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Job Vacancy at IMRO | Credit Control Assistant

This position within the Licensing Dept. contributes to the overall operation of the company by helping to carry out the credit control function of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) from IMRO Head Office, particularly as it pertains to Public Performance licensing and collections covering both IMRO royalties and PPI royalties collectable by IMRO. This covers licensing in respect of copyright music and sound recordings in pubs, shops, offices, restaurants, etc for IMRO and PPI and as licensed under the Dual Copyright Music Licence Contract and the IMRO Copyright Music Licence Contract. The position is part of the Licensing Department of IMRO and reports to the Credit Control Manager.

The Credit Control Assistant position plays a key role in the Licensing Department, and the position works with all staff within the department to contribute to the maximisation of public performance cash collections for both IMRO and IMRO as an agent of PPI.


Send CV and cover letter to ei.ormi@enryb.nehpets

Deadline for applications is 5pm Wednesday 25th April 2018

The Coronas Release New Single & Video ‘Gut Feeling’

One of Ireland’s best loved and hardest working bands, The Coronas, are set to release their latest single ‘Gut Feeling’, taken from their fifth album ‘Trust The Wire’. ‘Trust The Wire’ was released in June 2017 and went straight to number one in the Irish charts, heralding a new wave of success for the Irish four-piece.

‘Gut Feeling’ reflects a simple message but one which will resonate for most people: to not doubt yourself or overthink things, to go with your gut. ‘As you get older you can doubt yourself in some ways, and sometimes feel the need to give yourself a pep talk,’ says frontman Danny O’Reilly. ‘Myself and Dave went back to basics and wrote this song around a piano with an acoustic guitar. It felt like the right way to write about the simplicity of creating something, and not overthinking it.’

‘Trust The Wire’ has already been certified gold and is on the way to a platinum disc, joining the previous four Coronas albums. The band hit the road in support of the album last year performing shows in Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the United States and even Dubai. A particular highlight was their sold out biggest ever headline show, with 15,000 people joining the party in Kilmainham, Dublin.

The band’s schedule continues to be hectic, with some Irish summer dates in the diary to satisfy their fans at home. These are followed by another tour of North America which will include larger venues than the previous two tours, along with several high-profile music festivals. Already announced are the band’s debut appearances at the eclectic Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago’s Grant Park on Sunday August 5th as well as three nights at the annual Milwaukee Irish Fest, on August 17th, 18th and 19th. The major portion of the tour begins in Calgary, Alberta on September 25th and continues for more than a month of shows in cities all over the United States and Canada. The band then finish off the year with three gigs in Australia.

It’s been a crazy year but unbelievably enjoyable. We’ve loved it,’ says Danny. And their fans all over the world can only agree.


Friday 6 July London, UK Subterania
Saturday 7 July Liverpool, UK Feis
Friday, July 13, 2018 Cork, Ireland Marquee
Saturday, July 14, 2018 Cork, Ireland Marquee
Saturday, July 21, 2018 Dublin, Ireland 3Arena
Sunday 5 August Chicago, US Lollapalooza
Friday 17 August Milwuakee, US Irish Fest
Saturday 18 August Milwuakee, US Irish Fest
Sunday 19 August Milwuakee, US Irish Fest
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Calgary, AB The Gateway
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
Friday, September 28, 2018 Vancouver, BC Vogue
Saturday, September 29, 2018 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
Sunday, September 30, 2018 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 San Francisco, CA August Hall
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 San Diego, CA Casbah
Sunday, October 14, 2018 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Pittsburgh, PA Club Café
Thursday, October 18, 2018 Toronto, ON The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Friday, October 19, 2018 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Saturday, October 20, 2018 Boston, MA The Sinclair
Sunday, October 21, 2018 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Nashville, TN Exit / In
Thursday, October 25, 2018 Atlanta, GA Purgatory
Thursday, November 22, 2018 Melbourne, Australia Prince Bandroom
Friday, November 23, 2018 Sydney, Australia Metro Theatre
Saturday, November 24, 2018 Perth, Australia Capitol

Alex & Echoes Release ‘Weeping Ink’

Dublin dance duo, Alex & Echoes, release their first single for newly formed label CSR on Friday April 20th. The band have also been announced as special guests to Chainsmokers when they play the RDS in Dublin on June 24th.

History dictates that pop music is always evolving. Specific genres often have their moment in the sun and trends come to prominence before they drift away again, but the essence of a killer song never really changes. The hallmarks never go out of style – expertly crafted songwriting with hooks that burrow deep into the memory, delivered by vocalists with power, poise and an innate ability to convey a spectrum of emotions.

