We note the inaccurate claims publicly made recently in relation to the music licensing process in Ireland and welcome the opportunity to provide this clarification.
The licensing process for copyright music ensures that businesses which benefit from playing music, like any business service, pay for its use.
That payment is important because it ensures that the people who work to create music – composers, songwriters, singers, their publishers and performers – get paid for their work. That is a legitimate ask from anybody who works – to be paid for their effort and product – and it is governed by Irish law.
IMRO has a clear tariff structure in place, which is published on our website
The cost of obtaining an IMRO Dual Music Licence varies from premises to premises. Under law, two distinct permissions are required by businesses in Ireland who play music – one which covers the public performance of the musical work on behalf of composers, songwriters and music publishers and the other which covers the public performance of sound recordings on behalf of record producers and performers. Up to 2015 these licences were administered separately by IMRO and PPI respectively. However, as of January 1st 2016, both distinct licences are included in the Dual Music Licence administered by IMRO.
- IMRO charges have not increased by 500% since the introduction of the Dual Music Licence.
- The Dual Music Licence tariff for cafés and restaurants has only increased by 1.21% over the last four years i.e. since 2016.
- All of our charges are linked to movements in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which can move upwards and downwards.
- A number of years ago, we streamlined the licensing structure with IMRO now also administering the PPI licence (which ensures that record companies receive payment), and this structure has been clearly communicated to those who pay a licence.
- IMRO only takes legal action with non-compliant licensees and commercial users of music as a very last resort and only after every other opportunity for payment has been explored with the respective business using music.
- Copyright is enshrined in international law. IMRO has reciprocal agreements in place with over 80 sister societies throughout the world ensuring that creators rights are protected worldwide when their music is publicly performed by businesses.
We would like to acknowledge that the vast majority of businesses in Ireland who play copyright music in their premises pay for its use. And they value the benefit that music brings to their businesses in terms of attracting consumers, improving the consumer experience, and positively impacting sales.
We note the challenges that come with running a small business – indeed many of our members are SMEs in their own right. Therefore, we would ask that any organisation that is experiencing any difficulty with their payment, or which has any queries, to contact IMRO at 1800 66 10 10 or ei.ormi@tsrifremotsuc
IMRO is a not for profit organisation and the vast majority of licensing revenues generated is returned to music creators. The remainder goes towards our administration costs (which are currently 15%), investing in innovative data and technology to improve our members’ experience, and sponsorship and promotion of local music festivals and events around the country each year. Our accounts are published and available on our website.
At IMRO, we believe music matters. We cherish creativity, protecting and promoting music, not just for the benefit of the music creators, but for the benefit of who we are as a society. We value music not just to sustain it and to grow it, but because music unites us and is fundamental to who we are. We are proud to say that we stand up for music and the people who make it and perform it.
Finally, it is important to note that the Irish music industry contributes over €700 million (€703 million) to the Irish economy annually (latest figures 2015) and supports more than 13,000 jobs (13,130) in Ireland.
Laura Elizabeth Hughes has announced the release of her brand new single ‘In My Defence’. The song marks an uplifting new direction but still holds that distinctive sound and heart that the songwriter has become known for. Produced by Mark Caplice and mixed/mastered by Cian Sweeney of 1000 Beasts, ‘In My Defence’ is released across all streaming platforms on Friday, 29th March.
Last summer, after a four-year hiatus, Laura Elizabeth Hughes re-introduced herself to the world with her E.P., ‘Ceremony’. The record captured a journey from darkness to light and showcased the vocal and writing talent of an artist fast establishing herself as a rising talent among a fresh new group of emerging Irish songwriters.
On the back of this E.P. the remainder of the year saw live appearances at Electric Picnic, Indiependence and the inaugural We’ve Only Just Begun festival, the sharing of a stage with Oscar nominated film director Lenny Abrahamson (Room, Frank, Adam & Paul) and Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars, Brooklyn, About Time) and counting a new fan in Grammy nominated R&B star, Joss Stone. There was also the experience of being part of the song-writing team for Ireland’s Eurovision entry, the first time in five years the country qualified for the live finals.
The New Year has already been one of firsts for the singer as she played her first headline show across the Atlantic in New York City and will follow that next month with another debut when she plays a special intimate show for Sofar Sounds in London.
‘In My Defence’ is released across all streaming platforms on Friday, 29th March.
