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Pearse McGloughlin’s Highly Anticipated New Album The Soft Animal Released on 29 July and Summer Tour Announced

Bluestack Records in conjunction with Urchin Music present The Soft Animal. The fourth studio album from Pearse McGloughlin of Nocturnes will be released on 29 July and is now available to pre-order.

The Soft Animal by Nocturnes is songwriter Pearse McGloughlin’s first album release since the birth of his daughter, and a more personal record than previous works. A transformed creativity and time of reflection has resulted in an emotionally resonant album drawing from childhood and parenthood, and human spiritual and animal nature.

Nocturnes features Choice Music Award winning Adrian Crowley on lead vocals for ‘Heikegani’; Pearse’s long time collaborator Enda Roche on multiple instruments; Christophe Capewell on violins and Christian Volkmann on harmonica for ‘On The Mississippi’. Produced at Asta Kalapa studios by Darragh Nolan, the album was largely recorded in live takes creating a heady organic impact.

A follow-on from his previous collaboration with friend and composer Justin Grounds (a concept album of electronic chamber songs based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot which The Irish Times described as breathing ‘life and art into electronic music’) The Soft Animal is a new departure, in essence an ambient first person narrative. A collection of new age noir, it features meditative atmospherics alongside folk tinged tales of rebirth, the natural world and soft-focused introspection.

Pearse, on the inspiration behind The Soft Animal, observes: ‘I wanted to explore what we share as humans: our animal origins, our residence in the natural world. Having my daughter arrive into my life prompted this simple reverie.’

The Soft Animal interweaves intentionally lo-fi recordings with rich production to create an expansive range of sounds and emotions echoing influences as diverse as Sufjan Stevens and A Winged Victory for the Sullen.

Reflecting on the recording process Pearse comments: ‘Enda, Darragh and I were guided by the drama of what can happen when you record musicians playing live together. We were seeking feeling and atmosphere more than sonic perfection’.

In my hands, a bone white antler,
I am perched on a mossy stone,
When I slip into the river
and I let the antler go…….from ‘The Antler’

The Soft Animal will be released on 29 July 2016 and is available to pre-order now at

Bluestack Records is an independent record label from Ireland. Based in Sligo, they have previously released music from Ambience Affair, Go Panda Go, Winter Aid, Christof and The Casanova Wave. The Soft Animal is their first collaboration with Urchin Music.


For The Soft Animal (2016)

‘melancholy melodics (and) lyrics that feel like they’ve been uncovered from a book…’ – The Irish Times

For Idiot Songs (2013)

‘a short suite of forlorn tunes that exemplify elegance, subtlety and good taste’ 4*** – The Irish Times

‘the pair, with help from Enda Roche, create what the best albums manage to do, an atmosphere exclusive to itself with its own identity’ Nialler 9

‘a beautifully executed, impressively constructed track instantly calling to mind the likes of Villagers, Death Cab For Cutie and – another Ben Gibbard project – The Postal Service.’ – BBC Across The Line

For In Movement (2012)

A quiet triumph – Hot Press

‘McGloughlin’s accomplished schtick is quiet and whispery. Instead of sweeping you off your feet like a tidal wave, this music announces itself by lapping in around your ankles’ – Evening Herald

For Busy Whisper (2009)

A beautiful, hushed delivery 4**** – RTÉ Ten

Saturday 11th June | Bark Café, Rathmines, Dublin 6, Free Entry
Wednesday June 29th | Thirty Four, Lennox Street (Listening Party) Dublin, Free
Wednesday July 6th | Cáirde Sligo Arts Festival, Shells Café, Sligo, Free Entry
Thursday July 14th | Róisín Dubh, Galway, Free Entry
Friday July 22nd | Liberties Festival, Dublin | TBC |
Friday July 29th | Bello Bar, Dublin | €10 | Tickets available on the door


Over 35 of the Best & Brightest Acts Across 3 Stages

Fri 22nd – Sun 24th Jul

Tickets €5 day / €10 festival plus a FREE PINT OF HOP HOUSE 13

Advanced tickets available from [Lo-Call 1890 200 078 1-8pm M-F, 4-8pm Sat] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings)

Whelan’s Ones to Watch festival has expanded to include a summer festival, because lets face it, great new music can’t wait until January.

Continuing the crusade to champion brilliant new Irish music, for 3 days in Whelan’s Main Venue, Whelan’s Upstairs & Live from the Window in Whelan’s Bar, July 22nd – 24th, playing host to around 35 of the best and brightest emerging acts that we think you’ll be hearing a lot more about in the coming months.


