IFPI has released its Music Consumer Insight Report 2018. The report examines the ways in which music consumers aged 16-64 engage with recorded music across 20 of the world’s largest music markets.
- Music is an integral part of our lives: On average, we each enjoy music for 17.8 hours per week, with the car being the most popular listening location.
- Streaming is virtually ubiquitous: 86% of us listen to music through on-demand streaming. Young music consumers are most engaged streamers, with 57% of 16-24 year olds using a paid audio streaming service.
- Consumer are engaging with their local music genres: Music consumers especially enjoy listening to local music genres, with 66% of consumers in Japan listening to J-Pop, 69% of consumers in France listening to Variété Française and, in Brazil, 55% listening to música popular brasileira.
- High-growth music markets are seeing high levels of licensed engagement: 96% of consumers in China and 96% in India listen to licensed music.
- User upload services continue to dominate consumption: Nearly half of all time spent listening to on-demand music is on YouTube.
- Copyright infringement remains a significant issue: More than one-third (38%) of consumers obtain music through infringing methods – with stream ripping the dominant method (32% of consumers).
Frances Moore, CEO of IFPI, commented:
“This year’s Music Consumer Insight Report tells the story of how recorded music is woven into the lives of fans around the world. As it becomes increasingly accessible, it continues to be embraced across formats, genres and technologies.
“Record companies are working with their partners to sustain and develop these rich and diverse ways in which music is being enjoyed, ensuring that it continues on its exciting journey around the world.
“However, this report also shows the challenges the music community continues to face – both in the form of the evolving threat of digital copyright infringement as well as in the failure to achieve fair compensation from some user-upload services. Policymakers around the globe have been scrutinising these issues and increasingly acting to address them.”
CISAC meets with United Nations Secretary-General Guterres in New York, cements closer relations and offers collaboration
CISAC President Jean-Michel Jarre, Board Chairperson Eric Baptiste and Director General Gadi Oron met with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in New York on October 8th.
The meeting focused on CISAC’s global role in promoting economic and cultural development and the power of creators as an engine for economic growth. The need for increased protections for creators in the digital market was also discussed. The challenges for creators, especially in the digital world, have created a pressing need for solutions at global level.
The CISAC delegation explored ways in which UN institutions can put greater focus on the promotion of creators’ rights and interests online with the Secretary-General, as well as how creators’ protections can be integrated into the UN’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development. How CISAC can contribute to the goals related to work and economic growth as well as promoting inclusive and sustainable innovation technology was also explored.
As the global voice of creators, CISAC strongly supports implementation of the founding principles established by the United Nations. The meeting takes CISAC’s moves to strengthen partnerships with UN agencies to a new level.
Photo ©: UN Photo/Rick Bajorna
The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD has announced additional funding of over €36 million for her Department in 2019, an increase of 12% on 2018 allocations.
The increase in funding is comprised of €21 million in capital expenditure, an increase of 39% on 2018 funding and €15 million in current expenditure (6% increase) and will allow for total expenditure of some €339 million towards culture, language and heritage in 2019.
The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) welcomes the Budget 2019 increase for funding for the arts.
Commenting, Victor Finn, CEO of IMRO said,
“Today’s announcement of an increase in funding for the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is welcome. In a challenging budgetary environment, it shows commitment on behalf of Government to continue towards the doubling of arts funding by 2025 as set out by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. At IMRO, on behalf of our 12,000 members who are musicians, songwriters and performers in Ireland, we believe that now is the time for a National Music Strategy. Such a strategy, delivered at very minimal cost and involving industry and Government collaboration, can support real growth in Irish music and we hope that today’s announcement creates space to deliver on it.
We look forward to continuing to engage with Minister Madigan and her officials in the months ahead to progress with this important plan – by working together, we can secure the future for Ireland’s music sector.”
Key highlights of Budget 2019:
- Arts and culture funding up by €22.6m or 13.5% – comprising €10.6m (7.7%) increase in current funding and €12m (or 14%) in capital;
- Arts Council funding is up by 10% to €75m, including over €6m in current funding, more than double the increase of 2018;
- Built and Natural Heritage funding up by over €7.1m or nearly 15% – of this increase €5.2m is capital; and
- Gaeltacht, Irish language and the Islands funding increased by €5m (8%) on 2018 allocations. This includes an additional €2m in funding for Údarás na Gaeltachta to support the maintenance and creation of jobs in Gaeltacht areas and increase supports for Gaeltacht co-operatives, and an additional €600k to continue the implementation phase of the language planning process.
