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Pitch Perfect: Write It! STF Workshop 3: Writing about Music for the Public, 18 Oct 2019

‘Writing about music is like dancing about architecture’ is a quip attributed to various individuals from Elvis Costello to Frank Zappa. Whatever its origins, there is no disputing the huge public interest in the work of those who endeavour to talk and write about music.

Reviews, articles, blogs, and podcasts are some of the ways in which writers connect with listeners and readers, fans and scholars. But how do you go about producing that content? What music do you want to write about? How do you convey sonic experiences in print? Which forms of communication will enable you to reach your desired audience?

To help address these questions, Sounding the Feminists has just announced STF Workshop 3! Writing about Music for the Public, a FREE workshop, which takes place at IMRO from 4 – 7pm on Friday, 18 October 2019.

Facilitated by Laura Watson of STF, the workshop features a panel of experts who write, edit and produce content for diverse audiences. Their work spans the spectrum of print media, academia, online media platforms, podcasts, radio, the blogosphere, and more. They are:

Further details:

Who: female, trans, and non-binary writers and musicians of any age, any experience, and any musical genre are welcome to participate in this workshop.

Where: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2. D02 HW59

When: Friday, October 18th 4pm to 7pm

Cost: Free. STF can offer to cover the travel expenses (bus or train return tickets) of artists travelling to the workshop from outside Dublin city centre.

To Confirm Your Participation: To participate, book your place by emailing  by 16 October 2019. Please give a 50-word summary of your musical interests / experience if relevant, and let us know if you require travel expenses

beatvyne’s Music x Tech Experience – Showcasing Artists For 2019 Announced

The IMRO sponsored beatvyne’s Music x Tech Experience has announced its list of Showcasing Artists from across Europe to perform at the 2019 event in Dublin this October 10-12. This curated line-up of the best emerging artists will play on multiple stages at the official Launch Party at the iconic Windmill Lane Recording Studios on October 10, as well as the MxT ‘Hive Stage’ on October 11 and 12 respectively for industry professionals from the entertainment and tech industries, international media and music fans.

The full line of artists from a multitude of genres includes: AikJ · Ailbhe Reddy · Bri · Double Screen · Fallen Lights · FIELDS · Fintan McKahey · Gary O’Neill · happyalone. · JaXson · Lōwli · Máni Orrason · Niall Mc Guigan · Pursued By Dogs · Rachael Lavelle · Reevah · ROE · Rumi · runabay · Sun Mahshene · SYLK · The Ocelots · VINCI · Weiss Video Orchestra

Each year, beatvyne’s Music x Tech Experience also selects a Featured Artist for a closer collaboration, widely featuring their music across different channels and facilitating access to mentorship for creative and entrepreneurial career development. 2019’s Featured Artist is female noir pop duo SYLK.

MxT2019 follows a ‘fan’-centric interdisciplinary approach, bringing together 2500+ global leaders and innovators of the music, tech and multimedia industries as well as connected ecosystems (automotive, health, retail, marketing etc.) to discuss the future of the entertainment industry and encourage interdisciplinary collaborations on the intersection of tech, creative and sustainability.

The Two-Day event will feature hands-on, immersive experiences with talks by the world’s leading companies and disruptors such as Amazon, IBM, Adobe, Sigur Rós, Magic Leap, Warner Music, AEG, The VOID, Lollapalooza Berlin, music performances as well as networking opportunities at intimate roundtable sessions, workshops, and stellar side events across the city.

Immersive showcases include the first ever AI-Artist live performance in Ireland, Extended Reality experiences such as Sigur Rós’ & Magic Leap’s “Tónandi” which just completed a successful run at Venice’s Biennale and many more, and follow in the footsteps of great experiences such as Björk Digital’s “Not Get” VR and Gorillaz’ “Saturnz Barz” VR experience which were on display in 2018.

CEO of the Music x Tech Experience Kenn Davis emphasises the event’s objective: “We live in a rapidly changing world. The Music x Tech Experience is an exciting opportunity for the entertainment and tech industries to keep up to speed on current developments that are redefining and influencing all sectors working with music and sound and to find the next big breakthroughs by getting together with the leading technologists, entrepreneurs and creative professionals and defining the way forward.”

beatvyne’s Music x Tech Experience 2019 will take place October 10-12, 2019. For more information, please visit To register for the event, please visit

MxT2019 is supported by Fáilte Ireland, Windmill Lane Recording Studios, IMRO, Miloco Gear, Music Gateway, Startup Ireland, MusicTech Germany, and International Sound Awards.

