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Interview with Iconic International Music Video Director Steve Barron (Michael Jackson, Madonna & David Bowie) | IMRO Ticket Offer

Steve Barron: In Conversation

Hosted By Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA)

Date: Sunday 19th November,
Time: 2pm
Location: Windmill Lane Recording Studio, 20 Ringsend Rd, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 4.
Bookings: IMRO Free Ticket Offer | Email:

Steve Barron is an Irish director whose diverse body of work over four decades has spanned feature film, television drama, and iconic international music videos.

Steve is renowned for his ground breaking and innovative 1980s music videos with some of the world’s biggest music stars including Michael Jackson, Madonna and David Bowie. Many of these award-winning videos are now included on ‘Greatest Music Videos’ lists. In 1992 the ‘Billie Jean’ video was inducted into the Music Video Producers Hall of Fame

The London based director is posting his most recent feature film, cast by Louise Kiely, Supervized, starring Tom Berenger, Beau Bridges and Fionnula Flanagan. Other feature film work include the hughly popular Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Coneheads (1993) and Rat (2000). Steve started his career as clapper loader on Ridley Scott’s The Duellists in 1977. Steven’s television drama works includes notable projects Treasure Island, Merlin, and The Durrells.

He has been nominated for 27 Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes.

Steve will be talking about his fascinating career, working with the biggest music stars in the world at the beginning of the MTV generation, creating and directing award-winning and innovative music videos (including the concept of the music video as a short film for Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’), and working in feature film and drama in Ireland, UK and US, for over 40 years.

He has also been nominated for 27 Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes.

Some of the notable music videos Barron directed include:

– Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean” (1983)
– Fleetwood Mac – “Hold Me” (1982)
– Madonna – “Burning Up” (1983)
– Paul McCartney – “Pretty Little Head” (1986)
– David Bowie – “As the World Falls Down” (1986) “Underground” (1986)
– Dire Straits – “Money for Nothing” (1985), “Calling Elvis” (1990), “Heavy Fuel” (1991)
– A-ha – “Take on Me” (1985), “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.” (1985)
– Bryan Adams – “Run to You” (1984), “Heaven” (1985), “Summer of ’69” (1985)
– Simple Minds – “Promised You a Miracle” (1982)
– Eddy Grant – “Electric Avenue” (1982), “I Don’t Wanna Dance” (1982)
– Culture Club – “God Thank You Woman” (1986)
– Fun Boy Three – “It Ain’t What You Do….” (1982)
– Heaven 17 – “Penthouse and Pavement” (1981), “Let Me Go” (1982)
– The Human League – “Don’t You Want Me” (1981), “Love Action” (1981), ‘Fascination” (1983)
– The Jam – “Strangetown” (’78), “When You’re Young” (’79), “Going Underground” (’79)
– ZZ Top – “Rough Boy” (1986), “Sleeping Bag” (1986)
– Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – “Maid of Orleans” (1982)
– Sheena Easton – “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), “Telephone” (1983)
– Joe Jackson – “Steppin’ Out” (1982), “Real Men” (1982), “Breaking Us in Two” (1982)
– The Skids – “Iona” (1981)
– Styx – “Haven’t We Been Here Before” (1983)
– Supertramp – “Cannonball” (1985), “Better Days” (1986)
– Tears for Fears – “Pale Shelter” (1983)
– Toto – “Africa” (1982), “Rosanna” (1982)

NARLI | National Association of Record Labels of Ireland | AGM | 28th November @ IMRO

The Annual General Music (AGM) meeting brings to the table Ireland’s six leading independent record labels for a real-time musical discourse about where music is at in this country. Right now.

Lasting for exactly sixty minutes, the meeting will be conducted in sonic form, with speech relegated to the footnotes and the aftershock.

Each record company will be represented in live performance, with their music and their images speaking on their behalf, in a discussion chaired by Kenneth Killeen, artistic director of the Improvised Music Company…and his guitar SFX.

The minutes of the meeting will be streamed live and recorded for subsequent release by the NARLI umbrella organisation.

Date: Tuesday 28th November
Time: 6:00pm
Location: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.


Creators’ global royalty collections hit record €9.2 billion (US$10.1 billion)

Global royalty collections for creators have hit a new record high of €9.2 billion (US$10.1 billion) annually, up 6% on the previous year according to new figures published by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) today.

In the music sector, songwriters, music composers and publishers saw collections grow by 6.8% to €8.0 billion (US$8.9 billion), helped by a 52% increase in digital revenues. Collections for audiovisual and literature works also increased, while there were small declines in collections for visual arts and drama.

