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Italy Listening Room Songwriters Retreat | March 17-24 Tuscany | IMRO Member Discount

The medieval hillside town of Castiglion Fiorentino, one hour from Florence/two hours from Rome by train, will host the March 17-24 Listening Room Retreat, held in the lovely Residence Le Santucce, with modern comforts and amenities within walls dating back to 1000 A.D. and a €70 discount for IMRO members) off the €595* price.  (*Housing and meals booked separately to provide greater budget flexibility for participants).

www.listeningroomretreats.com

 

 

The 64th Ivor Novello Awards Opens For Entries

BASCA calls for the submission of works across six nominated categories for The Ivors 2019

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has opened the call for entries across six nominated categories for the 64th Ivor Novello Awards. The Ivors 2019 will take place on Thursday 23rd May 2019 at London’s Grosvenor House.

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. BASCA invites eligible submissions in the following categories, across song and album releases, film, television and video games scores:

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 31st December 2018. This year all works will be judged anonymously and entrants must remove any reference to the songwriters or composers who created the work on submitted materials. The Ivors represents peer recognition with all categories judged by members of the music writing community.

The Ivors Rules and Guidelines should be viewed on its dedicated award entry site https://basca.secure-platform.com prior to entering eligible works. Deadline for entries is Thursday 7th February 2019

IMRO Partners With Keychange

INITIATIVE AIMS TO INVEST IN FEMALE MUSIC CREATORS AND ADDRESS THE GENDER BALANCE IN FESTIVAL LINE UPS

The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) is delighted to announce its sponsorship of Keychange, a pioneering international initiative which aims to see music festival line-ups achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022 whilst investing in the next generation of female talent in music.

Since 2017, Keychange has been empowering  women from across Europe to transform the future of music with the help of European festivals and conferences who have signed up to a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. 60 emerging artists and music business innovators from across Europe have performed and collaborated at international festivals and taken part in workshops and creative labs which make up the Keychange extensive support programme.

As Keychange grows and develops with over 140 festivals signing the pledge and a Keychange manifesto launched recently in the EU Parliament, IMRO is proud to join in as a supporter of the next phase of Keychange which is currently being prepared by PRS Foundation and partners. IMRO’s support will enable female artists and innovators from Ireland to take part in this unique initiative and collaborate with their peers from an extended network of 12 countries.

Speaking at the announcement of the partnership, 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.”

Amongst the 140 international music festivals and conferences which have pledged to achieve a 50:50 gender balance across their line-ups by 2022, are Ireland’s Hard Working Class Heroes, and international festivals such as BBC Proms, Bestival, Canadian Music Week, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Iceland Airwaves, Midem, Kendal Calling, Reeperbahn Festival and many more.

Hard Working Class Heroes director Angela Dorgan said “Ireland has been supporting the Keychange initiative through the work of Hard Working Class Heroes who have joined as the Irish participating festival to grow the initiative further around the world. As part of the offcial sign up HWCH achieved 50:50 gender balance in 2017 and 55 :45 in 2018. We look forward to the artists and professionals from Ireland benefitting from this scheme and look forward to widening network and showcase opportunities to other artists and professional who will visit us in Ireland.”

Vanessa Reed, CEO of PRS Foundation and Keychange Founder said, “We’re delighted that IMRO has confirmed support of this international talent development programme and movement towards change.  Women from six European countries benefitted from collaboration, performance and training opportunities in the first phase of Keychange. IMRO’s support means that Irish artists and innovators will be able to join this network in 2019 when we’ll be launching a wider reaching programme with many more partners including First Music Contact in Dublin who will host international performances and visits at Working Class Heroes”.

Last month Keychange presented a manifesto for change at the European Parliament in Brussels, with the aim of encouraging a gender balanced music industry worldwide.

Some of the recommendations in the manifesto include: addressing the gender pay gap by establishing pay grades; anonymising recruitment processes; adopting health & safety and ethics policies which tackle sexual harassment; investing in mentoring and leadership training for women; and implementing paid shared parental leave for freelancers.

Keychange is led by PRS Foundation, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in partnership with Musikcentrum Öst, Reeperbahn Festival, Iceland Airwaves, BIME, Tallinn Music Week, Way Out West, Liverpool Sound City and Mutek.

It is sponsored by Spotify, IMRO, GEMA, STEF, SGAE Foundation, Ableton, Trackd, Gorwelion Horizons, OMDC, Roskilde Foundation, British Council, Songtrust, Soundcloud and STIM.

https://keychange.eu

 

 

Music Minds | A One – Day Festival Bringing Musical Minds Together in the West of Ireland This January

Music Minds 2019 is an IMRO sponsored one day multi-genre music festival made up of workshops, debates, films and live performances for those interested in the advancing music industry, its lineage and its rapidly changing vista through technology.

