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Sony PlayStation Game Music Royalties

In April 2020, our affiliated society PRS for Music will distribute royalties from Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe for music used in all games downloaded from the Sony PlayStation Store between 2016 and 2017. 

If your music was used in this way during this period in the following countries: UK, Republic of Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, we ask that you contact IMRO immediately at ei.ormi@snoitubirtsid or 353 1 6614844.  Deadline for submissions Friday 7th February.

The Ivors 2020 Call for Entries is open

Marking its 65th year, The Ivors will return to the Grosvenor House in London on Thursday 21 May, to celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing, recognising exceptional talent in British and Irish music writing. Songwriters and screen composers are invited to submit eligible works across the following categories:

Best Song Musically and Lyrically
Best Contemporary Song
Best Album
Best Original Film Score
Best Television Soundtrack
Best Original Video Game Score

Anyone can enter a work, including the songwriter or composer. To be eligible, works must have a British or Irish writing contribution of at least 33.3% and have been commercially released in the UK during the calendar year ending 31 December 2019.The deadline to enter is 23:59 on 6 February 2020. Visit here for full details and The Ivors Rules and Guidelines.

Dermot Kennedy Presented with IMRO Award

IMRO took the opportunity to present Dermot Kennedy with an IMRO Number 1 Award before the second of his two sold out dates in Dublin’s 3Arena over the Christmas period. The IMRO Award was in recognition of his album ‘Without Fear’, which topped the Album Chart following its release in late September.

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

The release of Kennedy’s long-awaited LP was followed by his biggest ever UK tour dates, plus two huge homecoming gigs at Dublin’s 3Arena in December — all proof that the 27 year old, already known the world over for his bruising voice and bracing lyrics, is ready to go to the next level. The 12-track album is “my best effort in presenting myself to the world,” he thinks. And as ever, it shows his ability to span a whole range of emotions, often in the space of just one song.

“I wanted it to represent darkness and sorrow but also hope, and that battle between them, and the way that in life you’ll inevitably experience beautiful things and terrible things,” he says of the album. ‘Without Fear’ dwells directly on a time when, just as he fell in love, he lost a close family friend. Writing songs has helped him deal with that rollercoaster time. “This is the only way I know how to put feelings across,” he says. “Great people like Van Morrison, they did this too. So you’ve got to do it.”

Few doubt that Kennedy is on the way to being one of the greats himself. Thanks to the success of songs like ‘Lost’, ‘Outnumbered’ or the career-defining ‘Power Over Me,’ he has gained over 600 million streams and boasts 7 million listeners monthly on Spotify alone. He has received a nod in the BBC Sound Of 2019 and was voted NPR Slingshot’s Best New Artist of 2018. He has toured Europe, America and Australia, and made his debut on US television on the Stephen Colbert show, soon followed by an incredible performance on The Ellen Show. His sold-out headline tours have shifted over 100,000 tickets including a recent career-defining performance at the Filmore Auditorium in Denver to a 4000-strong audience. “I’m still pinching myself every time we put a tour on sale and it sells out,” says Kennedy, whose hypnotic live shows have become word-of-mouth sensations.

“When I do a gig, I gather people say, ‘Oh it’s amazing how you’re so passionate and put that energy out there,’” he recounts. “That’s because I give you all I’ve got. If 4000 people show up and put their faith in me… I just feel like I’ve got an obligation.”

‘Without Fear’ is full of the anthems which Kennedy has made his name with. The main inspiration is the time where, just as he met the woman who would become his partner, his sister’s boyfriend was killed in a freak flood. For Kennedy, it was a defining moment. “A lot of my songs have her in them, but obviously have my grief in there too,” he says. The LP has a narrative running from bliss to loss to redemption — “it’s very important for me to have an album that has a story running through it,” he confirms. In an era of quick hits and disposable tracks, Kennedy wants to make something enduring. “Everyone I look up to does that,” he explains. “People like Kendrick Lamar, Hozier, J.Cole, Bon Iver – they all have projects that mean something.”

The sound of the album is a mix of similar influences, acoustic song writing mixed with an electronic, hip-hop edge. Kennedy’s sound is rooted first and foremost in his childhood in rural Ireland, in a household always playing songwriters like Damien Rice or David Gray. When he was given his first guitar aged 11, it was their footsteps he started in. He gained new inspiration, though, when he came across seminal rap albums by the likes of 50 Cent. “It’s just so exciting as an art form,” he says of rap. “It’s almost the most potent.”