Revenues from digital uses of all repertoires have nearly tripled since 2012, and grew 51.4% in 2016 to just under €1 billion, the sharpest growth rate in the last five years. These are largely driven by streaming subscription services. At €948 million (US$1,045 million) digital still accounts for only 10.4% of global income, however, with revenues held back in particular by poor returns from UGC video streaming platforms.

TV and radio broadcast take the largest collections share with 42.8% of global income, followed by live and background uses. In the music sector in Europe, live and background collections have overtaken TV and radio for the first time, reflecting the health of the live business and pressure on rates from broadcasters.

The numbers are released today in the CISAC Global Collections Report, collating and analysing 2016 data received from member authors societies in 123 territories.

Introducing the 2017 Report, CISAC Director General Gadi Oron says: “This year’s report shows the system of collective management of creators’ rights is robust, successful and ready for more growth. The big traditional revenue streams, led by broadcast and live performance, remain stable and strong. Digital royalties continue to surge and in some markets already overtake other forms of income. The figures we’re releasing today reflect our societies’ relentless effort to be more efficient and innovative, and drive income growth.”

Jean-Michel Jarre, CISAC President and electronic music pioneer, writes: “This is a vast sector of cultural and economic activity, worth an amazing nine billion euros worldwide. Despite its growth, however, collections are nowhere near the level they should be. Large industries that use creative content are driving down the value of our works. A simple illustration of this is the “transfer of value” in the digital market where platforms such as YouTube are paying mere crumbs to authors. There is no greater priority that we ask from governments today than a solution to the transfer of value.”

CISAC’s global network of 239 societies licences content and collects royalties on behalf of 4 million creators for the use of works on TV, radio, background, live, digital, private copying and other uses.

SONG OF GRANITE Ireland’s Official Oscar Foreign Language Contender Special Screening

As Ireland’s official Oscar entry for Foreign Language, this beautiful film brings to life, the story of the enigmatic and complex Joe Heaney the legendary traditional Irish singer from Galway.

Filmmaker Pat Collins brings Joe’s dramatic life story to the screen, an audacious exploration of the man and his music. With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes with documentary footage, the film celebrates the music Joe Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man.

Heaney was renowned worldwide, having extensively travelled and settled in New York, where he recorded hundreds of songs (for both RTÉ and the BBC among others) part of huge legacy to Irish culture and tradition.

Shaped by the myths, fables and songs of his upbringing in the west of Ireland, his emergence as a gifted artist came at a personal cost. Featuring performances from Lisa O’Neill, Damien Dempsey, Seamus Begley and sean nós singers Micheál O’Confhaola and Pól Ó Ceannabháin, the film is an intense exploration of music and song.

Hosted by IFTA this special screening takes place on  in the on Light House Cinema, D7 14th November @ 6:15 pm.  We have a number of FREE tickets available.  Email: if you would like to attend.

Directed by Pat Collins (Silence), ‘Song of Granite’ was co-written by Pat Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde and Sharon Whooley, and produced by Alan Maher, Jessie Fisk and Martin Paul-Hus. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the SXSW Film Festival in US earlier this year.

• Directed by – Pat Collins
• Screenplay by – Pat Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde and Sharon Whooley
• Produced by – Alan Maher, Jessie Fisk and Martin Paul-Hus
• Director of Photography – Richard Kendrick
• Film Editor – Tadhg O’ Sullivan
• Sound – John Brennan

‘Song of Granite’ is on release in Ireland on 8th December.


West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2018 | Composition Competition for Young Irish Composers Call for Scores

Works chosen will be performed at the 23rd West Cork Chamber Music Festival 29 June – 8 July 2018

West Cork Music invites Irish composers under 35 years of age on 1st January 2018 to submit works for string quartet (violin, violin, viola, cello) of between 5-8 minutes duration for performance at the 23rd West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

Four works will be selected. The composer of each selected work will receive a prize of €500 and up to three nights B&B at the Festival.

They will be asked to attend the Young Composers Forum at the Festival on Sunday 1 July, which will be directed by an international Composer, where the winning pieces will be played through by a quartet on the Festival’s masterclass programme. The premieres will take place during the Festival in the Town Concert series 2-7 July.

Full Details:

Deadline for submission is 20 March 2018

Job Opportunity: Communications & Administration Officer at Music Generation

This is an exciting opportunity for a team player who combines rigour, energy and ideas with a qualification in marketing/communications and/or arts/arts administration, and a minimum of one year’s professional experience.

