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The Script Receive IMRO Award

The Script were recently presented with an IMRO Award, ahead of their first of two nights in Dublin’s 3Arena in recognition of their No.1 album ‘Sunsets & Full Moons’.

The IMRO Number 1 Award was introduced to acknowledge IMRO members who reach number 1 in the album charts here in Ireland.

After 6 billion streams, 30 million single sales, 10.8 million album sales, over 12 million monthly Spotify listeners and 1.8 million ticket sales, Irish alt-pop trio The Script embarked upon a new chapter with the November 2019 release of their new album ‘Sunsets & Full Moons’.

Having returned with the emotive, stadium-bound first single ‘The Last Time’, ‘Sunsets & Full Moons’  is the sound of The Script – Danny O’Donoghue (vocals, piano, guitar), Mark Sheehan (vocals, guitars) and Glen Power (drums) – focusing on the inclusive, uplifting songwriting that helped them become an arena-filling band with a fervent fan base the world over.

In many ways, ‘Sunsets & Full Moons’ feels like a sequel to The Script’s much-loved debut album. Both albums emerged from emotionally turbulent times: O’Donoghue lost his father around the time of the release of their debut. And ten years later, he lost his mother as they worked on this album – with both his parents passing on Valentine’s Day. Naturally the songs began to reflect the band’s own personal experiences – and those are themes sure to resonate with their fans, too.

“I think it’s the most poignant record we’ve ever made,” asserts O’Donoghue. “Our music was always about being together with the audience, and writing about your own feelings, and sharing them”.

The Script approached the album reinvigorated following a triumphant tour in support of 2017’s #1 album ‘Freedom Child’. Again, echoing their early days, the band embraced the unifying power of the simple things – killer hooks, insistent melodies and stirring sentiments. They opted to produce the album themselves, staying close to home at their unshowy space in Metropolis Studios, with help from mixing master and old friend Mark ‘Spike’ Stent (Coldplay, Beyoncé, Frank Ocean) plus Manny Marroquin (Post Malone, Lizzo, Dua Lipa) and Dan Frampton (AuRa, Maejor, Jack Savoretti).

“No frills, no production, just us playing as a band,” notes Sheehan. “It’s us doing what we do best.”

The overriding theme, concludes O’Donoghue, is simple. “No matter how deep and dark it gets, it’s going to be daylight again.” Exuding hope and positivity in the face of challenging times, The Script’s sense of uplift as alive and vital as it ever was.

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Peter Bardon Receives Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Irish Music Industry

The 2020 edition of RadioDays Ireland, a unique two-day conference for those working within the Irish radio industry, took place in the Gibson Hotel on February 20th and 21st.

To coincide with the conference, which is sponsored by IMRO, leading Irish music publisher, Peter Bardon was presented with an award from IMRO to mark his Outstanding Contribution to the Irish Music Industry. Director of Bardis Music and ex-Chair of the Board of MCPSI, Peter Bardon began his career as bass player with Irish ‘60s legends The Greenbeats. After a stint in showband and cabaret management, he moved to music publishing. Bardis Music was established in 1973 and its first copyright ‘Cross Your Heart’, written by Paul Lyttle and sung by Irish star Tina, represented Ireland in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England, where it finished 5th behind Abba’s ‘Waterloo’. Since that time Bardis Music has published many of Ireland’s most well-known songs including classics such as Liam Reilly’s ‘Summer In Dublin and ‘Flight Of Earls’, Patsy Cavanagh’s ‘Home To Donegal’, and John Duggan’s ‘Roads Of Kildare’ and ‘Rose Of Castlerea’, all of which have been covered by more than 20 different artists.

Bardon handles publishing for Niall Toner and Ronan Hardiman (composer of the Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flame music) among others. A former shareholder in Lite FM (now Q102), in 2008 he placed Niall Toner’s ‘The Reak Reek’, aka ‘The Dublin 2-Step’, in the video game Grand Theft Auto 4, with sales in excess of $7 million, Bardis published the music from Albert Nobbs, including ‘Lay Your Head Down’, composed by Brian Byrne and Glenn Close, and performed by Sinéad O’Connor (nominated for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes 2012). The Bardis roster now includes country star Nathan Carter, Shane Sullivan and actor turned musician, Patrick Bergin.

