CISAC and FutureLearn launch new global online course on copyright and the business of creative industries
A new global online education course about copyright, authors rights, royalties and the creative industries is now open for enrolment for learners across the world.
The free online MOOC (massive open online course) from CISAC and FutureLearn: Copyright and the Business of Creative Industries, is a unique course explaining the role of copyright in the creative and cultural industries. Registration opened Monday, June 24th, 2019. The course begins Monday, July 22nd.
The four-week course follows the earlier CISAC-FutureLearn MOOC: Exploring Copyright, which attracted over 10,000 learners across the world.
The course is for creators of artistic works of any kind: producers, publishers, broadcasters, digital service providers, professionals, and anyone involved in the cultural and creative industries. It will also be very useful to anyone working in the copyright or related industries.
The course is introduced by award-winning singer-songwriter and CISAC Vice President, Angélique Kidjo. Industry leaders from around the globe will be sharing their knowledge from authors societies, record labels, the visual arts sector, audiovisual businesses and other creative sectors.
Sign up and be sure to share your journey on social media with #FLCopyrightBusiness.
IMRO and the Law Society of Ireland Announce Inaugural IMRO Professorship of Intellectual Property Law
IMRO and the Law Society of Ireland are proud to announce the appointment of Dr Mark Hyland as the inaugural IMRO Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law.
In response to the fast-changing digital landscape and the inevitable ongoing effects on copyright law and practice, IMRO has partnered with the Law Society of Ireland to create the IMRO adjunct Professorship of Intellectual Property (IP) Law. This position will be a key resource to the Law Society in broadening the knowledge base of trainee and qualified solicitors in the expanding area of IP and copyright law. The expectation is that a solid grounding in this field of law will entice a new generation of lawyers into the music and entertainment industries.
Dr Hyland is a lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law at Bangor University Law School, Wales. His current research focuses on two main themes: website-blocking injunctions in an IP context and, how geolocation/geo-blocking technologies can be used to facilitate the territorial licensing of digital copyright works.
Dr Hyland said “In my role as IMRO adjunct Professor of IP Law, my aim is not only to help educate the country’s legal professionals and entertainers, but also contribute to the national conversation on IP and copyright issues.”
“As well as being immensely important work which makes a huge contribution to the economy, IP is a very fulfilling and interesting field of practice. I look forward to helping educate solicitors as well as Ireland’s songwriters, composers and music publishers on IP and copyright law.”
The professor’s expertise will be used to contribute to IP modules at the Law Society’s Law School and the newly appointed professor will deliver an IMRO annual lecture (currently planned for spring 2020). He will be involved in course design and teaching for the Law Society’s Professional Practice, Diploma and Continuing Professional Development courses.
Chair of IMRO, singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy said, “We are delighted to partner with the Law Society of Ireland on this important new initiative. IMRO is continually working on behalf of its membership to protect and promote strong copyright legislation in Ireland and beyond. This new alliance will further support our policy of working in collaboration with a wide range of industry groups and associations to the benefit of not only our own members but the economy in general.”
Director of Education at the Law Society T.P Kennedy says; “We are delighted to welcome Dr Hyland to Blackhall Place as an adjunct professor. He will make a valuable contribution to the Law Society’s teaching of Intellectual Property Law, our Diploma in Technology and IP Law and our suite of Continuing Professional Development courses.”
“IP is a growing area of practice because of the tech companies that have set up their headquarters in Dublin. IMRO’s work in protecting the rights of Irish composers, authors and songwriters is being achieved in conjunction with solicitors and barristers. It is lawyers who are spearheading the implementation of these rights and therefore we need to train up the next generation of graduates.”
About Dr Mark Hyland
Dr Mark Hyland is a lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law at Bangor University Law School, Wales. He has a particular interest in Copyright Law. He also has a strong interest in the interface between Intellectual Property Law and related fields such as Information Technology Law and, Competition Law. Besides International Intellectual Property Law, Dr Hyland also teaches Competition Law and International Banking Law at Bangor Law School. He is co-director of the Bangor Centre for International Law and, in 2016, was awarded a Bangor University Teaching Fellowship.
