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RTS Ireland/Gradaim RTS Television Awards Announces Winners for 2021

Normal People was among the headline winners in last night’s inaugural RTS Ireland Television Awards 2021 event on Virgin Media One. Accepting the award on behalf of Element Pictures Producer Emma Norton described what a “total joy” it was to work with so many extraordinarily talented people, including Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal as “our perfect Marianne & Connell”.

Other RTS Ireland Television Award winners for 2021 included Dara Ó Briain, who received the BAI Outstanding Contribution Award, ShinAwiL Ltd for Dancing With The Stars, and Tyrone Productions for David Brophy’s Unsung Heroes, all broadcast on RTÉ. The full list of RTS Ireland Television Award winners for 2021 is:

1 – Drama – Sponsored by Screen Ireland

Winner – Normal People – Element Pictures

2 – Entertainment – Sponsored by Piranha Bar

Winner – Dancing With The Stars – ShinAwiL Ltd

3 – Factual Series – Sponsored by Egg Post Production

Winner – David Brophy’s Unsung Heroes – Tyrone Productions

4 – Factual Single – Sponsored by Nemeton TV

Winner Abbeyfealegood – Atom Films

5 – Sport – Sponsored by TVM

Winner: New Gaels – Poolbeg Productions

6 –  News & Current Affairs – Sponsored by Camerakit

 Winner: RTÉ Investigates – Inside Ireland’s Covid Battle; Life & Death – RTÉ

7 – Animation Sponsored by Windmill Lane

Winner: The Voyage – JAM Media

8 – Specialist Factual – Sponsored by Screenscene

Winner – The Funeral Director – GMarch TV for RTÉ

9 – Children’s Progamme – Sponsored by IMRO

Winner: Tina Times Two – Dyehouse Films

10 – Outstanding Contribution – Sponsored by BAI

Winner – Dara Ó Briain

Speaking after the broadcast RTS Ireland Television Awards committee chairperson Niall Cogley said “What a great way to launch this new project – with such wholehearted support from such a wide cross-section of the Irish television industry and with so much top-level Irish talent on display.

“There seems to be an abundance of world-class television talent in this country and we are very grateful to all those who participated with entries, on juries, as sponsors, as patrons and as part of the team who pulled this event together.

“Congratulations to all those who were nominated and who were selected as winners. But in such an extraordinarily difficult year for all those who work in the creative industries, we would like to pay a special tribute to the resilience and talent of all those who work in the television industry, on all sides of the camera. We salute your excellence.”

The RTS Programme Awards are among the international gold standard awards for the TV industry and represent an important showcase for the extraordinary talent evident across the television industry in this country.  

This is the latest initiative of the Republic of Ireland Centre of Royal Television Society which has been operating since 1996. RTS Ireland organises a range of other events and awards every year including the awards ceremony for student productions in the categories of Drama, Short Form, Comedy, Animation, Factual and Craft Skills.  

Watch the full awards programme here:

RTS Ireland Television Awards 2021 | Shortlist Announced

Dara Ó Briain will be among those recognised in the inaugural RTS Ireland Television Awards 2021. Dara will receive the BAI Outstanding Contribution Award and nine other award winners will be revealed in a programme to be broadcast at 11pm on Virgin Media One on Tuesday March 30th, presented by Muireann O’Connell.

27 other nominees were announced today in nine categories from the 126 entries received, including RTÉ’s Normal People, Virgin Media Television’s News coverage – COVID News Special – Opening Up The Country, TG4’s Is Olc an Ghaoth and Sky Sports’ Coverage of the GAA Championships.

The RTS Ireland Television Awards are supported by all the mainstream Irish Broadcasters – Virgin Media Television, RTÉ, TG4 & Sky Ireland – and by the wider television industry including the Broadcast Authority of Ireland and Screen Ireland to recognise excellence in Irish Television production and in Irish international co-productions during 2020.  

Additional sponsors include IMRO, Screenscene, Windmill Lane,, TVM, Nemeton TV, Egg Post Production and Piranha Bar.

