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Job Vacancy at IMRO | Credit Control Assistant

This position within the Licensing Dept. contributes to the overall operation of the company by helping to carry out the credit control function of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) from IMRO Head Office, particularly as it pertains to Public Performance licensing and collections covering both IMRO royalties and PPI royalties collectable by IMRO. This covers licensing in respect of copyright music and sound recordings in pubs, shops, offices, restaurants, etc for IMRO and PPI and as licensed under the Dual Copyright Music Licence Contract and the IMRO Copyright Music Licence Contract. The position is part of the Licensing Department of IMRO and reports to the Credit Control Manager.

The Credit Control Assistant position plays a key role in the Licensing Department, and the position works with all staff within the department to contribute to the maximisation of public performance cash collections for both IMRO and IMRO as an agent of PPI.

Applications:

Send CV and cover letter to

Deadline for applications is 5pm Wednesday 25th April 2018

IMRO Welcomes President Macron’s Comments on Copyright

IMRO welcomes President Macron’s remarks on the issue of copyright reform today while addressing the European Parliament, and his announcement that he intends to prioritise creators’ rights. As the European Commission finalises its work on the EU Copyright Directive, IMRO is working to highlight the issue of ‘safe harbour’ protection and the need to address this loophole in order to create a level playing field between the platforms and rightsholders.

IMRO believes that a focus on copyright should represent a core element of a much-needed National Music Strategy. An environment that fosters growth for new and legitimate businesses, including platforms such as YouTube, SoundCloud and Facebook, while providing legal certainty for consumers, and ensuring that this is paired with adequate financial return for creators, is required.

Ireland’s music industry supports 13,000 jobs nationwide and is worth almost three quarters of a billion euro annually to the economy. Ensuring creators receive compensation for all uploads of their work is crucial to ensuring a sustainable basis for the music industry going forward.

About the ‘safe harbour’ loophole

‘Active on demand’ music services such as YouTube, SoundCloud and Facebook, are not currently obliged, under the E-Commerce Directive (Directive 2000/31/EC), to remunerate rightsholders for content stored and exploited on their sites. This leads to what is known as a Value Gap or Transfer of Value (ToV) in that, although the volume of musical content being consumed online is higher than ever, revenue generated from this consumption is not fairly distributed to creators.

Eleanor McEvoy, IMRO Chair (pictured left) joined a delegation of European music creators who travelled to Strasbourg today to call on the European Parliament for fair copyright rules in the digital world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job Opportunity | Music Education Partnership Support Manager

To support the current and future development of both new and existing Music Education Partnerships, Music Generation is now inviting applications for the role of Music Education Partnership Support Manager.

Established in 2010, Music Generation’s ambition is to transform the lives of children and young people through local access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education.  Music Generation has recently embarked on a new phase of expansion into 9 new areas of the country, building towards nationwide rollout by 2022.

This new role at the Music Generation National Development Office presents an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional who combines strong expertise in music development and management with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, initiative, and determination for results.

For a job description and details of the application process, please contact:

John Deely, Pinpoint

Email: / Phone: +353 1 642 5721

Closing Date: 12 noon Friday May 4, 2018

Music Generation is a Music Network initiative, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

SIGNAL: VISUALS : Examining trends in tech, careers & creativity in music | 18th April

The SIGNAL series examines upcoming trends, tech, careers and creativity in music.

SIGNAL: VISUALS, the third event in the series will explore the rise of visuals and its importance to the live music experience. Joining host Martin Clancy are Ant O’Brien and Ronan McGrath of Generic People on how to create immersive live performance using Resolume 6.

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

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – 18:30 to 20:00
Location: Paccar Theatre, Trinity College Dublin 2

FREE – PLEASE REGISTER HERE

Job Vacancy at IMRO | Distribution Assistant

Application: Please send a CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the criteria for the role to
Salary: On request
12 Month Fixed Term Contract
Deadline for applications is 5.00pm Wednesday 18th April

1. Purpose of Job

To contribute to the provision of an efficient distribution and membership service by carrying out a variety of clerical/administrative duties with a strong emphasis on data entry, data manipulation and data processing.

2. Organisation Chart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Job Context and Content

The job holder is one of a team of five assistants who is assigned to the Distribution Team.

4. Principal Accountabilities

  • Entering data into electronic form (e.g. work registrations, gig lists, set lists etc.)
  • Matching music titles against repertoire databases.
  • Matching data from live music performances to repertoires.
  • Inputting all information sourced regarding domestic live performances.
  • Investigating member queries.
  • Undertake any other duty, which may reasonably be allocated by the team leader.
  • Distribution assistants are also required to cover reception/switch as part of the duty relief roster.

5. Principal Working Contacts

• Distributions Officers
On a daily basis re ongoing status of daily tasks
• Distribution Manager
On a daily basis re personal and team targets
• All Personnel in Distribution Department
On an ad hoc basis.
• IMRO Members
On a daily basis re member queries

6. Challenges Faced

The job holder is required to be flexible in carrying out a variety of tasks, always achieving a high degree of accuracy and often against tight deadlines. The holder must work well as part of a team.