Dr Hyland was awarded his PhD by Newcastle University in 2014 for a thesis that critically evaluates the application of the tort Private International Law rules to the internet, using online copyright infringements as a case study.
His current research focuses on the use of website-blocking injunctions in an IP context. He analyses such injunctions through two prisms: effectiveness and legitimacy. Separately, he is also looking at how geolocation and geo-blocking technologies can be used to facilitate the territorial licensing of digital copyright works. Dr Hyland’s research will examine possible tensions (in the specific context of digital copyright content) between two important EU laws: the Geo-blocking Regulation and the Portability Regulation. Both these Regulations came into force last year.
Dr Hyland is a qualified solicitor and, from time to time, contributes articles on EU IP/IT Law developments to the Eurlegal section of the Law Society Gazette.
About the Law Society of Ireland
The Law Society of Ireland is the educational, representative and regulatory body of the solicitors’ profession in Ireland. The Law Society exercises statutory functions under the Solicitors Acts 1954 to 2011 in relation to the education, admission, enrolment, discipline and regulation of the solicitors’ profession. It is the professional body for its solicitor members, to whom it also provides services and support. The headquarters of the organisation are in Blackhall Place, Dublin 7.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Music Education Partnership Support Manager
To support the current and future development of both new and existing Local Music Education Partnerships, Music Generation is now inviting applications for the role of Music Education Partnership Support Manager. More info.
For a job description and details of the application process, please contact:
John Deely, Pinpoint ( | +353 1 642 5721)
Closing date: 12 noon, Friday June 28, 2019
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Music Generation Development Officer – South Dublin (Maternity Cover)
South Dublin County Council is now inviting applications for the position of Music Generation Development Officer. Specific Purpose Contract (Maternity Cover). Salary range: €46,771 – €57,157 per annum. More info.
Application form, job description and person specification available online at: www.sdcc.ie
Closing date: Thursday, 20 June 2019
ICE and IMRO, the Irish Music Rights Organisation, are delighted to announce IMRO has become a direct customer of ICE’s Core Licence. Under the terms of the new agreement, ICE will provide a full suite of licensing and administration services for online usage.
“Partnering with ICE directly ensures that IMRO stays at the forefront of the growing digital marketplace at a crucial time” Commented Seán Donegan, IMRO Commercial Director for Media Licensing “This partnership will expedite the payment of digital royalties to IMRO members, at the most competitive rates possible, thus shortening and simplifying the digital royalty chain. The use of ICE’s cutting-edge business intelligence tools will enhance IMROs online monitoring, providing additional insight into how often, on what platforms, and in which countries, consumers are enjoying an ever popular & growing IMRO repertoire”.
“We are very pleased to welcome IMRO as a direct customer for ICE’s core licence” said Ben McEwen, VP Commercial at ICE “It is validation for the expertise and focus we have put into our licensing services, which are enabling our rightsholders to access online income from a broader range of multi-territorial services and for a broader range of territories than ever before.”
Under the new arrangements IMRO will continue the practice of flowing their matching performing right alongside those of major publishers, such as Sony ATV and Warner/Chappell, enabling improved transparency and speed of payment for the IMRO writers involved.
The ICE core license
Launched in 2016, the ICE core license brings together the work of members from GEMA, STIM, PRS, Concord, Downtown, Peer music, and now IMRO. ICE has a nine-strong licensing team, including dedicated resource focussing on data analysis and insight to ensure we are delivering ‘best in class’ commercial outcomes and market data for our growing customer base. Licensed to more than 50 services, across a scope of more than 130 territories it’s a key component for today’s DSPs.
ICE offers a flexible suite of services for Publishers, Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) and Rightsholders. Services include; copyright administration, multi-territorial online licensing processing and licensing solutions for Digital Service Providers. ICE was created by PRS, STIM and GEMA and represents over 290,000 rightsholders alone through this partnership. ICE has processed trillions of online music uses from music streaming services and paid over €930 million back to rightsholders since March 2016. The ICE copyright database holds over 35 million musical works. ICE is based in the UK, Germany and Sweden.