Friday, 5th April: DUBLIN, Unitarian Church*
Tuesday, 16th April: LONDON, Sofar Sounds
Tuesday, 30th April: DUBLIN, The Ruby Sessions at Doyle’s
*Special guest to Cry Monster Cry
A groundbreaking digital Irish music station PLAYIRISH is set to launch on the 31 March 2019 and will be available globally on the popular Irish Radioplayer platform and mobile app. The new station will see a whole range of exciting Irish artists celebrated, from established musical heroes to up and coming artists – a unique mix of 100% Irish music that will take listeners right to the heart of Irish music.
A must-listen for Irish music fans, each week a whole array of diverse Irish talent from Hozier and Dermot Kennedy to Kojaque and The Gloaming will be selected for specially curated playlists. Over time, PLAYIRISH will also host a raft of original music shows from well known Irish musicians, music industry figures, songwriters and composers, alongside musical content from key events in the Irish musical calendar such as ‘Other Voices’ and ‘Hard Working Class Heroes’.
Founded by some of Ireland’s leading Irish Music Industry and radio professionals – Sinead Troy (IASCA & Yangaroo Music), Peter McPartlin (former CEO of Today FM & TXFM), Liam Thompson (Magic FM Virgin Radio UK, Red FM, Communicorp & iRadio) and Angela Dorgan (First Music Contact & Music From Ireland) – PLAYIRISH is a ‘not for profit’ initiative under the guidance of IASCA (Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors).
Speaking of PLAYIRISH Co-Founder Sinead Troy of IASCA says: ‘Every serious music city or territory has it’s own small but cool radio station that champions new and exciting music, whether it’s BBC6 Music, KEXP in Seattle, or FluxFm in Germany. PLAYIRISH will be ours to champion Irish music at home and internationally’
PLAYIRISH has been joined by a number of brand partners for launch, including eir, Ireland’s largest telecommunications company. Speaking of their involvement, Susan Brady, Managing Director, CSB Marketing, eir, said: “eir has a proud tradition of supporting Irish music over the years. There is a whole new wave of Irish music happening at the moment and we have already got behind bands such as Chasing Abbey and Wild Youth in our recent campaigns. We’re delighted to help make this PLAYIRISH radio initiative possible.”
PLAYIRISH is a massive breakthrough for Irish Music that has been made possible through collaboration between IASCA (The Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers & Authors) the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) and RTÉ.
PLAYIRISH will be dedicated to showcasing the breadth and depth of new Irish music across a wide range of genres and will have real benefits for all of the stakeholders involved across music, radio and the broader arts and culture sector in Ireland. PLAYIRISH will be instantly available on www.playirish.ie and to over half a million people who have already downloaded the Irish Radioplayer app, no matter where they are in the world.
In the highly competitive music world of digital streaming, YouTube, and on-demand music services, radio still holds a critical position in the musical ecosystem, but more support of Irish music is required to sustain and grow Ireland’s unique musical culture PLAYIRISH will offer listeners an alternative, offering the best new and established Irish artists with a focus on supporting new talent while highlighting and supporting Ireland’s vibrant and distinctive indigenous music culture.
PLAYIRISH will launch on Sunday 31 March 2019 and will be available globally on the popular Irish Radioplayer mobile app and via www.playirish.ie.
Photo: Debbie Scanlan
Following the launch of part two of his autobiography, ‘The Voyage’, Johnny Duhan is set to embark on a nation-wide tour based on some of his most intimate songs and stories dealing with family history and married life, related to his new book.
Sylvie Simmons (author of Leonard Cohen’s acclaimed biography, ‘I’m Your Man’) had this to say about part one of Johnny’s autobiography, “When I started to read it, I couldn’t put it down.”
After reading a chapter of ‘The Voyage’, Eoghan Harris wrote: “I read it over a cup of coffee that went cold as I could not stop to sip.”
Johnny’s songs are performed worldwide in a variety of languages thanks to the focus put on them by Christy Moore, The Dubliners, Dolores Keane and hosts of other singers. His song ‘The Voyage’ has become a modern classic. HotPress magazine editor Niall Stokes has predicted that ‘The Voyage’ will be around centuries from now, after most popular songs of our time are long forgotten.
Christy Moore has termed Johnny, “One of our greatest songwriters,” and the late Robnnie Drew described him as, “one of my favourite songwriters”.
As part of his tour, Johnny will play a solo performance in The John Field Room of the National Concert Hall on the 23 April.
Reckless Records is delighted to present the latest offering from Thumper ‘In My Room’, the third single taken from their new EP ‘Out of Body Auto-Message’, due for release early this summer. ‘In My Room’ is out 26th April.
