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Irish Music Industry Podcast Back With A Bang

Providing a vital insight into the music industry featuring Ireland’s top music industry professionals.

Series 2 of The Irish Music Industry Podcast has launched providing a vital insight into the music industry. Produced by Mark G of King Kong Company, The Irish Music Industry Podcast is a must listen for both people who want to break into the industry and seasoned professionals who want to learn more about other areas of the music sector.

Check out the latest episodes here:

Putting Your Body and Soul on the Line –

Nothing Splendid About Isolation –

The first series of the podcast was hugely successful, occasionally hitting the top spot on the Irish Podcast Charts. Series two seeks to build on that, seeking out professionals from a multitude of disciplines to offer some advice and discuss how they carve out their own space within the sector. Each episode of The Irish Music Industry Podcast will see Mark G interviewing some of Ireland’s top music industry professionals, as they pick apart the mechanism of the Irish music sector in an effort to understand what makes it tick. From well-worn road warriors to eager newbies, all stories, advice, wisdom and occasional tales of woe come straight from the horse’s mouth.

The first handful of episodes are available now and feature top music professionals John Spillane (singer songwriter), Leo Abrahams (musician/producer for Brian Eno, Paul Simon and David Byrne) Alex Gough (songwriter/performer), Eleanor McEvoy (singer/songwriter and Chair of IMRO), Avril Stanley (Director of Body&Soul), Tara Thomas (gig photographer) and Jim Fielder (bass player with Blood Sweat and Tears/Frank Zappa/Jefferson Airplane. Jim played at Woodstock).  

Speaking about the podcast Mark G said: “The success that series one enjoyed was more shocking to me than anyone else. I thought there would a very niche audience for this.  Already, just a short way into series two, we’ve been topping the Irish podcast charts. It seems that there are more people than I imagined interested in sussing out what goes on behind and around music in Ireland today, and the guests I’m talking to are really getting’ stuck in to it”.

The spark that lit the touchpaper on this podcast came from Mark’s experience within third level education and from working within the music sector itself. “There was a slow burning realisation that many prospective music industry professionals aren’t privy to a full and frank picture of what to expect from their chosen career”. Given where the industry stands right now, having a resource where professionals can share information, advice and proactive pointers is invaluable. In one recent episode The Mary Wallopers shared how they successfully streamed a Paddy’s Day gig to thousands of people, raising some much needed funds for themselves. Drummer Johnny Daly talked about signing on for the first time to avail of the Covid-19 emergency payment. John Spillane and Síomha discussed successful crowd funding campaigns that saw them raising thousands of euros to fund their next albums. All of those positive and proactive solutions were in just one episode. Imagine what’s in a whole series?

The first episodes of series two of The Irish Music Industry Podcasts are available now on iTunes, Android and the usual digital sources or you can visit to download/stream the podcasts. The Irish Music Industry Podcast is supported by IMRO.

Culture Ireland and FACEBOOK Ireland announces details of Ireland Performs

The COVID-19 crisis has rapidly changed how artists present their work and reach audiences.  As artists have largely turned to online presentation, FACEBOOK Ireland with Culture Ireland, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht have come together to support and present live presentations by Irish artists (in English or Irish) to ensure that the arts continue to be enjoyed online – #IrelandPerforms.

The scheme was announced today (Friday 3 April) by Josepha Madigan, T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

This grant scheme to support professional artists and enable the live presentation of their work on online platforms is being made available from 3 April for an initial period of 4 weeks. Funding of €100,000 is being made available on a match funded basis by FACEBOOK Ireland and Culture Ireland, a division of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. All successful artists will be awarded €1,000. The scheme will be managed by Culture Ireland in conjunction with First Music Contact and Poetry Ireland in association with RTÉ.

Full details of the scheme are available here and an application form is available here

Application forms should be forwarded to ei.vog.dnalerierutluc@sesacwohs

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and while the scheme is open to all, special consideration will be given to artists whose work was scheduled for public presentation internationally or in Ireland and has been cancelled owing to the crisis.