IMRO administers the performing right in copyright music in on behalf of its members (songwriters, composers and music publishers) and on behalf of members of affiliated overseas societies. IMRO´s core function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works.
With global scope, we represent creators along the chain of creation. At IMRO, we are committed to creators. We stand up for music and the people who make it and perform it. A community for creators, we listen, advocate, educate, invest, and engage to shape a culture of musical worth. We help music creators to adapt to change and receive full and fair return for their work.
Songtrust, the world’s largest technology solution for global music royalty collection, and IMRO today announced a global partnership that will enable songwriters from around the world to use Songtrust’s cloud-based music publishing platform to affiliate directly with IMRO at no additional cost to collect their complete royalties due from public performances of their works.
IMRO is one of the most efficient performing rights organisations in the world, setting the standards in terms of the frequency of distributions it makes to its members and affiliated societies worldwide. IMRO use state of the art cloud-based technology to deliver a premium service to its members, affiliates, and licensees. IMRO does not apply any administration fees to royalties earned by its members from international performances of their works. Royalties are calculated in Euros, and any international royalties collected in Euros in the Eurozone territories are not subject to any currency conversion commission.
“We are very excited to partner with IMRO to help make the music publishing industry more accessible,” said Dewayne Ector, Head of Society Relations, Songtrust. “With the industry more global than ever, providing a streamlined, simplified and transparent approach to collecting royalties worldwide is essential to ensuring that all creators are able to continue doing what they do best.”
“At IMRO, we are data-driven, and digital to the core, our focus has always been on innovating to drive efficiencies for our members, affiliates, and partners,” added Victor Finn, Chief Executive, IMRO. “With globally-advanced systems, our services are efficient, effective and secure. We are delighted to announce this new global partnership with Songtrust which will streamline royalty collections for songwriters worldwide, adding to our rapidly growing international membership base.”
Songtrust clients not currently affiliated with a Performing Rights Society (PRO) or Collective Management Organization (CMO) can use the Songtrust platform to affiliate directly with IMRO regardless of where they reside as non-Irish citizens are eligible. All that is required is songwriters complete an online form and IMRO membership agreement as part of the Songtrust application process, and share a verifiable photo ID. Songtrust currently offers direct affiliation to ASCAP, BMI for U.S. writers and SOCAN for Canadian and non-U.S. writers.
Songtrust is the world’s largest technology solution for global music royalty collection and publishing administration, enabling 170,000+ songwriters and more than 20,000 publishers to collect their publishing royalties worldwide for over 1,500,000 copyrights.
Songtrust removes the complexity of the publishing landscape and offers detailed access to data otherwise not directly available, helping songwriters, artists, producers, managers, publishers, labels, lawyers, distributors, and more simplify music rights management and the administration of music publishing assets, performing rights, and digital licensing.
Songtrust provides solutions for corporate clients including CD Baby, Distrokid, Downtown Music Publishing, The Orchard, Sub Pop Publishing, and Trap Nation.
Founded in 2011 and headquartered in New York City, Songtrust maintains the most extensive, accessible publishing network in the industry, with direct relationships with 50+ performance, mechanical, and digital societies globally covering 120+ territories. Songtrust is owned and operated by Downtown Music Holdings.
BIMM Live returns for a FREE mini-festival comprising of over 48 bands and DJ’s, spread across 6 stages in 5 Dublin 8 venues.
Drop Dead Twice, 19 Francis St. D8
The Liberty Belle, 33 Francis St. D8
The Jug, 40 Francis St. D8
Oxfam Home, 86 Francis St. D8
Tailor’s Hall, 8 Back Lane, D8
BIMM Live is a celebration of the final year students graduating in 2019.
Doors open at 5.30pm with acts playing from 6pm-Midnight.
Booklet with line-up, band info, map and wristbands can be picked up at the entrance to each venue from 5.30pm on 7th June. Wristbands will allow access to allvenues. (subject to capacity)
Food will be available all evening:
Lovin Catering, 49 Francis St D8 (open til 10pm)
Ginger Café, 95 Francis St D8 (open til 9pm)
The Taco Truck at Drop Dead Twice, 19 Francis St D8 (open til 10pm)
Details of the line-up and info can be found by searching for #BIMMLive2019
The song that you have chosen as Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song has been announced and was performed live to the nation on The Late Late Show on RTÉ One by Luka Bloom.