IMRO Radio Awards Shortlist Revealed for 2019

It has been another stellar year in radio broadcasting on the island of Ireland and the crème de la crème were today announced on the IMRO Radio Awards 2019 shortlist. A major highlight of the industry year, the Awards, which are sponsored by IMRO and BAI, will take place on Friday 4th October at the Lyrath Estate Hotel Kilkenny. The names of those taking home the trophies will be a closely guarded secret until the night itself.

Prior to the main Awards night, the IMRO Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the BAI offices on Tuesday 24th September. Four new inductees will be awarded the honour and join the list of those who have made significant contributions to radio in Ireland.

Speaking about the significance of the event, Chair of the IMRO Radio Awards committee, Tom McGuire said “The IMRO Radio Awards is an important media milestone as it recognises the excellence of Irish radio; celebrates the contribution of broadcasters to the national conversation and for one night only brings together the nation’s stations.”

Eleanor McEvoy, IMRO Chairperson said “After much deliberation and debate the judges have selected an incredible shortlist of 185 Finalists whose broadcasting output fully embodies the broad spectrum of radio content in Ireland today. Irish audiences’ appetite for quality radio output continues to grow, fuelling outstanding creativity, story-telling and audience engagement from broadcasters throughout the country. And this is abundantly evident from the quality of submissions received this year. We wish all of the shortlisted entrants the very best of luck.”

Michael O’Keefe, Chief Executive of BAI said “The BAI is delighted to support the IMRO Radio Awards 2019, which recognise creativity and excellence in the Irish radio sector and highlight the impressive level of high-quality, culturally relevant radio content available to audiences in Ireland. The IMRO awards are highly regarded and coveted and the BAI congratulates all the shortlisted candidates and wishes them well on the awards night in October.”


