What We Do
IMRO is a national organisation that administers the performing right in copyright music in Ireland on behalf of its members (songwriters, composers and music publishers) and on behalf of members of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it. Music users such as broadcasters, venues and businesses must pay for their use of copyright music by way of a blanket licence fee. IMRO´s function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works, ie. music used anywhere outside of the domestic environment, through its licensing agreements with music users in line with the Copyright & Related Rights Act, 2000.
As of January 2016, IMRO also acts as agent for Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI), collecting public performance royalties on behalf of record producers and performers.
IMRO is a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG).
IMRO is also prominently involved in the sponsorship and promotion of music in Ireland. Every year it sponsors a large number of song contests, music festivals, seminars, workshops, research projects and showcase performances. IMRO is now synonymous with helping to showcase emerging talent in Ireland.
Lobbying for Intellectual Property Rights
IMRO is keenly aware of the inadequacies in copyright legislation, not only in Ireland but in other countries too. It worked closely with the Irish Government on the drafting of the new Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 which was signed into law by President McAleese in 2000. It also works with the European Commission on intellectual property issues and was instrumental in getting the European Commission to lodge its successful complaint against the US Authorities regarding inadequate copyright protection.
As you can see, IMRO is not just about collecting royalties. It is constantly working to better protect the rights of those whom it represents by promoting awareness about copyright issues, working with government and educating the music-using public.