Perhaps, most exciting of all is that we are taking this celebration of all things contemporary Irish music with a focus on the emerging technologies and advances in the industry and bringing it back to where it all began, the mecca of traditional Irish music, Doolin Co.Clare.

Set in the heart of the village, Music Minds takes place on January 19th in Hotel Doolin. A dream setting to stave off the winter chill and surround yourself with like minded music fanatics with a thirst for knowledge on the ever evolving technology and platforms associated with the industry, with workshops, demos, panel discussion and live performances from the best of contemporary alternative artists and professionals.

Brought to you by Musician & Producer Simon O’Reilly and Happenings, the folks behind IMRO’s Best Small Festival Another Love Story, this is a unique festival for musical minds to gather, network, learn and be entertained in the wild and inspirational setting in the West of Ireland.

Live:

David Kitt | Donal Dineen | Katie Kim | RSAG | Solkatt | The Mud Bubble | Anna Mullarkey | Emmet Condon | Tiny Dancers For Kids

Workshops:

Music Documentary Making | Live Visuals | Electronic Percussion | Pedal Board

Music Minds Debate Panel:

Donal Dineen | Una Molloy | Eamonn Doyle | Emmet Condon | Sharon Phelan | More TBA

Films:

Man of Aran with Live Score
Arbutus Yarns Films

Tickets:

Available here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/music-minds-festival-tickets-52531651584

The Full Sh’bang (access to workshops, demonstrations and live performances)  €35
The Evening Party (access to venue from 6:30pm)  €20
Family Beat (2 adults + 2 kids all day access) €75
Kids Under 12 (entry until 9pm)  €10

 

Web: http://musicmindsfestival.ie/

Sponsored by IMRO

RTÉ Choice Music Prize Is Back | In Association with IMRO and IRMA

RTÉ Choice Music Prize is back and continues to champion Irish music with key dates for 2019’s event announced today on 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show with Chasing Abbey (Song of the Year 2017 winners) performing live.

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize Live Event will take place on Thursday 7th March 2019 in Vicar Street, Dublin. Tickets go on sale this Friday 23rd November from Ticketmaster outlets and http://www.ticketmaster.ie priced €28.00 including booking fee.

Other key dates include:

Irish Album of the Year 2018 Shortlist Announcement – Wednesday 9th January 2019
Irish Song of the Year 2018 Shortlist Announcement – Wednesday 30th January 2019

The Irish Album of the Year 2018 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.

2018 has witnessed another incredible year for Irish music.  A wealth of emerging artists have made serious inroads in various international territories, clearly demonstrating the creative force of Irish music creators right now. Choice Music Prize recognises and champions some of our finest songwriters and IMRO is delighted to continue its longstanding association with this prestigious music prizeVictor Finn, Chief Executive of IMRO.

According to Alan Swan, Director of Music, 2FM,Giving airplay to emerging and established Irish talent is at the very core of what we do at 2FM and our RTÉ Choice Music Prize All-Irish music days, which celebrate Irish music and artists, have become one of the most popular features on the station. This has been such an exciting year for Irish music and we can’t wait to celebrate it with the RTÉ Choice Music Prize on 2FM.”

RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” will return and take place on the day of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Live Event. Making its debut last year, this imaginative and provocative international music forum is 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 14th 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 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).

This year RTÉ Choice Music Prize have also partnered with Yangaroo Music Ireland who will provide all eligible artists a simple, free route for instant delivery of a digital copy of their eligible album directly to the Irish Album of the Year judging panel.  Yangaroo Music Ireland (http://www.yangaroomusic.ie) offer a professional digital delivery service for Labels and Artists to deliver their new music releases instantly to media, venues, festivals and promoters in Ireland.

The Choice Music Prize website has published a list of Irish albums released to date in 2018. This list can be viewed and updated by logging onto http://www.choicemusicprize.ie.

 

Screen Composers Guild of Ireland Launched

The Screen Composers Guild of Ireland (SCGI) is the newly established representative body for professional Irish and Irish based composers who provide original music for use in film, TV, animation, video games and advertising content. SCGI brings together, for the first time, some of Ireland’s most prominent and active composers for screen with the aim to promote and increase visibility for this key creative sector. SCGI seeks to become an active voice and conversation partner within the Irish audiovisual industry and it is welcomed by an existing network of audiovisual guilds in Ireland including SPI, SDGI and the screen writer’s guilds. SCGI is also a member of the European composer alliance – ESCA, and are contributing to the international conversation on protecting and promoting the creative industries Ireland.