Category Station
General Music Programme  
Dermot and Dave Today FM
More Music with Philip Bourke Cork’s Red FM
Muireann O’Connell Show Today FM
The Big Ride Home with Dara Quilty 98FM
The Saturday Soundtrack with Peter Devlin Radio Nova
Specialist Music Programme  
Céilí House RTÉ Radio 1
Music and the Mind: Music and Relaxation RTÉ Lyric FM
The Beat Goes On Today FM
The Paul McLoone Show Today FM
The Tom Dunne Show Newstalk
Breakfast Programme  
Beat Breakfast Beat 102-103
Breakfast with Ray and Jay Cork’s Red FM
Fully Charged with Graham and Nathan Spin 1038
KC and Ross in the morning Cork’s 96FM
The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show Today FM
Music Special/Music Event  
Astral Week’s at 50 BBC Radio Ulster
Marty in the morning, Beatles White Album at 50 RTÉ Lyric FM
Proms in the Park BBC Radio Ulster
Tom’s Trip to Tipp – The Tom Dunne Show Newstalk
The Trip to Tipp Tipp FM
Irish Music Programme or Initiative  
Composer Lab on Blue of the Night RTÉ Lyric FM
Electric Mainline BBC Radio Foyle
Folk Awards RTÉ Radio 1
The Long Road RTÉ 2XM
Urban Hymns RTÉ 2FM
News Story/News Event  
BBC Radio Foyle – Lyra McKee BBC Radio Foyle
National Broadband Plan Newstalk
The Battle of the Boyne – Drogheda’s drugs war LMFM
Thank you Laura Clare FM
The Grand Hotel East Coast FM
When Mistakes Cost Lives Radio Kerry
News Programme – Full Service  
Bloody Sunday: The decisions live BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle
Evening Extra BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle
This Week: Brexit’s Meaningful Vote RTÉ Radio 1
News Programme – Local/Regional  
Downtown and Cool FM news teams Downtown and Cool FM
Extended News Bulletin Cork’s 96FM
Optics, Than Fibre Optics Shannonside
Rooskey under fire Shannonside
The Breakfast Show BBC Radio Foyle
Current Affairs Programme – Full Service  
Between the Lines Newstalk
Newstalk Breakfast Newstalk
Saturday with Cormac – the meaning and values of Irishness RTÉ Radio 1
The Hard Shoulder Newstalk
The Pat Kenny Show Newstalk
Current Affairs Programme – Local/Regional  
Deise Today – Waterford Acid Attack WLR FM
Dublin Talks 98FM
Midlands today with Will Faulkner Midlands 103
Morning Focus Clare FM
The Mark Patterson Show BBC Radio Foyle
Sports Story  
Declan Rice – A Tragedy of Three Acts Newstalk
From Russia with Love Today FM
Meet the determined – Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Games Today FM
Painkillers in Irish Sport Newstalk
“The Players Is The Men” (Derry 1993) RTÉ Radio 1
Sports Programme – Full Service  
Off the Ball – Live Newstalk
Off the Ball Newstalk
Sunday Sport – Stories and Action for over 40 years RTÉ Radio 1
Team 33 Newstalk
The Last Word with Matt Cooper Today FM
Sports Programme – Local/Regional  
Big Red Bench Cork’s Red FM
Carlow Rising KCLR
Now that’s what I call sport 98FM
The Score Cork’s 96FM
Weekend sports breakfast Dublin’s Q102
Documentary on one: in Shame, Love, in Shame RTÉ Radio 1
Lyric feature – In The Wind RTÉ Lyric FM
So much more than baby blues Beat 102-103
Sticking Out BBC Radio Ulster
The Rescue Clare FM
Music Documentary  
Documentary on One: Ireland’s First Superstar RTÉ Radio 1
Documentary on One: Johnny Cash’s Lost Tour of Ireland RTÉ Radio 1
Documentary on One in association with RTÉ Arts and Culture: The summer of Astral weeks RTÉ Radio 1
The Story of the Christmas chart topper 98FM
The Road Well Travelled RTÉ Radio 1
Short Feature  
Cluas Chiarraí Radio Kerry
Every Road Has a Cross to Bear LMFM
Finding your Tingle  – The Francie Boylan Show Ocean FM
Live from the past Radio Kerry
The Birth of Laylah South East Radio
Magazine Programme  
Countrywide RTÉ Radio 1
Moncrieff Newstalk
Plan B with Sarina Bellissimo Spin 1038
The John Toal Show BBC Radio Ulster
Valentines Day Special LMFM
Jetty Stars WLR FM
RTÉ Drama on One: James’s Story by Dave Zane Mairowitz RTÉ Radio 1
RTÉ Drama on One: Northern Lights by Stephen Jones RTÉ Radio 1
The Vampire of Killaspleen Shannonside
Searching for Daddly Dee Newstalk
Specialist Speech Programme  
Children at the Microphone RTÉ Radio 1
Futureproof “Chances” Newstalk
Getting Better, not Bitter Ocean FM
Six Dads RTÉ Radio 1
The Blame Game BBC Radio Ulster
Craoltoireacht le Gaeilge  
An Saol Ó Deas RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
Donall Mac Ruairi Go Domhain San Fharraige RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
Fear Bean nó Idir Eatharthu RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
Iris Anair RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
Litreacha BBC Gaeilge
Tracy Clifford RTÉ 2FM
Interactive Speech Programme  
Liveline: After 82 years, Eileen Macken Finds Her Mother RTÉ Radio 1
Lunchtime Live Newstalk
Phoneshow FM104
The Neil Prendeville Show – A Mansion on the Hill Cork’s Red FM
Community/Social Action  
Dublin Life FM104
Giving for living radiothon Cork’s 96FM
The East Coast FM Wicklow Wide Coffee Morning East Coast FM
The Galway Bay FM Sleepout for Simon Galway Bay FM
Wish Week Classic Hits
On-Air Competitions/Promotions  
Beat the Bomb Spin 1038
Best of Dublin 98FM
Gotta Get It Wrong Spin 1038
Greedy Guts 98FM
The Can – A – Da Challenge Cork’s Red FM
Station Imaging  
Spin 1038  
Today FM  
Entertainment Inserts  
Gift Grub on the Ian Dempsey Show Today FM
Fully Charged with Graham and Nathan Spin 1038
KC and Ross in the Morning Cork’s 96FM
Rise and Smile Galway Bay FM
Strawberry Alarm Clock FM104
Digital & Social Innovation  
Are you Watching on the Radio Ocean FM
Cluas Chiarraí Radio Kerry
Choose your own Breakfast Show 98FM
Gift Grub 2.0 Today FM
The iRadio thief iRadio
Music & Entertainment Presenter of the Year  
Dara Quilty 98FM
Dermot Whelan Today FM
Luke O’Faolain 98FM
Muireann O’Connell Today FM
Ray Foley Cork’s Red FM
Radio DJ of the Year  
David Hammond Beat 102-103
Izzy Bartak-Healey Cork’s Red FM
Killian Pettit Cork’s Red FM
Sharon Lynskey iRadio
Steve K Spin 1038
Specialist Music Broadcaster of the Year  
Ann Marie Kelly Midlands 103
God Knows Jonas Spin South West
Kieran McGuinness Radio Nova
Ralf McLean BBC Radio Ulster
Tom Dunne Newstalk
News Broadcaster of the Year  
Andrew Lowth Spin 1038
Elaine McGee BBC Radio Foyle
Gavin McLoughlin Newstalk
Karen Patterson BBC Radio Ulster
Susan Keogh Newstalk
News Reporter of the Year  
Aideen Finnegan Newstalk
Brian O’Connell RTÉ Radio 1
Declan Harvey BBC Radio Ulster
Frank Greaney Newstalk
Henry McKean Newstalk
Sports Broadcaster of the Year – Full Service  
Damien O’Meara RTÉ Radio 1
Darren Frehill RTÉ Radio 1
Joe Molloy Newstalk
Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh Newstalk
Nathan Murphy Newstalk
Sports Broadcaster of the Year – Local/Regional  
Daniel Pitcher Dublin’s Q102
Debbie Ridgard Beat 102-103
Eric White BBC Radio Foyle
Sean McCaffrey Shannonside
Tom Moynihan Radio Kerry
Speech Broadcaster of the Year – Full Service  
Ciara Kelly Newstalk
Ivan Yates Newstalk
Sean Moncrieff Newstalk
Sean O’Rourke RTÉ Radio 1
Stephen Nolan BBC Radio Ulster
Speech Broadcaster of the Year – Local/Regional  
Jerry O’Sullivan Radio Kerry
Mark Patterson BBC Radio Foyle
Neil Prendeville Cork’s Red FM
Niall Delaney Ocean FM
Sarina Bellissimo Spin 1038
Newcomer of the Year Award  
Brian McEvoy iRadio
Declan Wilson Q Radio
Jillian Godsil East Coast FM
Kayte O’Malley Spin South West
Sinead Brassil LMFM
Radio Moment of the Year  
Bosco v Dustin iRadio
Gerry Ryan Show 2FM 40 Special RTÉ 2FM
Maria Bailey Interview RTÉ Radio 1
The Neil Prendeville Show – ‘A Bubble of Brilliant-ness’ Cork’s Red FM  
The priest who anointed Lyra McKee speaks hours after the murder BBC Radio Foyle