Hot Press’s Niall Stokes delivered an enlightening speech on the history of the broadcasting sector in Ireland, delving into 30 years of independent broadcasting right up to the present day and the current challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

Red FM were also acknowledged at the event by IMRO, receiving an award to mark their ongoing support to music creators.

IMRO Introduces Concertify®, A New Technology to Ensure Faster Payments for Music Creators

The Concertify® platform makes the reporting of international live concert performances more efficient for music industry stakeholders.

IMRO has introduced new technology, Concertify® by Mind Your Rights Ltd., which will help songwriters, composers and music publishers to receive royalties faster after live music concerts.

For the past six months, IMRO, along with other innovative affiliated societies has piloted Concertify®, a digital platform created by Mind Your Rights Ltd, a leading Finnish technology start-up company which specialises in the development of platforms for efficient and transparent cross-border music rights management.

The introduction of Concertify® will enhance IMRO’s international royalty administration services by ensuring greater efficiencies, transparency and cost savings for its songwriter, composer and publisher members worldwide.

Concertify® is a service and data platform that makes international live event reporting and communications faster, easier and more accurate. The platform simplifies data and the transfer of data between stakeholders including artists, event organisers, copyright societies, copyright owners and music publishers. The efficiencies gained through Concertify® ultimately achieve faster foreign royalty collection.

Mind Your Rights Ltd., the company behind Concertify®, aims to develop an efficient and transparent cross-border copyright licensing ecosystem. Mind Your Rights´ story has stemmed from a close co-operation with Teosto, a Finnish non-profit performance rights organization, and has since worked closely with key industry organisations and developed solutions on top of industry structures.

Speaking about the partnership, Sean Donegan, IMRO Commercial Director, Media Licensing, said “IMRO is pleased to be working with Concertify® to develop more efficient ways to expedite the payment of live concert royalties. At IMRO, our focus has always been on innovating to drive efficiencies for our members, affiliates, and partners. Concertify® has the potential to become an essential tool in the advancement of live music reporting, distribution and interaction within the entire royalty collection society network.” 

Roope Pajasmaa, chief executive, Mind Your Rights added, “We are excited to be working with IMRO, alongside other societies, to take concert copyright management to a new level. Concertify® offers societies new digital toolsets, contributing to IMRO´s data-driven and digitally innovative approach to rights management. Concertify®, when adopted by the industry, will allow all key information related to live concert copyright collections to be available to all the involved constituencies, including the home society, the licensing society, artist representatives, and publishers. Our mission is to support the rights management network to serve its customers better in the changing world.”

IMRO is now recognised as one of the leading performing right organisations in the world due to its proactive policies in such areas as frequency of royalty distributions, transparency of operations and as a driving force on initiatives at international level that champion and protect the rights of music creators. 

The Irish-based organisation directly represents the interests of a growing number of major music publishers. It has become a trusted partner for music creators who recognise that their interests are well served by an organisation that has royalty maximisation and creators’ rights at its core.

IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards Winners Announced

Tonight, Tuesday 11th of February, The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) hosted the always highly anticipated IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards, now in its twelfth year, at the new location of Twenty Two, South Anne Street, Dublin.

The short list of nominees were selected by over 13,500 IMRO members with a public vote then awarding the National Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 accolade to Coughlan’s Live Bar and Music Venue, Cork.

Eleanor McEvoy, IMRO Chairperson said of the annual awards, “We are gifted in Ireland to have such a vibrant and eclectic music scene, the backbone of which is our magnificent live music sector. The important role that venues and festivals make is all too often overlooked, but we feel it is vital to acknowledge venues big and small across the country and to celebrate the individuals whose hard work and commitment help our music industry to thrive. From a musician’s first performance, right through to an internationally renowned headline artist, these venues and individuals allow music creators to continue making music and bring it to new audiences.”

