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Villagers’ Conor O’Brien Wins Ivor Novello Songwriting Award

Congratulations to Conor O’Brien who has won best album at the 2016 Ivor Novello Awards for Villagers’ Darling Arithmetic. The album was chosen over In Colour by Jamie XX and Matador by Gaz Coombes. Darling Arithmetic was released in early 2015 to wide critical and public acclaim.

Conor O’Brien previously won the ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ Ivor Novello Award in 2011, for his track ‘Becoming A Jackal’ taken from the debut album of the same name.

Previously nominated twice for the Mercury Music Prize and winner of Ireland’s Choice Music Prize, O’Brien is currently working on his fourth album.

Snow Patrol members Gary Lightbody and Jonny McDaid were also nominated for their songwriting work on Ed Sheeran’s song Bloodstream.

The Ivor Novellos are the most prestigious Awards for songwriting in the UK and Ireland.

Extra Belsonic Shows In August Have Been Added Due To Phenomenal Demand

Due to overwhelming ticket demand for the June events at Titanic Belfast, 5 new shows in August have been added in to the Belsonic 2016 line-up! MADNESS, NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS & CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN, DISCLOSURE [Live], FATBOY SLIM and THE CORRS will all appear at this new & expanded lineup at Titanic Belfast. They join The Chemical Brothers, Ellie Goulding, David Guetta, Faithless, Foals, Tiesto, Biffy Clyro, Stereophonics, Bring Me The Horizon, Olivers Heldens, The Coronas, Walking On Cars & Robin Schulz, who are set to perform in June.

This makes Belsonic 2016 the biggest edition yet, and Northern Ireland’s largest ever outdoor music event!

Tickets for the August events at Belsonic 2016 go on-sale Friday 29th April at 9am from Ticketmaster Outlets. Remaining tickets for the June events at Belsonic 2016 are on-sale now from Ticketmaster Outlets.

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets in recent years, BELSONIC is relocating to a brand new bigger location at the iconic Titanic Belfast building, and boasting it’s most ambitious line up to date. The popular music festival now hosts line-ups in both June and August, bringing a host of international headline acts to the heart of Belfast city centre for the 9th year running.

Belsonic August 2016 Lineup –

Thursday 18th August 2016 – The Corrs & Support

Saturday 20th August 2016 – Madness & Support

Tuesday 23rd August 2016 – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds + Catfish & The Bottlemen & Pleasure Beach

Wednesday 24th August 2016 – Disclosure [Live] + Kano & SG Lewis

Saturday 27th August 2016 – Fatboy Slim & Support

The new event location, in the grounds of the Titanic Belfast building, replaces Custom House Square – the historic location of Belsonic. The new, larger site provides ample space for bigger and better food & beverage facilities, improved VIP area, enhanced staging, sound & lighting, and a vast open air space in which to enjoy your favourite artists!

You can follow Belsonic on Facebook, Twitter and the Belsonic website.

Midem to receive honourary 2016 ICMP Ralph Peer II Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Music Publishing

Premier international music event celebrating its 50th edition

The International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) has today revealed that leading music trade fair Midem is the special honouree of the 2016 ICMP Ralph Peer II Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Music Publishing – the unique and prestigious prize in the international music publishing field.

The Award, initiated by ICMP in 2013, and named after its first honouree Ralph Peer II, recognises visionaries in the field of music publishing, whose roles have helped develop, protect and value the music of composers and authors around the world. The ceremony will take place on 4 June during the Midem International Awards.

Advancing music publishing for 50 years

The ICMP Board unanimously nominated Midem to receive this special honourary Award as a result of its 50 years of building a unique deal-making platform that has continually united and promoted all players – both big and small – from across the music ecosystem.

Despite significant changes in the music sector, the annual event remains the place where music publishing executives can literally take a musical trip around the world, refresh existing publishing contacts and create new ones.

The personal interaction with international colleagues is unrivalled and has resulted in a multitude of publishing deals that have benefited music publishers, DJs, producers, artists, songwriters and consumers across the globe.

Crucially, Midem has been a catalyst for monetising copyrights across the world, by providing a forum for sub-publishers to meet and do business.