Artists will be streamed through FACEBOOK Live and other social media platforms using the hashtag #IrelandPerforms and distributed as widely as possible through Instagram and Facebook Pages, including those of Culture Ireland, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, First Music Contact and Poetry Ireland.

GESAC calls on European decision-makers to take urgent action

European culture and European creators are facing unprecedented negative impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Creators who rely on the public performance of their work have seen present and future earnings wiped out as lockdowns take their toll on the economy. Alongside the closure of bars, clubs and other venues, the cancellation of events like concerts and festivals has worsened the situation for those whose livelihoods depend on performance and royalty revenues.

To further exacerbate matters, the production of many films, series and other cultural projects has been postponed or stopped altogether, meaning creators may face economic hardship well into 2021.

The precarious work arrangements of creators makes them particularly vulnerable to economic downturn. Unable to benefit from the safety net afforded by larger companies, dedicated funds on offer for small and medium-sized enterprises or unemployment payments for employees, creators are at risk of being forgotten.

As organisations made by creators for creators, collective management organisations (CMOs) are providing assistance beyond the professional, helping creators who have been deeply affected on a personal level by this crisis.

The 33 GESAC member societies are taking action to help their members; providing emergency funds, loans and advance payments. They are also adapting their social and cultural funds – dedicated parts of their revenue used for cultural and social purposes – to address the urgent problems facing music authors, composers and editors.

However, much broader and more sustainable European initiatives must be implemented by the EU institutions and national governments to support the entire sector. A strong and united European response that pays homage to the very foundations of the Union and its core values is needed.
The creative community, of which GESAC represents over 1 million creators, recommends that:

• The Commission specifically mentions the importance of supporting the cultural sector when providing funds to Member States and makes sure that the precarious situation of creators is taken into account in its policy regarding COVID-19;

• Member States make sure that part of the emergency funds provided by the EU is available to creators and the cultural sector;

• Co-legislators swiftly adopt the Multi-annual Financial Framework that sets the future funding for culture in Europe, with the necessary increase for our sectors, as proposed by the European Parliament.

The power of culture, music and art to connect people during difficult times has become ever more apparent on social media. Viral videos have shown how singing and performing together can provide whole neighbourhoods a brief respite from the situation, and bring people together at a time when they are being asked to remain apart.

Creators and the cultural sector are essential aspects of the European project; core to creating a “Europe united in diversity”. But this pandemic has shown just how fragile our ability to promote and perform cultural and creative acts can be.

GESAC, on behalf of the European community of creators, are asking that European policy-makers take swift and decisive action to protect European creativity and culture.

Customer Notice from the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) in relation to COVID-19

IMRO fully appreciates the very significant challenges that you, our customers are currently experiencing.  Whether you have closed your business or whether you are in a position to continue to deliver your service, we understand that the economic and financial landscape has completely changed over the last few weeks and is likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future.  We want to assure you that we are working hard to support you as much as we possibly can at this time of unprecedented uncertainty.  We have put in place a number of measures designed to reduce the financial burden you and your businesses are currently experiencing.  We have already communicated directly with many of you and based on that communication, we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions below that we hope will help you understand the measures we have put in place and how they will operate. 

Of course, if your question is not covered here, our Customer First team will be delighted to deal with your questions by e-mail or over the phone and they can be contacted using the details below. We will do our best to work with you as much as we possibly can through this extraordinarily difficult period for Irish business and Irish society.


My business is closed due to Covid-19. Will IMRO support me in terms of payments due to IMRO?

Any business that has been subject to a government enforced closure due to Covid-19 will not have to make any payment to IMRO until after 30 April 2020 at the earliest.  IMRO Has committed to a payment moratorium on all payments due to IMRO in April 2020 from business that have been subject to a government enforced closure.  This will be reviewed again before the end of April and a decision on May payments will be taken considering the circumstances at that time.  An update on the May position will be communicated to industry representative bodies and published on the IMRO website and on our social media platforms.

If you want to continue to make payments during this period, please contact our Customer First Team at ei.ORMI@tsrifremotsuc or 1800 66 10 10.