Written by Patrick Kavanagh and made famous by singer Luke Kelly, On Raglan Road is one of the great iconic Irish folk songs, and last night its place in the nation’s hearts was confirmed.
The Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song series was presented by folk legend Mary Black, who said: “I’m delighted to hear that the public voted for the wonderful On Raglan Road as Ireland’s favorite folk song. It’s always been a favourite of mine and deserves this great accolade!”
Impressionist and Monaghan native Oliver Callan, who had championed On Raglan Road as part of the television series, spoke movingly about the announcement on the Late Late Show.
On Raglan Road, began life in the 1940s as a lyric poem written by Patrick Kavanagh following his doomed infatuation with Hilda Moriarty, a young medical student from Dingle. Kavanagh befriended Hilda in 1944 when they both lived on Raglan Road. She enjoyed the famous poet’s company but at twenty-two she was not interested in having a romantic relationship with this forty-year-old man. Kavanagh, struck by Cupid’s arrow, saw things differently and his ensuing disappointment found expression in the poem that would eventually become On Raglan Road. It was first published in The Irish Press in 1946 as Dark-haired Miriam Ran Away.
Writer Benedict Kiely recalls Kavanagh asking him at that time if his verses could be sung to the tune of The Dawning of the Day. It was in Dublin’s Bailey pub in 1964 that the poet told balladeer Luke Kelly that he had a song for him. It soon became a standard in Luke’s repertoire.
Tragically, Kavanagh died before he could hear his lyric recorded. Kelly eventually recorded the song with The Dubliners in 1971; it was included on their live album Hometown in 1972 and has remained a firm favourite with Irish people since.
Of the project, poet Gerry Hanberry, who wrote the background stories to each of the shortlisted songs for RTÉ Culture, said “The search for Ireland’s Favorite Folk Song has been the focus of some enjoyable heated debates and counter-thumping since it arrived on our screens a few months ago. It has stirred some wonderful spittle-spraying discussions around the definition of folk music, the intensity of which has not been heard since Dylan took out his electric guitar at Newport Festival decades ago.”
IRMA and RTÉ 2FM are pleased to announce the launch of the brand new Irish Homegrown Top 20 Chart on Friday 7th June.
The chart, compiled by The Official Charts Company, highlights the biggest tracks by Irish acts each week based on combined sales across physical, download and streaming. As part of The Official Chart Show on 2FM every Friday night at 7pm, host Bláthnaid Treacy will unveil the biggest Homegrown singles of the week, with the full Top 20 appearing on OffiicalCharts.com/Ireland.
Alan Swan, Director of Music, RTE 2FM comments “We have always been supportive of Irish talent at RTE 2FM and as we turn 40, what better way to further emphasise that commitment than launching a chart that focuses purely on Irish artists. The Irish Homegrown Top 20 will further bolster our 2FM Rising initiative.”
Willie Kavanagh of IRMA adds “It’s amazing to be able to celebrate Irish talent and give them a focus in the heavily competitive streaming environment. The Irish Homegrown Top 20 will allow us to shine a light on some of the best Irish talent, be it established bands such as Westlife and Kodaline or rising stars like Dermot Kennedy and Wild Youth. 2019 is already proving an incredibly exciting year for Irish artists and this chart will help showcase that.”
Preceding the launch of the first Irish Homegrown Top 20 chart on 7th June 2019, and to coincide with RTE 2FM’s 40th birthday celebrations on 31st May, the biggest Irish Homegrown tracks of the year so far have been revealed with Dermot Kennedy’s ‘Power Over Me’ taking the top spot.
‘Power Over Me’ has spent 29 weeks on the Official Irish Singles Top 50 and is the biggest seller of 2019 so far by an Irish act, besting Westlife’s ‘Hello My Love’ by just 70 combined sales.
Dermot Kennedy comments “I can’t believe ‘Power Over Me’ is the biggest track by an Irish act this year so far! I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve been shown with this song. Having a chart that focuses purely on Irish artists is a great way to highlight the breadth of talent in Ireland, and I consider myself very lucky to be part of it.”