Up close and personal

“On behalf of ICMP, I would like to congratulate the Midem organisation on winning this Award,” said ICMP Chair Andrew Jenkins.  “Midem’s international focus is what makes it so special. For all of us, Midem is a wonderful opportunity to meet face-to-face with our business partners from around the world, to explore and conclude new business opportunities, and to discuss the pressing industry issues of the day. In this respect Midem is unique, and this sharing of ideas is vital to ICMP as it enables us, as the global voice of music publishing, to react appropriately on behalf of our members,” he added.

“It’s never been more important for the relationships within the music business community to be global. For 50 years, Midem has played a crucial role by creating a space where music publishing leaders can come together from around the world to connect, share ideas and build relationships that advance our community as a whole. The Board of ICMP is proud to honour Midem on its 50th anniversary with this award in recognition of all that it does for music creators,” said Ralph Peer II, Chair and CEO of peermusic and an ICMP Board Member.

“As Midem celebrates its 50th anniversary this award is particularly special. Creating an international market for music publishers was the initial raison-d’être for launching Midem and publishers remain at the heart of the event,” commented Jérôme Delhaye, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Entertainment Division. “As we begin the next 50 years of the Midem adventure we are proud to be launching the first Copyright Summit to address upcoming reforms in the US and Europe, fair remuneration and new business models – all of which are critical to the music publishing community,” concluded Delhaye.

Several thousand music makers, cutting-edge technology experts, brand specialists and talent from 75 countries are expected to attend this year’s event, which is taking place from 3 to 6 June.


About the Award

The ICMP Ralph Peer II Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Music Publishing was launched in 2013 to honour individuals or partnerships that have made a sustained and outstanding contribution to international music publishing. The inaugural award honouree was Ralph Peer II, CEO of peermusic and founder member of ICMP. Last year, music publishing icon Irwin Z. Robinson collected the Award at a gala dinner held during Midem.

About ICMP

ICMP is the world trade association representing the interests of the music publishing community internationally.  The constituent members of ICMP are music publishers’ associations from Europe, Middle East, North and South America, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Included are the leading independent multinational and international companies, and regional and national music publishers, mainly SMEs, throughout the world. As the voice and point of reference of music publishers, and the community of composers and songwriters they represent, ICMP’s mission is to increase copyright protection internationally, encourage a better environment for business and act as an industry forum for consolidating global positions.

IFPI’s Global Music Report 2016 Premium Section | Available Now

IFPI’s essential in-depth statistical guide to the global music business is now available following publication of the complete two-section
IFPI Global Music Report 2016.

The complete report includes the 86 page ‘Data and Analysis’ section, formerly called ‘Recording Industry in Numbers’ (RIN), containing comprehensive data for nearly 50 territories and in-depth analysis by format and sector.

The full report, containing both the ‘State of the Industry’ overview and this newly-released ‘Data and Analysis’ section is available to purchase now.

Key highlights of the 2016 full report include:

Revenue streams. Detailed analysis of the industry’s diverse and evolving revenue streams, as digital becomes the primary revenue stream for recorded music, overtaking sales of physical formats for the first time. Contains an overview of the top contributors to global streaming growth and a breakdown of global digital revenues for 2015.

  • Market trends. Comprehensive data on global, regional and national music market trends, focusing both on 2015 and past years. Total industry revenues grew 3.2 per cent to US$ 15.0 billion, leading to the industry’s first significant year-on-year growth in nearly two decades.
  • National markets – national data for 49 territories including:
    • Data splits for physical, digital, performance rights and synchronisation for 2011-2015;
    • Detailed breakdown of revenues within the digital segment for 2011-2015;
    • Economic and digital indicators
  • Regional markets. Detailed summaries of market performance in regional markets. Latin America was, for the fifth consecutive year, the region with the highest level of growth in recorded music revenues (+11.8 per cent) with digital revenues rising by 44.5 per cent, more than four times the national average.
  • Focus on physical formats. The ‘Data and Analysis’ section looks at the performance of the physical market in different territories around the world, including vinyl’s continued growth and historic volume data for global physical formats 1973-2015.
  • Global charts. In addition to the top 10 albums and digital singles published in the ‘State of the Industry’ section of the report, the premium ‘Data and Analysis’ section includes a more complete listing of the top titles of 2015 with the full top 50 global albums chart and the top 20 global digital singles chart.

Adrian Strain, Director of Communications for IFPI, says: “The Global Music Report is the must-have publication for anyone needing to understand the state of today’s global music business. It provides unrivalled and comprehensive data and information and is the authoritative reference book for the industry globally.”