Speaking after the Budget 2019 announcement, Minister Madigan said: “This increased funding is tangible evidence of the importance attached to our cultural and creative heritage under Project Ireland 2040 and clearly demonstrates this Government’s commitment to increase spending in the arts and culture sector on a trajectory that will see funding doubled by 2025. The increased funding will facilitate further work in terms of the planning and early stage implementation of the Department’s 10 year Capital Plan ‘Investing in our Culture, Language & Heritage 2018-2027’ across all programme areas – together with increased support for arts and artists via the Arts Council and Creative Ireland; the film industry and this Government’s ambitions under Global Ireland 2025; and additional restoration and development works across our built and natural heritage portfolios.”
Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh TD, said: “The €5 million increase which has been allocated in Budget 2019 for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands will cement the success of Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 and build on the impetus that has grown around language planning over the course of the last year.
“This significant increase on 2018 takes total spending on the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands to more than €67.5 million. With the commitments to new pier infrastructure and transport supports to Oileáin Árann and Toraigh in Project Ireland 2040 the increasing spending demonstrates the value that this Government places on our language, both within Gaeltacht areas and nationally.”
Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) is now inviting applications from suitably qualified persons for the post of Music Generation Development Officer, for Music Generation Clare.
The post is being offered on the basis of a fixed-term contract for a period of three years.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon, Monday, 15 October 2018.
Application form, post details and applicant requirements are available online (http://limerickclare.etb.ie/recruitment/) or by email from
About Music Generation Clare
Music Generation Clare is a performance music education service for children and young people in County Clare that provides opportunities for children and young people to access a range of vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area.
Established in 2014, it is among the 11 MEP Areas that were selected for participation in Phase 1 of Music Generation. Locally, Music Generation Clare is supported and funded by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, and Clare County Council.
For more information visit: www.musicgenerationclare.ie
Dublin Studio Hub (DSH) has just announced a partnership with Flexi-Fi consumer finance providers, to allow musicians easy access to credit options to fund music, recording, and production projects, anything from a single track to full album production.
Traditionally, finance approval for musicians and songwriters in Ireland has been at best difficult if not impossible. Larry Hogan from DSH explains, “during the downturn banks walked away from financing musicians and recording projects, even the credit unions have tightened up and the ‘album loan’ has become a thing of the past. We’ve been working on a simple solution for project financing for some time. Now, financing your next recording or video project just got easier with these new range of finance packages available through the Hub (DSH).”
Larry continues, “what we like about Flexi-Fi finance is that you can complete the entire application process via your smartphone or mobile device — and it typically takes as little as seven minutes. It’s very easy to do.”
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be either an Irish citizen or a permanent resident of Ireland with a minimum taxable income of €21,000 per year. Once approved, applicants simply provide their mobile number in the studio to pay using their Flexi-Fi approval which can be anything up to €15,000. It is then up to the artist how they decide to spend the amount of finance which has been approved. It can be used for recording, mixing, mastering, session musicians, songwriting services, video production, basically all studio and production services.
Dublin Studio Hub is the first recording company in Ireland to offer this type of financing to musicians.
Visit http://www.dublinstudiohub.com/flexifi/ for further details.
HWCH is delighted to announce and welcome Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD to launch this year’s showcase and conference. Through the Minister’s department, First Music Contact are funded by the Arts Council to resource the popular music sector and through Culture Ireland, they are able to welcome the largest ever number of international delegates including managers, labels, agents, publishers, bookers, buyers and many more to the festival.
42 delegates from 15 different countries will be in the city over the weekend to attend showcases and take part in the conference.
Minister Madigan said –
“The presence of so many bookers, agents and publishers here again at this year’s showcase and conference is a testament to the talent we have in this country. This event is so important as with international delegates supported by Culture Ireland of my Department, the touring and career opportunities for our musicians both at home and abroad can be further advanced”.
The HWCH conference kicks off on Thursday afternoon with Business to Business presentations and continues into a substantial networking event that evening at the Chocolate Factory which will see Irish and International industry delegates come together with Irish artists. The conference continues with workshops and panels over Friday and Saturday and HWCH would like to thank Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office, Help Musicians UK and IMRO for the added support.
RTÉ 2FM will be broadcasting live from the opening night with Louise McSharry and recording the Friday night at Tramline to broadcast the following week with Dan Hegarty.
The live showcases comprising of 50 acts from diverse genres will take place over Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September.
HWCH wishes all their showcasing acts all the very best of luck over the weekend and look forward to you all joining the star-studded alumni from the past fifteen years.