Garage Gigs June Dates and News

In a bumper Series 2 of the newly invigorated Garage Gigs, Garageland in association with IMRO, Hot Press, IRMA and RAAP, have announced their June 2016 dates, which includes a couple of Featured Legends.

Friday 10th June at The Workman’s Club features the Legendary Count Tornado. Fresh from his movie debut, The Count, AKA David Byrne, has recently had a feature length documentary released in Cinemas. The documentary, which features a host of Irish musicians and music business folk, tells the tale of Count Tornado’s life in music, and is highly recommended to all. as long time supporters of The Count, Garageland are delighted to have him as a Featured Legend.

June 16th at The Grand Social sees Bluesun, a band who have maintained their commitment to live gigging since their very first Garage Gig in 2003! Fronted by US born Brew Mbirika, this band have featured on many of our special events over the years, not least of which was our Live At The Garage Gigs TV show in 2014. Bluesun will be joining us as Featured Legend on Thursday 16th June at The Grand Social. Do yourself a favour.

With a whole series of dates already completed and a host of brand new artists on the way, The Garage Gigs in association with IMRO, RAAP, IRMA and Hot Press Magazine are firmly back on mission for supporting and developing artists in 2016.

Full dates:

Friday 10th June – The Workman’s Club
Fuzz Gigolo / Count Tornado / Key / Warped Minds
Doors 8pm  – Adm €10.00

Thursday 16th June – The Workman’s Club
The Motives / Swordfist / Mitch Dowd / Dry Roasted Peanuts
Doors 8pm – Adm €10.00

Thursday 16th June – The Grand Social
Reprisal / Blue Sun / Enemy Lines / Guests
Doors 8pm- Adm €10.00

Thursday 30th June  – The Workman’s Club
Dissension Rising / The Dynamics / Fields / BedBuggz
Doors 8pm – Adm €10.00

Thursday 30th June – The Grand Social
Privado / Rob Corcoran / Leah Tiernan / End of Season 2 Party
Doors 8pm / Adm €10.00

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The Future is Electric: Go-Eco at Electric Picnic 2016


  • Electric Picnic to reduce festival-related greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2016
  • BYE Eco Campsite capacity expands from 900 to 1,500 people
  • Official bus partners added to Electric Picnic
  • Increased green messengers & Every Can Counts angels
  • Cup deposit refund scheme extended to every bar this year

Pledging to keep Electric Picnic bright into the future, the festival aims to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. With the support of Ireland’s brightest Picnickers, the rolling lawns of Stradbally Hall will create eco-history. Being GREEN is at Electric Picnic’s very wiring, and this year the current is set to be stronger than ever.

Following the publication of The Show Must Go On report, Electric Picnic organisers had a lightbulb moment, to participate in the Festival Vision: 2025 pledge to reduce the festival-related greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.

Ensuring that The Future Is Electric, eco-friendly initiatives have been expanded this year. Together festival partners Friends of the Earth, festival organisers, sponsors and YOU the Picnickers can unite and make a difference ensuring that The Show Must Go On for years to come!

Going green doesn’t just start when you get your wristband, you can do your bit by car sharing to Stradbally or hopping on a bus; Electric Picnic is teaming up with Bus Éireann and Marathon Coaches, as our Official Bus Partners, to minimise the impact of our travel on the environment. Or you can even go that extra mile by pedalling your way to the Picnic while raising charitable funds with RaboDirect Tour de Picnic.

Pitch your tent with like-minded individuals at the Be Your Environment Eco Campsite where you can stay in a creative and tranquil environment. In 2015, the 900 person strong BYE Eco Campsite booked up in a record breaking 35 minutes! This year sees its expansion to accommodate 1,500 people who want to live the eco dream together. There you will benefit from the all new sort-at-source waste management system Niftybins, as well as eco art, eco discussions, and eco workshops.

Friends of the Earth’s Green Messengers will be ensuring that your environmental footprint is as light as possible when the festival gets going. From your first drink, you and the environment can benefit and win prizes by simply putting your cans in the right bin while helping to keep Electric Picnic squeaky clean with Every Can Counts. Every Can Counts Bin Angels will return this year, increasing in celestial force from 16 to 30 people strong. Last year 4,400 litres of aluminium were collected – an incredible feat and a credit to the participation of Picnickers!