Other winners in the regional categories include:

Dublin – Vicar Street

Rest of Leinster – Kavanagh’s Bar & Venue Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Connacht –Róisín Dubh, Galway

Munster – Mike The Pies, Listowel, Co. Kerry

Ulster – Íontas Theatre, Castleblayney Co. Monaghan

Also presented with awards on the night for IMRO Music Festival of the Year and IMRO Small Music Festival 2019, were Electric Picnic and Sounds from a Safe Harbour respectively.

The crew of Sea Sessions picked up the award for IMRO Tech Crew of the Year.

The IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music accolade was awarded this year to Angela Dorgan, Director, First Music Contact.

Performances on the night came from Soda Blonde, Alex Gough and ELM.

Hot Press Editor Niall Stokes also gave special commendations, presenting awards to Róisín Dubh and Mike The Pies and theHot Press Live Music Venue of the Year for 2019 to 3Arena.

He said: “Irish music is going through a real purple patch at the moment, with brilliant new artists emerging across every genre – and a lot of them are making a serious impact internationally. They deserve to. We are producing some truly great music here at the moment.

This extraordinary surge of creativity in Irish music would not be possible without great live venues. They give artists and bands a vital platform, especially at the start of their careers. A healthy live music scene is at the very heart of things – and music is flourishing all over Ireland. That’s why the IMRO Live Music Venues Awards are so important. It matters a lot to us, here at Hot Press, to lend our support to the awards – and to do everything we can to promote live music in Ireland. We want Irish artists to experience recognition and success like never before during the year ahead. I firmly believe that 2020 is going to be a great one.”

Music venues and festivals play a vital role in the music industry in Ireland, giving international and homegrown artists of all levels a platform to engage with existing 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 a multitude of audience types, and contributing hugely to the domestic economy.

IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 Winners

IMRO National Live Venue of the Year 2019 – Coughlan’s Live Bar and Music Venue, Cork.

IMRO Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 – Vicar Street

IMRO Rest of Leinster Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 – Kavanagh’s Bar & Venue Portlaoise, Co. Laois 

IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 – Roisin Dubh, Galway

IMRO Munster Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 –Mike The Pies, Listowel, Co. Kerry

IMRO Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year 2019 – Íontas Theatre, Castleblayney Co. Monaghan

IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2019 – Electric Picnic 

IMRO Small Music Festival of the Year 2019 – Sounds from a Safe Harbour  

IMRO Tech Crew of the Year Award 2019 – Sea Sessions 

IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music – Angela Dorgan, Director, First Music Contact

Hot Press Live Venue of the Year for 2019 – 3Arena

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IMRO | RTÉ Scoring for Film Programme Seeks Composers & Filmmakers

Following on from the success of previous collaborative film scoring programmes, IMRO and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, in association with Screen Skills Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) will bring together some of the very best emerging Irish filmmakers and composers to work on an exciting collaborative project during 2020.

This initiative will provide emerging filmmakers and composers with an invaluable opportunity to enhance their skills through hands-on experience in a vital aspect of film post-production. It is also a rare opportunity to have a score composed and recorded for full orchestra. Each year, films featured in this initiative have gone on to win awards at various national and international film festivals, clearly signalling the impressive creative output of Irish film composers and filmmakers.

The focus of the project is a one day recording session in RTÉ studios in September 2020 with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra recording original scores for short film submissions selected for the initiative. Programme participants will be further supported through mentoring sessions and workshops with leading industry specialists.

We are now seeking applications from interested filmmakers who would like to participate in this programme. Due to the limited number of places available we have set down a number of qualifying criteria for those wishing to take part.

Composers

  • The ability to score for full orchestra is essential.
  • Previous experience in scoring to picture (short film/advertisements etc.) is desirable.
  • The ability to work to a tight deadline is also essential.