Tickets via Eventbrite are priced as follows (excluding charges):
Delegate Ticket (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) €55 / Live Ticket (Friday & Saturday) €35
Conference Ticket (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) €25 / Live Ticket (Friday/Saturday) €25
Single Venue Ticket €12.50 (only available on the door at live music venues)
|| HWCH is supported by The Arts Council / Culture Ireland / Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office (LEO) / RTÉ 2FM / IMRO / Help Musicians UK / Carlsberg ||
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IMRO members are invited to join songwriters from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland and the US October 21-28 for a week of ‘Community Through Co-Writing‘ on Inisheer/Inis Oirr, led by Listening Room Retreats founder Brett Perkins, at €150 off the €1075 price, inclusive of transport to and from the island from Galway, housing, meals, workshops, individual song/career consultations and three local concerts, including Aras Eanna Theatre and a private home concert in Galway.
Further info at www.listeningroomretreats.com
Pat Kenny, Margaret Nelson, Willie O’Reilly and Ian Wilson announced as the 2018 IMRO Radio Awards Hall of Fame recipients.
Each year the IMRO Radio Awards inducts new members into its prestigious Hall of Fame. The 2018 recipients range from the well-known on-air personality Pat Kenny to CEO of FM104/Q102 Margaret Nelson. Also inducted this year are radio veterans best known for their behind the scenes work Willie O’Reilly and Ian Wilson. The Hall of Fame induction will take place on Tuesday September 25th at 12.30pm in the BAI Offices where the hall resides year-round.
2018 sees a first with Ian Wilson joining his wife, Áine Lawlor, as the first couple to both be inducted into the Hall of Fame. What is the IMRO Hall of Fame and why is it such a prestigious accolade in the industry? Simply put, it honours individuals working in the radio industry who have made a significant and valuable contribution to radio, not in one single year but over the course of their careers. The award is open to nominations for on-air personnel and also to those working behind the scenes who are impacting and making positive change for the industry as a whole in Ireland.
Speaking about this year’s inductee’s, Tom McGuire, organising committee Chair said “With the IMRO Radio Awards Hall of Fame we want to celebrate the excellence that exists in Irish radio. As an industry we can be very proud of the impact and contribution all four of this year’s inductees have made, not just in radio but in the wider media world as well. They have made significant contributions to all levels of our industry from the local to national both in front of and behind the mics. We welcome Pat, Margaret, Willie and Ian into the Hall of Fame and salute their combined incredible achievements, congratulations.”
“It is said that radio is “the theatre of the mind” and IMRO are once again delighted to be involved with the IMRO Radio Awards Hall of Fame. It gives us great pleasure to be inducting four of our most respected and revered radio professionals – Pat Kenny, Margaret Nelson, Willie O’Reilly and Ian Wilson into the Hall of Fame this year”. Eleanor McEvoy, IMRO Chairperson
Pat Kenny is a veteran Irish broadcaster who currently hosts the daily radio show The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk and is a regular host on TV3. Kenny originally qualified as a chemical engineer (UCD and Georgia Institute of Technology) and had a past career as a lecturer to students of engineering and architecture in Bolton Street College of Technology. Starting in the 1980’s, Pat Kenny began a 41 year long career in RTE hosting shows such as the Eurovision, Today Tonight, Kenny Live, and most famously, taking over the Late Late Show after Gay Byrne for 11 years. He began his career reading the news- initially as a stand-in. He moved to Newstalk in 2013 where he broadcasts a 3 hour current affairs programme each day Pat has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Film and TV Academy, for his outstanding contribution to Irish broadcasting, spanning five decades.
Margaret (Mags) Nelson is one of the best known and respected radio executives in Ireland. Since her appointment as Station Director of FM104 in 2008 she has led her management team to bring FM104 dramatically ahead of all other music stations in the capital. She has also managed to maintain this dominance in a hugely competitive radio market with a current Prime time Market share of 17%. Mags has also commercially maximised FM104 listenership by making it the most financially successful local radio station in the country. She has recently been appointed Station Director of Q102 and has already made dramatic changes to the structure and the workings of this station.
Willie O Reilly is an experienced media executive. He has worked as a Producer, a Chief Executive and a Company Director on a number of Irish radio stations including RTÉ, Today FM, FM104, Highland Radio and iRadio. As Chairman of the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) he was actively Involved In shaping the Broadcasting Act 2009 to set out a clear pathway for the future of Independent broadcasting In Ireland.
A founding music producer of RTÉ Radio 2, Ian Wilson was relentless in connecting new & live Irish music with radio, through the Fanning Show, Lark in the Park, Beat in the Street, Dance Sessions Tours. He went on to revive the EBU’s relevance to young listeners, leading to the Eurosonic Festival, Europe’s pre-eminent new music event, reinforcing the link between public service radio and young music makers.