Any business which has voluntarily closed due to Covid-19 can contact IMRO directly for support with Direct Debit or Standing Order payments due to IMRO.  Please contact our Customer First Team at ei.ORMI@tsrifremotsuc or 1800 66 10 10 and our team will arrange a payment holiday until 30 April 2020.  This will be reviewed again before the end of April and a decision on May payments will be taken considering the circumstances at that time.  An update on the May position will be communicated to industry representative bodies and published on the IMRO website and on our social media platforms.

Our credit control team is not currently seeking payment from customers that are not in paying by Direct Debit or Standing Order and therefore if you do not pay IMRO by either of these means, you do not have to contact IMRO regarding payment.

IMRO would request that you do not cancel your direct debit and opt for the direct debit moratorium to reduce the administration burden on your business and IMRO when normal business resumes.    

Will I receive a credit note from IMRO if my business has been closed?

IMRO understands that customers are not using music while they’re premises are closed and wants to work with customers as much as possible during this period.  IMRO has committed to offering customers the following support in relation to invoices and credit notes:

  • Any business that has been subject to a government enforced closure due to Covid-19 will receive a credit note from the date of closure up to 30 April 2020 or until the date the enclosure order is lifted, should that be earlier than 30 April 2020.  The position will be reviewed again towards the end of April when a decision on May will be made considering circumstances at that time.
  • Any business that has voluntarily closed due to Covid-19 will receive a credit note from the date of closure up to 30 April 2020 or until the date the enclosure order is lifted, should that be earlier than 30 April 2020.  The position will be reviewed again towards the end of April when a decision on May will be made considering circumstances at that time.

If you have closed your business voluntarily, you will need to complete the Covid 19 closure declaration form to claim your credit note.

Credit notes are only available to customers whose premises which have closed due to Covid-19.



What is the Covid 19 closure declaration form?

The Covid 19 closure declaration form is an online form that will need to be completed by businesses that have closed voluntarily due to Covid 19 to claim a credit note.  This form is not yet available and will only be available to customers on the IMRO customer portal ( once the government enforced closures are lifted.  You will be required to submit the date your business closed and the date your business re-opened on this declaration form.

IMRO will notify industry representative bodies and update the IMRO website and social media platforms when this form is available.


What is the IMRO Customer Portal?

The IMRO Customer Portal is an online facility that allows customers to view their accounts, invoices and statements and can be accessed at most efficient way for you to receive your credit note is to have a customer account set up on the IMRO Customer Portal. 

We strongly recommend, to avoid delays in getting your credit note, that you register your account on the customer portal as soon as possible.

To register on the IMRO customer Portal, please contact our customer first team at ei.ormi@tsrifremotsuc or 1800 66 10 10.


When will my credit note be issued?

Your credit note will be issued after the government enforced closure orders have been lifted.  There will be some processing time required by IMRO considering the large volume of credit notes that will have to be processed.  We request that after you have submitted your Covid 19 closure declaration form that you are patient as we process all the credit notes.

We again want to stress the importance of registering your account on the IMRO Customer Portal so you can get your credit note as easily and quickly as possible. See Question 4 above for details on registering your account on the IMRO Customer Portal.


My account is due to renew in April or May. Will I receive my invoices as normal?

IMRO will not send any invoices to premises that are closed until after the government enforced closure orders have been lifted.

If you wish to receive your invoices as normal, please contact us by e-mail at ei.ormi@tsrifremotsuc or by phone at 1800 66 10 10.


I have already paid my account in full – Am I entitled to a refund?

If you qualify for a credit note, as outlined in a previous answer above, then a credit note will be issued to you at the same time as all credit notes are issued.  At that time, you can contact the Customer First team by e-mail at ei.ormi@tsrifremotsuc or by phone at 1800 66 10 10 to confirm if you want to receive a refund or if you want the credit amount offset against your next renewal invoice.

My business is still open, but I have less customers now due to Covid-19, can I get a credit note on my account?

Credit notes are only available to customers whose premises have closed due to Covid-19.

If you have any questions regarding your account that are not covered by the questions above, do not hesitate to contact IMRO’s Customer First Team who will be happy to help you.  The team can be contacted by e-mail at ei.ormi@tsrifremotsuc or by telephone at 1800 66 10 10.