Thumper are Dublin’s most exciting noise-pop sextet, delivering bubblegum psych through a wall of sonic death. With a reputation for raucous and frenzied live shows, and penchant for howling feedback and pounding rhythm, each show is an exercise in unpredictability.
Their new track ‘In My Room’ is a discussion about willing yourself into a reclusive state; telling yourself it’s an act of autonomy when really it’s an act of self-sabotage. It’s a word soup of denial and confession, and a warning letter to a future self about the mania of self-imposed loneliness. This new studio offering attempts to un-catastrophize the mundanity of everyday life, which can be difficult when every talking box or screen would attempt to sway you in the opposite direction.
It’s no wonder Thumper are consistently topping the “Ones To Watch” lists, touring relentlessly – headlining Hard Working Class Heroes, joining Fangclub on a national tour, playing their first UK show at a sold out Shacklewell Arms and playing festivals across Ireland all summer long.
‘In My Room’ builds upon Thumper’s reputation for harnessing costic noise and saccharine hooks, giving you exactly what you hoped for, but sounding like nothing you’ve heard before.
With major radio support across Ireland and the UK and stretching as far as Brazil, these guys are currently riding high on Spotify’s Hot New Bands playlist. This Easter Thumper jump on the band wagon of Bitch Falcon’s Irish mini tour before commencing on a jam-packed, festival filled summer.
April 18th // Lost Lane, Dublin
April 20th // Dysfunction Room, Dundalk
April 21st // Harbour Bar, Bray, Wicklow
May 10th // It Takes A Village, Trabolgan, Cork
June 1st // K Fest, Killorglin, Kerry
22nd June // Sea Sessions, Bundoran, Donegal
23rd June // Body & Soul, Kilrush Upper, Westmeath
After three years of discussion, and despite a massive misinformation campaign orchestrated by tech giants, the European Parliament has just adopted the Copyright Directive.
Anders Lassen, President of GESAC, said: “This is an unprecedented victory for European creators, who will now be able to exercise their rights and receive fair remuneration from platforms such as YouTube. Europe is adopting a balanced regulation that will allow the development of the European digital economy hand-in-hand with the creative sector.”
Véronique Desbrosses, GESAC’s General Manager, added: “We are extremely grateful to the MEPs that have voted for culture and fairness in the digital economy. This was not only a crucial decision for creators and our sector, but also sent a strong message to citizens that tactics of intimidation and manipulation from a handful of giant companies will not be allowed to influence European policy making. Many have contributed to the success of this directive, however the tireless work of MEPs such as Mr Cavada, Ms Trupel, Mr Voss, Ms Berès, Mr Ehler, Ms Rozière, Mr Joulaud and Ms Costa deserves to be singled out for applause.”
GESAC groups 32 of the largest authors’ societies in the European Union, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. They defend and promote the rights of more than 1 million creators and rights holders in the areas of music, audiovisual works, visual arts, and literary and dramatic works.
The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) has today welcomed the result of the European Parliament Vote which has seen the Copyright Directive adopted.
Eleanor McEvoy, Chair of IMRO said, “This is a fantastic result for the music and broader creative sectors, and I would like to thank those MEPs who have been continually supportive of our position during the past three years. Today’s result is the official recognition by European institutions that culture has meaning, that it has value, that it is worth something. I am delighted for our 12,000 members – songwriters and publishers who work hard every day, and who share their output with the world to enjoy. It now means that creators will be paid fairly for their work, and that is absolutely fundamental.”
Victor Finn, CEO of IMRO said, “This is a historic day for Irish music and the broader European cultural sector. We thank those MEPs who have been supportive in recent years, for their determination, even in the face of apparently intense challenge. The next step will be transposition into Irish law, and at IMRO, we look forward to continuing to engage with our political representatives, so many of whom who have been very supportive of Irish music.”
Marty Mone continues to gain momentum, touring New Zealand, supporting Nathan Carter Live at the Marquee in Cork, and adding number of UK Shows to his list of 2019 appearances.
‘Manhattan Morning’ is another self-penned song by singer/songwriter Marty Mone who is known best for his ‘Hit The Diff’ fame.
It has been a busy few months for Marty as he continues to grow his own record label, writing and recording this release, as well as filming the video, which was shot in New York.
Marty has just put his own Tour Truck on the road and will be going back to his roots and driving it himself to upcoming shows across Ireland and UK.
Quote from Marty: “I used to drive for a living and music was my hobby, now it is the other way around, its great I am getting to combine the trucking and the music now into the one role plus I write better when I am on the road driving so who know what will come next.”