Bringing together a wealth of experience and talent in its membership, SCGI offers an opportunity for screen composers to contribute to the development and growth of their own sector both here and internationally and to contribute to the ambition to grow the audiovisual industry in Ireland and deliver a global reputation for excellence in media production. SCGI will offer skills and development resources to both members and wider industry, seeking to build capacity in the sector and enhance the use of music for screen by productions.

Original music for screen is a crucial creative element in the production of new media content. Music plays a vital role in creating the narrative, delivering emotional cues, informing on genre, era, location, giving pace and exhilaration to scenes or arousing fear and anticipation. Original musical score delivers a custom tailored musical element to an audiovisual production, with its own distinct IP value and cultural capital. Original score can range from one composer creating a full soundtrack using music creation technology, to a composer working with a full orchestra to deliver powerful performances which can resonate well beyond the film or production. Composers for screen generate employment opportunities for performers, orchestrators, sound engineers, recording studios and deliver culture capital and economic return from the creation of musical works of lasting importance.

Ireland has a wealth of skilled musical talent working in this sector, composer members of SCGI work in all genres of music and deliver to all areas of audiovisual production. SCGI aims to promote and make visible the work of creators in this area, to promote the contribution and value of music as a creative element and to improve the status and rights of composers working to deliver music to the audiovisual sector. A key objective of SCGI is to contribute in a positive and proactive manner and to create relationships of value with funders, broadcasters, producers, industry stakeholders and Government departments in Ireland and to promote and facilitate the growth of Irish composers internationally.

SCGI founding members
Niall Byrne, Bill Whelan, Stephen Rennicks, Darren Hendley, Daragh O Toole, Rod Morris, Brian Whelan, Greg Magee, Mark Murphy, Rori Coleman, Michael Fleming , Stefan French, Denis Kilty, Liam Bates, Ken Touhy, John Mc Phillips, Maurice Roycroft, Kevin Whyms, Denis Clohessy, Ivan Fitzpatrick, Giles Packham, Ray Harman, Anna Rice, Brian Crosby, John G Walsh, Sarah Lynch, Hugh Rodgers, Stephen Lynch, Nick Seymour.

SCGI Board of Directors
Brian Crosby (Chair), Giles Packham, Ray Harman, Anna Rice, John G Walsh, Sarah Lynch, Hugh Rodgers.

Executive
SCGI CEO is Sarah Glennane a music and audiovisual industry professional who authored the Music for Screen in Ireland report and has been instrumental in the setting up of SCGI.

Download a Summary Report Here

Download the Full Report Here

 

For more information or for queries on industry events or festival please contact:  Sarah Glennane: 

Twitter: @screencomposer2 

CISAC 2018 Global Collections Report Highlights Growth in Digital Royalties

Global royalties’ collections for creators of music, audiovisual, visual arts, drama and literature rose to a record high of €9.6 billion in 2017, up 6.2% on the previous year, according to the 2018 Global Collections Report published today by CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers).

Royalties from digital income are reported over the €1 billion mark for the first time after a 24.0% increase in 2017. Digital collections have nearly tripled (up 166%) in the last five years, boosted by the streaming boom and, lately, by surging consumer uptake of video streaming services.

Music royalties have grown to €8.3 billion, up 6.0%, with digital also reported over €1 billion for the first time.

Despite digital’s rise for all repertoires to €1.27 billion, revenues from digital uses remain far below collections from broadcast, live and background uses. Only 13% of creators’ royalties come from digital sources (up from 11%), a reflection of the gross mismatch between the volume of creative work being made available via digital channels and the amounts being returned to creators.

It is the fifth consecutive year of global growth for creators, and the first to see increases in all repertoires. Solid growth in TV and radio collections suggests surging digital revenues are not currently cannibalising traditional markets. In 16 of the top 20 digital collecting countries, broadcast royalties saw growth.

Commenting on the Report, CISAC Director General Gadi Oron said: “This impressive performance proves that authors’ societies are delivering value to the millions of creators they represent around the world. They have responded to rapidly changing technology, licensing digital services in new flexible ways and handling trillions of data transactions. And they are fighting for the best licensing terms and the highest royalties possible in a world where powerful users are determined to avoid, or minimise, paying a fair return for their work”.