If you meet the above criteria and would like to participate in this program please email an up-to-date CV and samples of your work, outlining your film and TV scoring experience to date to ei.ormi@stneve

A total of 4 composers will be selected for inclusion in the project.

Filmmakers

Submitted film projects for the initiative should require original scored music totalling between three and five minutes. Ideally the film should have a maximum duration of 10 – 15 minutes and should be close to or have completed picture lock. Once selected, the filmmakers will work with a composer, who has been selected through the process, who will create a full score for the film to be performed and recorded by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

All categories of film will be considered e.g. live-action drama, animation, documentary, experimental, etc. Ideally, the film projects submitted should be close to completion on editing. The use of temp tracks or “mood music” where score is required is allowed but not required.

Applications

The closing date for submissions for this initiative is 5pm Thursday 30th April 2020.

Our preference is to receive your submission electronically. Please send a link to your music or film submission to ei.ormi@stneve or alternatively by post to:

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Political Parties’ Commitments to the Arts | General Election 2020

Dear Members,

As you know, an Irish general election has been called for Saturday 8th February.
 
Going through the political manifestos of each of the political parties can be confusing and time consuming, so we thought that it might be helpful if we were to study the manifestos of each of the parties and isolate the policies to do with music and the arts.
 
Most of it is jargon free, but for those of you that are not familiar with the term  ‘Fair Use’, you can read about it here. ‘Fair Use’ is not something that benefits the music industry and it is not something that IMRO would support.
 
Please understand, we are not aiming to direct your vote towards any particular party or candidate, we would just like to present their strategies in relation to music so that you can all see where they stand.
 
Don’t forget to vote!
 
Eleanor McEvoy
IMRO Chairperson


The following document is intended to help you easily compare the platforms of the different political parties for the 2020 general election on key issues relating to arts, culture and music. The information has been taken from the official party manifestos. The information is presented in order of political party size as defined by the number of seats they hold in Dáil Eireann and then alphabetical order. As political alliances are not parties and do not adhere to a parliamentary whip system they have not been included. 

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Keychange Announce 74 New Participants for Year-Long Capacity Building Programme

74 artists and music industry professionals from 12 different countries have been selected by industry and export experts as the future leaders that will take part in the Keychange development programme in 2020, after an open call that received over 650 applications. In Ireland, the Keychange partner festival is Ireland Music Week and IMRO are the sponsor.

The Irish participants are Pillow Queens, SLYK and Elaine Mai (artists) / Lia Lieghio, Shauna Watson and Mona-Lisa Das (innovators)

Launching with a full network meetup in Stockholm on February 13th, this extensive programme led by Reeperbahn Festival in partnership with PRS Foundation and Musikcentrum Öst will give the 74 women and gender minority participants all the skills and opportunities they need to get to the next stage in their career. This is the first of three cohorts that will take part in the ambitious and future-facing four year programme that was announced in Summer 2019, when Keychange was awarded €1.4m from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Alongside the full network meet-ups and mentoring, participants will take part in a ‘Creative Lab’ at one of the 13 festivals that are partnered with Keychange (Ireland Music Week in October). The Creative Labs will offer showcasing opportunities to Artists, public speaking opportunities to Innovators, plus workshops, seminars, studio sessions, masterclasses and more. International collaboration lies at the heart of the programme, and Polish company Chimes have been recruited to oversee all training.

The participants will get:
– Participation in full network meet-up in Stockholm in February 2020
– Participation in full network meet-up at Reeperbahn Festival in September
– Mentoring via SheSaidSo
– For Artists: showcase and Creative Lab activity at one of the 13 partner festivals
– For Innovators: participation and Creative Lab activity at one of the 13 partner festivals
– Promotion via the Keychange database
– Capacity building with a bespoke training programme

Eleanor McEvoy, IMRO Chairperson said “International collaboration is essential to the creative and business development of all talented artists and the music industry’s future success. Enabling more women access to international networks and new markets at critical stages in their career will help them realise their potential as future leaders of an industry that is ready for and will benefit from change.  Right now we have an opportunity to respond and commit to tangible change within the music industry.  Our hope is that this will be the start of a more balanced industry which will result in benefits for everyone.”