Yet another influence is def poetry, which a friend on his football team first switched him onto when he was 18. This virtuosic spoken word verse is “almost an elite level type of rap”, says Kennedy, and is great schooling when it comes to song writing. “You can’t hide at all. Every single line and every single beat have to be perfect. So those are the people who inspire me the most.”

The album brings all these cultures together and more to produce something bracing and original. Kennedy doesn’t want the album to be just one thing – “we’re trying to push things, sound-wise,” he confirms. His standards are, he admits, very high now. “I never, ever want to be seen as somebody who took a shortcut because it seemed like a good idea.” But fans who know him know that a shortcut is the last thing he offers. Indeed, the release of ‘Without Fear’ will provide them with an even deeper connection to Dermot Kennedy’s world. And he needs the fans, he admits, as much as they need him. 

“I think it’s the most beautiful way to get to be a musician,” he says. “To travel the world and play your songs every night. It saves you every day.”

RTÉ Choice Music Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2019, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced today on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by Jim Carroll, chairman of the judging panel. The shortlist is as follows:

Daithi – L.O.S.S. (Strange Brew)
Mick Flannery – Mick Flannery (Rosaleen Records)
Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel (Partisan Records)
Girl Band – The Talkies (Rough Trade Records)
Jafaris – Stride (DFL)
Junior Brother – Pull the Right Rope (Strange Brew)
Lankum – The Livelong Day (Rough Trade Records)
Soak – Grim Town (Rough Trade Records)
Maija Sofia – Bath Time (Trapped Animal Records)
Sorcha Richardson  – First Prize Bravery (Faction Records)

The Irish Album of the Year 2019 will be announced at the Live Event and will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four hour extended programme from 7-11pm, with a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize highlights programme going out on RTÉ2 television the following week.

The 15th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate the best in Irish recorded music.   The Prize has become one of the music industry highlights of the year since its inception in 2005. The Irish Album of the Year award is chosen from a shortlist of ten albums by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts. The full list of judges is on the RTÉ Choice Music Prize

RAAP and Culture Ireland are also official project partners of the RTE Choice Music Prize.

Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas Industry executives to attend the RTE Choice Music Prize Live Event and RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” will return and take place in IMRO during the day on the 5th.

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are on sale now from all Ticketmaster outlets and from priced €28.00 including booking fee.

The Ivors | Rising Star Award with Apple Music

Presented at The Ivors on 21 May next year, the Award will honour young British or Irish songwriting and composing talent who demonstrate exceptional potential and ambition. The Award is open to music creators across all genres aged between 18-24. In addition to receiving an Ivor Novello Award at the ceremony, the winner will also receive ongoing support and mentorship from the Apple Music team.

The Rising Star Award with Apple Music is free to enter, and entrants must be an Under 25 member of The Ivors Academy. Entries are open now and will close on Monday 16 December 2019.

The introduction of the new Award comes after last month’s announcement detailing a three year collaboration between The Ivors Academy and Apple Music, which looks to bring wider exposure and development opportunities for members of the Academy and the community of music creators.

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RTÉ Choice Music Prize Returns for Its 15th Year

In association with IMRO and IRMA
Vicar Street, Dublin – Thursday 5th March 2020 | Tickets on sale this Friday 29th November

RTÉ Choice Music Prize is back and continues to champion Irish music.  Key dates for 2020’s event announced today live on 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by previous nominees, The Academic.

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize Live Event will take place on Thursday 5th March 2020 in Vicar Street, Dublin. Tickets go on sale this Friday 29th November at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets and priced €28.00 including booking fee.

Other key dates include:
Irish Album of the Year 2019 Shortlist Announcement – Wednesday 8th January 2020.
Irish Song of the Year 2019 Shortlist Announcement – Wednesday 29th January 2020.

The Irish Album of the Year 2019 will be announced at the Live Event and will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four hour extended programme from 7-11pm, with a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize highlights programme going out on RTÉ2 television the following week.

We are delighted to continue our longstanding association with Irelands critically acclaimed music prize. Irish music continues to push new boundaries and the Choice Music Prize provides a great platform for new music to resonate so strongly with audiences in Ireland and important overseas markets”. Victor Finn, Chief Executive of IMRO.

Adrian Lynch, Head of Audiences, Channels and Marketing, RTÉ, said, “Our channels are once again ready to play a central role in helping all this year’s nominees make a big impact and reach new audiences. From the strong engagement we get across our social channels to the positive reaction we receive to our broadcast of the awards event, we are looking forward to doing all we can to make 2019 another year to remember for all nominees.”

