A founder Director of IMRO, Lappin has been at the forefront of the Irish music publishing business for almost four decades.
In 1983 his clients Clannad won an Ivor Novello Award, often referred to as the Oscars for songwriters, for their “Theme from Harry’s Game” which was the first Irish language song to enter the UK’s top 5 singles chart. In 1985 Clannad won a BAFTA Award for “Robin The Hooded Man”, a song taken from the hit TV series “Robin of Sherwood”, which starred Jason Connery in the title role. The series was picked up by over 130 countries worldwide.
During his 40 years in music publishing Johnny Lappin has published the works of a multitude of writers and artists such as Aslan, Sharon Shannon, Rob Burke, Rodrigo Y Gabriella, Ryan Sheridan, Otherkin, Little Hours and countless others including the multi award winning Andrew ‘Hozier’ Byrne.
He has overseen the publishing careers of Grammy nominated artists such as Celtic Woman as well as Ireland’s folk band of the year The High Kings.
In 2015 Lappin himself picked up an Ivor Novello Award as publisher for Hozier’s worldwide hit “Take Me To Church” and most recently been retained as a consultant for the fast rising band Picture This who are currently making waves in Ireland and internationally.
Johnny Lappin is a Publisher Director on the boards of IMRO and MCPS (Ire) Ltd as well as being a Board member of the Music Publishers Association (MPA) in Ireland.
Lappin also wrote the book “The Need To Know Guide to Music Publishing” to help explain to musicians the practical workings of music publishing within the entertainment industry.