Hall of Fame Inductees to date:
Micheál O’Muircheartaigh – RTÉ Radio 1
Jimmy Magee – RTÉ Radio1
Des Whelan – WLR FM
Marian Finucane – RTÉ Radio 1
Gay Byrne – RTÉ Radio1
Larry Gogan – 2FM
Mario Rosenstock – Today FM
Gerry Ryan – 2FM
Ronan O’Rahilly – Radio Caroline
Candy Devine – Downtown
Seán Bán Breathnach – RTÉ Raidio Na Gaeltachta
Joe Duffy – RTÉ Radio 1
Bill Goulding – RTÉ
Liam O’Shea – clare fm
Tony Fenton RIP – Today FM
Paul Claffey – Midwest Radio
Áine Lawlor – RTÉ Radio 1
Walter Love – BBC Radio Ulster
Gerry Anderson – BBC Radio Ulster
Pat Balfe – Communicorp
Des Cahill – RTÉ Radio 1
Henry Owens RIP – Red FM
Eamon Buttle – South East Radio
Trevor Campbell – Downtown Radio
Ian Dempsey – Today FM
Dave Fanning – RTÉ 2FM
Linda McAuley – BBC Radio Ulster
Séamus Mac Géidigh RIP – RTÉ Raidió Na Gaeltachta
Billy McCarthy RIP – WLR FM
Joe King – Broadcast Technical Services Limited
Following on from the success of previous collaborative film scoring programmes, IMRO and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, in association with The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) and Screen Training Ireland will bring together some of the very best emerging Irish filmmakers and composers to work on an exciting collaborative project during 2018/2019.
This initiative will provide emerging filmmakers and composers with an invaluable opportunity to enhance their skills through hands-on experience in a vital aspect of film post-production. It is also a rare opportunity to have a score composed and recorded for full orchestra. Each year, films featured in this initiative have gone on to win awards at various national and international film festivals, clearly signalling the impressive creative output of Irish film composers and filmmakers.
The focus of the project is a one day recording session in RTÉ studios in March 2019 with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra recording original scores for short film submissions selected for the initiative. Programme participants will be further supported through mentoring sessions and workshops with leading industry specialists.
We are now seeking applications from interested filmmakers who would like to participate in this programme. Due to the limited number of places available we have set down a number of qualifying criteria for those wishing to take part.
Submitted film projects for the initiative should require original scored music totalling between three and five minutes. Ideally the film should have a maximum duration of 10 – 15 minutes and should be close to or have completed picture lock. Once selected, the filmmakers will work with a composer, who has been selected through the process, who will create a full score for the film to be performed and recorded by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
All categories of film will be considered e.g. live-action drama, animation, documentary, experimental, etc. Ideally, the film projects submitted should be close to completion on editing. The use of temp tracks or “mood music” where score is required is allowed but not required.
The closing date for submissions for this initiative is 5pm Friday 28th September 2018
Our preference is to receive your submission electronically. Please send a link to your film submission to or alternatively by post to:
IMRO / RTÉ Scoring For Film Program 2018/19
Director of Marketing & Membership
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Lower Baggot Street
CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and BIEM, the international organisation representing mechanical rights societies, have announced a closer convergence across their operations.
The move, approved by the Boards and Assemblies of both organisations, will achieve increased efficiencies and synergies between the two organisations and deliver cost savings to the global membership of both CISAC and BIEM.
BIEM represents 53 mechanical rights societies from 54 countries, with members licensing users for the majority of the world’s musical repertoire. Formed in 1929, BIEM is the international organisation representing mechanical rights societies, which license the reproduction of songs (including musical, literary and dramatic works). The organisation plays a unique role in relation to the other international organisations enabling its members to discuss the tariffs and conditions applicable to music users.
CISAC represents 238 authors’ societies in 121 countries and through its membership, it is the voice of over 4 million creators from all geographic regions and artistic repertoires including music, audiovisual, drama, literature and visual arts. Formed in 1926, CISAC protects the rights and promotes the interests of creators worldwide and helps ensure that royalties flow to authors for the use of their works anywhere in the world.
Following the convergence, BIEM will maintain its independent legal entity and membership structure but will effectively be operated with services provided by CISAC.
The move will improve collaboration and increase efficiencies in the work of the two organisations while maintaining their separate goals. BIEM will maintain its General Assembly, Management Committee and its own membership.
Educational, research and market research projects will be merged along with administrative functions.
The new relationship between CISAC and BIEM has been established through a Mandate and Service Agreement that were signed in June 2018.
BIEM President/Gérant Georg Oeller says: “With this agreement, I am convinced that working with Gadi Oron and the CISAC team will bring a new dimension and new opportunities to BIEM and its member societies. While BIEM’s mission remains unchanged, this move will drive further efficiencies in response to the changing shape of the music market”.
CISAC Director General Gadi Oron said: “Given the changes in the music industry landscape, the new relationship between CISAC and BIEM is a logical and cost-effective move for both organisations’ members. It better positions the two organisations in serving and providing value to their member societies”.