‘Hello My Love’ therefore, has to settle for second place on the Irish Homegrown Top 20 of 2019 so far. Westlife’s first new single since 2011, it gave them their 26th Top 10 hit on the Official Irish Singles Chart when it was released in January.
Picture This have two of the Top 5 Biggest Irish Homegrown tracks of the year so far with ‘One Drink’ at Number 3 and ‘Everything or Nothing’ at Number 5. Both tracks are taken from their Number 1 album ‘MDRN LV’ which was released in February.
Completing the Top 5 is Hozier who’s ‘Almost (Sweet Music)’ at Number 4. Taken from his second album ‘Wasteland Baby!’ which went straight to the top of the Official Albums Chart on release in March. Hozier has a second track, ‘Movement’ at Number 7 on the year so far Homegrown chart.
At Number 8 on the Irish Homegrown Top 20 of 2019 so far is Dublin band, Wild Youth with their track ‘Making Me Dance. Dave and Conor from the band had this to say about the launch of the Irish Homegrown Top 20:
“We are so excited to hear about the new Irish Homegrown Top 20. There’s such a huge wealth of talent in the Irish music industry and it’s amazing that radio stations like RTE are giving Irish artists a platform to let their music flourish.”
The Irish Homegrown Top 20 is the only chart focusing on artists from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. For more information on chart eligibility please visit https://www.officialcharts.com/getting-into-the-charts/meeting-the-chart-rules/
Irish Homegrown Top 10 of 2019 so far
|1||POWER OVER ME||DERMOT KENNEDY|
|2||HELLO MY LOVE||WESTLIFE|
|3||ONE DRINK||PICTURE THIS|
|4||ALMOST (SWEET MUSIC)||HOZIER|
|5||EVERYTHING OR NOTHING||PICTURE THIS|
|8||MAKING ME DANCE||WILD YOUTH|
Today BIMM Institute Dublin and IMRO are delighted to announce the second BIMM Institute Dublin/IMRO Diploma in Music Business Scholarship which will offer one student the opportunity to study on this year long Diploma course free of charge. Prospective students can apply for the scholarship by submitting an application at
In 2018, BIMM Institute Dublin, part of Europe’s most connected and successful music college, added to its range of courses by launching the new BIMM Institute Dublin Diploma in Music Business course which is set to be a game changer for the Irish music scene. This a part-time course and is designed to offer students a practical skillset precisely designed with future entrepreneurism and employment in mind including Music Promotion and Marketing, Artist Management, Tour Management, Physical and Digital Music Distribution, e-commerce in the Music Industry, Music Publishing and Recording, Live Music Events and Touring. The course is ideal for those with no experience of the industry and who wish to use it as a foundation for further study or entrepreneurship.
Keith Johnson, Director of Marketing & Membership IMRO said: “IMRO is delighted to partner with BIMM Institute Dublin to offer a scholarship for their Diploma in Music Business course. A stable flow of well-informed and market savvy music business professionals is critical for the future development of the music industry in Ireland”.
BIMM Institute Dublin College Principal, Alan Cullivan said: “IMRO is a vital organisation within the Irish music industry and has been for many years. It always displays unwavering support for Irish artists, both new and established, in their role of collection society, education provider and lobbyist for greater development and investment in homegrown talent. Partnering with IMRO on our new Music Business Diploma scholarship makes perfect sense for us, as no one cares more about the business of music in Ireland, than IMRO”.
The BIMM group is the largest and leading provider of music education in Europe and have taken raw talents and turned them into industry professionals, earning a living doing what they love. The BIMM Institute Dublin Diploma in Music Business will be delivered at BIMM Institute Dublin, Irelands most vibrant and diverse community of musicians providing unique opportunities for collaborative student learning, as well as direct connectivity to an industry that will enhance future career prospects.
This course, like all qualifications at BIMM Institute Dublin, are delivered by tutors with experience working at the highest levels of the music business, which ensures that the delivery of this qualification will be distinctive, relevant and uniquely cutting edge.