The RTS Ireland Television Awards committee recruited independent judges from across the industry at home and abroad, who spent the last few weeks reviewing and evaluating creative excellence and achievement in nine categories. Their short-lists for nominees in the respective categories are as follows:

1 – The Screen Ireland Drama Award

Dead Still – Deadpan Pictures, Shaftesbury
Normal People – Element Pictures
Is Olc an Ghaoth – Lunar Pictures

2 – Entertainment

Dancing with the Stars – ShinAwiL Ltd
Ultimate Hell Week – Motive Television
Marty & Bernard – On The Road Again – ShinAwiL Ltd

3 – Factual Series

David Brophy’s Unsung Heroes – Tyrone Productions
Big Life Fix – Kite Entertainment
The Boys In Green – Loosehorse

4 – Factual Single

Abbeyfealegood – Atom Films
Love & Loss in a Pandemic – RTÉ
Toraigh: Creag Bheag i Lár na Farraige – Lugh Films, Dearcán Media, Tita Productions

5 – Sport

Laochra Gael – Kieran Donaghy – Nemeton TV
New Gaels – Poolbeg Productions
Sky Sports’ Coverage of the GAA Championships – Sky Sports

6 – News & Current Affairs  

RTÉ Investigates – Inside Ireland’s Covid Battle; Life & Death  – RTÉ 
COVID News Special – Opening up the Country – Virgin Media News 
General Election 2020 – Results Coverage  – RTÉ

7 – Animation

The Voyage – JAM Media
The Christmas Letter – Dream Logic Animation
The Dead Hands of Dublin – Pink Kong Studios

8 – Specialist Factual

The Funeral Director – GMarshTV Productions
The Francis Street Photographer – Zucca Films/That’s A Wrap TV
Cogadh ar Mhná/ A War on Women – ForeFront Productions

9 – Children’s Programme

Home School Hub – Macalla Teoranta
Tina Times Two – Dyehouse Films
Sol – Paper Owl Films

Speaking at the announcement of the nominees, RTS Ireland Television Awards Committee chairperson, Niall Cogley, said:

“We are proud to launch our inaugural RTS Ireland Television Awards with the wholehearted support of all of the broadcasters in the country and from the wider Irish television industry. 2020 was an extraordinary year, but the TV community was able to adapt and excel despite the logistical, economic and the very human challenges it faced.

“We all wanted to come together to recognise some of those achievements, to celebrate the creative excellence that Irish audiences have enjoyed in this exceptional year, and to say ‘Thanks’ for sharing your talents with us.

“Our thanks to Muireann O’Connell who has kindly agreed to present the inaugural RTS Ireland Television Awards programme next week.

“We are very gratified to have had such a tremendous response to our invitation to submit entries from so many top-class Irish television production companies. Thanks also to our hardworking panel of Irish and international judges, to our very generous broadcasters and sponsors, especially Virgin Media Television who are hosting our inaugural awards this year.

“We wish all the short-listed nominees the very best of luck ahead of the announcement of winners in each category next Tuesday night”

The RTS Programme Awards are among the international gold standard awards for the TV industry and represent an important showcase for the extraordinary talent evident across the television industry in this part of the world.  This is the latest initiative of the Republic of Ireland Centre of Royal Television Society which has been operating since 1996. RTS Ireland organises a range of other events and awards every year including the awards ceremony for student productions in the categories of Drama, Short Form, Comedy, Animation, Factual and Craft Skills.  


IMRO Live Streaming Tariff – Member Consultation

Although not a new way for people to consume music, the number of online concerts has grown significantly over the last 12 months, accelerated by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Pandemic restrictions introduced in mid-March 2020 has resulted in mass postponements and cancellations of traditional tours, concerts and festivals, and this coincided with technologies becoming available which allowed those events to be streamed online instead.