ICE reaches €1 billion online royalties distributed to rightsholders

ICE, the world’s first integrated copyright hub, today announced it has passed the €1bn mark for digital royalties distributed to its society and publisher customers on behalf of creators. In June 2019 IMRO announced that it had become a direct customer of ICE’s Core Licence. Under the terms of this agreement, ICE provides IMRO with a full suite of licensing and administration services for online usage of its members repertoire.

ICE continues to lead the way in licensing the wide range of digital platforms benefiting from the use of music and ensuring royalties are flowed back to creators accurately and efficiently.

ICE’s first distribution was in March 2016 and the €1bn mark was reached in just 3½ years, driven by its own Core licence expansion and the processing services it provides to Sony/ATV, BMG and Warner Chappell Music.

Simultaneously, ICE continues to improve its service through ongoing process development and investment in technology. It actively promotes industry best practices on topics such as clean claiming through its participation in industry fora; and tackles problem areas such as residuals and fake streaming.

“Whilst this milestone represents a landmark for the industry in this digital era, we’re focused on continually improving the services we offer,” said Thorsten Sauer, CEO at ICE. “We are working to increase transparency and achieve even greater efficiency in getting money paid quickly and accurately to rightsholders.”

“The ICE hub provides our members with the best return for the use of their work internationally,” said Karsten Dyhrberg Nielsen, CEO at STIM. “The revenue from licences negotiated by ICE continues to grow and their scale and expertise means royalties are efficiently processed despite ever increasing data volumes.”

Kaspar Kunisch, MD at ARESA also commented “The effectiveness and efficiency achieved by ICE in this day & age is great news for rightsholders, and to reach such a milestone in such a short time is an endorsement of their collaborative approach. Combined with the upcoming initiatives we’re excited by the future.”

About ICE

ICE offers a flexible suite of services for Publishers, Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) and Rightsholders. Services include; copyright administration, multi-territorial online licensing processing and Digital Service Provider (DSP) licensing solutions. ICE was created by PRS, STIM and GEMA and represents over 290,000 rightsholders alone through this partnership. ICE has processed trillions of online music uses from music streaming services and paid over €1 billion back to rightsholders since March 2016. The ICE copyright database holds over 36 million musical works. ICE is based in the UK, Germany and Sweden.

