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Job Opportunity at Music Generation | Head of Quality, Support and Development

Established in 2010, Music Generation’s ambition is to transform the lives of children and young people through local access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education.

To enable Music Generation to reach its next stage of development, the National Development Office is now seeking to appoint a Head of Quality, Support and Development. This new senior role within the organisation will be key in the implementation of Music Generation’s Strategic Plan during a significant period of growth, planned from 2019 to 2022.

The successful candidate will be a skilled professional with a demonstrable track record of delivering results, high standards and achievement in music education development. The position requires someone with leadership and senior management experience that can support the planned growth of the national network of Local Music Education Partnerships, and enable the stated priorities for Quality in line with the organisation’s Strategic Plan.

The current strategy maps out an exciting period of growth and change for Music Generation and this role provides a rare opportunity for an experienced and dynamic music education development professional to contribute to and shape those ambitions.

For a job description and details of the application process, please contact John Deely at Pinpoint:
Phone: +353 1 642 5721

Closing date for applications: 5pm Thursday May 9, 2019

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

An Taobh Tuathail Marks 20 Years On Air

An Taobh Tuathail, the flagship alt. radio show on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta presented by Cian Ó Cíobháin, will be celebrating 20 years on air on 1 May and Cian will mark this milestone with two special programmes, on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 May, as well as a live event in the Róisín Dubh in Galway on Friday 3 May.

For the special birthday on 1 and 2 May, Cian will bring his listeners exclusively brand new, previously-unreleased music, including the track Triantáin by Dublin duo Mount Alaska composed especially for the occasion, as well as a first ever vocal track – sung in  Irish –  by The Jimmy Cake.   

Mount Alaska are Dublin production duo, Stephen Shannon & Cillian Mc Donnell. The former members of Halfset have been releasing electronic music on their own imprint, Language Recordings, since late 2016, and they debuted their live show at Metropolis in 2017. 2019 will see them branch out with a number of releases on international labels, introduce a new live AV show, and announce some festival appearances over the summer. 

Mount Alaska will also be on stage in the Róisín Dubh in Galway, with Ships and Anna Mullarkey, for the final birthday special of ATT live from the hallowed Galway venue on Friday 3 May.  Tickets €10 from

The birthday editions of An Taobh Tuathail on 1and 2 May will also include new music from R. Kitt, Linda Buckley, Deaf Joe, Chequerboard, Tr One, neonfrench and Elma Orkestra, Joseph Shabason, Peter Gordon, Dylan Henner and Ralegh Long, with songs in the Irish tongue from Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Thatchers of the Acropolis and The Jimmy Cake.

As a preview of what’s in store, you can listen to the brand new track Triantáin by Mount Alaska, a track originally written  to commemorate An Taobh Tuathail’s 20th birthday, at

Beatvyne’s Music x Tech Experience returns to Dublin | Oct 11-12, 2019

Sponsored by IMRO, this festival-style conference brings together global leaders and innovators of the music, multimedia and tech industries to explore the future of the entertainment industry.

The Two-Day event will feature hands-on, immersive experiences with access to talks by top innovators – from the world’s leading companies to startups -, music performances, the latest groundbreaking product and technology showcases as well as networking opportunities at intimate roundtable sessions, workshops, exhibits and stellar side events across the city.

Iconic and enigmatic Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós will join tech startup Magic Leap to discuss and showcase their award winning mixed reality experience, Tónandi.

Festival Director of Lollapalooza Berlin, Fruzsina Szép, will share her knowledge on how large scale festivals can be constantly reinvented and provide lucrative testbeds for circular economies.  

An In-Conversation between Max Amordeluso, EU Lead Evangelist for Amazon Alexa, and Patrick Clifton, Head of Artist & Label Relations at Amazon Music, will explore the continuing rise of Voice Control, Spatial Audio and how it’s radically shaping our lives, opening up whole new possibilities in how we consume, communicate, interact and discover music and other digital content.

