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The SIGNAL series at Science Gallery Dublin examines upcoming trends, tech, careers and creativity in music

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time: 12:30 to 15:00
Location: Science Gallery (Paccar Theatre), Trinity College Dublin 2.
Register: FREE Event:

Considering pursuing a career in music, or interested in finding out what’s on offer for the musically-minded at third-level institutions across the country? Join us for SIGNAL: CAREERS, a unique event taking place at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin on 27 January.

We will hear from Ireland’s leading third-level music and technology colleges as they present their current and upcoming educational programmes, and this event will be of particular interest to those applying for higher education through this year’s CAO or considering masters courses. Following the presentations and discussion, there will be one-to-one networking opportunities with college representatives and current students.

With the CAO’s February deadline fast approaching, the kick-off event SIGNAL: CAREERS is aimed at those considering pursuing a career in music or wishing to gain a deeper insight into further education in music and music technology.

SIGNAL is a new IMRO sponsored dedicated series of discussions and interactive demonstrations focused on cutting-edge technology, creativity and music, featuring artists, educators and creative thinkers. The series is run as a collaboration between Science Gallery Dublin and Martin Clancy, a music researcher at the Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub. Martin is a certified Ableton Live trainer with over 30 years’ professional experience as both a music producer and an industry professional.

Rusangano Family, Adrian Crowley, Ailbhe Reddy and A Smyth for First Fortnight – Mental Health Arts Festival

Rusangano Family, Delorentos, Adrian Crowley, Ailbhe Reddy and A Smyth are among a number of well-known music acts set to challenge mental health stigma this January as part of the 2018 First Fortnight mental health arts festival.

The Big Gig also features Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano Family, up and coming Dubliner Ailbhe Reddy and former Vann Music frontman A. Smyth. The show will take place in Tramline on January 13. Tickets from €12.

Now in its ninth year, First Fortnight 2018 will see live music, film, theatre, discussion, sport and arts events staged in 17 counties across Ireland to create open discussion and understanding of mental health problems, and challenge prejudice and discrimination.

This year, The Therapy Sessions Dublin are being curated by Delorentos and All Tvvins.  All Tvvins curated the January 5th Therapy Session which featured True Tides and Rushes, as well as spoken word performers Poetic Pilgrimage and Stephen James Smyth.

Delorentos will curate the January 12th Therapy Session which will feature Limerick’s Bleeding Heart Pigeons and Pillow Queens, as well as Manchester poet Tony Walsh.

The Therapy Sessions will also take place in Co. Cork this year. On January 6th, Cork’s undisputed queen of soul Karen Underwood lead the line up at The White Horse in Ballincollig, with former Fred frontman Joe O’Leary and Poetic Pilgrimage also on the bill.

The Therapy Sessions move to De Barras in Clonakilty on this Saturday, January 13th and will feature Cork electro three-piece Wiggle and local hero Míde Houlihan, as well as Manchester poet Tony Walsh.

On Friday January 12 in The Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo and on Saturday January 13 at The Glens Theatre, Manorhamilton, First Fortnight and Bluestack Records will present Choice Music Prize winner Adrian Crowley, once dubbed “the best songwriter that no one has heard of” by Ryan Adams, and the brilliant Nocturnes live. Tickets from €7.50.

Other events taking place as part of First Fortnight 2018 include: The Arts and Minds, a series of events within the National Gallery of Ireland discussing art and mental health, a special screening of the movie Loving Vincent and a post show discussion in the stunning NGI courtyard; screenings of acclaimed films Loving Vincent, 32 Pills and The Departure from Emmy award-winning Lana Wilson; and OutStraight – a concept-based show combining spoken word/ hip-hop theatre with visual art graffiti; and much, much more. The full line-up can be viewed at

This year’s festival presenting partners include; Mental Health Reform; St Patrick’s Mental Health Services; Mental Health Ireland and See Change, the National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership.