Making even the smallest changes can make a big difference. By putting one plastic bottle into the right bin you can save enough energy to light a 60 watt lightbulb for 6 hours. Your pocket can also benefit from these small changes with the Cup Deposit Refund Scheme, when you return a plastic cup (sold at every bar this year), you can get your €0.20 back. Leaving you no excuse to recoup some money just in time for the sale of next year’s Electric Picnic tickets. With just 1100 cups you could have enough to join us again next year!

If you’ve recycled too many cups and cans the night before you can shake off the fuzzy head at the Global Green; Electric Picnic’s pop-up eco-village of activists, artists, makers, musicians, foodies, slam poets and hackers, brought together by Cultivate, the sustainability collective based in Cloughjordan Ecovillage. Now in its ninth year, Global Green is the conscious heartbeat of Electric Picnic; a cutting edge nexus of green ideas and conviviality, showcasing new musical acts, offering great local food and introducing radical solutions for a future that works. We keep a finger on Ireland’s musical pulse offering daytime electro, acoustic and night-time dance beats. Your food needs are covered with our Local Food Project; it’s yummy and sourced from within a 50-mile radius of Cloughjordan. With spoken word for social change, engaged art and discussions, Global Green is accelerating the transition to a low carbon and resilient future.

Got a taste for the local produce? Gather the finest local products the Electric Picnic Farmers’ Market. For something a little stronger without the ethical headache, all tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar and bananas stocked are Fairtrade.

Clear your head by engaging with thought provoking discussions held at Mindfield for example, an exclusive 2016 parliamentary proposition motion by Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan hosted by Rubberbandit’s Blind Boy Boat Club.

Feeling crafty? Learn how to upscale unwanted materials and learn a forgotten skill from professional craftspeople at Greencrafts.

Or if you prefer to watch recycling in action catch the winners of Ireland’s premiere recycled fashion competition Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture strut their stuff on stage at Trailer Park.

// Be Your Environment Eco Campsite //

It is no surprise that our Be Your Environment Eco Campsite sold out in 35 minutes last year, it’s a tranquil, clean setting which is much sought after. The B.Y.E Eco Campsite is an environmental management co-operative made up an eclectic mix of eco warriors, artists and everything in between. Throughout the festival campers will be welcome to take part in a variety of creative activities sourced from the materials created by the festival.

// Green Messengers //

Festival partners Friends of the Earth promote awareness of environmental sustainability and eco-friendly practices. They have despatched the Green Messengers all across the beautiful land of Stradbally. Green Messengers have the dual purpose of educating willing festival goers and acting as gatekeepers to their own allotted bins, monitoring them for contamination and righting any rubbish bin etiquette. With Green Messengers now being stationed at the festivals campsites Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth spoke of the benefits of this: “Campsites are the ideal place to continue to spread the recycling message. Campsites are people’s homes for the weekend and since we all recycle at home there’s no reason why a festival should be any different.”

// Farmers Market //

Local food producers and distributors will be selling their wares at the festival for the first time this year at Electric Picnic’s Farmers’ Market in the Mindfield area. This will ensure that local businesses will benefit from the Stradbally visitors and symbiotically festival goers will benefit from delicious local produce.

// Greencrafts //

Greencrafts is as carbon neutral as they come, with the entire site powered by hand or solar power (fingers crossed it’s the later). There you can chat with tradespeople as well as watching and learning from them yourself. From felt hats to iron pokers you can even bring home something you have crafted yourself from forgotten or traditional methods.

// The Show Must Go On Report //

Conceived out of a collective wish to reduce the environmental impact that festivals make and in conjunction with the 2015 Paris Climate Change talks, The Show Must Go On report was published. The report aims to create an industry-wide approach to reducing environmental impacts and promoting action through Festival Vision: 2025 Pledge –A commitment from festivals of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2015.

​Lisa Hannigan announces new album, ‘At Swim’

New track – ‘Prayer for the Dying’ – premieres today

Released August 19th via Play It Again Sam recordings

Lisa Hannigan has announced details of highly-anticipated new album, ‘At Swim’, which will be released on August 19th via Play It Again Sam recordings. Produced by Aaron Dessner, her third – and arguably most bewitching – record follows the double-platinum, Mercury-nominated debut ‘Sea Sew’, and 2011’s ‘Passenger’ (which charted at number 1 in Ireland, and earned Lisa another Choice Music Prize nomination). Lisa is currently in the middle of an intimate 16-date Irish tour, with an extensive worldwide run of shows and the album’s first single to follow shortly.

