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University of Limerick | Ceremonial Music Composition Competition

The University of Limerick announces an international composition competition to find new and original ceremonial music to be performed live at the University’s Conferring Ceremonies.

The University invites submission of original music compositions of a celebratory and ceremonial nature that draw cultural and/or spiritual inspiration from its geographical location on the banks of the River Shannon. Composers of all nationalities are invited to submit newly composed musical works for trumpet and theatre pipe organ in four parts.

The winning composition will be selected by an international jury and its composer will be awarded a prize of €5,000.

Competition Criteria
• The competition is open to composers of all nationalities. Only one composition will be accepted from each composer.
• Compositions must be newly composed and scored for Trumpet (B flat or E flat/D) and Theatre Pipe Organ (Compton Theatre Organ: 3 manuals, 12 ranks, 2.5 octave pedal board)
• The composition must be in four sections, as follows:

Processional 1* – Entrance of Graduands
For organ only
Duration: between and 3 and 6 minutes
Form: AB (A: 1.5 minutes, B: 1.5 minutes)
with options of ABA and ABAB

Processional 2 – Entrance of Academic Staff
For organ and trumpet
Duration: 2.5 minutes

Processional 3 – Entrance of President
For organ and trumpet
Duration: 1.5 minutes

Recessional – Exit of President, Academic staff and Graduates
*Same music as Processional 1, scored for organ and trumpet
Duration: between and 3 and 6 minutes
Form: AB (A: 1.5 minutes, B: 1.5 minutes) with options of ABA and ABAB

Applicants must also submit an arrangement of the composition (all four sections) for theatre pipe organ only.

Compositions received will be judged by an international jury, whose decisions shall be final.

The composer of the winning composition will be awarded a prize of €5,000.

While the copyright of each composition received remains with its composer, the University reserves the right to present performances of the winning composition at all conferring ceremonies, and where the University deems it appropriate, at other UL ceremonial events.

Submission Guidelines
• Only submissions made by post to the following address, received on or before Friday 26 April 2019, will be accepted:

UL Ceremonial Music Composition Competition
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
University of Limerick
Limerick
Ireland


• Compositions must be submitted in the form of a printed full score, accompanied by a set of printed parts. The organ arrangement must also be submitted in the form of a printed score.
• Applicants must also submit an audio recording of the composition (synthesised or performed) and PDF versions of the scores and parts on a memory stick.
• All composition materials must be submitted anonymously and without any abbreviations, initials or other recognisable marks. Composition materials submitted should be marked with a logo or pseudonym.
• The submission must include a sealed envelope bearing the logo or pseudonym on the outside and containing inside the title of the composition, the composer’s name, postal address, telephone number and e-mail address.
• The sealed envelope must also include a short biography of the composer (no more than 150 words) and a short artist’s statement written by the composer about the composition (no more than 150 words).
• The sealed envelope must also include a statement signed at the bottom by the composer, in which he/she declares:

that he/she is the sole author of the composition submitted;

that the composition being entered is unpublished, has never been performed and has not received prizes or awards in any other competitions;

that he/she understands and accepts the submission criteria and guidelines in their entirety;

that he/she accepts the judgment of the competition jury.

• Submitted materials will not be returned to applicants.
• Enquiries: Professor Mel Mercier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IMRO Other Room Other Voices Special This Thursday

This week Other Voices are bringing you a jam packed show with music from the IMRO Other Room: I Have a Tribe, Kitt Philippa, Mango x Mathman, Columbia Mills and winner of the 2018 Open Call, Powpig.

The IMRO Other Room was set up as part of Other Voices, to provide a platform to rising musicians. In recent years they have moved from a closed set, to one filmed in front of a live audience. This show is presented by May Kay and filmed in An Chonair, Spa Road, Dingle.

The Open Call offers musicians from all over the country an opportunity to play at Other Voices and record their performance for inclusion in the TV show. Hundreds of applications are received every year. The Top 5 are put forward to a public vote in association with RTE 2FM. The artists voted ‘Listener’s Choice’ is invited to perform in front of a live audience in Dingle. 

Previous artists who played the IMRO Other Room include Saint Sister, Villagers, James Vincent McMorrow, Spies, Talos and many more.

Last week’s episode with Villagers, Sam Fender and Maria Kelly is on the RTE Player here.