Among the highlights of this year’s festival will be:

  • Lunatic, There I Go – a powerful new play based on the memoir ‘Bird’s Nest Soup’ by Hanna Greally. At the age of 19, Hanna was wrongfully incarcerated in an Irish lunatic asylum for more than 20 years. ‘Bird’s Nest Soup’ shocked the nation and in 1971 Hanna made a memorable appearance on the Late Late Show with Gay Byrne. This will be performed exclusively at the Civic Theatre.
  • Don’t Worry Be APPY – Is technology reshaping how we respond to mental health issues? For the first time First Fortnight will examine technology and mental health as part of a panel discussion.
  • #InOurHourOfNeed – What is the state of Ireland’s mental health services? How can you help? Mental health advocate, author and DJ Nikki Hayes chairs a panel debate on Ireland’s current mental health policy held in association with Mental Health Reform and A Lust For Life.
  • Banter: An Evening With Barry Hyde of The Futureheads will see the frontman perform tracks from his debut solo album and discuss his battles with mental health difficulties.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2017 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2017, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced today on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by Tony Clayton Lea, chairman of the judging panel. The shortlist is as follows:

Come On Live Long – In The Still (self released)
Marlene Enright – Placemats and Second Cuts (self released)
Fangclub – Fangclub (Universal)
Lankum – Beneath the Earth and the Sky (Rough Trade)
James Vincent McMorrow – True Care (Faction Records)
New Jackson – From Night to Night (All City)
Otherkin – OK (Rubyworks)
Fionn Regan – The Meetings of the Waters (Abbey Records)
Ships – Precession (Ships Music)
Talos – Wild Alee (Feel Good Lost)

As part of RTÉ’s continued commitment to promoting Irish music, RTÉ 2FM celebrates the announcement of the shortlist across its schedule throughout the day with All Irish Music All Day from 6am to midnight. As part of this Louise McSharry will present a two-hour special programme on this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2017 shortlist from 8-10pm this evening. RTÉ 2FM will continue to mark the announcement of the shortlist this week and beyond through a mix of airplay of tracks from the shortlisted albums, interviews with this year’s shortlisted artists and live performances.

The shortlisted albums can be enjoyed in full on the RTÉ Choice Music Prize website and on winning album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 8th March 2018. As part of the partnership with RTÉ, the event will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four-hour extended programme from 7-11pm and on RTÉ2 as part of a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize TV programme, approximately one week later.

The 13th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate and acknowledge the best in Irish recorded music.  The prize has become one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar since its inception in 2005 and is awarded to the Irish Album of the Year, as chosen from a shortlist of ten releases 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). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award.

RAAP, Culture Ireland & Golden Discs are also official project partners.

Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas Industry executives to attend the RTE Choice Music Prize Live Event on March 8th while Golden Discs will feature special stands showcasing the RTE Choice Music Prize nominees across their stores nationwide.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2017

The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2017 will be announced on Wednesday 31st January 2018. A special event featuring exclusive performances from both Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees will be held in Dublin’s Tramline venue that evening.

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and at priced €28.00 including booking fee.

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize is organised by David Reid. Irish Times music writer/critic Tony Clayton-Lea is the chairman of the judging panel. It is unique in that it focuses simply and solely on the music in judging the releases, as opposed to sales or airplay. The full list of judges is on the RTÉ Choice Music Prize website.

Past recipients: 

Album of the Year

2005 Julie Feeney – 13 Songs (Julie Feeney)
2006 The Divine Comedy – Victory for the Comic Muse (Parlophone)
2007 Super Extra Bonus Party – Super Extra Bonus Party (Alphabet Set)
2008 Jape – Ritual (Co-op Records)
2009 Adrian Crowley – Season of the Sparks (Chemikal Underground)
2010 Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History (Kitsune)
2011 Jape – Ocean of Frequency (Music Is For Losers)
2012 Delorentos – Little Sparks (Delo Records)
2013 Villagers – {Awayland} (Domino)
2014 The Gloaming  – The Gloaming (Real World)
2015 Soak – Before We Forgot How To Dream (Rough Trade)
2016 Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead (Self Released)


Le Crunch Apple of My Eye song contest returns in 2018 | The search is on!

The hunt for Ireland’s greatest cover version begins afresh this January as the Le Crunch Apple of My Eye returns for another nationwide search. Having established itself as one of Ireland’s most popular song contests, thousands of promising Irish musicians have entered the competition since its inception in 2013, many of whom have continued on to aspiring careers in the music industry, such as Stephanie Rainey, Hvmmingbird and Brave Giant.

