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The Ivors | Rising Star Award with Apple Music

Presented at The Ivors on 21 May next year, the Award will honour young British or Irish songwriting and composing talent who demonstrate exceptional potential and ambition. The Award is open to music creators across all genres aged between 18-24. In addition to receiving an Ivor Novello Award at the ceremony, the winner will also receive ongoing support and mentorship from the Apple Music team.

The Rising Star Award with Apple Music is free to enter, and entrants must be an Under 25 member of The Ivors Academy. Entries are open now and will close on Monday 16 December 2019.

The introduction of the new Award comes after last month’s announcement detailing a three year collaboration between The Ivors Academy and Apple Music, which looks to bring wider exposure and development opportunities for members of the Academy and the community of music creators.

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RTÉ Choice Music Prize Returns for Its 15th Year

In association with IMRO and IRMA
Vicar Street, Dublin – Thursday 5th March 2020 | Tickets on sale this Friday 29th November

RTÉ Choice Music Prize is back and continues to champion Irish music.  Key dates for 2020’s event announced today live on 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by previous nominees, The Academic.

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize Live Event will take place on Thursday 5th March 2020 in Vicar Street, Dublin. Tickets go on sale this Friday 29th November at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets and priced €28.00 including booking fee.

Other key dates include:
Irish Album of the Year 2019 Shortlist Announcement – Wednesday 8th January 2020.
Irish Song of the Year 2019 Shortlist Announcement – Wednesday 29th January 2020.

The Irish Album of the Year 2019 will be announced at the Live Event and will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four hour extended programme from 7-11pm, with a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize highlights programme going out on RTÉ2 television the following week.

We are delighted to continue our longstanding association with Irelands critically acclaimed music prize. Irish music continues to push new boundaries and the Choice Music Prize provides a great platform for new music to resonate so strongly with audiences in Ireland and important overseas markets”. Victor Finn, Chief Executive of IMRO.

Adrian Lynch, Head of Audiences, Channels and Marketing, RTÉ, said, “Our channels are once again ready to play a central role in helping all this year’s nominees make a big impact and reach new audiences. From the strong engagement we get across our social channels to the positive reaction we receive to our broadcast of the awards event, we are looking forward to doing all we can to make 2019 another year to remember for all nominees.”

Dan Healy, Head of RTÉ 2FM, said, “The RTÉ Choice Music Prize continues to provide a wonderful opportunity, not just on 2FM, but right across RTÉ to shine a spotlight, like no one else, on the very best in Irish music- and what a year it has been. There are so many incredible Irish artists right now and we are more than happy to support them on 2FM. Our all-Irish music days, which we developed to support our RTÉ Choice Music Prize partnership, remain one of the most popular things we do on the station. So, here’s to another great year for Irish artists and for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize on 2FM.”

RTÉ Choice Music Prize ‘Conversations’ will return and take place at IMRO HQ on the day of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Live Event. ‘Conversations’ is an international music forum designed to encourage frank exchanges amongst panellists and with the audiences to challenge and elucidate the biggest prevailing issues confronting artists and industry professionals.

The 15th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate the best in Irish recorded music.   The Prize has become one of the music industry highlights of the year since its inception in 2005. The Irish Album of the Year award is chosen from a shortlist of ten albums by a panel of eleven Irish music media professionals and industry experts.

The winning act 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).

The Choice Music Prize continues to highlight new music in Ireland.  IRMA supports the Choice Music Prize as it recognising the extraordinary talent that has emerged in recent times in Ireland.  Irish acts continue to shine at home and abroad reaffirming our position as a source of enviable musical talent.   The Choice Music Prize honours these talents and IRMA congratulates all nominees and wishes them the best of luck for the future.” Willie Kavanagh, Chairman of IRMA.

All shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award.

RAAP and Culture Ireland are also official project partners of the RTE Choice Music Prize.

Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas Industry executives to attend the RTE Choice Music Prize Live Event on March 5th.

The Choice Music Prize website has published a list of Irish albums released to date in 2019. This list can be viewed at and notified by email regarding any additions

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event will go on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets and from on this Friday 29th November priced €28.00 including booking fee.