Photos: Tara Thomas

IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards Winners

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

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

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

Other winners in the regional categories include

Dublin – The Sugar Club, Dublin

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

Connacht – Monroe’s, Galway

Munster – Live at St Luke’s,  Cork

Ulster –  An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

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

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

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

Performances on the night came from Pillow QueensMoncrieff and Inhaler.

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

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

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

Live music venues and festivals play a vital role in the music industry in Ireland, giving international and homegrown artists a platform to engage with fans and build new audiences. They also play a central role in urban and rural communities across the country, providing a social gathering space for varied audiences, and contributing hugely to the domestic economy.

IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year 2018 Winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2018 – All Together Now

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

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

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

Web: IMRO.ie / Facebook: IMRO.Ireland / Twitter: @IMROIreland

Music Cork Returns To Leeside For Third Year of International Music Industry Debate

IMRO sponsored Music Cork returns to Leeside for its third year this May 1 -3 bringing another impressive programme featuring music industry professionals, informative discussion panels and great live music throughout Cork city. Previous years have yielded some long-standing industry partnerships and working relationships, fostered in an informal and enlightening environment.

Delegates to Music Cork 2019 will have the opportunity to meet and network with music industry figures from Ireland and abroad, hear about and discuss industry trends and innovations, benefit from years of experience from myriad areas of the business while enjoying a relaxed three days around the vibrant streets of Cork city.

Among the speakers announced so far for May’s three-day event are Lucy Dickins, an agent at ITB (Mumford & Sons, Adele, James Blake), James Whitting, an agent at Coda, (Imagine Dragons, Ellie Goulding, Robyn & Maggie Rogers), Sarah Desmond, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Partnerships at Universal Music Group, Cesar Andion, PR & Talent at Live Nation Spain and Catherine Grieves, a Music Supervisor who has worked on shows for HBO, Channel 4 and Netflix. Also confirmed for Music Cork 2019 are Danny O’Reilly (The Coronas), Emma Zillman (Booker Kendall Calling & Blue Dot festivals), Zach Hyde (Agent UTA LA), Lisa Lester (Lawyer LA), Mark Gordon (Score Draw Music), Louize Carroll (Composer / The Blizzards), Joe Dougan (Promoter Shine Belfast), Brian Hetherman (Curve Music / Cerberus Consulting Canada).

Complimenting the discussion and debate will be a large showcase gig at the newly revamped Cyprus Avenue on Wednesday May 1 and a carefully curated music trail on Thursday May 2 featuring some of the best breaking Irish music. Early Bird delegate passes are now available from www.musiccork.com and for the special price of €109, ensure that the delegate has:

▪ A place on the Networking Pub Crawls where speakers and delegates mix (Wednesday)
▪ Access to the Opening Night Showcase and private Delegates and Speakers Lounge (Wednesday)
▪ Access to all panels, discussions and keynotes (Thursday) (All day tea & coffee plus a buffet lunch)
▪ Guaranteed access to all of Thursday Night Showcase gigs
▪ Access to the After Party (Thursday)
▪ Access to the Bacon & Bloody Mary Networking Brunch (Friday)

Music Cork 2019 again returns to The Clayton Hotel as the hub of the three-day symposium, with the city centre hotel offering easy access to the rest of the programmed events throughout the city. Shane Dunne, one of the Music Cork organisers, said: “We are delighted to be able to do this again in Cork. The feedback over the last few years from the delegates and showcasing acts has been hugely positive, people are seeing a real benefit out of coming to Music Cork. We have to thank our sponsors, without whom we wouldn’t be able to run Music Cork so affordably and offering so much over the three days for attendees.”

www.musiccork.com


Mind YourSelf: Mental Health and Music

Date: 25.05.2019
Location: The Tara Building, 11-15 Tara Street, Dublin 2
DOORS: 3:30 PM / 6:30 PM

TICKETS: €5 – €10* @ www.weareselfmade.io

Workshop . Panel Discussion . Live Performance . Art . Zines

On Saturday May 25th, SelfMade will run a two-part event, sponsored by IMRO, looking at mental health in the Irish music scene and in particular the challenges affecting developing musicians in their professional and personal lives. There has been a huge step-up in the level of conversation on mental health in recent years and we’re proud to use our next event to encourage conversation, break the stigma, and facilitate a route to a healthier music industry.