As a result, a high volume of artists, venues and promoters have sought to deliver their music to fans using alternative methods including live online streaming. These online events vary from larger events hosted in traditional venues to smaller events streamed from studios.  Live Streamed events access requirements vary widely from being free of charge, ticketed, voluntary and mandatory donations and tips. The platforms that the live streamed events are hosted on also varies widely from popular social media platforms to bespoke streaming services and artists and venues own websites. 

All participants in the value chain understand the contribution made by songwriters, composers and publishers and that fair remuneration is wholly appropriate in the live streaming environment. A new tariff is now necessary to take account of the additional rights required in relation to make such concerts available online.  It is proposed that IMRO would provide a Joint License for the public performance and the additional rights.  These additional rights include; 

  • Making available right
  • Mechanical right
  • Synchronisation right

We are now consulting with the live entertainment industry to canvass its views in relation to introducing a new tariff to encompass live streaming events.

The consultation applies to all live streamed events that incorporate copyright music as part of the performance and any subsequent catch up or download of those live streamed events. 

Live Streamed events that are free of charge and hosted on platforms already licensed by IMRO, such as YouTube and Facebook, are outside the scope of this proposed tariff and this consultation process.

This consultation seeks to understand your insights and valuable experience of live streaming including revenues, production costs, live streaming demand and any other information you believe is relevant to the setting of a new tariff.

The consultation also seeks your views on the future of Live Streaming and how it may change the way music is consumed. 

The Consultation Process

IMRO is seeking responses to the consultation from its members by Friday 30th April 2021.

All responses received on or before this date will be reviewed. 

Once the responses to the consultation have been received, we will review and summarise the main issues and considerations highlighted in the responses and prepare a Draft Live Streaming Tariff Document which we will then circulate to the industry.

How to Respond

Please complete the consultation questionnaire by answering any or all questions that you feel are relevant.  There is a general feedback section at the end of the consultation questionnaire where you can provide any information that you feel was not covered elsewhere in the questionnaire. 

Questionnaire Link:

Please send the completed consultation questionnaire as an attachment in an e-mail to ei.ormi@noitatlusnoc

Please attach any other documents that you feel are relevant to helping IMRO understand your Live Streaming experience, including details of all revenues, stream numbers and costs involved in hosting such events (e.g. excel spreadsheets with stream details for specific events and detailed line item revenue and cost information).  IMRO recommends that if there is any sensitive information being shared that files are password protected with the password provided in a separate e-mail.  IMRO assures you that any information shared as part of this consultation process will only be used to evaluate the Live Streaming market and tariff creation and will not be shared with any parties or used for any other purpose. 

If you have any questions about this consultation process in advance of submitting your consultation response, please send your question to ei.ormi@noitatlusnoc

Waterford Music Week

In association with IMRO, Monday March 15th-Friday March 19th is Waterford Music Week on WLR, Ireland’s Local Station of the Year. Across the week, WLR will be showcasing and supporting local independent artists on air, online and across social.

Just some of the hugely talented featured artists include Carrie Baxter, Alex Gough, Backroad Smokers Club, Rachel English, Jess Reinl, Toucan, King Kong Company and many more. From rap to indie, pop to folk and jazz to electronic, there is something to suit all tastes.

WLR’s Head of Music and Waterford Music Week coordinator Ray Colclough says, “Our county is rich with musical talent going back decades but the amount of new talent currently in Waterford is just ridiculous. I think every main style of music is covered and covered well! From spoken word to dance music, Waterford seems to have it all. This week on WLR is only a sample of what’s on offer and I’m hoping to make this a main stay feature that will run a couple of times a year.

More information about each artist can be found on, as well as a link to their Bandcamp and social media platforms.

Waterford Music Week on WLR is proudly supported by IMRO.

Denise Chaila wins the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2020

Denise Chaila has been announced as the winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2020 for the album ‘Go Bravely’ (narolane). Adam Clayton made the announcement live after the judging panel, made up of Irish music media professionals and chaired by Jim Carroll, met up over Zoom to decide on the winning album.

Denise receives 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 event, hosted by Tracy Clifford, took place live on RTÉ2FM and RTÉ Player with exclusive performances from the artists, most of which were recorded at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, Dublin by South Paw.

The winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year was also announced by singer-songwriter Ruth Anne and won by Niall Horan for his song ‘No Judgement’.  Decided by the public (Ireland only), via the RTÉ and Choice Music Prize websites, fans were given the chance to get behind their favourite song of 2020.

RTÉ2 will broadcast a one-hour TV programme of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize, featuring performances from all the acts and interviews by Bláthnaid Treacy, on Sunday March 14th at 11.15pm.

RAAP, the BAI and Minding Creative Minds are official project partners of the RTE Choice Music Prize as are Culture Ireland and First Music Contact (FMC).

SCREEN COMPOSER ACADEMY – Online Summer Program for Film and Game Composers Announced

This online course, which takes place from July 9th – 26th 2021, presents an innovative and contemporary approach to educating and equipping composers for scoring the visual medium through lectures from industry professionals, one-to-one mentoring, musician workshops and live recording sessions.

The program is hosted by Emmy award-winning composer Richard Bellis and features guest lecturers; Garry Schyman (composer of the Bioshock game), Miriam Cutler (composer of the documentary RGB), Jeff Atmajian (orchestrator of the film Joker), and George Christopoulos from Oticons Film Music Agency. The two and a half week online course will consist of:

  • Daily lectures 10am ­– 4pm
  • Orchestration and instrumentation classes with musician workshops
  • Midi mock-ups, recording, mixing and one-to-one music technology mentoring
  • One-to-one review of scores with guest lecturers
  • A final hybrid (samples and live recording) orchestral composition to a Hollywood game or film cue with a 15 piece string ensemble recording session

This intensive program will present and provide learners with the practical, creative, conceptual ideas and fundamental techniques of successfully composing a score for the screen. It explores the workflows of the media composer, communicating narrative through music, working under budgetary constraints, contracts and music business, and producing professional portfolio works.

This program is the perfect starting point for musicians and composers who want to explore composing for film, game, TV and other visual media.

This is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring and early career composers to gain experience and knowledge from some of the best composers in the industry. Our course differs in that we aim to provide one-to-one tutoring and mentoring to students in addition to lectures to help meet their individual needs. Students will not only gain the skills necessary to score the visual medium, but also be guided in the music business and networking aspects of the profession. In addition to the learning experience, each composer will be introduced to the fundamentals of hybrid scores and leave with a professional portfolio piece.” Natasa Paulberg, Executive Director

Register here:

Keychange Expands in Ireland

Keychange along with partners Ireland Music Week and sponsors IMRO have announced an expansion of the Keychange movement in Ireland. James Foley, Lead, Editorial at Spotify UK and Ireland is also announced as a Keychange Ambassador.

7 Irish organisations in total have now signed the Keychange gender pledge; Choice Music Prize, Foggy Notions, The Folly @ Cullohill, Ireland Music Week, HearOne Music, Minding Creative Minds and Róisín Dubh. All organisations have signed the Keychange gender equality pledge towards achieving 50% representation of women and under-represented genders – find the full list of Irish signatories here.

Eleanor McEvoy, IMRO Chairperson said, “International collaboration is essential to the creative and business development of all talented artists and the music industry’s future success. Enabling more women access to international networks and new markets at critical stages in their career will help them realise their potential as future leaders of an industry that is ready for and will benefit from change. Right now we have an opportunity to respond and commit to tangible change within the music industry”.

New Keychange Ambassador and Lead, Editorial at Spotify UK, James Foley said, “Even though the statistics on gender equality in music continue to make for bleak reading, I am ever-hopeful for change when I see the impact Keychange is having and the potential we all have to do more. In my day to day role in the UK + Ireland music team at Spotify, I’m focused on how we can create a more equal platform, give under-represented voices a stage and open up our listener’s ears to different viewpoints. I’m also keenly aware that gender equality in music is intersectional and can positively address other systemic inequalities. I take seriously the commitment to affecting change and connecting people who can unlock the challenges we face in making the industry a more equal place to exist. I’m really looking forward to working with everyone involved in Keychange as an Irish ambassador and I am excited about what’s to come”.  