Official Site: www.martymonemusic.com
A Lazarus Soul release their fifth album ‘The D They Put Between the R & L’ on May 3rd 2019. The album was recorded between Nice (Band members Joe Chester and Julie Bienvenu’s new home) & Maynooth. ‘No Hope Road’ is the first fruit of those labours.
Brian Brannigan was nicknamed Lazarus by his mother. She was told he wouldn’t survive at birth & when he did, he was diagnosed with a form of Spina bifida. He pulled through major surgery early in life, only to be diagnosed with cancer in his teens. A mixture of good fortune & surgery saved him again. However this trauma had a huge effect on a young mind & songwriting became his coping mechanism, his way of figuring out the world. His songs became those of A Lazarus Soul and Brannigan has gone on to build a reputation as one of Ireland’s finest lyrical commentators.
The first 3 ALS albums, ‘ALSRecord’ (2001), ‘Graveyard of Burnt Out Cars’ (2007),’ Through a Window in the Sunshine Room’ had revolving cast of musicians from other Irish bands including 10 Speed Racer, Mexican Pets, Future Kings of Spain, Sunbear & Rollerskate Skinny. However they all heavily featured the music of & were produced/ arranged by one of Ireland’s finest producers/ musicians, Joe Chester.
After becoming a father, Brannigan all but quit playing live until he was asked (at 2 years olds birthday party) to play a tribute gig to his hero, Mark E Smith. He asked Joe, Julie Bienvenu (Lines Drawing Circles) & Anton Hegarty (Future Kings & ALS stalwart since ‘Graveyard’ days) to accompany him. With only an hour’s rehearsal, something very special happened in Stoneybatter that night, the line-up of ALS solidified.
Together they released ‘Last of the Analogue Age’ in late 2014. It was made album of the week by John Meagher (Newstalk), Alan Jacques (Limerick Live 95) & Dan Hegarty (2FM). It was included in many end of year top ten including the Irish Independent & Newstalk. It was album of the year for Tom Dunne (Newstalk), Alan Jacques (Limerick 95) & Paul Page (Between the Bars blog/ Whipping Boy).
The same year, ALS was invited to play live on RTE Radio 1’s Arena, Other Voices Music Trial & Newstalk’s Pet Sound’s end of year broadcast. They were also invited to play the Abbey Theatre, where they stunned a packed theatre with a rendition of the Midday Class.
They were included in Tom Dunne’s Sunday Times, 100 Irish albums to Love in 2017.
A Lazarus Soul play The Grand Social on 3rd May 2019.
‘I Need To Know’ is the pop-centric new single from Irish pop-singer Tim Chadwick, packing a punch with its addictive chorus and flamboyantly energetic verses.
Influenced by “failed relationships and how they leave you guarded,” Tim unravels his heart on the past relationship to the listener, taking them on the emotional rollercoaster of loving someone that isn’t sure if they feel the same. Tim makes us feel the emotions of “wanting the other person to just scream I love you from the roof tops,” as they are described in the thought provoking chorus, crying out for recognition from the estranged lover.
Tim on ‘I Need To Know’:
“It’s about a low point in my own self-confidence within a relationship. To the point where I knew how I felt about someone, but at the same time I was burdened with the worry that the other person may not feel the same because of how they were acting. I wanted to selfishly write that song where you (unfairly) ask the other person to just scream “I love you” giving you the reassurance that people crave so much.”
Like his last single, ‘Tell Me That’, ‘I Need To Know’ was produced in Dublin by home-grown talent Diffusion Lab (Flynn, DAY_S) and mixed by UK producer Jackson Dimiglio-Wood (Shawn Mendes, Mario)
Tim cut his teeth on Dublin’s singer-songwriter scene, crafting his big-hearted songs at shows across the city for anyone that would listen. Now, with the success of his last EP ‘Early Days’ in 2017 as well as his notable singles, including Irish radio hit ‘Blindfolded’, ‘Belong’ and more recently ‘Tell Me That’, Tim is quickly rising through the ranks to significant success and notoriety among his peers. In late 2018 he verified his position with 10M+ combined streams on Spotify and by supporting the likes of Mabel at her sold out Dublin show as well as a sold out show in London in support of Huntar.
Having debuted his 4-piece band at UK festivals Live At Leeds and The Great Escape, Tim is now focusing on the approaching horizon of summer 2019. He is already confirmed to play Irish festivals Independence and Sea Sessions as well as UK festival Hit The North with further dates to follow.
Tim will be supporting Billy Lockett at his sold out show Dublin show, 15th April at Whelans. More dates to follow for summer 2019.