Featuring: Maria Kelly, Paddy Hanna, Caoimhe Barry (Wyvern Lingo), Michael Pope (Le Galaxie)

Panel Hosted by Louise Bruton & Workshop led by Aoife Ruth

4pmAfternoon Workshop: Working with Your Inner Critic
The two-part event will start with an interactive workshop focusing on how musicians can work with their inner critic – the internal voice that can often hold us back, tell us we’re not good enough, or make us anxious about putting ourselves out there. Instead of silencing or fighting off the inner critic, this workshop will seek to get to know it by exploring the origins of self-criticism and how it impacts musicians and creatives in their life and work. The workshop will be led by psychotherapist, musician, researcher and BIMM lecturer, Aoife Ruth, in collaboration with Wyvern Lingo’s Caoimhe Barry.

7pm – Evening Session: Mind YourSelf Panel and Performances
Our evening panel features a line-up of Irish artists who have all used their creative work and social platforms to highlight career-related mental health and anxiety, and have been open about the more challenging and hands-on aspects of developing a music career. The Mind YourSelf panel will look at the factors affecting the mental health of artists and how these manifest, as well as the importance of open discussion and self-care, access to support (as well as ways artists can support each other), and the need for positive cultural and industry change. Discussion and Q&A will be led by music journalist and activist, Louise Bruton, and the panel will be opened and closed with live performances.

Performance Times TBC

SelfMade is a platform to explore the unseen sides of a music career through discussion, performance, art and zines. With a strong focus on women in music, our goal is to celebrate the work of DIY musicians and to create a supportive space to explore the realities of getting a music project or career off the ground. SelfMade is organised independently by artist, Joanna Bain, and musician/label co-founder Julie Hawk (HAVVK) in collaboration with a collective of Irish musicians. Sponsored by: IMRO

RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” Returns for 2019

RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” returns for the second year – a thoughtfully curated international-leaning music forum designed to encourage an exchange of learning and discussion and challenge some of the biggest prevailing issues facing both artists and industry professionals.

It will take place on the day of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, Thursday 7th March from 10.30am – 3.30pm at IMRO, Dublin 2.  Tickets, priced at €5.00, are on sale now via http://choicemusicprize.ie/conversations

The event will provide an opportunity to learn from and challenge leading figures and experts working in the international industry and examine some of the critical components of today’s constantly changing music industry landscape. 

The panels will be moderated by Jim Carroll from RTÉ.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations”

Venue: Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Baggot St Lower, Dublin 2

9.30am: Registration opens

Conversation 1

10.30am: A Conversation with Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury / Co-founder The Great Escape)

Conversation 2

11.30am: I Heard You on the Radio: Irish Radio’s Role in Breaking New Acts

From Kodaline to Gavin James, radio is still key when it comes to breaking acts in Ireland thanks to an audience who still turn on and tune in every day. But is this likely to continue indefinitely? Should radio be taking more chances? Is radio’s attention economy margins getting squeezed by streaming? What will happen to radio when our cars are no longer FM-friendly?

Speakers:

Alan Swan (Director of Music 2FM)

Abbie McCarthy (BBC Introducing)

(further panellists to be announced)

12.30pm: Lunch break

Conversation 3

1.30pm: Are Guitar Bands About To Take Over Again?

They may not have quite done away with your Ed Sheerans and Ariana Grandes, but the return of the guitar band is very much on trend. While we’ve always seen cyclical ebbs and flows, it will be hugely interesting to see how they fare in the current era of heavily formatted commercial radio and streaming playlists. Our panel will look at the guitar band ecosystem, the role played by live venues in this resurgence, the ways to promote a guitar band in 2019 and where they think the new guns will be five years from now.

Speakers:

James O’ Donohoe (Artist Manager Red Light Management UK)

Carl Brogan (Manager The Academic)

(further panellists to be announced)

Conversation 4

 2.30pm: Mental Health and Music

Support and welfare of musicians and artists has never been as important as it is today. All involved are hugely aware of the vulnerability of working in the arts and the fact that musicians are four times as likely to suffer from anxiety and mental health issues than that of the general population. But awareness is just the beginning and panellists will examine some very specific areas which need to be addressed.