  Listen: Prayer for the Dying

Airing today on NPR, new track ‘Prayer for the Dying’ was inspired by the passing of a friend’s parent after an extended illness. ‘They’d had a very long and happy marriage and the loss was devastating,’ Lisa recalls. ‘I wanted to try and express that grief but also pay tribute to their marriage.’ Building from its Patsy Cline-esque lament to a starlit, shimmering chorus (‘Your heart, my heart’), ‘Prayer for the Dying’ is perhaps the darkest and most vulnerable recording of Hannigan’s career – which began of course with her seminal, shadowy turn on Damien Rice’s ‘O’, ‘9’, and has since seen her strengthen her own unique artistic voice.

After playing in support of ‘Passenger’ for nearly two years, Lisa Hannigan struggled at first to write new material for ‘At Swim’. A new relationship meant that she was dividing her time between Dublin and London: adrift and lost, she threw herself into distraction instead. There was an acting debut as a mermaid in the Oscar-nominated animation ‘Song of the Sea’, soundtrack work on ‘Fargo’ and the Oscar-winning score for ‘Gravity’, all the while founding and co-hosting the acclaimed ‘Soundings’ podcast (which saw Lisa turn interviewer, and speak to guests such as Harry Shearer, Sharon Horgan and David Arnold).

The breakthrough came when Hannigan got an email out of the blue from Aaron Dessner, guitarist with The National and producer for the likes of Sharon Van Etten and Local Natives. Taking up Dessner’s suggestion to work together and rediscovering the collaborative spirit she’d missed in Dublin enabled Lisa to see her time in London in a different light. So while ‘At Swim’ is in part about homesickness and isolation, it’s also – profoundly and very movingly – about love.

Having first exchanged ideas over email and iPhones, ‘At Swim’ surfaced when Lisa and Aaron finally met up in Denmark: recording then took place in a church in Hudson, New York, during a furiously-creative seven-day stint. Despite openly being written lost-at-sea, you sense that at this point in her career, Lisa Hannigan is now a strong enough swimmer to go as far out as she wants; to darker depths than before, where the treasure lies, and bring it back to us.

Pre-Order on Vinyl, CD & digital now (on iTunes as of tomorrow) and receive ‘Prayer for the Dying’ instantly:



  1. Fall
  2. Prayer For The Dying
  3. Snow
  4. Lo
  5. Undertow
  6. Ora
  7. We The Drowned
  8. Anahorish
  9.  Tender
  10. Funeral Suit
  11. Barton

June/July Irish Tour

  • June 8th De Barras, Clonakilty- sold out
  • June 9th Connolly’s, Leap- sold out
  • June 10th St Luke’s, Cork- sold out
  • June 11th The White Horse, Ballincollig- sold out
  • June 14th The Set Theatre- Kilkenny
  • June 15th The Spirit Store, Dundalk- sold out
  • June 18th Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin – sold out
  • June 19th Balor Theatre, Donegal- sold out
  • June 20th The Greyhound, Kilkee- sold out
  • June 21st Kenny’s, Lahinch- sold out
  • June 23rd The Belltable Theatre, Limerick- sold out
  • June 24th Interlude Festival, Dublin
  • June 25th Roisin Dubh Galway- sold out
  • July  9th Clonmel Junction Festival

The Listening Crowd Conference

The Listening Crowd is a conference examining why we listen, who is listening and how audiences are engaging across genres and around the world. The conference is for anyone who is immersed in music: as an audience member, composer/creator, performer, programmer, promoter, broadcaster, and those who connect through music.

Featuring a host of international and national speakers and panelists, The Listening Crowd aims to stimulate discussion and debate around the relationship between new music and audiences.

Speakers and panelists will include

  • Kevin Volans, Composer (Ireland) – keynote address
  • Heather Maitland, Arts Consultant (UK)
  • David Pay, Artistic Director, Music on Main (Vancouver, Canada)
  • Jennifer Walshe, Composer (Ireland)
  • Lucy Railton, Curator, London Contemporary Music Festival (UK/Berlin)
  • Bernard Clarke, Broadcaster, RTÉ lyric fm (Ireland)
The conference takes place as part of the International Association of Music Information Centres’ (IAMIC) annual meeting and conference, which the Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) is hosting as part of the Centre’s thirty year celebrations in 2016. IAMIC is a global network of organisations working to promote and document the music of our time, and as the Irish member of this network CMC is delighted to welcome its international colleagues in music to Galway.
Join CMC and our international colleagues from IAMIC in NUIG Galway on 13 June from 11am, for discussion and debate, followed by a live Music Trail on the NUIG campus featuring works by Ed Bennett, Deirdre McKay, Dave Flynn and Jane O’Leary – more information here.

