fiddler Tom Morrow at the festival. From the Great Wall of China to packed auditoriums in the Holy Land and being the first Irish band to perform at the greatest music festival in the world, "Rock in Rio" in front of an estimated audience of 240,000 people, Dervish have built themselves a sparkling reputation as some of the most exciting exponents of Irish music, veering from jigs and reels to soulful ballads.

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Emagine Media – The Album Launch Design Package

Here in the design studio at Emagine Media we're just a bunch of music fan boys. We love music and we love to design album covers. In fact, we actually believe that the design of an album's cover is just as important as any other aspect of the creation of that album. Think about it. All of your favourite albums can be identified not just by their songs but also by their iconic covers. And in many cases, the album cover is the first exposure fans get to the music.
Here at EM we're living the dream. Our clients include, music promoters, venues and some or Ireland's greatest artists such as Paul Brady, The Divine Comedy and The Duckworth Lewis Method. We've even designed for Rock Legends like, Television, Hugh Cornwell and The Church.
So, born out of our fandom for music, and as part of our partnership with IMRO, we've put together a brand new package that's loaded with cool stuff to help you launch your album. It's called (not surprisingly) the Album Launch Package, and it includes all the essentials that you need to launch your album successfully. Everything, from the iconic album cover right through to press adds and even a Facebook landing page graphic are included in here.
If you're currently in the studio recording an album, or planning to release one in the near future, then now is a great time to get in touch with us here at EM. This new package is for IMRO members only, and it provides you with all the designery bits and pieces needed to launch an album at a hugely discounted price.
The full package includes all of this:
– Album packaging design (Jewel Case or Digipack, with insert booklet up to 20 pages)
– Album digibook for iTunes
– Promo single packaging design (2 panel Cardboard Wallet or Slim Case Solution)
– Branded press release design
– Promotional poster (up to 3 formats)
– Press ad (up to 3 formats)
– Facebook landing page graphic
Remember we said this was a special offer for IMRO members? Well all of this only costs €2,999 plus VAT. That's a saving of almost €1,000.
For more information about the Album Launch Package, and all of our design for music services, call us today on 01 6303 469 or visit our website, Because we're really good at creating outstanding images for your music.
"We love working with Emagine and would recommend them without reservation."
Natalie De Pace, Divine Management
"Emagine epitomise the term "adding value" and are a vital part of our creative team."
Daragh Bohan, 1969 Records.
"The guys at Emagine went over and beyond to get the results we wanted and produced artwork that was above even our high expectations."
The Gandhis
Please note that the Album Launch Package does not include photography costs. Stock photography and bespoke artist shoots are costed separately. This offer is available to all IMRO members until December 2011.
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Opportunities for VAT refund for many businesses following EMI VAT case

Following a lengthy process, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled in favour of EMI in a case about the VAT treatment of providing samples and gifts free of charge to DJs, promoters and the media in order to promote an artist. The legal proceedings began when EMI contested £3.3m pounds it paid in VAT on promotional material issued between 1987 and 2003

Currently, UK law obliges VAT to be accounted for and paid in the event that more than one sample CD is given to the same person. Furthermore, there is a £50 cap on the value of gifts a business can give to an organisation without incurring an obligation to account for VAT.
The ECJ found in favour of EMI by ruling that no VAT is due on sample products irrespective of the amount given to one individual. Also, the threshold value for business gifts should apply per individual rather than per entity.
The finding will force the UK and several other Member States to amend how they treat samples and business gifts given to organisations from a VAT perspective.
It is a significant decision and will impact many businesses located in both the UK and in the EU which provide samples or gifts of small value. 
Businesses who have accounted for VAT and have not reclaimed the applicable VAT on samples or gifts should submit retrospective claims as soon as possible to maximise their VAT refund. 
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Eva Porter

Cork’s newest singer-songwriter, Eva Porter, has just released her debut album, “Heart on My Sleeve”. The busy mother of three made the decision to record some of her finest tracks after some encouragement from her six-year-old son.

Eva has been writing songs since the age of twelve and has always had a passion for music but never took it further than home.