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Screen Composers Guild of Ireland Announce Associate Membership Tier

The Screen Composers Guild of Ireland has just announced a new membership tier. This membership category is aimed at composers who are looking to enter the area of composing for screen and have not yet secured the professional criteria for full membership.

Associate membership entitles composers access to training and masterclass events as well as community resources. Associate members do not receive a directory page on the Guilds website.

Once the professional
criteria of two, contracted, credited, paid jobs is achieved associate members
will be entitled to apply for full membership.

To apply for associate membership download an application form here:

For more
information please visit

Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival Announce Headliners Day Breakdown

Fresh from winning “Best Festival Tech Team” at the 2020 IMRO Awards Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival have just announced the day breakdown for their heavy hitting headliners with Versatile on Friday 19 June, Gavin James on Saturday 20 June and Sigrid on Sunday 21 June 2020.

added to the stellar line up for Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival are
a host of acts including Hannah Wants, Ejeca, Elvana, The
Sugarhill Gang & Furious 5 Ft. Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio
, Regard,
The 2 Johnnies, Biig Piig, Fabio and Grooverider, Jerry
, Somebody’s Child, Mango X Mathman, Malaki,
Aaron Smith
, Aimee, Hak Baker, Vulpynes, Alex Gough,
True Tides, Saarloos, Lavengro, Zen Arcade, Pontious
Pilate & The Naildrivers
, Isaac Butler, Yasmin Gardezi, Bobbi
, Uppbeat, Colin Perkins, Lucid, Initial DJs,
Bedlam DJs and Madison Front. The new acts join headliners Versatile,
Gavin James
and Sigrid alongside Eats Everything, Inhaler,
KNEECAP, Ziggy Alberts, Lyra, Thumper, Joel
, Mark Blair, The Revenge and Koko with many more
to be announced.

Versatile are now firmly
established as Irelands number 1 Rap Act. They’ve sold out the 13,000 Capacity
3 Arena and they’re touring the UK with the likes of Snoop Dogg. Their dynamic
high energy live shows are unmissable. Needing little introduction, festival
favourite Gavin James is set to return to Bundoran this summer after a
busy worldwide touring schedule. Gavin is currently one of the biggest acts in
the country and his sets have always gone down a storm at the festival. 
Last but certainly not least, the trio of headliners is completed with
Norwegian superstar Sigrid. Known for her incredible live performances
filled with hits such as “Strangers” and “Don’t Feel Like Crying”, her
performance is sure to be one of the highlights of the weekend. 

Director Ray O’Donoghue says “We’re thrilled to announce so many more
amazing acts and some really great up and coming acts too. There are so many
good Irish acts that even picking the ones we’ve booked was a difficult task.
The future is very bright indeed

humble beginnings in 2008, Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival has
grown into one of Ireland’s top music festivals and the only festival in
Ireland to truly embrace the Surfing lifestyle. The Festival has hosted some of
the biggest artists in the world including Dizzee Rascal, Paul Weller,
Clean Bandit, Dermot Kennedy, Tinie Tempah and loads more.
It’s also the only festival in the country to bring together Music, Surfing,
Skateboarding, BMX, Graffiti and much much more.

“It might just be the
best festival in Ireland”

“Still buzzing from
that set at Sea Sessions. It felt so special.”
Dermot Kennedy

Day and Weekend tickets on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and on Tickets are priced from €119.90 for 3 days and €149.90 to include 4 nights camping. There are also limited single day tickets available from €59.90. Check out for more details.

Sea Sessions is sponsored by IMRO

Saltwater Announce Day Breakdown for 3 Day Festival

Exciting new Mayo festival Saltwater, sponsored by IMRO, have announced their day breakdown for the three day festival set to take place on the June Bank Holiday Weekend. Plus a host of new acts have been announced to join headliners Dermot Kennedy (Fri 29 May), The Coronas (Sat 30 May) and Johnny Marr (Bank Holiday Sun 31 May). 

Dermot Kennedy kicks off the first day of the
festival on Friday 29 May and is joined by Hudson Taylor, Lyra, Jerry
Fish, Somebody’s Child, Bitch Falcon, Fish Go Deep, Ultan Conlon, ZASKA,
Classic Yellow, The Clockworks
 and Danny Mac.