LAUNCH IMAGES ISSUED BY MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY (featuring RTÉ 2FM presenter, Tracy Clifford, RTÉ presenter, Blathnaid Tracy and Craig Fitzgerald and Matthew Murtagh of Irish band and previous nominees, The Academic)

Michael O’Riordan | Watermill Music Publishing | RIP

The Boards of the Irish Music Rights Organisation CLG (IMRO), Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (Ireland) Ltd (MCPSI) and the Music Publishers Association of Ireland would like to acknowledge the very sad news of the recent passing of their friend and colleague Michael O’Riordan. Michael was a major player in the success of Release Records in the late 1960s, when the Irish music scene was mainly dominated by that label and its unrivalled catalogue of showbands, ballad singers and cabaret acts. He was an unrelenting campaigner for more use of all types of Irish music on radio and television. More recently he concentrated on the publishing side of the business through his Watermill publishing company. He also devoted much of his time to mentoring those coming up through the music industry. He was a director and committee member of IMRO and MCPSI, served on the Music Board of Ireland and was the current president of the Music Publishers Association of Ireland.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy and children Sinead, Catriona and Emmet.

Farewell dear friend.

Paris Texas Named Irish Pub of the Year 2019

Paris Texas in Kilkenny is celebrating after being named National Pub of the Year at the Irish Pub Awards 2019.  The Kilkenny pub was crowned national champion after winning the Innovative Pub of the Year, one of nine categories announced at last night’s Gala Awards in the Concert Hall, RDS, Dublin 4. 

The Irish Pub Awards are jointly presented by Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and The Licenced Vintners Association (LVA). This year over 1,700 applications were made to the Irish Pub Awards which are now in their third year. This figure has trebled since the introduction of the awards, which proves that this programme is being recognised by publicans around Ireland as a valuable way to promote their business.

Ever since Paris Texas was set up in 1996 by Pat Crotty, the pub has set out to be significantly different from its competitors.  It offers a new concept in food, along with entertainment most evenings and serves an extensive range of beer and spirits to challenge its customers’ taste buds. Since 2006, continuous development of Paris Texas has included redevelopment of the premises, the introduction of innovative new products, technology systems and significant investment to ensure environmental sustainability.

The Irish Pub Awards nine category winners are:

  • Best Music Pub sponsored by IMRO: Kavanagh’s Bar and Venue, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
  • Best Food Pub sponsored by Musgrave MarketPlace: Murph’s Gastro Pub at Derragarra Inn, Butlers Bridge, Co. Cavan.
  • Best Tourist Pub sponsored by Molson Coors: Malzards Pub, Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny.
  • Innovative Pub of the Year sponsored by Bank of Ireland Payment Acceptance: Paris Texas, Kilkenny.
  • Best Local Pub sponsored by Diageo: Harry Byrne’s Pub, Clontarf, Dublin 3.
  • Outstanding Customer Service sponsored by Heineken:  Aunty Lena’s and Adare Court House, Adare, Co. Limerick.
  • Best Outdoor Space sponsored by Bulmers:  The Courtyard on Sober Lane, Sullivan’s Quay, Cork.
  • Best Newcomer sponsored by Edward Dillon: The Rusty Mackerel, Teelin, Co Donegal.
  • Best Late Night Bar sponsored by Irish Distillers – Pernod Ricard: Café en Seine, Dublin 2.
Best Music Pub : Padraic McGann, President VFI, Sarah Sweetnam, Financial Director, IMRO, Gavin Fitzpatrick, PJ Kavanagh, Niamh Kavanagh, Matthew Daly Minogue, Kavanagh’s Bar & Venue, Portlaoise, Laois, Ronan Lynch, Chairman LVA. (c) Conor McCabe Photography

Speaking at the Irish Pub Awards: Padraic McGann, VFI President expressed his delight at the number of award entries this year and congratulated all the finalists:  “Paris Texas and all tonight’s winners and finalists represent the very best in Irish pubs around the country.  All winners faced very stiff competition to reach the final.  Irish pubs are the hub of any community – a warm destination to meet friends where they can enjoy good food and drink, music and entertainment and where tourists can mingle with locals to experience an Irish atmosphere at its best.  These awards reflect the high quality of our pubs across Ireland, their ongoing investment in raising standards and their importance as community centres.”