7. Planning and Organising

The overall planning is decided by the Head of the Distribution Team. The job holder is supervised closely and has little requirement to plan own work schedule.

8. Direction Received

Little routine direction is required as the job holder works within well defined guidelines. However, as this is an entry level post, the holder should expect continuous guidance from the Distribution Officers and Head of the Distribution Team.

9. Knowledge and Experience

  • The holder candidate should have good keyboard skills, strong organisational skills and possess keen attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access is desirable.
  • A good general knowledge of music would also be of benefit.

It’s All in the Mix | The Importance of Mixing for Music

Venue: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2
Date: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Entry: Free (booking essential) email –

Mixing is an essential stage of music production, and is arguably the most important step in ensuring that a song’s artistic statement reaches the listener’s ears. Yet, the art of mixing is often mis-understood due to it’s nature of being both highly technical and creative. The way in which music is recorded has changed in recent times and while many artists continue to record in professional studios, others are self-recording due to the availability of quality home-recording equipment. Mixing is more important today as it ever has been. Mixing ensures that no matter the fashion in which the music has been recorded, it impacts with the correct aesthetic and allows the listener to be enveloped by the song.

This upcoming IMRO seminar will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from one of the industry’s experts in mixing and music production. The focus will not only be on the technical aspects of mixing but also the artistic and emotional choices one needs to make when balancing various elements of a song. This talk will explore what mixing means from a creative and technical standpoint, demonstrated through a mix session live on the night. Aimed to enlighten and inspire artists, songwriters, producers, bands, the event is suitable for anyone who is involved in the music production chain.

Aidan Cunningham – Mixer / Producer

Aidan is a full time mixing engineer and music producer who has worked with some of the most exciting acts from Ireland and all around the world. Aidan’s mix spans across many different genres that are as sonically interesting as they are diverse – dealing with artists from the ‘alternative’ world covering all forms of hard rock, metal, punk, post-rock, math-rock, pop, hip-hop and everything in between. Irish acts include Overhead The Albatross, Paul Alwright, The Scratch, The Winter Passing, Ilenkus and Murdock. Aidan is known for his unique production style that is both organic and sonically impactful.

Aidan is a founding member, guitarist and vocalist of the band Murdock (Basick Records). Murdock have released many albums and undertaken countless tours.

Aidan is also a certified Pro Tools HD expert and delivers lectures on Music Production and Sound Engineering for Sound Training College, Dublin.

Irish Post Music Awards Launched

Nine Awards & 10 live Irish music acts under one roof for one night only | Thursday, June 7 | INEC, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Top music acts from Ireland will launch the inaugural Irish Post Music Awards this summer. Supported by IMRO, The Irish Post Music Awards will take place on June 7 in the INEC Killarney, Co. Kerry. The Music Awards will build on the success of previous Irish Post events by bringing the best Irish performers to music fans in Ireland. The live music event follows the success of The Irish Post Country Music Awards last August and The Irish Post awards in November.

“Music is one of our most alluring and captivating exports and has proved a powerful cultural connection to Ireland for the Irish abroad. We are delighted to be showcasing the best of Irish talent and sharing it with a global audience this summer. The Irish Post Music Awards will bring the Irish home to the beautiful lakes of Killarney on a summer’s night – exactly what many Irish emigrants down through the years would have dreamt about.” Irish Post Editor-in-Chief Siobhan Breatnach

“2017 was an incredible year for Irish music. A wealth of emerging talent made serious inroads in various international territories around the world and in so doing reaching new audiences each step of the way. The Irish Post Music Awards recognise and champion some of our finest songwriters and performers and IMRO is delighted to be associated with these prestigious music awards.” Keith Johnson, Director of Marketing & Membership, IMRO

Ten of the country’s top acts will perform under one roof for one incredible night of Irish music. With awards in nine categories, including Best Country, Best Folk and Best Pop/Rock, a Lifetime Achievement Award will also be revealed on the evening. Winners will be picked by a panel of distinguished judges and a public vote. Best Singer/Songwriter, Best Album and Best Single will also be honoured on the evening alongside a Best Indie Award and Outstanding Contribution to TV/Radio.

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation Drafts New Copyright Bill to Modernise Copyright for the Digital Age

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D. and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan T.D. today 13th March 2018, welcomed the publication of the Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Law Provisions Bill 2018.

Copyright protects creative outputs such as books, films, music, software and television broadcasts against acts such as copying or unauthorised reproduction. This Bill also makes some additional amendments to other intellectual property law, including industrial designs, patents and trademarks. The Bill is intended to make better provision for copyright and other intellectual property (IP) protection in the digital era and to enable rightholders to better enforce their IP rights in the courts. It also addresses a host of other important societal needs including:

• expanding the education exception to allow the use of digital works in the classroom or through access to secure school networks, such as students using school iPad at home to access material held in school databases or for watching lectures over the internet;
• expanding the research exception and making provision for data analytics through a new exception for text and data mining;
• facilitating persons with a disability getting access to works by expanding the disability exception to use new technologies to adapt works to the needs of persons with a disability, allowing persons with a disability or authorised entities to make necessary adaptations to books, audio-visual works or other copyright work themselves using modern technologies.