On Friday 26th July, BIMM Institute Dublin will celebrate the launch of its second scholarship for the Diploma in Music Business and with a dedicated open day. Doors will open
at 1.45pm at the BIMM Institute Dublin campus and bookings can be made at
For more information on BIMM Institute Dublin visit www.bimm.ie,
Application forms for the scholarship can be requested via
Find BIMM Institute Dublin on Facebook or on Twitter: @BIMMDublin. Application forms can be requested via
• All applications can be made via the BIMM Institute Dublin Admissions team. To request an application form, all you need to do is email the BIMM Institute Dublin Admissions team at ei.mmib@ofni or call +353 1 5133 666. The completed application form can be returned via email to ei.mmib@ofni. The deadline to apply for this course is 31st July 2019.
• Once you have applied, we will contact you with the details of your interview. Applicants receive at least 10 days’ notice of your scheduled interview time. We encourage applicants to bring along any relevant material which demonstrates their experience in music or the creative industries. International applications are welcome and skype interviews can be arranged if applicants are unable to attend their interview.
• BIMM Institute are Ireland’s and Europe’s most connected music colleges, with expert industry tutors, chart-topping alumni and truly talented students, across seven exciting locations, with another college opening in Hamburg in October 2018.
• BIMM Institute was established in 2001 in Brighton and now enrols over 6,000 students, studying a range of specialist vocational music courses from Diplomas to BA (Hons) Degree and post graduate level. BIMM has colleges in Berlin, Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, Manchester, London and now Birmingham.
• BIMM Institute Group graduate artists have secured an unprecedented amount of UK and Ireland top 40 singles and top 10 albums including James Bay, The Kooks, George Ezra, Tom Odell, Kate Nash, and Marina and the Diamonds.
• BIMM Institute Dublin hosts relevant masterclasses for the benefit of student studies throughout the academic year. Past guests have included Hozier, John Grant, Danny O’Donoghue (The Script), Imelda May, Steve Albini, The Edge, Josh Homme ( Queens of the Stone Age) Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Neil Hannon (Divine Comedy), Lianne La Havas, Snarky Puppy and a number of world renowned session musicians including Thomas Lang, John Scofield, Stu Hamm and producer Ethan Johns.
We were deeply saddened this morning to hear about the death of internationally renowned and much loved songwriter Ralph Murphy. No stranger to IMRO, having visited Ireland annually for many years to participate in songwriting masterclasses and workshops. Always generous with his time and advice to songwriters at all stages for their careers, countless IMRO members have benefited from his guidance and support over the years.
A Hall of Fame Canadian songwriter, Ralph Murphy achieved near-legendary status in Nashville through his career as a performer, producer, songwriter, publisher, and most recently, Vice President, International and Domestic Membership, ASCAP.
He had his first UK Number One in 1965 with ‘Call My Name,’ recorded by James Royal. Other hits followed with acts like Vanity Fair and The Brotherhood of Man.
In 1969 Ralph moved to New York, where he started two successful record labels. Among the many acts he produced during that time were legendary Canadian Rockers, April Wine, for whom he produced two platinum albums. He had a country hit in 1972 by Jeanie C. Riley, ‘Good Enough To Be Your Wife’.
With Roger Cook, he formed the Picalic Group and Pic-A-Lic Music Publishing and going on to publish or write more than twenty Number One records and was publisher for Song of The Year, ‘Talking In Your Sleep’ by Crystal Gayle. Pic-A-Lic became one of the most successful independent publishers in Nashville and was eventually sold to EMI.
His songs have been recorded by many artists including, Crystal Gayle, Shania Twain, Annihilator, Randy Travis, and many more.
In 2006 Ralph had success in the UK charts with ‘21st Century Christmas’ (co-written by Paul Brady), a No. 2 for Cliff Richard and again in 2011 in the Canadian Indie Charts with a No. 1 song ‘Working at Christmas’, performed by Paul Brady and Terri Clark, written by Keith Donald, Ralph Murphy, and Paul Brady. He was also an instructor for the respected Nashville Songwriters Association International Song Camps.
He is survived by his wife Louise and children Shawn and Kerry.
Farewell dear friend …