#MxT2019 reinforces Dublin’s position as a global music, tech and business hub, covering key topics such as Artificial Intelligence, 5G, Extended Reality, Voice Control, Blockchain, Live Experiences, Vinyl Resurgence, Smart Production, Spatial Audio and more.

We live in a rapidly changing world! The Music x Tech Experience is an exciting opportunity for the music, tech and multimedia 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.

The star studded line up includes;

  • Russell Scherwin, CMO, at IBM Watson Commerce
  • Georg Holm, Sigur Rós
  • Max Amordeluso, Alexa EU Lead Evangelist, Amazon
  • Fruzsina Szép, Festival Director at Lollapalooza Berlin
  • Patrick Clifton, Head of Artist & Label Relations at Amazon Music
  • Sarah Hopper, Creative Director at Sigur Rós
  • Magic Leap (speaker tbc)
  • Sofia Brazzola, User Experience Manager, Sennheiser
  • Eric Grossman, Chief Business Officer at TAIT
  • James Funnell, Head of Sponsorship Strategy, AEG
  • Walter Werzowa, CCO & Founder, Musikvergnuegen (Inventor of the iconic INTEL sound)
  • Beatie Wolfe, Singer-Songwriter & Innovator
  • Jakob Kristoffersen, Concept & Design Manager, Bang & Olufsen
  • Pip Rush, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Arcadia Spectacular  
  • Rebecca Sandiford, Commissioner, BBC Music
  • Ronagh O’Donnell, Producer & Director, BBC & Others
  • Aoife Ahern, Tour Manager, Production Manager, VIP Nation
  • Cliff Fluet, Partner at Lewis Silkin & MD at Eleven
  • Marco Vitali, Co-Founder & Partner, Nile Evoke (Nile Rodgers’ Creative Agency)
  • Domhnaill Hernon, Head of Experiments in Art and Technology, Nokia Bell Labs
  • Moritz Waldemeyer, Director and Head Design, Moritz Waldemeyer Design Studio
  • Alex Doman, Founder & Chief Product Officer Vital Neuro, CEO AdvancedBrain Technologies
  • Oisin Lunny, Chief Evangelist for OpenMarket, Contributor to Forbes and The Guardian
  • Joe Lyske, CEO & Co-Founder of MXX Music
  • Ash Koosha, Co-Founder of Auxuman

And many more to be announced!

With the central theme, ‘Music is in everything’, #MxT2019 highlights how music permeates through many facets of our lives, it’s influence on our behaviour and its use across multiple disciplines, from video games, to sports, advertising, design, film and more.

From crunching Launch and After Parties with stellar live music, drinks and tech experiences to Side Events with the city’s most unique and iconic spaces, beatvyne’s Music x Tech Experience creates plenty of ways for meetings and chance encounters to spark the imagination and fuel the next big collaboration.

Now in its second year, beatvyne’s Music x Tech Experience has been acknowledged by involved speakers from companies such as Amazon, Live Nation, Abbey Road Studios and Deezer as well as contributing high-profile artists such as Gorillaz and Björk Digital etc. as the missing link to today’s technology and progressive step towards positive change.

Stay close for more details and announcements over the course of the next weeks and months as we prepare for beatvyne’s MxT2019, Volume II.


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Irish Youth Music Awards Announce Education Hub Line Up

Youth Work Ireland’s Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) is excited to reveal the first guests for their education hub at their all ages National Day on Saturday May 11th, 2019. This event will also mark the launch of Youth Work Ireland week with other activities and events happening around Ireland.

The Education Hub will feature workshops and masterclasses throughout the day which attendees can sign up for on a first come first served basis. These will include: Gold selling number one artists The Riptide Movement and Number 1 chart topping artists The Academic, they will both also perform some exclusive tracks. Award winning Director Lochlainn McKenna will be teaming up with music producer Daithí to look at how to make a music video looking at the Inspiration, process & promotion involved. RTÉ 2FM’s Mo K and MathMan will host a scratch and DJ workshop. BIMM Institute Dublin will host workshops around performance and songwriting with members of Villagers, James Vincent McMorrow and Heathers plus much more to be announced!