We’re Hiring | Distribution Assistant Vacancy

Job Title: Distribution Assistant
Salary: On Request
Terms: 1 Year Fixed Term Contract

Please send a CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the criteria for the role to
Deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Wednesday 4th September.

Job Description
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.

IMRO’s Distribution Team is responsible for the efficient distribution of royalties, overseeing repertoire and providing excellent member services including the resolution of any member queries which may arise.

We are currently recruiting for a full time Distribution Assistant to join our Distribution Team. The successful candidate will contribute to the provision of an efficient distribution and membership service by carrying out a variety of clerical/administrative duties with a strong emphasis on data entry, data manipulation and data processing.

This is an entry level role and ideal for someone looking to develop a career in the business aspects of the music industry.

The candidate will be required to have strong communication skills, be results driven and able to work as part of a team, in a fast-paced environment.

Main Responsibilities

  • Work as part of a team of 5 Distribution Assistants, with support from Distribution Officers & Distribution Manager.
  • Entering data into electronic form (e.g. work registrations, gig lists, set lists etc.).
  • Matching music titles against repertoire databases.
  • Matching data from live music performances to repertoire.
  • Investigating member queries.


  • Must have previous experience in an administration or similar role.
  • Must have good keyboard skills, strong organisational skills and possess keen attention to detail.
  • Must have good knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • A good general knowledge of music would be desirable.

IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest 2019 Announced

Entries are now open for the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition 2019 which takes place in memory of one of Tralee’s most famous sons. Songwriters are invited to submit an audio link for their entry by email to  before the deadline of Friday 20th September 2019 (NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL AUDIO FILE ATTACHMENTS).

Ten finalists will be selected to perform their song at the live final of the contest on Saturday 2nd November in The Ashe Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry, with the winning songwriter being presented with a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO and Tralee Credit Union. A runner up prize of €300 will also be presented on the night.

A Tralee native, Christie Hennessy began his music career at a young age when he moved to London, playing in clubs by night and working on building sites during the day. He started writing songs at the age of 23 and went on to release numerous platinum selling albums.

Christie’s songs were later recorded by artists such as Christy Moore (“Don’t Forget Your Shovel”), Frances Black (“All The Lies That You Told Me”), Moya Brennan (“Oh Jealous Heart”) and Nizlopi, who reached Christmas Number 1 in UK and Ireland in 2005 with their hit “JCB Song”, sampling Christie’s lyrics from “Don’t Forget Your Shovel”.

The deadline for entries is Friday 20th September 2019



1. The lyrics and music must be the original work of the songwriter(s).
2. The competition is open to all types of song, in any style – ballad, country, pop, rock etc.
3. Songs may be entered in either the English or Irish language.
4. The competition is open to national and international songwriters.
5. Songwriters may only enter one song for consideration.
6. Entries will not be returned – all songwriters should retain a copy of their song submission.
7. Entries can be submitted via an online link to your song to  (NOTE: Please do not email audio file attachments) or on a CD by post to the address below. All entries must be accompanied by a copy of the lyrics; typed or clearly written.
8. Finalists will be notified by Friday 11th October 2019.
9. The provisional adjudication will be on the basis of the tracks submitted, from which 10 finalists will be chosen.
10. Each of the 10 finalists will be invited to take part in a live concert in Tralee on Saturday 2nd November 2019. Backing tracks are not permitted for this performance.
11. Each songwriter will be responsible for providing the singer and/or group for his/her entry in the final at his/her own expense.
12. A first prize of €1,000 will be presented to the winning songwriter on the night of the final. A runner-up prize of €300 will be presented to the second placed finalist.
13. Final adjudication will be on the night of the final. Decisions of the adjudication panel will be final.
14. Entry for the contest implies acceptance of all the rules.
15. Postal entries should be sent to:

IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest 2019
C/o Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
D02 HW59

IMRO | The Mechanics of Music Management | Seminar Series

‘Mechanics of Music Management’ seminar series in association with the Music Managers Forum (MMF) and delivered by Chris Cooke from CMU Insights will explore best practice and current trends in artist management.

Together these sessions will provide a comprehensive guide to artist revenue streams and business models, record deals, fanbase building and direct-to-fan relationships, and explain where the manager fits in with each of these strands of the business.

These seminars will be of interest to those starting out in artist management, artists who self-manage their careers and also for more experienced managers looking to gain a fresh insight into new trends and management strategies.