These are attributes that Dublin duo Alex & Echoes have in abundance, as demonstrated by their independently released debut track ‘Whiskey’. Recently signed to CSR Recordings the electro-pop pair already possess a body of work that signposts bigger things as 2018 unfolds.

That voice belongs to Jessica Smith, a young talent who comes from a lineage of accomplished vocalists – her father, for example, is a trained baritone. Meanwhile, producer and instrumentalist Cormac Butler’s roots in music go back to childhood when he was taught the violin. Although ultimately far more enamoured by piano and guitar, it gave him the grounding to turn his hand to whatever intrigues him. As Jessica jokes, “Cormac will say he can’t play an instrument and the next thing I know he’s like a wizard at it.”

Both Jessica and Cormac started out playing separately in live bands, but grew disheartened with the band format. “I got into music production when I decided to go it alone,” recalls Cormac. “I couldn’t rely on other people and there were too many opinions.” Jessica shared a similar experience. “It sounds a bit selfish,” she adds almost apologetically, “but I wanted to have more control over it.

As for what comes next? Alex & Echoes share a range of burning ambitions but mostly they’re focused on the short term. “Over the next year I’d like our name to be on the map,” assesses Jessica, “so people know our songs, see us at festivals and we get our name out there so there’s a bit of a buzz about us.

The ability is there for all to see and the parts are falling into place. It’s seems to be only a matter of time before Alex & Echoes are a hot tip for the top, both in Ireland and beyond.

Mick Konstantin Returns with Single and Whelans Date

After 2 of the biggest hits from the past 2 summers, ‘Takin Over France’ and ‘There’s Only One Conor McGregor’, Mick Konstantin brings his first ever live performance to Whelan’s on April 29th, 2018. In the space of two years, Mick Konstantin has built up a huge following, after two mega-viral hits. Now he releases his new track ‘The Insta Generation’.

Konstantin began his musical career a few years ago, busking on Grafton Street, learning his trade the same way so many before him had done. He first shot to fame with ‘The Ballad of Copper Face Jacks’, a song about the infamous Irish Nightclub that went viral around the country.

A year later, ‘Takin’ Over France’ was written, a tune for the Irish Football team and their fans in the Euros in France. When this was recorded live in Bordeaux by Pundit Arena and posted on Facebook, it had built up over 3 million hits in the space of a few hours. By the next day, the song had become viral all over Europe. He went on to record it back in Ireland a few days later, with it reaching Number 1 in the Irish iTunes charts that very day, and got flown back for the Ireland and France game a week later.

The following summer, no one would have guessed what was about to be in store for Mick. Topping the previous summer’s tune would be serious going, but that he did. On the 2nd week in August he released ‘There’s Only One Conor McGregor’.  A song which would go on to have international acclaim, written about the biggest boxing fight of all time. Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather.

Millions and millions of hits followed worldwide. As did interviews with the likes of Sports Illustrated, stations in Australia, South Africa, UAE and all over the US. Again, the song reached No. 1 in Ireland for weeks, but also made the top 20 in the UK, many European countries, and Australian Charts. But by far the most exciting part of the experience was when McGregor himself heard the song, and loved it so much that he flew Konstantin over to Vegas, put him up in the same hotel as his family, and gave him 2 tickets to the fight itself. Incredible!!

Since this experience, Mick has been hard at work, writing and planning for a musical career. And finally, the time has come, for him to set about being a full-time musician. With two releases this month, which have been greatly received, this is the next chapter in his story. The very first gig of many. So don’t miss out! Whelans, 29th April 2018, here we come!!

LIERS Announce Their Arrival with Debut Single ‘Universal Female’ and Whelan’s Gig

The continuing trend of female-led rock bands has a new ally with the arrival of LIERS. The four-piece Dublin rock band have just unleashed their new sound with the rip-roaring ‘Universal Female’ which is sure to prove infectious to the ever-growing new wave of Irish alternative rock fans. The single is due for release on Friday April 20 and will be available on iTunes, Spotify and CD Baby. They will also be joining Sub Motion to open for chart-topping post-grunge rockers Fangclub in Whelan’s on Thursday April 26.

LIERS started life when lead singer Liz Seaver was looking for the right talent to compliment her self-penned music titles. An established singer/songwriter in her own right with two independent albums to her name, Liz has been performing with the line-up for some time at festivals such as Castlepalooza and venues such as the Sugar Club – Lead guitarist Ed Scanlan, Bassist Stephen Farrell and Drummer Ronan O’Hanlon.