Speakers:

Joe Hastings – Head of Health & Welfare (Help Musicians UK) 

Louize Carroll (Occupational Psychologist, Bass Player The Blizzards) 

Aoife Ruth (Musician, Psychotherapist, Researcher)

3.30pm: Concludes

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Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas industry delegates to attend the live event and First Music Contact (FMC), as part of their international profiling activity, will again advise on the selection of delegates and oversee their integration into the individual mentoring sessions with the artists and the conference.

In Association with IMRO and Culture Ireland

The Irish Music Industry Podcast Launches

The Irish Music Industry Podcast has launched today providing a vital insight into the music industry. Produced by Mark G of King Kong Company, The Irish Music Industry Podcast is a must listen for both people who want to break into the industry and seasoned professionals who want to learn more about other areas of the music sector.

The podcast has sought out professionals from a multitude of disciplines to offer some advice and discuss how they carve out their own space within the sector. Each episode of The Irish Music Industry Podcast will see Mark G interviewing some of Ireland’s top music industry professionals and pick apart the mechanism of the Irish music sector in an effort to understand what makes it tick. From well-worn road warriors to eager newbies, all stories, advice, wisdom and occasional tales of woe come straight from the horse’s mouth.

The first four episodes are available now and feature top Irish music professionals Jenny Wren (Booker for Body & Soul), Jerry Fish (independent artist and label owner), Dan Hegarty (2FM), Katie Kim (independent artist), Johnny Lappin (music publisher and IMRO founder director), Daithí (independent artist), Dominic Kelly (entertainment industry accountant and business manager) and Lizzie Fitzpatrick (Bitch Falcon).  

Speaking about the brand new podcast Mark G said: “There is something for everyone, with episodes tailored to appeal to music industry professionals, those hoping to get a start in the sector and those interested in sussing out what goes on behind and around music in Ireland today”.

The spark that lit the touchpaper on this podcast came from Mark’s experience within third level education and from working within the music sector itself. “There was a slow burning realisation that many prospective music industry professionals aren’t privy to a full and frank picture of what to expect from their chosen career”. He maintains that “It’s not just people starting out in the music business either. Many of us who’ve been doing this for years still aren’t clued in about lots of different aspects of the industry. When our band began to enjoy a modest amount of success a few years ago, we were signing contracts with management, record labels, merch companies and a host of other concerns, and we didn’t have a clue. In 2017 we turned over more than €100K in performance fees, but none of us got paid that year. In 2018 we sold out The Olympia Theatre and that gig ran at a loss due to decisions made by ourselves. We’ve been making music most of our lives, but there’s so much we don’t know about all the other stuff.”

The first four episodes of The Irish Music Industry Podcasts are available now on iTunes, Android and the usual digital sources or you can visit timi.ie to download/stream the podcasts. The remaining 18 episodes from season one will be released weekly and the accompanying articles, info and original illustrations (by Barry Haughey – @_hawkie on Instagram) can also be found at timi.ie. The Irish Music Industry Podcast is supported by IMRO.

Timi.ie

Irish Youth Music Awards Returns

Youth Work Ireland’s Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) is excited to return to Croke Park for its all ages National Day on Saturday May 11th, 2019 with tickets now on sale. They have released this promo video from last year’s event to mark this announcement featuring Louise McSharry (RTÉ 2FM), Little Green Cars and Orla Gartland to mark the announcement.

The IYMAs will feature performances by young musicians aged 12-19, performing across two stages throughout the day and connects ticket holders and performers, with Ireland’s top music industry personnel at the IYMAs Education Hub via workshops and masterclasses with over 100,000 young people participating in the programme to date with the figure growing each year. The event also marks the start of Youth Work Ireland week with other events happening across the country.

The IYMAs marketplace will feature information for attendees on the creative and music industries, with BIMM Institute Dublin, IMRO and RTÉ 2FM all in attendance with the latter broadcasting live from the event. The marketplace will also have hands on demonstrations and much more.

Tickets for the IYMAs National Day are available from Eventbrite priced €20 excluding booking fee here. The event is an all ages, alcohol free event. Group tickets are also available for youth clubs, projects or schools priced €120 (including booking fee) allowing admission for five young people and two youth leaders or adults on the day. Group tickets must be booked by April 22nd and are available here.