Dan Healy, Head of RTÉ 2FM, said, “The RTÉ Choice Music Prize continues to provide a wonderful opportunity, not just on 2FM, but right across RTÉ to shine a spotlight, like no one else, on the very best in Irish music- and what a year it has been. There are so many incredible Irish artists right now and we are more than happy to support them on 2FM. Our all-Irish music days, which we developed to support our RTÉ Choice Music Prize partnership, remain one of the most popular things we do on the station. So, here’s to another great year for Irish artists and for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize on 2FM.”

RTÉ Choice Music Prize ‘Conversations’ will return and take place at IMRO HQ on the day of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Live Event. ‘Conversations’ is an international music forum designed to encourage frank exchanges amongst panellists and with the audiences to challenge and elucidate the biggest prevailing issues confronting artists and industry professionals.

The 15th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate the best in Irish recorded music.   The Prize has become one of the music industry highlights of the year since its inception in 2005. The Irish Album of the Year award is chosen from a shortlist of ten albums by a panel of eleven Irish music media professionals and industry experts.

The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA).

The Choice Music Prize continues to highlight new music in Ireland.  IRMA supports the Choice Music Prize as it recognising the extraordinary talent that has emerged in recent times in Ireland.  Irish acts continue to shine at home and abroad reaffirming our position as a source of enviable musical talent.   The Choice Music Prize honours these talents and IRMA congratulates all nominees and wishes them the best of luck for the future.” Willie Kavanagh, Chairman of IRMA.

All shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award.

RAAP and Culture Ireland are also official project partners of the RTE Choice Music Prize.

Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas Industry executives to attend the RTE Choice Music Prize Live Event on March 5th.

The Choice Music Prize website has published a list of Irish albums released to date in 2019. This list can be viewed at and notified by email regarding any additions moc.ezirpcisumeciohc@ofni

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event will go on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets and from on this Friday 29th November priced €28.00 including booking fee.

LAUNCH IMAGES ISSUED BY MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY (featuring RTÉ 2FM presenter, Tracy Clifford, RTÉ presenter, Blathnaid Tracy and Craig Fitzgerald and Matthew Murtagh of Irish band and previous nominees, The Academic)

Michael O’Riordan | Watermill Music Publishing | RIP

The Boards of the Irish Music Rights Organisation CLG (IMRO), Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (Ireland) Ltd (MCPSI) and the Music Publishers Association of Ireland would like to acknowledge the very sad news of the recent passing of their friend and colleague Michael O’Riordan. Michael was a major player in the success of Release Records in the late 1960s, when the Irish music scene was mainly dominated by that label and its unrivalled catalogue of showbands, ballad singers and cabaret acts. He was an unrelenting campaigner for more use of all types of Irish music on radio and television. More recently he concentrated on the publishing side of the business through his Watermill publishing company. He also devoted much of his time to mentoring those coming up through the music industry. He was a director and committee member of IMRO and MCPSI, served on the Music Board of Ireland and was the current president of the Music Publishers Association of Ireland.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy and children Sinead, Catriona and Emmet.

Farewell dear friend.

IMRO Members Nominated in 2020 GRAMMY Awards

Congratulations to IMRO members Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Cranberries and RuthAnne on their recent nominations in the 2020 GRAMMY Awards.

Rodrigo y Gabriela’s ‘Mettavolution’ has been nominated for the GRAMMY Awards’ Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, 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 Cranberries final album ‘In The End’ has been nominated in the Best Rock Album category. The album was released earlier this year in memory of frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan. “We are humbly honoured with the news that our final album ‘In The End’ has been nominated for a 2020 Grammy in the category of Best Rock Album. It’s a fitting tribute to Dolores and her truly amazing talents. She would be immensely proud,” the band shared. The album is a strong goodbye from the band to their fans, a fitting tribute to their bandmate and friend and, most importantly, a collection of powerful songs that can take their rightful place with The Cranberries’ previous six records.

RuthAnne is a featured songwriter on John Legend’s album ‘A Legendary Christmas’ which was nominated in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category. RuthAnne is a much in demand songwriter and has written for artists such as Niall Horan, Britney Spears, JoJo, One Direction, Westlife and many more. October saw the release of ‘Matters Of The Heart’, own solo debut album. Reacting to her nominated, RuthAnne expressed her excitement, congratulating John Legend and sharing, “Thank you for letting me write on this amazing album with you.