Date: Wednesday 25th September 2019
Time: 11am – 5.30pm
Location: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2
Bookings: FREE Event | Booking Essential | Email:


This full day course looks at how artists build a business around their music, and the manager’s role in making that happen. Along the way it covers music revenues, artist companies, business partners, management deals and fan data. Chris Cooke from CMU Insights leads the proceedings with a series of presentations – including insights from the MMF’s ground-breaking ‘Digital Dollar’ work. Plus hear from guests working in management, marketing and deal-making. 

Music Revenues
How do artists make money out of their music and what business partners do they work with to unlock each revenue stream? We put the spotlight on the intellectual property, live performance and fan relationship strands of the music business.

The Artist/Manager Relationship
What role does the manager play in each artist business and how does this impact on the artist/manager deal? We look at how the artist/manager relationship can vary, over time, and depending on who the artist is and the kind of business they are evolving.

Companies & Money
How does an artist go about structuring their business and managing their money? What questions need to be answered and what formalities need to be completed to ensure everything is agreed, legal and secure? Plus how does the manager facilitate this process?

Building A Fanbase
At the heart of every artist’s business is their fanbase. How can artists formally connect with and start to understand the core fanbase, and how does that process drive the business?

Fan Data
As the artist’s business grows, they will start to gather valuable data about their fanbase. Or at least, the platforms and partners they work with will! How can artists ensure that they have access to that data – and how can they legally utilise it to grow their business.


Date: Friday 25th October 2019
Time: 11am – 5.30pm
Location: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2.
Bookings: FREE Event | Booking Essential | Email:


This full day course looks at how artists make money out of their songwriting and recordings, and puts the spotlight on the streaming revolution. It also looks at how digital channels provide other opportunities for artists beyond the streams. Chris Cooke from CMU Insights leads the proceedings with a series of presentations – including insights from the MMF’s ground-breaking ‘Digital Dollar’ work. Plus hear from guests working in management, music rights and streaming.

How Music Rights Make Money
How can artists generate income through their songwriting and recordings? We provide a speedy guide to music rights, and explain what artists need to do to ensure they get paid whenever their music is copied, streamed, performed and played. Plus what should managers be doing to ensure their clients’ rights are properly logged and monetised?

The Digital Music Market
Streaming now accounts for nearly half of all recorded music revenues worldwide. We provide an overview of the digital music market today, and explain how artists and songwriters get paid when their music is streamed. Plus what are the key issues with the current streaming business model, and how can artists and managers get things changed?

The Role of The Label
Artists still need specialist business partners to help them get their music streaming. Labels do that of course. But so do distributors and label services companies. We look at the role labels play in building an artist’s business today, and at the different label and distribution deals that artists and their managers can now choose from.

Building A Direct-To-Fan Business
Beyond the streams, the biggest revolution in music caused by the rise of digital is the online direct-to-fan relationship. How can artists and their managers utilise all the fan data and D2F channels to truly capitalise on that fan connection?

About Chris Cooke
Chris Cooke is co-Founder and MD of CMU, a company that helps people navigate and understand the music business. It does this through media like the CMU Daily bulletin, Setlist podcast and CMU Trends library; consultancy units CMU Insights and CMU Pathways; and future talent programme CMU:DIY. He also programmes core conference strands at The Great Escape showcase festival and wrote the book ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’. CMU is part of Chris’s business 3CM UnLimited, through which he also publishes cultural media ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks at the Edinburgh Festival; and teaches for PR training charity the Taylor Bennett Foundation.

About the Music Managers Forum (MMF)
The MMF is the world’s largest professional community of music managers. Since its inception in 1992, the MMF has worked hard to educate, inform and represent its members as well as offering a network through which managers can share experiences, opportunities and information.

Its core purpose is to:

  • Educate: To support managers’ continuous professional development within an evolving music industry.
  • Innovate: To create and highlight opportunities to develop and grow artist businesses.
  • Advocate: To provide a collective voice and leadership to affect change for a transparent and fairer music industry for artists and their fans.

Pioneering international gender balance initiative Keychange receives over €1.4m from the EU Commission

The IMRO sponsored pioneering international gender balance initiative, Keychange, has received funding of €1.4million from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, which will ensure Keychange continues to accelerate change and create a better, more inclusive music industry for present and future generations.

The new programme will span September 2019 to September 2023. More details of the second phase of the programme will be unveiled at Reeperbahn Festival 2019, which takes place Wednesday 18th September – Saturday 21st in Hamburg, Germany. Keychange ambassadors Kate Nash and Joy Denalane, as well as Barbara Gessler (European Commission), Alexander Schulz (Keychange co-founder and CEO of Reeperbahn Festival) will present details of “Keychange 2.0“ on Thursday 19th September at 11.00 am. 