The Irish Youth Music Awards National Day will also feature performances by young musicians aged 12-19, performing across two stages throughout the day and attendees will also be able to visit the IYMAs marketplace which will feature hands on demonstrations and will give attendees the opportunity to learn new skills around the creative and music industry, with BIMM Institute Dublin, Girls Rock Dublin,  IMRO and RTÉ 2FM all in attendance with the latter broadcasting live from the event. The marketplace will also have hands on demonstrations and the opportunity for attendees to learn new skills.

Tickets for the Irish Youth Music Awards National Day are available from Eventbrite priced €20 excluding booking fee here. The event is an all ages, alcohol /drugs free event. Group tickets are also available for youth clubs, projects or schools priced €120 (including booking fee) allowing admission for five young people and two youth leaders or adults on the day. Group tickets must be booked by April 29th and are available here.

We are super excited to announce our education hub line up for 2019 and to create a space for young people to get hands on advice, skills and knowledge about the creative and music industries by some of Ireland’s best acts. We believe it’s so important to support and develop the music and creative industries in Ireland and provide pathways for our future cultural entrepreneurs to develop. We are honoured to be a part of this through the work we do in our IYMAs hubs across the island of Ireland and at our National Day in Croke Park which is all ages and open to everyone to attend,” said Irish Youth Music Awards Director, Barry Lennon.

The Irish Youth Music Awards programme and National Day is a vital part of RTÉ 2FM’s mission to support young musicians, songwriters and producers by giving them an opportunity to develop their skills and meet industry professionals. We have started to see some acts that have been involved in the IYMAs programme to now be part of RTÉ 2FM’s content,” said Director of Music RTÉ 2FM, Alan Swan.

The overall winner of the Irish Youth Music Awards will win recording time in a professional recording studio, a recording session in RTÉ 2FM’s legendary Studio 8 and a full backline provided by Music Maker Dublin. They will also produce an album of their own original tracks released on physical CD with a professional design. Last years IYMAs album stormed the Irish compilation charts entering at number three. The album will be digitally distributed worldwide through all major outlets including iTunes and Spotify.

Youth Work Ireland’s Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) partners and supporters include The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, RTÉ 2FM, BIMM Institute Dublin, IMRO, Music Maker, Gaisce – The President’s Award, National Lottery and Youth Action Northern Ireland.

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Gearing Up For Open Ear Festival

 ‘Warm crowds, weird sounds, deep dance-floor moments, and a gloriously pretty and wild backdrop, makes Open Ear a fun idyllic place to discover the cream of Ireland’s experimental scene’ – Wire Magazine

Open Ear is an annual music festival focused on giving a platform to Irish artists in the stunning environs of Sherkin Island, West Cork, Ireland. Now in its fourth year, the festival will run for 4 days across the June Bank Holiday Weekend, Thursday 30th May to Sunday 2nd June.

Visiting the island this year are artists: Garies (New Jackson and Lumigraph), Radie Peat, Maria Somerville, Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands, Aaron Dilloway & Vicky Langan, Woven Skull, Jennifer Walshe, Club Comfort, Fran Hartnett, T-Woc, Áine O’Dwyer, Aoife O’Neill, Static., Eliza, Prun, Ebauche, Bloom, Belacque, SIAS, Kenny Hanlon, The Digital Druids and Dabbledoo Feat. Amanda Feery & everyone, and there’s still much more to be announced.