For a job description and details of the application process, please contact John Deely at Pinpoint:


Phone: +353 1 642 5721

Closing Date: 5pm, Friday 24 November, 2017

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

CISAC Global Collections Report 2017 out 15th November

The CISAC Global Collections Report is the definitive source of global data, trends and analysis for collections by CISAC’s member author societies in 123 countries. With commentaries by CISAC President Jean-Michel Jarre, Director General Gadi Oron and Chair Eric Baptiste, the 2017 Report will be released in English, French and Spanish on November 15th 2017.

CISAC reported collections in 2016 (for 2015 data) at €8.6 billion. The 2017 Report will include:

 Global growth trends for 5 repertoires (music, audiovisual, visual arts, drama and literature)
 Analysis of changing patterns of consumption, led by TV & radio, live and digital
 Newly-published five-year growth trends across all data
 Numbers and trends in all countries and regions, including markets across Africa
 Country profiles of Sweden, Canada, Mexico, Korea, China, South Africa and Algeria

Music Generation Announces 5 Development Officer Vacancies

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Galway & Roscommon ETB, Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim ETB and Waterford & Wexford ETB each invite applications for the position of Music Generation Development Officer.

Reference numbers:

  • 007448 (Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown)
  • MGDO-Galway County 17-1 (Galway County)
  • MG2017 (Leitrim)
  • WTMG01 (Waterford)
  • WXMG01 (Wexford)

A Music Generation Development Officer will be appointed by each Statutory Agency and will be responsible for managing an extensive performance music education programme on behalf of the Music Education Partnership in each county.

All five counties have recently been selected for participation in Music Generation – Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, which is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Three-year, fixed-term contract.

Application form, job description and person specification available online at the links below –

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms: 12 noon, Friday 3 November 2017

Late applications will not be accepted.

Based on the volume of applications received short-listing may apply. Short-listing will take place on the basis of the information provided in the application form. Depending on the qualifications and experience of applicants, short-listing thresholds may be significantly higher than the minimum standards set out.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council; Galway & Roscommon ETB; Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim ETB; and Waterford & Wexford ETB are equal opportunities employers.

Enable Ireland Ambassadors The Strypes Donate Memorabilia for Upcoming Auction

The Strypes have donated a number of band memorabilia for auction in aid of Enable Ireland’s disability services.

The items include a signed drum skin from their recent tour and featuring their new logo, a signed sweatshirt and two shirts worn by Pete and Evan.

This is a fantastic collection for any fan.  Proceeds go to Enable Ireland’s services for children and adults with disabilities. listing here:

The auction is open until Saturday 14 October 2017.

Eurovision 2018 Calling

The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s biggest music show and consistently one of the most popular annual television events both in Ireland and across the globe. 2018 marks the 63rd edition of the contest and it will take place in Lisbon, Portugal in May. This year’s Eurovision, hosted by Ukraine in Kyiv was watched by more than 180 Million viewers worldwide. The ESC is highly competitive and as such the competition attracts top music professionals from around the world, 42 countries competed in the competition in 2017.

RTÉ continually reviews its selection process in an effort to succeed in this increasingly competitive event. RTÉ is inviting accomplished songwriters and performers, preferably with a proven track record of success in the music industry to submit a song to be considered to represent Ireland in the competition.

All songs received will be considered by a number of expert music industry panels to be appointed by RTÉ.

Songs submitted must strictly comply with the rules of Eurovision and RTÉ reserves the right to arrange, produce or otherwise alter any song selected for entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

Songwriters/composers may only submit one song (including co-writes) for consideration. If more than one song per composer is submitted only the first song received will be considered. Songs must be no longer than 3 minutes in duration.

Compositions submitted for consideration (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released and/or publicly performed including online video platforms or social networks, in full or in part, before the 1st September 2017.

It is important to note that any entries submitted through this process will be considered alongside other compositions and performers which RTÉ may commission or secure independently of this process and RTÉ reserves the absolute right to approach established acts and songwriters and to select a song and/or a performer(s) at its sole discretion from outside this process. RTÉ also reserves the right to match any song selected with a different artist to the one submitted with the entry.

If you would like to submit an entry, it must adhere to the EBU 2018 competition rules, a full list of rules is published on the official Eurovision website at:

Entries will ONLY be accepted by email as an MP3 (192kbps) file or Soundcloud link.

No entries will be accepted on CD, cassette or any other format.

Email entries to 

The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Monday 6th of November 2017.

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