Running in partnership with Ireland’s leading digital platform, JOE, the Le Crunch Apple of My Eye contest asks musicians from all over Ireland to choose and record their favourite cover version and send it to, where a panel of industry judges will select a Top Ten from all entrants. This will be whittled down to a Top 5, who will be asked to perform their track live at Dublin’s iconic venue Whelan’s at a National Final in March.

The judges for this year’s competition include one of this country’s finest frontwomen, Jess Kavanagh from BARQ, rising singer songwriter Jack O’Rourke and JOEshow presenter, Paddy McKenna. Not only will the winner walk away with a cash prize of €1500, they will also be guaranteed a slot at one of Ireland’s best music events next summer – Indiependence Music & Arts Festival.

“Each year that we have run this competition, we have been consistently amazed by the rising standard and the quality of the entrants,” says Sandrine Gaborieau, Marketing Director of Le Crunch from France. “It makes us extremely happy to see the competition as a stepping stone for many of these artists, and once again we are looking forward to listening to a whole new batch of songs in the Le Crunch Apple of My Eye 2018.”

During the competition, JOE will host a live audition for a number of artists that will be filmed by its production team. “I’m very excited to judge another year of this competition,” said Paddy McKenna.  I’m really looking forward to discovering new talent and showcasing it to a much wider Irish audience. We can’t wait to hear what is out there and during the competition we’ll be hosting some of the best songs and videos on JOE and Her”.

Musicians are asked to record their favourite cover version (on video or MP3) and to enter the competition through For more information go to

€245,500 Announced For Music Capital Scheme 2018

Music Network today welcomed the announcement by Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, confirming funding of €245,500 for the Music Capital Scheme 2018.

The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network, comprises two distinct awards that provide funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups and to professional musicians.

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD said:

“The Music Capital Scheme is a wonderful initiative which has benefitted thousands of people since the scheme was set up in 2008. The Music Capital Scheme is a key music resource through which musical groups and talented individuals may be awarded funding towards the purchase of musical instruments. I am very pleased that my Department is once again in a position to support the scheme and I wish all of the musicians involved every success with their future musical endeavours”.

Commenting on the announcement, Music Network CEO Sharon Rollston said:

“This year’s announcement will add to the 301 awards granted to musicians and organisations under the scheme to date, supporting Music Network’s mission to make live music happen throughout Ireland. As well as individual musicians, among others the scheme supports youth bands, ensembles, orchestras, community initiatives and resource organisations working in a diverse range of genres. The instruments provided through the Music Capital Scheme continue to make a significant impact on the quality of, and access to, music making and live music performance throughout Ireland. We greatly appreciate the continued support of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in this respect.”

The Music Capital Scheme was established by The Arts Council, The IRMA Trust and Music Network in 2008 as an action-research initiative designed to provide support for the purchase of musical instruments. In response to the success of the initial pilot scheme, funding has been made available since 2011 by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Music Capital Scheme has funded 301 musicians, groups and organisations, benefitting up to 31,000 people throughout Ireland since its inception in 2008.

The Music Capital Scheme will open for applications on Thursday 11th January 2018 with a deadline of 12 pm on Tuesday 20th February 2018. Further information is available at

For further details, please contact Music Network’s Programmes Administrator Sarah Cunningham at Tel 01 475 0224 / .

Job Vacancy | Assistant Co-ordinator at Music Generation Laois

Laois County Council wishes to invite applications from suitably qualified persons for inclusion on a panel which is being established to fill the vacancy for the position of:

Assistant Co-ordinator Music Generation Laois (temporary contract)

Further particulars and application forms are available from:

  • Human Resources Section, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, County Laois.

Tel: 057-8664000; Email: .

 Applications, on the official application form, must be received not later than

12 noon on Friday 12th January 2018.

Laois County Council is an equal opportunities employer.


Top prize of €1,000 up for grabs in the Pan Celtic National Song Contest 2018

Details of the 2018 Pan Celtic National Song Contest were announced recently and a top cash prize of €1,000 will be awarded to the winning composer in addition to the song going forward to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Song Contest next April.