Year on year the festival’s ambition has expanded, bringing artists of many ages and musical disciplines together. The event continues to explore Sherkin itself, an island measuring 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, using various locations to deliver a fresh, one-of-a-kind curated programme. These elements have combined to create one of the most unique festival experiences Ireland currently has to offer; bringing a broad and inclusive audience to a remote location, to experience various forms of music that are multi-faceted stylistically and in presentation – in some cases the presentation is shaped by the Island itself.

The festival has nurtured a strong symbiotic relationship with Sherkin Island itself and its residents. The trust the residents have imbued in the organisers has allowed them to embed the festival into various locations around the Island, such as: St Mona’s Church, Horseshoe Bay Quarry, and the Sherkin Community Hall, alongside the main base on the land of Sherkin North Shore.

2019 will see collaboration becoming more intrinsic to the festival’s programme. Open Ear provides communal spaces to allow artists to connect and come together in a stunning location, it fosters an open minded ethos, and encourages trialing new material. Artists and groups involved in collaborations this year include: Dublin Digital Radio / Áine O’Dwyer / Vicky Langan / The Digital Druids / Dabbledoomusic /  Woven Skull / Aaron Dilloway (Wolf Eyes) / Amanda Feery, + more to be announced. 

Tickets for the festival, priced €155-€170, are available from This year Open Ear are partnering with The Hotel on Sherkin to offer a package deal of festival ticket and hotel room for the weekend, furthering their collaboration with businesses and residents based on the Island. Open Ear also offers high-end bell tents that attendees can rent via their ticketing platform. Festival accommodation is predominantly camping based, with ‘sea view’ camping inclusive to the ticket, this also includes transport of luggage across the island, showers, toilets, and drinking water.

Open Ear is a one-of-a-kind festival experience where attendees come home feeling energised by a like-minded music community coming together for something truly special.

2019 Programme | Part One

Garies :: Radie Peat :: Maria Somerville :: Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands :: Aaron Dilloway & Vicky Langan :: Woven Skull :: Jennifer Walshe :: Club Comfort :: Fran Hartnett :: T-Woc :: Áine O’Dwyer :: Aoife O’Neill :: Static :: Eliza :: Prun :: Ebauche :: Bloom :: Belacque :: SIAS :: Kenny Hanlon :: The Digital Druids :: Dabbledoo Feat. Amanda Feery & everyone :: & much more to be announced…

Open Ear is sponsored by Cork County Council and IMRO

A House is Dead – I Am Still The Greatest: David Couse, Fergal Bunbury and friends return to the stage to perform seminal album at the National Concert Hall

Saturday 29th June will see a very special performance at the National Concert Hall of I Am The Greatest, the A House album consistently recognised as one of the best to come from Ireland. Of the album’s title track, Melody Maker wrote: “unforgettable … a systematic, blow-by- blow destruction of the music business and the state of the nation coupled with a dramatic determination not to give in.”

For this one-off concert David Couse, Fergal Bubury and friends re-interpret the seminal 1991 album for 2019.

“A House is dead. Of this you can be sure. I heard it straight from the House’s mouth. RIP. But ‘I Am The Greatest’? That statement was forever. Everything has changed but I am still the greatest, you are still the greatest, we have everything we need and we never look back. But let’s just this once, for the sake of the nineties, late night ferries or whatever, re-engage, re-interpret and re-imagine the time of our lives. Let’s immerse our feet in this beautiful pool and show the world how it feels to be FREE.  That is all.  Over and over and out.” – David Couse, Fergal Bubury

Dublin’s A House formed in 1985, with the trio of David Couse, Fergal Bunbury and Martin Healy representing the core of the band throughout their 12-year existence.

I Am The Greatest becomes the second recipient of the NCH | IMRO Trailblazer Award following the triumphant return of Microdisney last year, whose album The Clock Comes Down the Stairs was acknowledged with the award.

“Having received critical and public praise on its release, A House’s I Am The Greatest has stood the test of time and to this day is still considered one of the finest Irish albums ever released. Singling out this iconic album for the prestigious 2019 NCH | IMRO Trailblazer Award will no doubt reinforce its legacy and fondness with fans, and perhaps even ignite a spark within a whole new generation of music creators”. – Keith Johnson, Director of Marketing & Membership IMRO.