We are very excited to be returning to Croke Park and to be working with RTÉ 2FM , IMRO and BIMM Institute Dublin again this year. It’s so important to us to be able provide a space to support young people to learn new skills around the creative and music industries. We are now seeing this work come to life with young people from our programme progressing to third level educational opportunities and IYMAs acts launching their musical careers to a national audience through their involvement in the programme. We shall be making further announcements around our education hub and other activities happening at Croke Park in the forthcoming weeks and would recommend following our social media channels for these,” said Irish Youth Music Awards Director, Barry Lennon.

The Irish Youth Music Awards National Day is very important for RTÉ 2FM as an event like this creates a space to support the future generations of Irish musicians, songwriters and producers and gives them an opportunity to meet industry professionals and learn new skills. We are very excited to be involved in the IYMAs Programme as a media partner and to be part of the journey of so many young people from across Ireland and to broadcast live from the event,” said Director of Music RTÉ 2FM, Alan Swan.

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

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

CISAC Launches Major Project to Upgrade the International Musical Work Identifier

ISWC system overhaul will better serve authors societies and rights holders in the digital age.

The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has enlisted Dublin-based software company Spanish Point Technologies to upgrade the global information system of the ISWC (International Standard Musical Works Codes), the unique code that identifies musical works and links them to their creators.

The ISWC system plays a key role in the successful functioning of the digital music market, allowing millions of creators to get efficiently and fairly paid for their works. Royalty collections from digital services have grown 164% over the last five years, topping €1 billion in 2017. Services such as Spotify and Apple Music today offer more than 40 million music tracks. Underlying the effective identification, collection and distribution of digital royalties are the ISWC codes.

Tens of millions of ISWCs have been assigned worldwide since the code was created in 2002. The codes help collective management organisations (CMOs), responsible for collecting and distributing authors’ royalties, track the use of musical works they represent across the globe. This enables them to collect royalties from users, especially digital service providers, on behalf of their members.

CISAC pioneered the identifier, which pairs one work with one identifier, to meet demand for reliable information on musical works, in the late nineties. In 2002, the International Standard Musical Work Code, or ISWC, was adopted by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as a unique and accurate identifier (ISO 15707:2001).

While it revolutionised the way in which data was exchanged between CMOs, the upsurge of music streaming services has led to an increasing demand for improved accuracy and efficiency. In the digital environment, societies handle trillions of music usages every year, making the availability of reliable data crucial to the proper collection and distribution of royalties to songwriters and composers.

The ISWC system has seen several updates over the years: the latest services, developed with long-time CISAC partner FastTrack, were rolled out in 2018. The new collaboration with Spanish Point Technologies is the first of its kind. The latest modernisation to the system will help speed up the process by which authors’ societies assign an ISWC code for use by digital service providers and publishers.

CISAC Director General Gadi Oron said: “Investing in improved ISWC systems will immensely help music creators and publishers, authors societies and digital services navigate their way better in the rapidly growing digital music market. The ISWC is the leading music industry identifier and it plays an important role in facilitating the identification of musical works. Our project with Spanish Point aims to increase the speed, accuracy and efficiency of the system in a way that is complimentary with our members’ systems, and which keeps pace with the explosive growth of music streaming.”

Spanish Point Technologies CEO Donal Cullen said: “This next generation ISWC system will help societies manage the marked increase of music streaming services and provide greater data accuracy. Using modern cloud technologies and our innovative matching engine, the improved ISWC systems will assist societies in exchanging information with each other and music users, such as digital service providers and publishers. This will encourage greater use of the ISWC and should lead to more creators’ works being accurately identified and paid for.”

CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – is the world’s leading network of authors’ societies (also referred to as Collective Management Organisations, or CMOs).

With 239 member societies in 121 countries, CISAC represents over four million creators from all geographic regions and artistic repertoires including music, audiovisual, drama, literature and visual arts. CISAC is presided over by electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre and the organisation’s vice-presidents are: Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, Argentinean film director Marcelo Piñeyro, Spanish visual artist Miquel Barceló and Chinese film director, scriptwriter and producer Jia Zhang-ke.

CISAC protects the rights and represents the interests of creators worldwide. Founded in 1926, it is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation with headquarters in France and regional offices in Africa, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

www.cisac.org | Twitter: @CISACNews | Facebook: CISACWorldwide.

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