Angela Dorgan, Director of Ireland Music Week, said “The motivation for Ireland Music Week becoming a supporter and subsequently a partner in Keychange was to change the narrative around the lack of gender balance in festival line ups, to challenge the idea that “the talent isn’t there”. IMW have now achieved close to or over a 50% gender representation in our line up as a feeder festival of new and emerging acts in the past five years. The result has been more and more women and underrepresented gender acts apply every year.  The successes, visibility and audiences that those bands attract are speaking for themselves. Pledging to Keychange means we can all make a positive difference in our everyday corner of the music industry.” 

Panel Event 

On Thursday 25th February at 4pm GMT / 5pm CET, a panel titled ‘Community and Management’, focusing on the Benefits and importance of collaboration and creating your network, will be broadcast on the Keychange Facebook page here

Panelists: Lia Liegho, artist manager and Keychange participant, artist manager Ceri Dixon, Shauna Watson, We’ve Only Just Begun and Keychange participant and music PR Ismay Bourke.

Moderator: Maxie Gedge, UK Project Manager Keychange 

Tune in via the Keychange Facebook page here

Keychange in 2021

As campaigners for gender equality in music, Keychange invests in emerging talent with a yearly participation programme, whilst continuing to encourage festivals, conferences and a growing range of music organisations and institutions to sign a pledge to include at least 50% women and under-represented genders in their programming, staffing and beyond. The current list spans 40 countries and over 400 organisations. See the full list here. Icelandic partners Iceland Airwaves have achieved 50% representation of women and gender minorities on their line-ups for many years. 

In addition to the ongoing Keychange Pledge, 74 participants – a roster made up of emerging artists and innovators within the music industry – are selected each year from across Europe and Canada to take part in international festivals, showcase events, collaborations and a programme of creative labs. Exceptionally, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Keychange 2020 participants will see their involvement extended until December 2021, in order to allow for travel and development to take place in 2021 with online mentoring, panels, and workshops run by Capacity Building Lead, Chimes in 2020. Partners across Europe and Canada have hosted discussions around the national gender equality climate during 2020 and 2021.  

Ireland’s Keychange participants for 2020/21 are:

Pillow Queens emerged onto Dublin’s flourishing underground scene in early 2017, selling out their first ever show. They haven’t looked back since. The band has shared stages with Pussy Riot, Idles and American Football. Through heavy touring and a handful of independent releases, they have grown a loyal fanbase and support at stations like BBC 6music, Radio X and KEXP. In 2020/21 they were nominated for the Choice Music Prize and performed on The Late Show with James Corden.

Shauna Watson currently works at Irish indie label Rubyworks. She has worked as a Production Manager for Dublin music venue Whelan’s, Irish promoter MCD as well as a Festival Assistant at Park Life, Leeds and Latitude Festivals in the UK. She’s currently the director of the Dublin chapter of and is founder/director of the annual festival ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ with all female/non-binary fronted bands on the bill.

Her last EP, The Colour Of The Night, released in 2017, marked a turning point for Elaine Mai, both personally and professionally. Her live show, which had been developing and evolving constantly since her first performances, transitioned into a focused, perfectly honed and cohesive production.

Mona-Lisa Das is a DJ, creative and one of Ireland’s community leaders, having established Gxrl Code in May 2018, a worldwide creative collective that supports and empowers young female creatives. Mona-Lxsa was recently featured on British Vogue and recently received recognition from RTE News, Daily Edge newspaper and the Minister of Culture for the outstanding work empowering and supporting women worldwide.

Based in Dublin, Ireland, Lia Liegho is an artist manager and video producer working with one of Ireland’s leading video agencies, One Productions. As well as that, she leads and actively hosts a music platform: HearOne.