The Trailblazer Award is a music award presented by IMRO and NCH celebrating seminal albums by iconic Irish musicians, songwriters and composers.

A House Is Dead – I Am Still The Greatest

Saturday 29th June, 8pm


Tickets on sale April 5th, 10am


Tel: 01 417 0000

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Copyright Directive: Historic Victory for Creators and European Democracy

After three years of discussion, and despite a massive misinformation campaign orchestrated by tech giants, the European Parliament has just adopted the Copyright Directive.

Anders Lassen, President of GESAC, said: “This is an unprecedented victory for European creators, who will now be able to exercise their rights and receive fair remuneration from platforms such as YouTube. Europe is adopting a balanced regulation that will allow the development of the European digital economy hand-in-hand with the creative sector.” 

Véronique Desbrosses, GESAC’s General Manager, added: “We are extremely grateful to the MEPs that have voted for culture and fairness in the digital economy. This was not only a crucial decision for creators and our sector, but also sent a strong message to citizens that tactics of intimidation and manipulation from a handful of giant companies will not be allowed to influence European policy making. Many have contributed to the success of this directive, however the tireless work of MEPs such as Mr Cavada, Ms Trupel, Mr Voss, Ms Berès, Mr Ehler, Ms Rozière, Mr Joulaud and Ms Costa deserves to be singled out for applause.”

GESAC groups 32 of the largest authors’ societies in the European Union, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. They defend and promote the rights of more than 1 million creators and rights holders in the areas of music, audiovisual works, visual arts, and literary and dramatic works.

IMRO Welcomes Historic European Parliament Vote on Copyright

The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) has today welcomed the result of the European Parliament Vote which has seen the Copyright Directive adopted.

Eleanor McEvoy, Chair of IMRO said, “This is a fantastic result for the music and broader creative sectors, and I would like to thank those MEPs who have been continually supportive of our position during the past three years. Today’s result is the official recognition by European institutions that culture has meaning, that it has value, that it is worth something. I am delighted for our 12,000 members – songwriters and publishers who work hard every day, and who share their output with the world to enjoy. It now means that creators will be paid fairly for their work, and that is absolutely fundamental.”

Victor Finn, CEO of IMRO said, “This is a historic day for Irish music and the broader European cultural sector. We thank those MEPs who have been supportive in recent years, for their determination, even in the face of apparently intense challenge. The next step will be transposition into Irish law, and at IMRO, we look forward to continuing to engage with our political representatives, so many of whom who have been very supportive of Irish music.”

O Emperor win the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2018

O Emperor have been announced as the winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2018 for the album Jason (self released). The judging panel, made up of Irish music media professionals, deliberated at length earlier tonight before choosing the winning album.

Chairman of the judging panel Tony Clayton-Lea commented “Once again 2018 was a terrific year for the quality of Irish albums released, and the judging process reflected this.  Of all the years that I have been chairman of the judging panel, this year was the closest in terms of winner and runner up, with Kojaque’s album Deli Daydreams pipped at the post by O Emperor.”

O Emperor received a cheque for €10,000, a prize which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) – as well as a specially-commissioned award.

The winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year was also announced and Picture This won the prize for their song “One Drink”. Decided by the public via the RTÉ and Choice Music Prize websites, fans were given the chance to get behind their favourite song.

The sold-out event in Vicar Street was hosted by RTÉ 2FM’s Eoghan McDermott and was broadcast live on the station on a specially-extended Louise McSharry show.

RTÉ2 will broadcast a one-hour TV highlights programme of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize featuring performances from the acts and interviews by Bláthnaid Treacy on Sunday March 17th at 11.15pm.

Earlier during the day, the “Conversations” conference took place at IMRO, which was attended by international and Irish industry.

IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards Winners

Tonight, Tuesday 26th February,’s Paddy McKenna hosted the always highly anticipated IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards, now in its eleventh year, at the Irish Music Rights Organisation Headquarters in Dublin.

The award for National Live Music Venue of the Year 2018 (via public vote) went to The Sugar Club, Dublin.

Of the annual awards voted by over 12,500 IMRO members Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive said “We’re privileged in Ireland to have such a vibrant and eclectic live music scene, which is the backbone of the music industry as a whole. We feel it is vital to acknowledge the venues and festivals who support live music from a musician’s first performance right through to internationally known headline artists on main stages. It is these venues and festivals across the country that allow music creators to continue making music and bring it to new audiences.”

Other winners in the regional categories include

Dublin – The Sugar Club, Dublin

Rest of Leinster –  The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Connacht – Monroe’s, Galway

Munster – Live at St Luke’s,  Cork

Ulster –  An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Also nabbing accolades for IMRO Live Music Festival of the Year and IMRO Small Live Music Festival 2018 were All Together Now and Wexford Spiegeltent Festival respectively.

Olympia Theatre, Dublin picked up the award for IMRO Tech Crew of the Year.

The IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music accolade was awarded this year to Joe Clarke, co-founder of CWB, a music focused management and production company with offices in Dublin and a residential production studio in Co. Tipperary. With a background in venue ownership and management, together with partners Paul Webb and Paul Boland he opened CWB in 2008 with the Rubberbandits being their first management client. Following their worldwide success, the company expanded adding The Strypes and Le Galaxie to their roster. Currently, CWB manages Bitch Falcon, The Blizzards, Mark Mc Cabe, RSAG, Jack O’Rourke, Kormac, Stomptown Brass, Maud in Cahoots, Jerry Fish, Montauk Hotel, Thumper, Paddy Dennehy and more.

Performances on the night came from Pillow QueensMoncrieff and Inhaler.

Hot Press Editor Niall Stokes also gave special commendations, presenting awards to Mike the Pies, Listowel Hot Press Live Venue of the Year for 2018, Live at St. Luke’s, Cork and The Chasin’ Bull, Bundoran.

He said: “This is a hugely optimistic moment for Irish music. There is an extraordinary talent pool here. A growing number of artists and bands are releasing music of real heft. And as a result Irish artists are achieving significant successes beyond these shores in greater numbers than ever before. But it is still extremely difficult for musicians to earn a living. Which is why a vibrant live music scene is so important.

Hot Press is really proud to be part of the IMRO Live Music Venue Awards. The purpose of the awards is to celebrate the contribution made by the people who run venues and book shows all over Ireland. Over the past few years, we have seen a resurgence in live gigs – which is reflected in the venues that Hot Press is honouring tonight. It is a deep love of music – as well as an entrepreneurial spirit and a sense of fun – which inspires a great venue like Mike The Pies in Listowel. And the same is true, in different ways, of the people behind Live at St. Luke’s in Cork and The Chasin’ Bull in Bundoran. Long may they – and venues like them – continue to thrive.”

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.

IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year 2018 Winners

IMRO National Live Venue of the Year 2018 – The Sugar Club, Dublin

IMRO Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year 2018 – The Sugar Club, Dublin  

IMRO Rest of Leinster Live Music Venue of the Year 2018 – The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth

IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year 2018 – Monroe’s, Galway

IMRO Munster Live Music Venue of the Year 2018 – Live at St Luke’s, Cork

IMRO Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year 2018 – An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2018 – All Together Now

IMRO Small Music Festival of the Year 2018 – Wexford Spiegeltent Festival

IMRO Tech Crew of the Year Award 2018 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Hot Press Live Venue of the Year for 2018 – Mike the Pies, Listowel with special Hot Press commendations going to Live at St Luke’s, Cork and The Chasin’ Bull, Bundoran.

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