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Be Part of IMROs What’s Your Soundtrack Campaign

We want to know the pop that makes your customers shop or the rock that keeps your business rolling!

We want you to be an ambassador for our new ‘What’s Your Soundtrack? print, online and radio advertising campaign. Why? Because, by being an IMRO licence-holder, you’ve already demonstrated your support for music creators. So we thought we’d offer the chance for your business to reach a new nationwide audience.

If you’d like to take part, just tell us what the soundtrack to your business is – a list of three songs by Irish or international artists that enhance your workplace for customers or employees.

Send your soundtrack and contact details to and we’ll get in touch with you.

Or visit to tell us your soundtrack and to learn more about IMRO’s What’s Your Soundtrack? campaign. us

IMRO calls for political focus on the role of music to Ireland’s economy and society

The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) has today called on political parties and candidates campaigning in General Election 2016 to focus on the future of Irish music as they shape their policies and engage with the electorate. This follows the publication by IMRO, of a report last year entitled The Socio-Economic Contribution of Music to the Irish Economy and Society which demonstrates that the music sector in Ireland supports 11,500 jobs and contributes almost half a billion euro to the economy annually.

Victor Finn, Chief Executive Officer, IMRO said, “If Ireland’s music sector is to be protected, sustained and developed, the right policy environment must be created – a focus on training, education, copyright, access to export markets and finance is required to help ensure a viable music industry into the future.

We have seen very little focus on the future of Irish music by parties and candidates in the General Election campaign to date. This is despite music being a sector that supports thousands of jobs, delivers hundreds of millions of euro to the economy and attracts thousands of tourists to Ireland annually. It is a crucial part of our national identity and must be prioritised.

Being a musician is a real career and musicians are entrepreneurs who require support just like any other SMEs.  By supporting these entrepreneurs, there’s a huge opportunity not just for Ireland’s economy, but also socially, helping to create and maintain jobs nationwide and ensure that our towns and villages can be revived as vibrant cultural hubs.”

He continued, “At IMRO, we acknowledge that there has been some focus by Government to date on the future of music through Culture 2025 and programmes such as Music Generation.

However, a piecemeal approach will not work. What is now needed is one clear, consolidated, cross- Departmental music strategy that is coordinated, focused, measurable and cost-efficient. We have seen with the Oscars and Baftas recently, how successful Irish film has been and this is as a result of real support and development.

There is a similar opportunity for Irish music, and all that’s required is real political will and coordinated action.”

IMRO is calling for a number of simple measures, which, if implemented, could finally see the music sector in Ireland develop to its full potential:

  • The establishment of a Music Industry Taskforce, with representatives from Government, the business community and industry to help reinvigorate the sector and encourage collaboration;
  • Appointing an IP ‘Tsar’ to consider the impact of IP and copyright legislation and enforcement in both the music and technology industries;
  • The development of advanced training courses for music professionals to focus on ‘business of music’ education, particularly for early career musicians;
  • Establishing a Music Office – Music Ireland – to act as a focal point for the music industry, similar to the Irish Film Board. This office would provide assistance to individuals in the music sector and those looking to enter new overseas markets;
  • Greater support for musicians, many of whom are self-employed, in accessing finance and ensuring that fiscal supports are effective and appropriately structured.

The Irish Music Rights Organisation represents over 10,500 songwriters, composers and music publishers in Ireland and throughout the world.

Guest List Offer | IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards

IMRO Music Festival of the Year Award 2015
IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music 2015
Best Venue / Festival Technical Crew 2015

We have a limited number of guest list places available for this event.

Simply email: with your name(s).

Date: Tuesday 16th February
Venue: IMRO – Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2
Time: 6.30pm – 9:30pm
MC: Paddy McKenna – Editor

Featuring live performances on the night by The AcademicROCSTRONG and Saint Sister.
The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) is delighted to announce that the eighth IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards will take place onTuesday 16th February 2016 at IMRO HQ in Dublin.

This year, two new awards have been added to the proceedings – IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music 2015 and Best Venue / Technical Crew 2015.

The annual awards celebrate the dedication and passion of those who work in Ireland’s live music venues, providing the public with an exceptional live music experience on a weekly basis.