SYLK are an Irish female dark electro-pop duo consisting of taylor (vocals) and bebhinn (producer/instrumentalist). SYLK are noted for their visually energetic live shows and an underground visual identity with Hot Press Magazine classing them as ‘one of Ireland’s most exciting young acts of 2019’ and ‘having already established a reputation for themselves as being a darkly mysterious, neon-soaked duo.

Ireland Music Week are the Keychange partner coordinating and supporting activities in Ireland, alongside sponsors IMRO. Ireland Music Week is also the festival partner for Keychange in Ireland so will host 6 international Keychange participants, as well as the Irish participants in 2021. 

Listen to the Irish Keychange artists on Spotify here and on SoundCloud here.

St. Patrick’s Festival 2021 presents – Dúisigh Éire! Awaken Ireland!

The programme for the National St. Patrick’s Festival, 12-17 March 2021, was unveiled earlier this week. Dúisigh Éire! Awaken Ireland! is the theme of this year’s festival, a clarion call to the Irish across the world to throw off the long, dark months and rise to embrace the brighter days ahead.

Dúisigh Éire! Awaken Ireland! promises to be a positive and uplifting celebration of our incredible people, our beautiful island, our community bonds, our young people, artists, creators and makers, and our diaspora across the world. The Festival will connect our global family, to mark our national day,  through remembrance and celebration, song and story, laughter and tears, exploring the unique ties that bind us as a people. The Festival Programme is now available at Many further collaborations will be announced shortly including #RTÉVirtualParade with St. Patrick’s Festival, an exciting visual arts project with Damn Fine Print and some very special spectacle moments sure to thrill and delight!

For this year’s online Festival, a rich and dynamic series of events are being safely created and recorded by hundreds of artists, musicians, performers, makers, creators, arts and live events workers and community organisations across Ireland. These events will run on St. Patrick’s Festival TV (SPF TV), a dedicated online TV channel at, which launches on March 12 and runs over six great virtual days and nights, and will be accessible globally. Through St. Patrick’s Festival TV, the world is invited to take a front row seat at St. Patrick’s Festival 2021, connecting our family of 80 million through music, theatre, art, performance, poetry, storytelling, traditional arts, virtual tours, food, culture and much more. The full SPF TV schedule with days and times for each event will be announced in early March and viewers will be able to playback all the events on the SPF TV Player until March 21.

The Festival will tell the stories of our dynamic, modern, diverse culture, and uplift and celebrate our proud ancient traditions. With over 100 events taking place across six great virtual days and nights, there is something for everyone at the Festival this year. SPF Óg offers a boisterous collection of events, performances, workshops and fun experiences for families and young people; Sounds is a packed programme of contemporary and traditional music from Ireland, recorded by our finest artists and musicians; Stories invites the world to explore Ireland through the lens of film, poetry, literature, performance and art; while Living Ireland is a reflection of Ireland now, how we live and love, work and play, make, create, remember and celebrate.

In a year when our arts, culture, live events and tourism communities have been amongst those hardest hit by the pandemic, St. Patrick’s Festival has channelled more than 85% of its programme funding directly back into these communities all across Ireland, enabling the creation of events and experiences to fill our hearts with joy, hope and positivity, a truly national festival.

Speaking of the 2021 St. Patrick’s Festival, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin said: “I was pleased this week to announce funding to support the vibrant, exciting programme of events for this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival. This re-imagined programme, Dúisigh Éire! will allow us all come together virtually to celebrate our national festival safely, but also provide us with an opportunity to reflect on what has been a very difficult year. The engaging programme – for the first time ever – will also be broadcast live for almost a full week and includes something for everyone. I am particularly delighted that resources for the adapted festival are fuelling arts, culture, live and tourism community activities – some of the worst impacted during these challenging times. Tabharfaidh sé seo deis iontach dúinn teacht le chéile go fíorúil mar phobal chun cultúr agus oidhreacht shaibhir na hÉireann a cheiliúradh.”