Although initially formed in North County Dublin to add a new dimension to Liz’s own tracks, the band meshed well and gradually drew on their shared 90’s influences such as Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Oasis, Smashing Pumpkins, PJ Harvey and Alanis Morrissette to evolve into the edgy sound that is LIERS.

We all hung around together in Rush and after gigging with the last album we continued to play in local venues and develop what is now the music we all love to play which is heavier, louder and more who we are,” explains Liz. “There is a serious shift in the appetite for rock in Ireland and the UK right now so we knew the time was right to release our sound. Unlike my independent albums, this time I wrote with the band in mind and had more input during every stage of the process. The result is a sound we are really excited about.”

‘Universal Female’ is the first single of an EP due for release later in 2018 on Headwire Records. Although these four talented musicians are not new to the Irish scene. Liz has previously toured with the inimitable Jack Lukeman and shared the stage with other Irish greats such as Mundy, Damien Dempsey and Paddy Casey. While playing alongside Liz over the years Ed, Stephen and Ronan also formed three-piece ‘Long Tail’ who released the EP ‘Your Time’ and have toured nationwide with Fangclub. The energetic and experienced LIERS, who are now being repped by Polite Society (Fangclub, Long Tail, Vulpynes), will surely be ones to keep an eye and ear out for. Tickets are now on sale for their debut at Whelan’s on the 26th of April.

Photo: Graham Keogh

IMRO Welcomes President Macron’s Comments on Copyright

IMRO welcomes President Macron’s remarks on the issue of copyright reform today while addressing the European Parliament, and his announcement that he intends to prioritise creators’ rights. As the European Commission finalises its work on the EU Copyright Directive, IMRO is working to highlight the issue of ‘safe harbour’ protection and the need to address this loophole in order to create a level playing field between the platforms and rightsholders.

IMRO believes that a focus on copyright should represent a core element of a much-needed National Music Strategy. An environment that fosters growth for new and legitimate businesses, including platforms such as YouTube, SoundCloud and Facebook, while providing legal certainty for consumers, and ensuring that this is paired with adequate financial return for creators, is required.

Ireland’s music industry supports 13,000 jobs nationwide and is worth almost three quarters of a billion euro annually to the economy. Ensuring creators receive compensation for all uploads of their work is crucial to ensuring a sustainable basis for the music industry going forward.

About the ‘safe harbour’ loophole

‘Active on demand’ music services such as YouTube, SoundCloud and Facebook, are not currently obliged, under the E-Commerce Directive (Directive 2000/31/EC), to remunerate rightsholders for content stored and exploited on their sites. This leads to what is known as a Value Gap or Transfer of Value (ToV) in that, although the volume of musical content being consumed online is higher than ever, revenue generated from this consumption is not fairly distributed to creators.

Eleanor McEvoy, IMRO Chair (pictured left) joined a delegation of European music creators who travelled to Strasbourg today to call on the European Parliament for fair copyright rules in the digital world.









Cathy Davey Announces Record Store Day Release

Stripping it right back to the bare bones, Cathy Davey announces her latest release, ‘Live At Dublin Unitarian Church’, which captures the magic of a live Cathy Davey show. The album shows the magic of Cathy’s music with stripped down versions of hit favourites ‘Little Red’ and ‘Sing For Your Supper’ with just three musicians taking on this feat, Cathy and two of her closest musical allies, Derren Dempsey on guitar and Stephen Kiernan on drums.  Fans will also be treated to a brand new music, one song ‘Never Before’ written and recorded for the Road Safety Authority speeding campaign, and ‘Uninsurable’, not only recorded for the first time but debuted in the church that wonderful night.

Cathy recorded the album with a very special show in a sold out Dublin Unitarian Church on Stephen’s Green on March 23rd, 2018. The show was recorded by Andy Knightley (David Gray) and will be released on vinyl for Record Store Day – April 21st.

Cathy said of the live album recording “Derren had a broken wrist during this gig, which he wasn’t even aware of until the next day. I had a throat infection which made the 180 people in the audience root for me in a way that changed the whole atmosphere, and in turn, changed our performance. This recording is the sum of its parts. Flawed and magic.”