Booking information

Delegate fee (includes hot lunch): €50; students/OAPs €40. Early bird discount €40 up to 13 May.

Book here




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The Listening Crowd is Sponsored by IMRO

CISAC Announces President, Vice Presidents and New Board of Directors

Celebrated Chinese Film Director Jia Zhang-ke Joins as a CISAC Vice President

The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) announced today the results of its 2016 elections for President, Vice Presidents and Board of Directors, held in Paris on 3 June.

Electronic music pioneer, composer and producer Jean-Michel Jarre was re-elected as President for a three-year term. Three of CISAC’s Vice Presidents were also re-elected: Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo from Benin; internationally-renowned Argentinean director Marcelo Piñeyro and celebrated Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow. The confederation also announced the election of award-winning Chinese film director, scriptwriter and producer Jia Zhang-ke as Vice President.

The elections took place during CISAC’s 2016 General Assembly, which this year also marked the organisation’s 90th anniversary. Held in Paris, the birthplace of authors’ rights and collective management, the meeting gathered over 250 representatives of CISAC member societies from all over the world.
CISAC was established in Paris in 1926 by a small group of like-minded societies that shared a common goal, to represent the interests of authors, and a common model, the collective management of rights. Ninety years later, CISAC has grown into the leading global network of authors’ societies, with 230 members representing over four million creators from all artistic fields: music, audiovisual, drama, literature and visual arts. COM16-0606 Page 2 of 3

President of CISAC since 2013, Jean-Michel Jarre has infused CISAC’s advocacy work with charismatic vitality. Since his first election, he has spoken compellingly and passionately about authors’ rights, raising CISAC’s international profile. Advocating relentlessly on behalf of CISAC’s four million creators, he has upheld their rights at institutions such as the World Intellectual Property Organization, the United Nations and UNESCO.

Vice Presidents
Along with Angélique Kidjo, Marcelo Piñeyro and Ousmane Sow who were re-elected for another three-year term, CISAC is proud to welcome internationally-renowned film director Jia Zhang-ke as new Vice President. Upon graduating from the Beijing Film Academy, Jia rapidly achieved international success, notably winning the Golden Lion for Still Life in Venice in 2006 and Best Screenplay for A Touch of Sin at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2013. The following year, Jia served as a Cannes Jury member. Jia was awarded the Carosse d’or and had his film Mountains May Depart compete for the Palme d’or during the 2015 edition of the festival.

Commenting on the election of the President and Vice Presidents, CISAC Director General Gadi Oron said: “We are thrilled that Jean-Michel Jarre, Angélique Kidjo, Marcelo Piñeyro and Ousmane Sow have been re-elected as President and Vice-Presidents of CISAC. We are also delighted to welcome celebrated film director Jia Zhang-ke as our new Vice President. Jia’s election would help strengthen CISAC’s relationship with China and the community of Chinese creators, at a time when China is increasingly improving its protection of authors’ rights and establishing itself as a leading market for creative content”.

New Board of Directors
CISAC’s General Assembly also elected a new Board of Directors consisting of 20 member societies, each of which will serve for a three-year term. The new 2016-2019 Board of Directors is effective immediately. Representing authors’ societies from all geographies and artistic repertoires, it comprises representatives from the following authors’ societies : APRA (Australia), ARTISJUS (Hungary), ASCAP (U.S.A.), Bildupphovsrätt (Sweden), BMI (U.S.A), GEMA (Germany), JASRAC (Japan), LIRA (Netherlands), ONDA (Algeria), PRS for Music (U.K.), SACD (France), SACEM (France), SACM (Mexico), SADAIC (Argentina), SAMRO (South Africa), SGAE (Spain), SIAE (Italy), SOCAN (Canada), UBC (Brazil) and VEGAP (Spain).

Cork MidSummer Festival + RTÉ Lyric fm Live Broadcast @ Cork City Gaol – June 19th

An event that explores the edges of this composer/performer/listener roles and asks you to consider how and why we hear and listen to everything. Combines composed | partially improvised | fully improvised music, sounding the full spectrum of approaches and results.