The initiative founded by PRS Foundation has expanded with like-minded European partners and sponsors who believe that the future of music will benefit from a more balanced representation of all genders across all aspects of the industry. Reeperbahn Festival will lead the second phase of Keychange, working closely alongside PRS Foundation (UK), Musikcentrum Öst (Sweden), Iceland Airwaves (Iceland), Tallinn Music Week / Shiftworks (Estonia) and BIME Festival (Spain). The new partners are Ireland Music Week (Ireland), Oslo World Festival (Norway), Linecheck Festival / Innovation Hub (Italy), and SACEM (France). Key sponsors include – Gorwelion Horizons, SOCAN, Soundcloud, STIM, STEF, IMRO, GEMA, Songtrust, Fundacion SGAE, Factor, British Council, Ableton, Smirnoff Equalizer, and Roskilde.

Originally set up as a talent development programme for 60 artists and innovators, Keychange has quickly become a global movement for festivals which want to demonstrate their commitment to achieving a better gender balance across their stages for the next generation of artists and fans. 

Since launching in September 2017, over 250+ music organisations from all over the world  have signed the Keychange pledge towards achieving a 50/50 gender split across line-ups, conferences and commissions by 2022. In  November 2018 the initiative undertook a landmark step towards achieving its goal of encouraging a gender-balanced music industry worldwide. In collaboration with key festival partners, Keychange presented a manifesto for change at the European Parliament in Brussels, with the aim of increasing and sustaining representation of marginalised genders in the music industry.

Earlier this year Keychange extended the initial 50/50 festival pledge to include conservatoires, orchestras, broadcasters, concert halls, agents, labels and any music organisations to encourage a better gender balance in the music industry. Over 60 leading music industry organisations have signed the extended pledge so far, including: Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Southbank Centre, Bella Union and the Barbican as well as German based record label Ferryhouse Productions and radio station ByteFM. Spanning over three years, the second phase of the programme will see Keychange empower a new network of women, trans and non-binary artists and innovators to showcase and collaborate across the music industry, in the UK, Europe and North America.

Keychange stimulates talent development, exchange and innovation by creating new international opportunities for performance, creative collaboration and capacity building amongst women, trans and non-binary musicians and innovative industry professionals who are pushing the boundaries of their practice.  The aim is to lead inclusive debate and action which promotes the role of underrepresented genders in music and the potential creative and economic contribution they could be making to Europe’s music industry.

Having recently spoken out about her previous experiences of the music industry, Kate Nash says: “Pop culture feels so far ahead but the reality of how a lot of people live every day is way behind that. So, it does make sense, that we are dealing with these problems because the archaic structures are so hard to knock down and it changes so much of the way the world is run, so it is like a slow burn really. It is like in the movie “Shawshank Redemption” when he like scratches his way out of that prison and it takes years, because it is just scratch by scratch. I think I would like to be one of the scratches, so eventually someone will burst into the tunnel. But at the moment it’s about being a scratch. Because without each of those scratches we will never get there!”

Christina Schäfers, Head of Reeperbahn Festival‘s programmes in arts, word and film, has recently been appointed Project Lead for Keychange. Having worked on the initiative from the beginning, Christina will now take the lead at a superior level for the mandate of the European Commission, as well as work across tasks and topics that go beyond the EU funded activities. 

Christina Schäfers, Head of Reeperbahn Festival Arts Programme says: “The transformative power of Keychange is visible and increasing: Talented, smart and extremely well connected people and organizations join forces for the shared idea, that diversity is culturally enriching and economically more successful. Within the next four years we’ll focus on concrete aims and measures to keep on creating a better, more inclusive music industry. Since culture has always been a source of inspiration for necessary change, we look forward to inspiring and be part of the future of our society.”

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Fontaine’s D.C. Nominated for Mercury Prize

Dublin band Fontaine’s D.C. have just been nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize. Their debut album ‘Dogrel’ was selected as one of the top twelve albums released by UK and Irish artists between 21 July 2018 and 19 July 2019. The prize will be awarded in a live ceremony in London on 19 September and broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music.

Fontaines D.C. released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Dogrel’ (#9 in the UK album chart) back in April.

The band have toured extensively over the last year supporting IDLES on a sold-out 30 date US tour and Shame on their last UK tour as well as selling out every date their own EU and UK headline tours in December 2018, January 2019 and April 2019. They also have further North American dates lined up for September with Pottery before returning to tour the EU and UK across November and December later this year, including two sold out dates in Dublin’s Vicar Street.