The Coronas keep the festival feels going on
Saturday 30 May and are joined by Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), Maverick
Sabre, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Norman Jay MBE, Little Hours, The Pale, Thanks
Brother, New Valley Wolves, LUZ, Coda, Aran McMahon, Sundown 
and Graham

Johnny Marr brings the festival to a
triumphant close on Sunday 31 May, and is joined by The Stranglers,
Wallis Bird, The Scratch, Crazy P Sound System, Join Me In The Pines, Sam
Duckworth, Wild Front, Joanne Keegan, The Wha, Paddy Dennehy, Uppbeat 
and Between

The June Bank Holiday Weekend 2020 will see new festival Saltwater take
place in the beautiful grounds of Westport House, Mayo – one of Ireland’s best
loved historic homes and estates. Set to become a highlight of the Irish
Festival Calendar, Saltwater is brought to you by the people
behind Sea Sessions and will showcase top International and
Irish talent with over 50 acts playing across 3 stages. 

One of the first festivals of the summer, Saltwater Festival
is an expression of life on Ireland’s rugged wild Atlantic coast. Celebrating
Music, Food, Culture and the rich heritage of Westport, the festival will bring
together like minded people from home and abroad that want to feel the taste of
salt in the air as they appreciate the best Ireland has to offer. 

With an extraordinary career that has seen him shoot to global
fame, Dermot Kennedy is known around the world for hits such
as “Outnumbered”, “Power Over Me” and “Glory’. His music touches people’s
hearts, and his set promises to be one of the defining moments of the
festival. The Coronas look set to have a busy summer again
having just released a new single with a new album on the way plus the
legendary Johnny Marr needs little introduction, having spent
nearly 4 decades in the music business as both a guitarist in The Smiths and as
a celebrated solo artist. The rock icon’s set is not to be missed, and is sure
to be jam packed with his greatest hits and fan favourites from his vast back

Day and Weekend tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster
outlets nationwide and on Limited
Early Bird Tickets are priced from €144 or 3 days with camping options also
available.  There are also limited single day tickets available from €64.
Check out for more details.

Speaking about Saltwater, Festival Director Ray O’Donoghue said: “We’re actually really happy with how the lineup turned out. Who wouldn’t be with the likes of Dermot Kennedy and Johnny Marr?  We’re also thrilled to announce The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow Stage and The Saltshaker stage that will host Cooking Demos from local and international Chefs. There’s also a nice DJ stage where you’ll be able to listen to the likes of international acts Crazy P & Norman Jay. We actually can’t wait until May 29th” 

Known as the most beautiful house in Ireland, Westport House has a great tradition of hosting some of the world’s top artists and this year is set to be no different as Saltwater takes place for the first time.With Westport recognised as “The Best Place to Live in Ireland”, and established as a multiple award winning tourism destination over the past few years – Saltwater is the perfect place to kick off the June Bank Holiday Weekend and what is guaranteed to be another busy summer season on the west coast!

Tickets: and Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide.

female:pressure Releases FACTS Survey on International Women’s Day 2020

International electronic music network female:pressure releases FACTS Survey 2020 on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2020. The survey quantifies the gender distribution of artists performing at electronic music festivals. This is the fourth edition of the FACTS Survey, which was first published in 2013, and updated in 2015 and 2017. The 2020 survey is available for download here:

Ireland launch and results

Four festivals from Ireland (Life, Boxed Off, Audio Garden, and Hotbox) with eleven festival editions from 2017 to 2019 are included in FACTS 2020, and this is the first time that data from Ireland will be represented internationally.

Excluding the acts whose gender could not be identified, between 2017 and 2019, the percentage of women performers at Audio Garden doubled, from 6.5% of 46 acts, to 13.3% of 45 acts. In 2017, 10.8% if the 37 acts at Boxed Off were women compared to 33.3% of 21 acts in 2019. Life moved from single digit to double digit figures, with women accounting for 9.9% of 131 acts in 2017, compared to 16.5% of 97 acts in 2019. Boxed Off has shown the greatest change, with close to one third of its 2019 line up being occupied by women performers, compared to a little over 10% in 2017. The only festival which has moved in a different direction is Hotbox, with just 4% of the 50 acts booked in the 2019 edition being women, compared to 7.3% of the 55 acts in the previous year.