The announcement comes at an exciting moment for Keychange; the number of organisations that have signed up to the gender balance pledge has passed 300 and Talent Norge (Norway), Norsk Tipping (Norway) and Musicians’ Union (UK) – who have lead important research and resources for cases of harrassment, discrimination, and abuse of power – have joined the movement as Sponsors. 

Canadian partners FACTOR, SOCAN Foundation, and festivals MUTEK Montreal and BreakOut West are the first outside of Europe to commit to the talent development element of the Keychange programme. Canadian artists and music industry professionals will get access to international opportunities and progression routes that would not be available to them otherwise, as well as training and participation in a valuable network. Many Canadian festivals have signed the Keychange gender pledge, and the investment into individual development is an concerted step towards meaningful and long lasting change for the Canadian music industry. 

A core value of Keychange is to break down the barriers that people face because of their gender, and from listening to the feedback from the 2018 edition of the programme, the new team put a specific budget in place to support all childcare needs. Therefore, in this first year of 2.0, Keychange has pledged a percentage of their funding to the participants, specifically for childcare, in order to facilitate their participation in the programme, and ultimately aid their development. 

Christina Schäfers, Keychange Lead and Head of Reeperbahn Festival’s programmes in arts, word and film says, “The Keychange talent development programme lies at the core of the initiative. While the pledge encourages organisations to book diverse talent, we’re helping the talent get to their stages. Following dialogue with many creators and experts during phase one, we are particularly pleased that a more inclusive approach to recruitment has resulted in a very diverse and exciting group of participants for 2020. We are proud to represent many more gender minority participants and a diverse range of ethnicities, genres and career levels.The Keychange team are busy creating a meaningful and impactful capacity building programme, and we’re looking forward to working with them all, and to seeing what they do next. We can’t wait to host this incredible cohort at the full network meet-ups in Stockholm and at Reeperbahn Festival.”

60 participants took part in the Keychange programme in 2018, including Poppy Ajudha, who has since been named as one of Barack Obama’s favourite artists, Kat Frankie, who was nominated as ‘best producer’ at the notorious ‘Preis fur PopKulture’ awards in Germany, Harriet Moss who has been promoted to Managing Director of publishers Manners McDade, and IMAN, who has written a multi-million streamed track with Zara Larsson

About Keychange

Keychange is a pioneering international initiative which transforms the future of music whilst encouraging festivals and music organisations to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. 74 emerging artists and innovators each year from across Europe and Canada will take part in international festivals, showcase events, collaborations and a programme of creative labs. Keychange aims to accelerate change and create a better, more inclusive music industry for present and future generations.

Keychange is led by Reeperbahn Festival, PRS Foundation and Musikcentrum Öst, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in partnership with Tallinn Music Week, Iceland Airwaves, BIME, Oslo World, Linecheck/Music Innovation Hub, Ireland Music Week, SACEM, Liverpool Sound City, Way Out West, Spring Break, MAMA, MUTEK and Breakout West.

Keychange is sponsored by FACTOR, Fundación SGAE, GEMA, Gorwelion Horizons, IMRO, the Musicians’ Union, Norsk Tipping, Roskilde Festival, Smirnoff Equalising Music, SOCAN Foundation, Songtrust, SoundCloud, STEF, STIM, and Talent Norge

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IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards 2019 Shortlist Announced

The Irish Music Rights Organisation CLG (IMRO) is delighted to announce that the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards 2019 will take place on Tuesday 11th February 2020. This year will see a change of location for the Awards, with the event taking place at club Twenty Two, South Anne Street in Dublin.

The nominees shortlist was announced today by IMRO Chief Executive, Victor Finn.

The annual awards, now in their twelfth year, celebrate the venues and individuals working in the live music industry, whose passion and determination brings the joy and inimitable experience of live music to the public across Ireland.  