Whilst on tour in the US the band played in session on the legendary The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and also performed in session a second time for long-time supporters KEXP.

Having sold out most of their forthcoming November UK tour dates as far as 6-months in advance, the band have also begun to line-up tour dates for 2020 with two of their highest capacity shows so far announced for January already. The band will also play a vast array of festivals across spring/summer 2019 which included their first Glastonbury appearance as well as All Together Now, Citadel, End Of The Road, Truck Festival, Y Not Festival, Dour Festival, Oya Festival and many more. Full list of dates below.

Over the last year, Fontaines D.C. have released six critically acclaimed singles, all of which garnered considerable support both from radio, with the band A-listed at BBC Radio 6 Music for their last single ‘Boys In The Better Land’, and from a vast range of international press, with the band featuring in a number of end of year lists as well as receiving high praise for their debut album from the likes of: Pitchfork, The Guardian, The Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Q, NME, The FADER, Time Out, DIY, The Line of Best Fit, Loud & Quiet, MOJO, Q, Dork, Clash, Gigwise, So Young, Stereogum, Paste and many more.

Fontaines D.C.’s critically debut album ‘Dogrel’ is out now via Partisan Records.

IMRO Partners With ‘Music From Ireland’ Initiative to Promote Irish Musicians Internationally

IMRO is pleased to announce a new partnership with Music From Ireland, an initiative of First Music Contact and Culture Ireland, which funds and presents music showcases and networking opportunities for Irish musicians at key international music conferences annually.

Music From Ireland assists Irish artists selected to perform at a range of major global events such as SXSW (Austin, Texas), The Great Escape (Brighton, UK), Primavera Pro (Barcelona, Spain), Eurosonic (Groningen, Netherlands), Iceland Airwaves and more. Through the initiative, musicians are provided with on-the-ground support in the lead-up to and during events including: showcase gigs, financial and production assistance to develop promotional campaigns and travel subsidies.

Chair of IMRO, singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy said, “Vibrant, innovative and internationally-respected music initiatives are a key component of the strategy to promote Irish music on the global stage and to boost music export revenues for music creators. Music From Ireland provides a vital platform for Irish music creators, helping them to capitalise on a host of export and cultural opportunities in the international marketplace. IMRO is delighted to play its part in assisting leading musical talent from Ireland realise their creative and career goals internationally.”

Angela Dorgan, Director of First Music Contact added “The Music From Ireland brand is now synonymous with global success as a result of the investment, time and great talent from Ireland over the past 14 years, with artists such as Hozier, Villagers, Picture This, Soak, Dermot Kennedy, Gavin James, Saint Sister, and most recently Fontaines D.C. among the hundreds of artists supported though the initiative. With Culture Ireland funding we have been able to grow the global footprint of Irish music for over a decade. With this new investment from IMRO, we will take our place among the strongest markets and grow new markets for our emerging creative talent.”

Music from Ireland is an initiative of First Music Contact, funded by Culture Ireland and supported by IMRO.

About First Music Contact

First Music Contact is an independent information and advice organisation for grass roots and emerging artists and the independent music sector in Ireland, funded by the Arts Council. FMC is credited with raising the profile of the popular (rock, alternative, electronic and singer songwriters) music sector and the industry at local, national and international level.  FMC also runs Ireland Music Week (formally Hard Working Class Heroes Festival) and Breaking Tunes, an online music portal for Irish bands and artists. FMC also run the Irish Music export initiative Music From Ireland and the annual Woodquay Summer Sessions. FMC helped launch AIM Irleand in 2019 Strategic partners include The Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, international music development organisations, and many record and publishing companies, both national and international.

About Culture Ireland

Culture Ireland – a division of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht – creates and supports opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present their work at international festivals, venues, showcases and arts markets including the Edinburgh Festivals, Celtic Connections (Glasgow), the Venice Art and Architecture Biennales, WOMEX World Music Expo, Frankfurt Book Fair (in partnership with Literature Ireland), Tanzmesse and Classical: NEXT.

Culture Ireland runs a regular funding scheme to support the international presentation of work by Irish artists and companies. Applications are accepted from both participating artists and from international presenters. Culture Ireland also operates See Here, a scheme to support the inward travel to Ireland of international presenters, curators and promoters to see new Irish work available for touring.

In 2018, Culture Ireland supported Irish artists to present their work in 55 countries, reaching a live audience of 5.5million.

Full details of Culture Ireland’s grant schemes as well as information on funding decisions are available at:

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