Vinyl is thriving in Ireland but it’s about to go into a new orbit with the arrival of Dublin Vinyl – a world class facility which has been pressing records since December. Turning this album around on vinyl in such a short time wouldn’t be possible without owners Hugh Scully and Donogh Molloy, who are thrilled to be involved. As Hugh explains, “We’re always looking for interesting projects to work on in Dublin Vinyl, and Cathy has created an idea that we’re delighted to be able to bring to life.” Cathy is thrilled that she’ll be able to record, master and press her album in Dublin.

Record Store Day is vinyl lover’s Christmas and is huge in Ireland as national organiser Stephen Judge explains. “Forty-Six shops around Ireland take part in Record Store Day and it’s a huge day for all involved. Cathy’s album project is exactly what Record Store Day is about and it’s this kind of exciting creative thinking that drives people into shops on April 21st. We’re delighted she’s doing this.

Cathy will be appearing at WOW benefit for Aidlink in Whelan’s on April 26th as well as appearing at the inaugural Vinyl Festival at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on May 6th, 2018. Cathy also plays Balrothery Church on October 13th, 2018.

Dublin Songwriter Baba Releases New Single ‘I Defy’

‘I Defy’ is the second single from Dublin singer-songwriter Baba and it’s pro-woman, pro-choice, pro-equality and pro-doing what the hell you feel like as long as you aren’t hurting anybody.

Following on from her gentle debut single ‘Empty Arms’, Siobhan Lynch is back and she’s packing a punch in the shape of ‘I Defy’, a fiery pop song that challenges traditional gender roles. ‘I Defy’ is a response to a man in a pub who told Lynch that any woman who has a one night stand ‘is a slut’ and ‘deserves everything she gets’. Shocked that anyone could still think like this, Lynch wrote the chorus on her way home from the pub and by the next day, the rest of the song’s mission statement was complete. Produced by Gavin Glass, there’s a sense of well-timed urgency to ‘I Defy’. Using religious imagery and poetic flair, Lynch has penned a song that reflects the conversation that women are having across the world.

The lyrics touch on everything that I feared growing up as a girl and that now –  to some extent – still fear as an adult. Not being good enough, pretty enough, slim enough, clever enough,” she says and in a time that requires strength and that wonderful thing called sense, Baba’s ‘I Defy’ becomes a protest song.

‘I Defy’ was written by Siobhan Lynch and produced by Gavin Glass in Orphan Studios, Dublin 8.  You can pre-order ‘I Defy’ on iTunes and Spotify from May 1st.

The ‘I Defy’ single and video launch will take place on May 10th in The Grand Social.

Laura Elizabeth Hughes Announces Single & EP

Since the release of her debut E.P. in 2014, Laura Elizabeth Hughes has received widespread acclaim, establishing herself as a rising talent among a fresh new group of emerging Irish songwriters. Her unique voice has seen her build a substantial fan base from across the world with her YouTube channel amassing an astonishing 2.5 million views. Over the past four years Laura has focused on honing that craft and getting involved with a number of different writing ventures, which have led to her being held in great esteem among the songwriting fraternity. Most recently, the song ‘Together’, co-written by Laura with fellow Irish musicians Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Mark Caplice was chosen to represent Ireland at the 2018 Eurovision song contest in Lisbon.

Now, after four years away from the stage, Laura is back with a brand new EP of fresh material.

‘Ceremony’ is the latest collection of songs to be unveiled with each song being born from her life’s experiences. The four song E.P. captures a journey from darkness to light and showcases the distinctive vocal and writing talent of a songwriter on the cusp of something very special.

‘The Dark’ is the first single to be taken from ‘Ceremony’ and will be released on 27th April with the full E.P. to follow on 25th May.

May 3rd The Sugar Club, Dublin (Special guest to Justin Nozuka)
May 15th The Ruby Sessions, Doyles, Dublin
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Job Opportunity | Music Education Partnership Support Manager

To support the current and future development of both new and existing Music Education Partnerships, Music Generation is now inviting applications for the role of Music Education Partnership Support Manager.

Established in 2010, Music Generation’s ambition is to transform the lives of children and young people through local access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education.  Music Generation has recently embarked on a new phase of expansion into 9 new areas of the country, building towards nationwide rollout by 2022.

This new role at the Music Generation National Development Office presents an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional who combines strong expertise in music development and management with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, initiative, and determination for results.

For a job description and details of the application process, please contact:

John Deely, Pinpoint

Email: ei.tniopnip@tiurceR / Phone: +353 1 642 5721

Closing Date: 12 noon Friday May 4, 2018

Music Generation is a Music Network initiative, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

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