Minister Humphreys said “that the Bill contains many important provisions that will be of great benefit to both rightholders and wider society. In particular, I wish to highlight that this Bill will provide for the greater use of copyrighted works by persons with a disability. Also, given my previous role as Minister with responsibility for the creative sector, I am delighted to see the potential for musicians, authors, photographers, other creators and owners of trademarks to better defend their work from infringement where those cases are too small to pursue through the High Court.”

Minister Halligan stated that “as Minister with responsibility for Ireland’s intellectual property regulatory regime I welcome the provisions contained in this Bill and anticipate that they will be of particular interest to those engaged in scientific and other research as well as those involved in education and training. The Minister further added that “the provisions contained in the Bill will enhance Ireland’s reputation for the protection of intellectual property which will further strengthen our efforts to develop an innovation economy.”

Minister Humphreys expects that the Bill will be progressed through the Houses of the Oireachtas in the coming months.

 

Tackling IP Infringement:
To tackle the issue of intellectual property infringement, the Bill extends jurisdiction of the Circuit Court and District Court to include IP claims. This allows rightholders across all IP in Ireland the opportunity to seek redress and bring lower value intellectual property infringement claims for relief in civil proceedings within the limits of those courts.

Other important provisions included in the Bill aim to create an Innovative environment to allow businesses to grow and compete globally, such as:

• making it an infringement, in the context of photographs, to tamper with metadata associated with the photographic works;

• allowing libraries, archives and educational institutions to make a copy of a work in its collection for preservation purposes and for catalogues for exhibitions etc.;

• amending the term of protection for copyright in designs from a 25-year term to life of the creator plus 70 years, in order for Ireland to comply with our international obligations;

• creating an exception for use of copyright works to allow for caricature, satire and parody; and

• extending the concept of fair dealing in copyright works for purposes of news reporting.

Calling All Artists For Beatvyne’s Music X Tech Experience at Dublin Tech Summit 2018

BEATVYNE HAS AN OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS TO PLAY AT THEIR MUSIC X TECH EXPERIENCE AT DUBLIN TECH SUMMIT 2018 UNTIL MARCH 31ST

Artists, are you ready to play one of Europe’s largest and most significant Music x Tech events? Apply for an official performance by day at the award winning Convention Centre Dublin in front of industry legends such as Live Nation, Shazam, Amazon Music and all major labels. Or play by night at the Official DTS Launch Party at the iconic Windmill Lane Recording Studios and other night events across the city.

The final deadline to apply is Saturday, March 31st to be chosen by the programming team at beatvyne. beatvyne’s Music x Tech Experience at Dublin Tech Summit will highlight new technologies in a changing global music industry and gives access to a network of industry leaders and professionals from record labels, publishers, management and PR firms, bookers and media outlets as well as new technology platforms, fellow musicians and future fans.

As Official Music Partner to DTS18, beatvyne curates and produces the MUSIC x TECH stage in the Convention Centre Dublin from April 18-19. Focusing on the fan experience, it will explore how new technologies such as Augmented and Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and new immersive live experiences are positively changing the current music landscape and how these technologies can be incorporated by artists and the industry in new ways.

To apply, go to http://www.beatvyne.com/dts/callout, select the “Artists/Labels” tab and fill in the required information. All successful applicants will be notified by April 7th.

French Quarter Studios FQS is the Latest Addition to Cork’s Studio Scene

FQS is a growing niche recording facility and programming suite which caters for clients across Ireland and beyond.

Specialising in recording vocalists and small scale groups, their service is tailored to ensure the highest quality outcome for clients. They are also a programming/arranging suite, for clients who require programming/arranging input on their songs.

Located at the heart of Cork City, the recording facilities feature top class equipment. A professional approach and friendly atmosphere make FQS a great place for you to work on, record and produce your projects.

FQS is owned and operated by George Micansky. Originally from Germany, George has been based in Cork in Ireland since 2004. Having studied classical guitar and piano at Muenster University, George developed an interest in production, recording and song-writing. Over the last twenty years George has developed a top-of-the-range studio, specially selecting equipment to cater to the needs of his clients. He specialises in recording and producing vocal performances and small groups and regularly collaborates with production teams in Sweden, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. He works both with clients who have a clear production plan and with clients who have written their own work and require the production to be developed from scratch. His uncompromising attention to detail and enthusiasm to bring out the best in a performance mean that he consistently exceeds his clients’ expectations.

George has had songs published in the UK, Holland and Italy and released in Ireland, Italy and South Africa. His songs have featured in a number of multi-media advertisements. His song-writing skills and his abilities as a performer directly influence his production and recording work, ensuring excellence in the finished production. He regularly collaborates with singer-songwriters and lyricists at various stages of the song-writing process. Based at the heart of Cork City, George is accessible to clients from all over Ireland and beyond.

Check the studio out at http://frenchquarterstudios.com/

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