It was only when her then 6 year old son told her on a drive home one night, after they had been singing along to a song Eva had written, that he thought his mum should make a record, that Eva decided to give it a go.
18 months ago the journey from singing her songs to her children to sharing them on her debut album “Heart on my Sleeve” began in earnest.

It started with a phone call to Eva’s uncle, Cork singer and soon to be co-writer, Joe Corbett. Over the next year, Eva and Joe collaborated on the songs for the album.

Brian Connor, Belfast keyboard player and producer whose credits include albums for Freddie White and Albert Niland, heard Eva’s demos and signed on as producer. Brian played keyboards on the album and assembled a line up of Ireland’s finest musicians to join him – Johnny Scott, guitarist, Rod Patterson, bassist and Danny Byrt, percussion. The album was recorded in Sonas Studios, Glenflesk, Co. Kerry in December 2009. The album was engineered by Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios and mastered by Ruairi O’Flaherty.

Eva’s music reflects her wide range of musical influences and love of folk, country and soul.
“Heart on my Sleeve” was launched on Thursday 17th June at the Boardwalk Bar & Grill, Cork. You can find out more about Eva at her website


Quangle Ensemble | Live Performance @ IMRO HQ

The Quangle Ensemble was founded in 2010 by Matthew Whiteside and Maureen Doris. This non-profit project brings together composers and musicians from across Ireland to create and perform new and exciting music, bringing novel sounds to the masses. With each member contributing to the organisation voluntarily, the ensemble focuses mainly on allowing the music to be heard by as many people as possible.

The Ensemble aims to perform works composed by its members, which would then be performed by the musicians within the group, allowing for exposure for both composer and performer alike. These performances will be conducted in Belfast and Dublin, including prestigious venues such as The Crescent Arts Centre and the
Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO).
The first concert from the Ensemble is setting out to be an exciting one. It is to be a concert of electronic music which will explore the myriad artistic possibilities of electronic sound manipulation.
The dates for the first Quangle Ensemble concerts are as follows:

Wednesday  5th January 2011 7.30pm: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Thursday 6th January 2011 7.30pm: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2

The repertoire for these concerts will feature works by Matthew Whiteside, Daniel Morse, Ben McHugh, Daniel Barkley and Maureen Doris. Each composer is highly dedicated to the music they produce and have had many of their works performed in concerts across Ireland, Europe and the United States.

Tickets for these concerts can be purchased at the door for the price of £6/£4 (€7/€5).
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The name Jimi Hendrix conjures up some of the most colourful and wildest moments that the sixties produced. Hendrix arrived, he conquered and took the music world  by storm, got inside your head and went onto the great gig in the sky  – all by the age of 27.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, left you in no doubt that it was exactly that – an experience. A trio of musicians who came together from both sides of the Atlantic and found common ground, fame and for one third of the group not very much fortune.
For Noel Redding the bass player in the group the experience was not to be forgotten. Since the death of Hendrix 40 years ago, much has been documented about him and the group.
Looking back to the sixties and you could be thinking you are on another planet. Any history  relating to that period is taken up with music and culture. The Jimi Hendrix Experience played it`s part.
Making a timely appearance is a DVD that is being put out by MNV Discs International, containing a never before seen interview with Noel Redding recorded at his home in Ireland in 1988.
It  makes fascinating viewing.   All the years of  seeing film of them in  concert and photographs of Hendrix, Redding and Mitchell, you find yourself sitting in a living room not with just a legend – but an ordinary guy talking about his early days with the group. No rock star here, no pretentious name dropping, just plain talking. Listening to him you are left wondering how they made it to top.
I asked producer Will Scally who had the foresight to record this interview how it all  came about.  “ I had known and been friends with  Noel for many years and always found him a very upfront, straightforward guy. We often spoke about doing an interview, he wanted to speak about the band, money, drugs and the death of Hendrix and much more – even speaking about the possibility of Hendrix being murdered. He was on good form that day and  wanted to record this for posterity.
Sadly Noel Redding died back in 2003 aged 57
For those interested in Hendrix, Redding and the history of sixties rock music this rare visual documentary should not be missed.  

For IMRO member discount of £3.00 per dvd visit:
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