CISAC President, electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre said: “CISAC is at the heart of a battle for the future of over 4 million creators worldwide. I am passionately involved in this struggle. Europe has now recognised that it is time for change: it is not acceptable for the law to shield large tech monopolies and sustain a systemic injustice for creators. There is now a message to get to the rest of the world: it is time for other governments to sit up and follow”.

The CISAC Global Collections Report provides exclusive in-depth data and analysis from CISAC’s 239 member authors’ societies in 121 countries. The 2018 Report includes:
•10 individual country case studies;
•breakdowns by region;
•global growth forecasts on video streaming;
•for the first time, comprehensive pages of raw data including country and repertoire rankings.

Global Collections Report highlights:
•Music collections increase 6.0% to €8.34 billion
•Audiovisual collections rise 6.8% to €611 million
•Literature collections climb 5.2% to €227 million
•Visual arts royalties jump 19.0% to €208 million
•Dramatic repertoire collections grow 3.7%
•TV and radio continue to be the top use category at €3.89 billion, followed by live and background at €2.74 billion

CISAC’s global network of 239 societies licenses content and collects royalties on behalf of 4 million creators for uses including TV, radio, live, background, digital and private copying.

Download the 2018 Global Collections Report.

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Composing for Dr Who and The Radiophonic Workshop

Presented by Belfast Media Festival 2018

Composer Mark Ayres of the Radiophonic Workshop presents an illustrated history of the pioneering BBC department from its founding in 1958 to its more recent independent reincarnation.

He also deconstructs their most famous creation: the original Doctor Who theme as realised in 1963 by Delia Derbyshire.

Time: 12.30 – 1.30 pm

Date: Friday 16th November

Location: The Mac Centre, Belfast

FREE Event

http://www.belfastmediafestival.co.uk/

 

Gemma Bradley Announced as Winner of IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition

Singer-songwriter Gemma Bradley, originally from Derry but now based in Dublin, was crowned the winner of the 8th annual IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition with her song ‘Berserk’.

The live final took place on Saturday, 3rd November at The Ashe Hotel, Tralee, with a special guest performance from songwriter Don Mescall who was joined by Stella Parton. Ten finalists were selected from just under 300 entries from across Ireland and beyond to perform their original song in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges.

Speaking at the announcement of the winner Gemma said: “I am so thrilled to be named the winner of this year’s Christie Hennessy Song Competition – I still can’t believe it! Thanks so much to the judges for selecting me. It’s been such a surreal experience, the level of talent there was amazing! Just so thrilled!

Gemma was presented with a cheque for €1,000, courtesy of CARA Credit Union. London and Donegal native Leila Jane received €300 as a worthy runner-up for her Franz Kafka inspired song ‘Look Away From Our Creation’.

The competition which is a tribute to one of Tralee’s most famous sons received almost 300 entries from across Ireland and beyond. Now in its eighth year, the competition has grown in stature over the years to become one of Ireland’s leading song competitions and continues to attract a high calibre of songwriters from Ireland and overseas, covering a broad range of musical genres. Previous winners have included Paul McDonnell, Dave Molloy, Alan Kavanagh, Enda Reilly/Christine Deady, Míde Houlihan & Katie O’Connor and Curtis Walsh.

https://www.facebook.com/GemmaBradleyMusic/
https://www.facebook.com/LeilaJaneMusic/

Photo: Joe Hanley

It’s Back | Other Voices Dingle 2018

Following a glorious Autumn stopover in Ballina, Co, Mayo, Other Voices journeys home to Dingle, Co. Kerry for a beautiful winter weekend of music, song and story from November 30th, 2018.

The IMRO Other Room will showcase six of Ireland’s most exciting new acts, filmed for the 2019 TV series in front of a live audience. Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive said: “Other Voices has a long tradition of presenting the very best in musical talent from these shores and further afield and IMRO is delighted to once again play a part in bringing this iconic show to our screens. The IMRO Other Room opens a door each year to some of our finest emerging songwriters and performers and we look forward to shining a light on this wonderful talent”. Those selected for the IMRO Other Room this year are Kitt Philippa, Columbia Mills, I Have A Tribe, Mango & Mathman and Kojaque.