Anna McGowan, Interim Director of St. Patrick’s Festival, said: “As we move from winter into spring, people across the country and our diaspora awaken with a new hope, a new shared vision of positivity for our future. Dúisigh Éire! Awaken Ireland!  will capture this sense of hope and optimism, presented online this year through St. Patrick’s Festival TV, with a huge range of events for every age and curiosity, celebrating our contemporary culture and those who have influenced us. We recognise a year of loss and isolation, and also one of community action, local and international heroes and the indomitable spirit of the Irish. We really can’t wait to share this wonderful programme of events today.”

Artists and performers set to take part in the diverse 2021 Festival Programme include comedians Foil, Arms & Hog and Michael Fry , legendary poet Pat Ingoldsby, treasured writers and broadcasters such as Marian Richardson, Brendan Balfe and Manchán Magan. If food is your love then check out chef Tadgh Byrne’s series on the history of Irish food, while for the young and young at heart the fabulous Fanzini Brothers and Tumble Circus will entertain, as will iconic storyteller Eddie Lenihan. Take part in some wellness and mindfulness events with Bressie and Michael Ryan and their guests including The Happy Pear amongst others. For the musically inclined, Festival 2021 features some of our best-loved musicians including New Jackson, Pillow Queens, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Mary Coughlan, Myles O’Reilly, Gemma Dunleavy, Sorca McGrath, Gareth Quinn Redmond, Matthew Nolan, Lisa Hannigan, Adrian Crowley, DC Fontaines’ Grian Chatten, Matthew Campbell of The Shamrock Tenors, soprano Mary McCabe, The Breath, Moxie, Kíla and Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn of Ye Vagabonds.  Also taking part are traditional performers and storytellers including Donnacha Dwyer, Sin A Deir Sí, Ceiliúradh ó Chorca Dhuibhne, Shandrum Céilí Band, Caoimhe O Flaherty, Ronan O’Flagherty, Naoise Mac Cathmhaoil, Nuala Hayes, Jerry O’Reilly, Dermot Bolger, Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Nell Ní Chrónín. While international guests performing as part of St. Patrick’s Festival 2021 include Welsh legend Gruff Rhys and Scotland’s Brìdghe Chaimbeul and Aidan O’Rourke. Maybe you’ll enjoy some traditional workshops from the Aran Islands like  Cleas willow weaving & Aran knitting workshops, or choose from one of the many virtual walking tours of Ireland, from Ballad Tours Dublin to the Galway Food Tour to name just two.

While St. Patrick’s Festival looks forward to a time when Ireland commences the journey towards reopening, and prepares to welcome the world to our beautiful, vibrant, island, this year we invite all our people to celebrate from home, in support of the tireless work of our healthcare warriors and our frontline workers, who battle on every day to protect our people and lead us out of the pandemic.

Your Music Your Future partners with CISAC to educate creators globally on royalties and copyright buyouts

An education campaign created in the United States to inform creators on the growing practice of copyright buyouts is being extended globally with a new online resource, “Your Music Your Future International”.

Composers and songwriters for film, television and other audiovisual media have depended for more than a century on a ‘typical deal’ which allows them to collect royalty income in exchange for granting their copyrights to broadcasters, digital streaming services and other users of their works.

Today, across the globe, that 100-year precedent is increasingly being challenged by companies who insist that composers accept buyouts of their rights (including performing rights) as a condition of being employed or commissioned for a project. In this scenario, composers are expected to create music in exchange for a one-time fee instead of receiving continuing income for their work.

The works of songwriters and composers (just as of screenwriters and directors) are an invaluable and inextricable part of the storytelling in film, TV and all other audiovisual media. Traditionally, royalty income has been the only dependable source of earnings for these creators. The growing practice of buying out their rights (including performing rights) changes the remuneration equation with important implications for creators’ careers.

To raise awareness of this global issue for creators, a new international education resource is now being made available, bringing together the US music creators’ movement Your Music Your Future and CISAC, the global confederation of authors societies with 230 members in over 120 countries and territories.