The FACTS 2020 Ireland Launch will took place on Sunday 8 March, at The Sound House, Eden Quay, Dublin, from 7-9pm. The event took place alongside the launch of FACTS internationally and presented the results of the survey with a focus on Ireland’s data. An industry panel will explored the topic of gender representation at electronic music festivals, and the event will closed with a networking session. The FACTS 2020 Ireland Launch is funded by IMRO. The panel hosted Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact; Elaine Mai, artist and producer; and Matt Dundon, booker for Life Festival, The Big Romance, Hidden Agenda, and District 8. The FACTS 2020 Ireland launch was presented and moderated by Yvonne Kiely, music industry researcher and journalist. Donations were accepted for Inner City Helping Homeless.

Worldwide results

Nearly 400 festival editions from around the world spanning the years 2017, 2018, and 2019 were surveyed for FACTS 2020, an increase from the 229 editions surveyed for the FACTS 2017 release. New to this edition is data concerning festivals’ attendance numbers, the gender of the FACTS Survey 2020 – Press Release curators, and whether or not the festival got public funding. A new non-binary gender category was included to reflect more accurately the diversity onstage. The survey will present data from the 2017–2019 range, as well as trends from 2013 to 2019.

Nearly 40 volunteers from the female:pressure network participated in collecting the data for FACTS 2020. In response to emails sent by female:pressure, 30 festival representatives provided the counts of female, non-binary, male, and mixed (i.e., consisting of a combination of gender categories) acts in their festivals’ lineup.

In the years 2017–2019, there were 20.5% female acts, 0.6% non-binary acts, 70.3% male acts‚ 6.6% mixed acts, and 2.0% unidentified acts (i.e., acts where the gender could not be identified) in the electronic music festival line-ups that were counted. For festivals spanning the years 2012 to 2019, 17.3% of all acts were female acts, 74% were male, 6.9% were mixed acts, and 1.5% were unidentified (data for non-binary acts was not collected prior to 2017). Data was collected for 392 festival editions (of 166 different festivals) from 2017 to 2019. Adding this to the previous data, female:pressure has collected data for 675 festival editions (348 festivals) from 2012 to 2019.

female:pressure is an international network of people who work in the fields of electronic music and digital arts, founded by Electric Indigo in 1998. female:pressure conducts and publishes the FACTS Surveys with the aim of addressing and quantifying the disparity in equal opportunity and visibility for female and non-binary artists in electronic music festivals. The FACTS Survey, like the female:pressure network, is the result of grassroots activism, conducted independently from any for- or non-profit organization and without external funding.

The result of the first FACTS survey in 2013 indicated that barely 10% of artists listed in festival line-ups worldwide are female and opened up an international discussion about the state of women in electronic music. Much like the female:pressure network, an objective of the FACTS Survey is to put pressure on the music industry to promote and present the work of women and non-binary artists equally with that of men artists. The gap has narrowed over the years, but progress is moving too slowly.

More detailed results and information about FACTS 2020 can be accessed at

Twitter: @female_pressure

Iconic Irish Recording Studio to open its doors to the public

Windmill Lane Recording Studios (WLRS) has just launched a unique new visitor experience at their world renowned studios in Dublin. Guest of honour, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins was in attendance at the launch event which took place on Thursday 20th February along with a host of music industry personalities and professionals. 

Visitors to the studio will learn about the prolific history of Windmill Lane Studios from its very beginnings to the present day. Since U2 placed it on the world map in 1978, its services have been in great demand, which led to the relocation in 1990 of its facilities to a larger space in an Art-Deco  protected structure, the former electrical power station for the tramline depot on Ringsend Road.Some of the artists that have recorded here over the years include Kate Bush, The Rolling Stones, The Cranberries, The Spice Girls and more recently Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Westlife, The Script and Hozier.