The final performance slot at the IMRO Other Room will be decided by the public through the IMRO Other Voices Open Call with RTÉ 2FM. Details of the Open Call were announced on the Tracy Clifford Show and submissions are now welcomed from artists and performers of all genres until midnight on Sunday November 11th. See www.othervoices.ie for details. Artists who submitted through the Open Call for Other Voices Ballina earlier this summer will automatically be entered for consideration and do not need to re-apply. A shortlist of artists will be curated by music and music media professionals and this shortlist will be announced on the Tracy Clifford Show in mid-November, when music fans can choose their favourite track from the selection published on the RTÉ 2FM website. The artist with the most public support will be the nominated Listener’s Choice and will be invited to take the final place on the IMRO Other Room line-up at Other Voices in Dingle, which takes places on Saturday 1st December and will be filmed and broadcast as part of the 2019 Other Voices TV series on RTÉ Two early next year. For details, terms and conditions, please see www.othervoices.ie

With the success of the Hennessy Sound Lounge this summer, Other Voices are delighted to welcome Hennessy as partner on this year’s Music Trail, featuring more than 35 artists performing across 12 venues throughout the weekend. The first slew of acts confirmed for the Hennessy Other Voices Music Trail include Irish/French dream-pop purveyors A Ritual Sea, Galway experimental electro producer Daithi and Elma Orkestra, the new project from Derry multi-instrumentalist Eoin O’Callaghan. Galway native Grainne Cotter will offer up her stunning alt-pop-blues sound, while Cork’s Happyalone will slake hearts and minds with their blissful sonic textures. Catch Kerry experimental folk singer Junior Brother, shoegazing Dundalk rock revivalists Just Mustard, avant-garde Dublin folksters Pine The Pilcrow and Dublin rock band Silverbacks. Irish-Nordic group Slow Moving Clouds promise post punk drones, baroque strings and soaring falsettos, while Kildare’s Tebi Rex brings Irish hip-hop to a whole new level. Other Voices pilgrims will get up close and personal with Derry politico-punks The Wood Burning Savages, Cork electronic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Trick Mist and the hugely talented Dublin producer and vocalist Wastefellow. Many more Hennessy Other Voices Music Trail artists will be announced shortly. Festival goers can enjoy Hennessy Very Special and Ginger across the weekend in Music Trail venues.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Elaine Cullen, Market Development Manager Moet Hennessy Ireland, said: Hennessy has been a long-time supporter and nurturer of Irish cultural talent. As with any brand partnership, real results come from authentic collaborations. Other Voices has always identified and supported new Irish music talent, from Damien Rice to Saint Sister more recently. We feel there is a true synergy between Hennessy and Other Voices and look forward to working together to craft, and enjoy, a Hennessy Other Voices Music Trail filled with exciting voices and memorable moments.”

This December, over 100 gigs and talks will take place over three days in Dingle. This year, Other Voices are introducing a registration charge of €30 + booking fee (€10 per day). By registering for Other Voices, music fans will be ensuring that Other Voices returns to Dingle for another year of magic. While there are some sponsors on board, it only part-funds the weekend. This registration fee will go towards ensuring an event that meets the highest standards for all attendees. To register and purchase wristbands, log on to www.eventbrite.ie. All attendees who register in advance will have their names entered into draws to win tickets to St. James’ Church, signed Other Voices posters, tickets for Ireland’s Edge, Other Voices merchandise and much more. Gigs in An Diseart, An Chonair, Nellie Fred’s and McCarthy’s will only be accessible to those who have registered and collected their wristband in the Other Voices Hub.

Running as a distinct strand alongside Other Voices, the culture and creativity series Ireland’s Edge will take place on November 30th and December 1st at the Dingle Skellig Hotel. Ireland’s Edge – Áit / Place will look at the theme of place, our personal and collective idea of identity and home, and how social, political and environmental change can disturb, disrupt and dismantle our understanding of what ‘place’ means. These themes will be examined in the company of an engaged, curious audience, and panels of thinkers, policy makers, innovators, commentators and artists. The two-day event will feature contributions from Ciarán Devane, British Council CEO and Chairperson Designate of the HSE, Carole Cadwalladr, Journalist at The Observer and 2018 Orwell Prize recipient, Professor John Naughton, Author, Internet Historian and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at University of Cambridge, H.E. Mrs. Deike Potzel, German Ambassador to Ireland, Billy Mag Fhloinn, Performance Artist, Folklorist, Musician and many more. Tickets for Ireland’s Edge – Áit / Place are priced €15 and available now at www.eventbrite.ie. For more information see www.irelandsedge.net

With a truck load of musical delights for St. James’ Church yet to be announced, not to mention the return of Music Trail West, Banter, After Dark, art exhibitions, DJ sets, live radio broadcasts and more, Other Voices Dingle 2018 is set to be the ultimate end of year gathering.

Other Voices Dingle 2018 is made possible with the support and partnership of RTÉ, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Kerry County Council, Hennessy, IMRO and Fáilte Ireland.

www.othervoices.ie

@OtherVoicesLive / @OtherVoices / #OtherVoices

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