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

Image Courtesy of the Recording Academy™/Getty Images © 2019

Paris Texas Named Irish Pub of the Year 2019

Paris Texas in Kilkenny is celebrating after being named National Pub of the Year at the Irish Pub Awards 2019.  The Kilkenny pub was crowned national champion after winning the Innovative Pub of the Year, one of nine categories announced at last night’s Gala Awards in the Concert Hall, RDS, Dublin 4. 

The Irish Pub Awards are jointly presented by Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and The Licenced Vintners Association (LVA). This year over 1,700 applications were made to the Irish Pub Awards which are now in their third year. This figure has trebled since the introduction of the awards, which proves that this programme is being recognised by publicans around Ireland as a valuable way to promote their business.

Ever since Paris Texas was set up in 1996 by Pat Crotty, the pub has set out to be significantly different from its competitors.  It offers a new concept in food, along with entertainment most evenings and serves an extensive range of beer and spirits to challenge its customers’ taste buds. Since 2006, continuous development of Paris Texas has included redevelopment of the premises, the introduction of innovative new products, technology systems and significant investment to ensure environmental sustainability.

The Irish Pub Awards nine category winners are:

  • Best Music Pub sponsored by IMRO: Kavanagh’s Bar and Venue, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
  • Best Food Pub sponsored by Musgrave MarketPlace: Murph’s Gastro Pub at Derragarra Inn, Butlers Bridge, Co. Cavan.
  • Best Tourist Pub sponsored by Molson Coors: Malzards Pub, Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny.
  • Innovative Pub of the Year sponsored by Bank of Ireland Payment Acceptance: Paris Texas, Kilkenny.
  • Best Local Pub sponsored by Diageo: Harry Byrne’s Pub, Clontarf, Dublin 3.
  • Outstanding Customer Service sponsored by Heineken:  Aunty Lena’s and Adare Court House, Adare, Co. Limerick.
  • Best Outdoor Space sponsored by Bulmers:  The Courtyard on Sober Lane, Sullivan’s Quay, Cork.
  • Best Newcomer sponsored by Edward Dillon: The Rusty Mackerel, Teelin, Co Donegal.
  • Best Late Night Bar sponsored by Irish Distillers – Pernod Ricard: Café en Seine, Dublin 2.
Best Music Pub : Padraic McGann, President VFI, Sarah Sweetnam, Financial Director, IMRO, Gavin Fitzpatrick, PJ Kavanagh, Niamh Kavanagh, Matthew Daly Minogue, Kavanagh’s Bar & Venue, Portlaoise, Laois, Ronan Lynch, Chairman LVA. (c) Conor McCabe Photography

Speaking at the Irish Pub Awards: Padraic McGann, VFI President expressed his delight at the number of award entries this year and congratulated all the finalists:  “Paris Texas and all tonight’s winners and finalists represent the very best in Irish pubs around the country.  All winners faced very stiff competition to reach the final.  Irish pubs are the hub of any community – a warm destination to meet friends where they can enjoy good food and drink, music and entertainment and where tourists can mingle with locals to experience an Irish atmosphere at its best.  These awards reflect the high quality of our pubs across Ireland, their ongoing investment in raising standards and their importance as community centres.”

LVA Chairman, Ronan Lynch added: “The Irish Pub Awards have clearly established themselves as the definitive awards programme within the pub industry by trebling the number of entries in this its third year to over 1,700.  The programme has been acknowledged for the excellent national and local media coverage attained along with the in-depth management training that all finalists have received that is beneficial to their business. We are very pleased with the growth and success of the Awards in such a short time and it has now become a great vehicle to highlight the vital contribution that pubs make to Irish business, community and tourism.”

IMRO Showcase Opportunity at Temple Bar TradFest 2020

As part of the exciting programme of events taking place at Temple Bar TradFest 2020 IMRO will host a series of music showcases and industry events over the course of the festival.

Music groups or artists interested in putting themselves forward to perform at one of these showcases should email an audio and/or website link to ei.ormi@stneve before Friday 15th November 2019. (please include Temple Bar TradFest in the subject matter of your email)

TradFest has grown over the past ten years to become a firm fixture on the Irish festival calendar. Year-on-year it has seen a huge increase in international visitors from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Spain and Germany. The festival has presented some of the biggest names in Irish music alongside many exciting new performers and musicians. Families will not be disappointed either, with outdoor stages carrying an emphasis on young Irish music and dance talent; street entertainment and a children’s club being just some of the many free events taking place during the festival.

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