A one-hour tour of the studio will explore where some of the world’s most iconic songs and albums were recorded. The soundtrack for The Commitments film and the Riverdance album were recorded here.

“It is wonderful to see the reaction of visitors when they actually get behind these iconic doors and learn about the long history of the building and the growth of both Windmill Lane Recording Studios and the music industry in Ireland.  We have recorded so many of the albums that visitors grew up with, and the songs their children and grandchildren are growing up with, so it’s a very special experience to stand where, and learn how, they were recorded.” Naomi Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Windmill Lane Recording Studios.

Located in Dublin’s Docklands, this working recording
studio preserves Ireland’s modern music history and will share its story with
tourists, music lovers and fans of some of the most influential international
musicians and is set amongst the hub of the world’s leading technology
companies European headquarters. 

In addition, tour visitors will receive an
historical summary of the Ringsend area – from the times of Oliver Cromwell to
the 1916 Easter Rising and will outline the buildings involvement in the old
Dublin tramlines to its present status.

“As a founder of Windmill Lane Recording Studios, I’m delighted that visitors will get a chance to experience the story of the studios and to find out what goes into making the many great albums that have been recorded there.  Windmill Lane Recording has been a major part of my life for so many years and I’m very happy that it still lives on and goes from strength to strength. This is a great opportunity to experience a wonderful piece of Irish and International music recording history.” Brian Masterson, Founder of Windmill Lane Recording Studios.

Fáilte Ireland is delighted to support the Visitor Experience iconic Windmill Lane Recording Studios.  The evolution of this attraction which, by its artistic and authentic nature, compliments the tourism offering within the Docklands and adds to the unique offering for Dublin City.  Overseas visitors look for compelling experiences and we are confident the experience at Windmill Lane Recording Studios will be a huge draw for both domestic and international tourists.  We are working on developing the potential of the Docklands area as a vibrant tourist location and we believe the visitor experience at Windmill Studios will be central to this as it embodies one of the key themes of cultural innovation that has always been inherent in the Docklands area,” Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland.

Photo Credit: David Moore – DM Photography

Peter Bardon Receives Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Irish Music Industry

The 2020
edition of RadioDays Ireland, a unique two-day conference for those working
within the Irish radio industry, took place in the Gibson Hotel on February 20th
and 21st.

To coincide with the conference, which is sponsored by IMRO, leading Irish music publisher, Peter Bardon was presented with an award from IMRO to mark his Outstanding Contribution to the Irish Music Industry. Director of Bardis Music and ex-Chair of the Board of MCPSI, Peter Bardon began his career as bass player with Irish ‘60s legends The Greenbeats. After a stint in showband and cabaret management, he moved to music publishing. Bardis Music was established in 1973 and its first copyright ‘Cross Your Heart’, written by Paul Lyttle and sung by Irish star Tina, represented Ireland in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England, where it finished 5th behind Abba’s ‘Waterloo’. Since that time Bardis Music has published many of Ireland’s most well-known songs including classics such as Liam Reilly’s ‘Summer In Dublin and ‘Flight Of Earls’, Patsy Cavanagh’s ‘Home To Donegal’, and John Duggan’s ‘Roads Of Kildare’ and ‘Rose Of Castlerea’, all of which have been covered by more than 20 different artists.

handles publishing for Niall Toner and Ronan Hardiman (composer of the Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flame music) among others. A
former shareholder in Lite FM (now Q102), in 2008 he placed Niall Toner’s ‘The
Reak Reek’, aka ‘The Dublin 2-Step’, in the video game Grand Theft Auto 4, with
sales in excess of $7 million, Bardis published the music from Albert Nobbs, including ‘Lay Your Head
Down’, composed by Brian Byrne and Glenn Close, and performed by Sinéad O’Connor
(nominated for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes 2012). The Bardis roster
now includes country star Nathan Carter, Shane Sullivan and actor turned
musician, Patrick Bergin.

Hot Press’s Niall Stokes delivered an enlightening speech on the history of the broadcasting sector in Ireland, delving into 30 years of independent broadcasting right up to the present day and the current challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

Red FM were also acknowledged at the event by IMRO, receiving an award to mark their ongoing support to music creators.

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