The competition to find newly composed songs in the Irish language was launched recently and is open to all styles whether traditional, pop, rock, country, jazz or classical with soloists, groups and bands all welcome to compete.

2018 will be the seventh year for the popular competition to take place in Carlow. Main sponsor of the contest is IMRO and the competition attracts entries of the highest quality from across the country. National winner of the 2017 song contest Emer O’Flaherty, went on to win the Pan Celtic International Song Contest with her jazz number ‘Taibhse’ and has had a hugely successful year including performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and at the Electric Picnic.

The closing date for receipt of entries for the 2018 national Song Contest is Friday, 26 January at 5pm. Entries will then be shortlisted and finalists will compete live at the gala finals on Saturday, 10 March in the Seven Oaks Hotel under the musical direction of Ollie Hennessey. A panel of judges will choose the winning song to go forward to represent Ireland at the International Pan Celtic Festival 2018 which will be held in Letterkenny next April where it will go head to head with the national winners from Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.

Full rules on the competition and application forms are available now on Details also from Glór Cheatharlach on 085 1340047, 087 2857048 or email

IMRO Showcase Opportunity at Temple Bar TradFest 2018

As part of the exciting programme of events taking place at Temple Bar TradFest 2018 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 before Friday 29th December 2017.

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.

BASCA Opens the Call for Entries for the 63rd Ivor Novello Awards

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. The Call for Entries is now open. BASCA invites eligible entries in the following six categories:

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

Anyone can enter an eligible work and the deadline is Friday 9th February 2018.

After a successful consultation with the media composing community BASCA has announced that it is reviving the award for Best Original Video Game Score. The award recognises outstanding composition for a video game. Games released in the UK during the calendar year ending 31st December 2017 with a British or Irish composed score are eligible for nomination.

This year also sees entries submitted via BASCA’s Award Entry Site for the first time. Please visit for more information, including BASCA’s Rules and Guidelines for the 63rd Ivor Novello Awards.

Crispin Hunt, BASCA Chair, said “The last year has seen myriad ground-breaking musical releases from across myriad ground-breaking musical genres and each and every one deserves a shot at winning an Ivor. I strongly encourage the Industry and beyond to enter the works they love. The Ivors is, as ever, about Music judged by its fellow creators —if a work deserves to win, it can. Whether it was released from a global powerhouse or a bedroom matters not, whether it nourishes and moves the listener matters a lot. BASCA looks forward to a rich and diverse array of works from across the musical curve to help make 2018 another legendary Ivor Novello Awards.”


CISAC & FutureLearn trilingual global online course on copyright starts January 15th

How did the laws develop to support today’s thriving music and film industries? What are authors’ rights and copyright, and what exactly do they protect?

Many other questions are answered in the first trilingual, globally available and totally free online course “Exploring Copyright”, which will launch on January 15th 2018.  Enrolment for the CISAC’s Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), offered in partnership with FutureLearn, is now open at:

The MOOC “Exploring Copyright” is a journey through history, from Gutenberg’s printing invention to today’s digital age. It shows how authors and creators gained protection under the law and started earning remuneration for their work, and how today’s creative industries have developed. It explains how authors’ rights contributed to economic growth through the centuries and how digital technology presented new opportunities and challenges in protecting creators. The course includes articles, videos, illustrated timelines, quizzes and interactive discussions.

The 2018 edition of the MOOC, that comes following successful runs last year, are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, thanks to UBC and SPA, the authors’ societies of Brazil and Portugal.

The educator behind the MOOC is copyright lawyer, professor and former UBC Executive Director Marisa Gandelman. She explains: “If you are part of the creative industries, the course will explain how laws are the result of social processes, and how people’s understanding of the need to remunerate authors for their works has evolved over time.  For the curious non-expert, the course teaches that things we consume on the internet did not fall from heaven; they are the result of hard work from authors who deserve and need to be paid for it.”

CISAC Director General Gadi Oron said: “For something that is so fundamental to culture, business and our economy, copyright is often not properly understood.  We are delighted to be launching the new edition of our MOOC in Spanish and Portuguese, and to be spreading understanding of the vital importance of copyright in the lives of creators globally”.

Register today for the course and be sure to use #FLexplorecopyright to engage with learners from all around the world.

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