Your Music Your Future was founded by composers, for composers in the US in 2019 and is dedicated to educating fellow creators about their options for compensation and the ramifications of their choices, including accepting total buyouts of their work. The campaign is strictly educational, taking no sides in the debate, and has built a community of more than 15,000 members.

With the help of CISAC, the campaign is now being extended to help educate composers and songwriters across the world. A new website, Your Music Your Future International, covers topics including the options of royalties vs buyouts, the typical use of buyout clauses in contracts and the different laws governing buyouts internationally. The initiative is also supported by CIAM, the International Council of Music Creators.

CISAC President, Abba co-founder, Björn Ulvaeus says: “In the post-COVID world, the issue of copyright buyouts matters more to creators than ever before. Artists, composers and authors have to be aware of their rights, understand their options and make informed choices on the way they are paid. Their future livelihoods depend on it”.

Your Music Your Future founder, composer Joel Beckerman said: “This is a movement, for composers by composers, to educate our community on the choices with respect to performing royalties. The aim is to bring this vital educational message to all music creators everywhere. As music creators we are all in this together, and education is the key to ensuring their ability to support their families and put food on the table”.

CISAC Director-General Gadi Oron said: “Copyright buyouts are a growing concern for creators and for CISAC societies which represent them and protect their interests. By partnering with Your Music Your Future, CISAC helps fill the information gap and provide a practical and useful educational resource about buy-out contracts and creators remuneration. This should assist creators in making an informed decision about contracts they’re offered and their options”.

Key topics on the website include:

  • what are total buyouts?
  • why buyouts are becoming more prevalent
  • how “buyout clauses” work in contracts
  • royalties vs lump sum: weighing up the options
  • varying laws surrounding total buyouts in different regions and territories
  • how creators can raise awareness for greater legal protection of their works


RTÉ Choice Music Prize Conversations 2021

RTE Choice Music Prize Conversations will take place on Tuesday 2nd March this year, two days before the RTÉ Choice Music Prize special live event, with four topical music and industry discussion panels taking place between 11am – 3pm, via Zoom.  

Conversations brings together artists and music industry professionals to discuss and explore some of the key issues affecting both performers and the wider music industry at the present time. 

RTE Choice Music Prize Conversations 2021 / Tuesday March 2nd 


Keynote Conversation: Alex Hardee – Partner / Agent at Paradigm 

(Agent for Liam Gallagher, Bastille, Clean Bandit, Sia) 

Hosted by Jim Carroll (RTÉ) 

Register here for access:


Let’s talk about it: Black Irish creatives and their mental health. (In association with Minding Creative Minds) - Curated by Tolu Makay. 

Loah (Artist / Songwriter) 

Simba Bianchi (Music Producer) 

Dr Abiola Muhammed Ogunfowora (Psychologist / Therapist) 

Ann Marie Shields (Minding Creative Minds) 

Hosted by Siobhan Murray (Psychotherapist & Author) 

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“How Did You Manage That” – Live Podcast  

Ally McRae and Sophie Paluch hosts of the popular UK Podcast “How Did You Manage That” will interview Ken Allen, Faction (Manager of James Vincent McMorrow) 

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How We Kept Our Band and Our Heads Together During Lockdown 

Artists Interview: Jim Carroll talks to Soulé, Lizzie Fitzpatrick (Bitch Falcon) & Lar Kaye (All Tvvins). 

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The Irish Album and Song of the Year 2020 will be announced live on RTÉ 2FM in a special Tracy Clifford show from 12-3pm on Thursday 4th March and will broadcast as a live simulcast on RTÉ Player. The show will feature live performances from the shortlisted album acts and more.   

A special RTÉ Choice Music Prize TV highlights programme will be broadcast on RTÉ2, Sunday 14th March at 23.15. 

The winning act of the album of the year will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award. 

RAAP, the BAI and Minding Creative Minds are also official project partners of the RTE Choice Music Prize as are Culture Ireland and First Music Contact (FMC).  

Through its funding of FMC’s Music From Ireland programme, Culture Ireland support of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize will be directed towards participant artists, as well as assisting the online RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations”. 

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