“listen | composer | perform explores the spectrum of the creative process – artists using a variety of methods to achieve varying artistic goals, where method of delivery is a clear element of their creative process. In some cases the composition process needs to be realised live and in situ and in others a structural process is the only fixed or composed element of the creative process”
– Karen Power

Directions explores the many facets of music composition in Ireland, and their broader context in the international scene. The series consists of six concerts, each curated by a different composer with a selection of Irish and international works. The result will be unique musical experiences, built from the experiences, interests and passions of the curators Linda Buckley, Grainne Mulvey, Ed Bennett, Peter Moran and Karen Power. Supported by Arts Council Ireland. The AIC is supported by IMRO.

CISAC and Creators from Around the World Received by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls

Reception Marks 90th Anniversary of CISAC, the International Organisation Dedicated to the Protection of Authors’ Rights

A delegation from CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – was received by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls at the Hôtel de Matignon, in honour of the organisation’s 90th anniversary. CISAC protects the rights of over 4 million authors through its member organisations in 120 countries.

The delegation was led by composer and electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, CISAC President, and included over 100 invitees from all over the world as well as renowned creators: film directors Jacques Fansten, Bertrand Tavernier, Euzhan Palcy and Jia Zhang-ke; visual artists Florence Chevallier, Hervé Di Rosa, Mounir Fatmi, Christian Guemy (alias C215), Christian Jaccard, Miss-Tic, Hervé Télémaque and Jacques Villeglé; composers and songwriters Axel Bauer, Brigitte, Jacob Desvarieux (Kassav), Djur Djura, Elodie Fregé, Arthur H, Maxime Le Forestier, Armando Manzanero, Laurent Petitgirard, Olivia Ruiz, Eric Serra, and Paul Williams.

The reception by Valls demonstrates the longevity of the attention given at the highest levels of the French government to culture, creators and the collective management of their rights. The rights of creators are currently the subject of intense debates in Europe and throughout the world, especially in the context of the digital market.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls stated, “The fight for authors’ rights is vital to protect creation. The [French] government acts on numerous levels: the battle against piracy, fair remuneration of authors and artists for the digital use of their works, and supporting the means of financing creation. France, an early pioneer for authors’ rights, will stay at the forefront of its modernisation”.

paul_williams-2016CISAC President Jean-Michel Jarre welcomed this statement by adding, “Authors’ rights are at the heart of culture and cultural diversity, which today are vital in enabling people to respect one another’s differences and to live together. They are also a key driver of the creative economy, generating employment and revenue, which allows an entire class of, often young, people to live off of their talent. As the world becomes increasingly digital, it is all the more necessary to ensure that creators receive fair remuneration for the use of their artistic works, particularly in digital markets. We call on governments and decision makers to support pro-creator legislation in France, in Europe and throughout the world.”

Jean-Michel Jarre stressed the importance of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which has been ratified by 138 countries. Jarre suggested that this text, which signatory States will discuss again in the coming months, be expanded to take into account the huge digital challenges that had not yet surfaced when the Convention was negotiated at the end of the 1990s. Rebalancing the Transfer of Value, as well as promoting private copying remuneration and the visual artists’ resale right, are essential global solutions to foster a fair remuneration for creators. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls highlighted the importance of the issues at stake in this renegotiation and indicated that France would take any necessary measures.





CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – is the world’s leading network of authors’ societies.

With 230 member societies in 120 countries, CISAC represents four million creators from all geographic areas and artistic repertoires; music, audiovisual, drama, literature and visual arts. CISAC is presided over by electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre and the organisation’s four vice-presidents are: Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow, Indian poet, scriptwriter and lyricist Javed Akhtar and Argentinean film director Marcelo Piñeyro.

CISAC protects the rights and promotes the interests of creators worldwide. Founded in 1926, it is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation with headquarters in France and regional offices in Africa (Burkina Faso), Latin America (Chile), Asia-Pacific (China) and Europe (Hungary). | Twitter: @CISACNews | Facebook: CISACWorldwide.

Giuliano Nistri Announces His New Single ‘Finally Awake’ Feat Stephen O’Grady

Today marks the release of the single ‘Finally Awake’, by Giuliano Nistri, and the track features Stephen O’Grady.

Finally Awake is a miniature song with a subtle theme of realization, homecoming and disappearance.This is an arrangement for two voices and guitar of a track previously released on the album All The Songs in One Night with Stephen O’Grady on harmonies.

The song was recorded in Windmill Lane studios, and it was engineered and mixed by Paddy Crosse. The video was filmed by music-shoots and directed by Tomasz Bereska.

Both the album and single are available on Bandcamp

You can also follow Giuliano on Facebook and Twitter.

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