More than 13,000 IMRO members were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite venues of 2019 for inclusion on the awards shortlist. Venues were judged on atmosphere, sound and lighting, staging, diversity of programming, the staff and management of each venue and accessibility for people with disabilities, all of which are essential foundations for a truly remarkable live music venue. IMRO members also voted on Ireland’s music festivals, tech crews and for the IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music, the receiver of which shall be announced on the night of the Awards.

Music venues and festivals play a vital role in the music industry in Ireland, giving international and homegrown artists of all levels a platform to engage with existing 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 a multitude of audience types, and contributing hugely to the domestic economy.

Of the Awards, Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive said, “The important role that venues and festivals make nationally is all too often overlooked. They provide an essential platform and support network for Irish and international artists and bands of all levels, in addition to their vital contribution to communities both economically and socially. The IMRO Live Music Venue Awards have grown from their inception to become one of the most anticipated dates in the Irish music industry calendar. The awards are an opportunity to acknowledge venues big and small across the country and to celebrate the individuals whose hard work and commitment help our vibrant and eclectic music industry to flourish.”

At the ceremony in club Twenty Two on February 11th, awards will be presented to live music venues in each of the following regions: Dublin, Leinster (excluding Dublin), Connacht, Munster and Ulster (Donegal, Monaghan, Cavan). The IMRO Music Festival of the Year, IMRO Small Music Festival of the Year, IMRO Tech Crew of the Year Award and a special Outstanding Contribution to Live Music Award will also be presented. Performances on the night will come from emerging acts Soda Blonde, Alex Gough and Elm.

One overall award will be presented to the IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year. This award is decided upon by the public, who vote for their live music venue of the year from the combined shortlist of all the regions.

Live music fans should simply log on to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/imrovenueawards and choose their favourite from the shortlist provided, by 5pm on the 7th of February. Voters will by entered into a draw to be in with a chance to win an iPad.

The ceremony will also see the presentation of the award for Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year via The Readers Poll which is contributed to by Hot Press fans and can be viewed at Hotpress.com

Niall Stokes, editor of Hot Press said “Irish music is going through a real purple patch at the moment, with brilliant new artists emerging across every genre – and a lot of them are making a serious impact internationally. They deserve to. We are producing some truly great music here at the moment.

This extraordinary surge of creativity in Irish music would not be possible without great live venues. They give artists and bands a vital platform, especially at the start of their careers. A healthy live music scene is at the very heart of things – and music is flourishing all over Ireland. 

That’s why the IMRO Live Music Venues Awards are so important. It matters a lot to us, here at Hot Press, to lend our support to the awards – and to do everything we can to promote live music in Ireland. We want Irish artists to experience recognition and success like never before during the year ahead. I firmly believe that 2020 is going to be a great one.”

The winners of the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards 2019 will be announced on Tuesday 11th February 2020 from a live event from Twenty Two, Dawson Street in Dublin.

IMRO LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARDS SHORTLIST

Dublin

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin 2
Vicar Street, Dublin 8
Arthur’s Blues and Jazz Club, Dublin 8
The Old Storehouse, Dublin 2
The Underground, Dublin 2

Rest of Leinster

The Royal Meath Bar, Navan, Co Meath
Kavanagh’s Bar & Venue, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth
The Set Theatre, Kilkenny

Ulster

Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney Co. Monaghan
An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
McGinley’s Bar, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
The Chasin’ Bull, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co Donegal

Munster

Coughlan’s Bar & Live Music Venue, Cork
Mike the Pies, Listowel, Co. Kerry
De Barra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Connolly’s of Leap, Co. Cork
Crane Lane Theatre, Cork

Connacht

Matt Molloy’s, Westport, Co. Mayo
The Quays Bar, Galway
JJ Harlow’s Bar, Roscommon
Anderson’s Live, Sligo
Róisín Dubh, Galway

IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2019

All Together Now
Body & Soul
Electric Picnic
Longitude
Féile ’19
Galway International Arts Festival
Forbidden Fruit
Sea Sessions
Live @ The Iveagh Gardens
Sligo Live

IMRO Small Music Festival of the Year 2019

Clonakility International Guitar Festival
It Takes A Village
Claremorris Folk Festival
K-Fest Arts Festival
Another Love Story
The Acoustic Yard Festival
Sounds from a Safe Harbour
Ireland Music Week
Kilkenny Tradfest
Doolin Folk Festival

IMRO Tech Crew of the Year 2019

Coughlan’s Live Bar and Music Venue
Axis Arts Centre and Theatre
BelloBar
Sea Sessions
Other Voices
Beatyard
Live at St. Luke’s
The Sugar Club
Olympia Theatre
The Academy

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Rodrigo y Gabriela Win GRAMMY Award

Congratulations to IMRO members Rodrigo y Gabriela who last night were presented with the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album GRAMMY Award for their album ‘Mettavolution’.

Rodrigo y Gabriela’s win was also the band’s first GRAMMY Nomination. On the nomination the band said, “It feels GREAT to know that our album ‘Mettavolution’ has been nominated for a Grammy, thanks to the academy for the nomination and thanks to all our fans, it is an honor to share this music with you.”

Released in April 2019, ‘Mettavolition’ is the band’s fifth studio album. Described as, “the most ambitious music of their twenty-year career together,” ‘Mettavolution’ brings together Rodrigo and Gabriela’s passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution and the liberation of the potential we have as a species; all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars.

The 62nd GRAMMY Awards took place on 26th January from Los Angeles STAPLES Center.

IMRO Awarded for Commitment to Employee Wellness

The Irish Music Rights Organisation CLG (IMRO) has become the first creative and entertainment sector company to be accredited with the KeepWell Mark, Ibec’s award for promoting happiness, health and safety in the workplace.

IMRO has heavily invested in employee wellness, safety and health in recent years and this has been recognised by Ibec, Ireland’s largest and most influential business representation organisation.

The KeepWell Mark is an exclusive workplace wellness accreditation programme developed by Ibec in 2017. It recognises organisations who put the wellbeing of employees at the forefront of company policy. The first of its kind in Ireland, the mark is a set of health and wellbeing standards that companies can achieve through the promotion of wellbeing in the workplace.

The accreditation takes a holistic approach, focusing on eight key areas and how they can impact business. These eight areas of improvement are leadership, absence management, smoke free, physical activity, health and safety, mental health, healthy eating, and intoxicants.

IMRO has hosted and supported a number of initiatives over the past two years focused on raising awareness of the complex ranges of mental health challenges facing individuals working in the creative industries sector in Ireland. Further investment in this important area is scheduled by IMRO through targeted programmes and initiatives for its members and employees in 2020.

The KeepWell Mark process starts with benchmarking current company practice against recognised standards followed by clear guidance on how to make improvements with support and resources provided.

On achieving the KeepWell Mark, Sarah Sweetnam, Director of Finance, Distribution and Human Resources said: “It is becoming increasingly apparent that businesses in Ireland need to make the health and wellbeing of their employees a top priority. While some old-fashioned stereotypes about life in the music industry persist, IMRO is determined to prove that those working in music can have healthy, safe and happy careers.”

Ms Sweetnam added: “We are extremely proud to achieve The KeepWell Mark accreditation, demonstrating our commitment to and raising the standards of employee health, wellbeing, and safety across all aspects of our business operations. Our industry is firmly built on our people, they are our greatest asset and their health and wellbeing is of paramount importance to IMRO. We hope that our staff will soon begin to feel the tangible benefits of The KeepWell Mark, and that we will set an example for other Irish businesses by following industry best practice”.

Sophie Moran, KeepWell Mark Programme Manager said: “We are delighted to present IMRO with The KeepWell Mark for demonstrating their commitment to employee health and wellbeing and taking steps to support their people. It’s fantastic to see an organisation like IMRO leading the way for others in the music industry.”

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