More than 11,000 IMRO members considered hundreds of venues across the country for the shortlist. Venues were judged on their commitment to providing the core elements that make for a great live music venue – atmosphere, sound and lighting, staging, diversity of programming and importantly, the staff and management of each venue. IMRO members also voted on Ireland’s music festivals, delivering a shortlist of their top ten festivals.

Live music venues and festivals play a vital role in the music industry in Ireland, giving international and homegrown artists a platform to engage with fans and build new audiences. They also play a central role in urban and rural communities across the country, providing a social gathering space for varied audiences, and contributing hugely to the domestic economy.

Live music fans should simply log on to choose their favourite from the shortlist provided, by February 15th.  One lucky voter will win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year 2015 Shortlist

IMRO Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year 2015
Whelans, Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Vicar Street, Thomas Street, Dublin 8
The Olympia Theatre, Dame Street, Dublin 2
The Grand Social, Dublin 1
3Arena, Dublin 1

IMRO Rest of Leinster Live Music Venue of the Year 2015
The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Sky and the Ground, Wexford
Cleeres, Kilkenny
The Set Theatre, Kilkenny
Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford

IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year 2015
Roisin Dubh, Lower Dominick Street, Galway
Monroes, Dominick Street Upper, Galway
Matt Molloys, Westport, Co. Mayo
The Dock Theatre, Leitrim
Hawks Well Theatre, Sligo

IMRO Munster Live Music Venue of the Year 2015
The Greyhound, Killkee, Co. Clare
Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
Levis, Ballydehob, Co. Cork
Dolans, Dock Road, Limerick
Coughlans, Cork

IMRO Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year 2015
Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney Co. Monaghan
An Poc Fada, Monaghan
Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co. Cavan
Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Hotel Kilmore, Cavan

IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2015
Body & Soul
Electric Picnic
Dublin Fringe Festival
NYE StreetFest
Forbidden Fruit
Galway Arts Festival
Other Voices
Temple Bar Tradfest
Fleadh Ceoil

Julie Feeney & Music Generation for glór this Weekend

Music Generation Clare, in collaboration with glór, presents Julie Feeney in concert this Saturday, 12th December at 8pm.

Julie Feeney’s sell-out shows on both sides of the Atlantic have received rave reviews – whether solo, with ensemble, with choirs or with full orchestra – and she composes, arranges and orchestrates all of her own music. Her three albums have been critically acclaimed internationally receiving numerous awards and she has created a whole host of stunning music videos to accompany them. Her opera Bird goes into full production in 2017. Sharp witted, unpretentious and fiercely passionate, Julie Feeney is a genuine artist and a hugely enjoyable performer. After performing shows in Amsterdam, Mexico, Italy, all over Ireland and New York throughout 2015, she is delighted to be back at glór for this very special performance.

Music Generation Clare is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high quality performance music education. In its first eighteen months of operation, through its music tuition programmes, and through partnerships with music education providers, Music Generation Clare has worked with over 1000 children and young people throughout County Clare on vocal, instrumental, songwriting, and early years programmes, and hosted events such as the John Lennon Educational Bus, and the visit of the Young Naperville Singers from Naperville, Illinois.

The event on December 12th will also showcase performances from participants of various partnerships and programmes of Music Generation Clare.

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

Admission: €20 for adults and €10 for under 18’s Leath/Leath Go See! ticket scheme. Tickets can be purchased directly through glór’s online booking system here.

IMRO Number 1 Award for Villagers’ Darling Arithmetic

Conor O’Brien of Villagers popped into the IMRO office during the week to pick up an IMRO Number 1 Award in recognition of his third album, “Darling Arithmetic”, topping the Irish album charts earlier this year.

This is the third time Villagers have received the award. Previous albums, “Becoming a Jackal” and “{Awayland}”, also hit the top spot in the album charts upon release, with both albums going on to be nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and {Awayland} being announced as Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year in 2014.

It has been a busy few months for Conor. Having just returned from France and the “David Lynch Revisited” tour when we spoke with him, 2015 has also seen him support John Grant and Paul Weller across the US.

The IMRO Number 1 Award was introduced to acknowledge IMRO members who reach the top spot in the album charts here in Ireland or overseas.

Conor is pictured here with Victor Finn (IMRO Chief Executive) and Keith Johnson (IMRO Director of Marketing & Membership).

Villagers have just announced tour dates for early 2016. Check out for more details.

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