LVA Chairman, Ronan Lynch added: “The Irish Pub Awards have clearly established themselves as the definitive awards programme within the pub industry by trebling the number of entries in this its third year to over 1,700.  The programme has been acknowledged for the excellent national and local media coverage attained along with the in-depth management training that all finalists have received that is beneficial to their business. We are very pleased with the growth and success of the Awards in such a short time and it has now become a great vehicle to highlight the vital contribution that pubs make to Irish business, community and tourism.”

Bob Gallagher and Lankum win Best Irish Music Video at Irish Film Festival London

Irish filmmaker and visual artist Bob Gallagher has won the Best Irish Music Video Award for his work directing ‘The Young People‘ for the band Lankum, at the 2019 Irish Film Festival London. The video was originally premiered with a feature on the American music website Billboard. ‘The Young People’ explores body language, characterisation and how micro narratives can be gleaned from focusing on just people’s feet. Using a mix of documentary footage captured around Dublin City and a performance by the band, the video touches delicately on the theme of suicide, contrasted with the ephemeral movement of bodies through the city over the course of an autumn morning. 

The award ceremony was hosted last week at the Irish Embassy in London. Bob also received a second nomination for his work with Junior Brother on the video for ‘Full of Wine‘. This is Bob’s second time winning the award at the London Irish Film Festival. In 2018 he received the Best Irish Music Video award for his work with Pillow Queens on the video for ‘Favourite‘. He was also nominated in 2018 for Villagers ‘Fool‘. 

Bob was recently featured in the October edition of Totally Dublin Magazine as one of five leading Irish filmmakers working in the medium of music video. The article, which describes Bob as ‘One of the nation’s premiere creative forces in the visual arts‘ can be viewed here.

Gallagher has crafted award winning music videos collaborating with acts such as Girl Band, Villagers, SOAK, Lisa Hannigan, Pillow Queens, Junior Brother, Myles Manley and James Vincent McMorrow.  His recent video for ‘The Young People’ by Lankum is one of a series of videos he has been commissioned to make by renowned London label Rough Trade Records, which this year also included a collaboration with contemporary dancer Oona Doherty for Girl Band’s ‘Shoulderblades‘. 

In 2017 Bob was hand picked to attend a ten day practical workshop in Cuba with Werner Herzog, after which he was declared by Herzog to be a ‘Good Soldier of Cinema’. The workshop resulted in two short documentary films currently on the festival circuit, ‘Salon’ and ‘The Impossible Flight of the Stone’. 

Bob was invited earlier this year by Dublin City Council to stage a retrospective of his music video work titled ‘Under My Garage‘ at the Music Town Festival in Dublin. Taking the form of a fictional late night talk show, Under My Garage combined live music, visuals, and on-stage interviews centred around Bob’s music video work. The performance included appearances from Villagers’ Conor O’Brien, Girl Band, Pillow Queens, Ena Brennan, Participant, Cal Folger Day and Myles Manley. This year also saw Bob stage his first solo photography exhibition ‘Forced Perspectives‘ as part of an artist residency at The Darkroom, Dublin. which went on to feature in the Photo Ireland Festival. Bob was also invited to participate in the inaugural Fermanagh-Omagh District Council International Artist’s Residency, working with young people across loyalist and nationalist communities to create short film projects. 

Bob is currently based in New York City where he is developing his first feature film script. 

IMRO Showcase Opportunity at Temple Bar TradFest 2020

As part of the exciting programme of events taking place at Temple Bar TradFest 2020 IMRO will host a series of music showcases and industry events over the course of the festival.

Music groups or artists interested in putting themselves forward to perform at one of these showcases should email an audio and/or website link to before Friday 15th November 2019. (please include Temple Bar TradFest in the subject matter of your email)

TradFest has grown over the past ten years to become a firm fixture on the Irish festival calendar. Year-on-year it has seen a huge increase in international visitors from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Spain and Germany. The festival has presented some of the biggest names in Irish music alongside many exciting new performers and musicians. Families will not be disappointed either, with outdoor stages carrying an emphasis on young Irish music and dance talent; street entertainment and a children’s club being just some of the many free events taking place during the festival.

Creators’ Royalties Shift to Digital as CISAC Global Collections Hit Record €9.7 Billion

Worldwide royalty collections for creators of music, audiovisual, visual arts, drama and literature reached a record €9.65 billion in 2018, according to the 2019 Global Collections Report published today by CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers). Royalties from digital sources jumped 29% to €1.64 billion, thanks to rapid global expansion of music and subscription video on-demand (SVOD) services. In the last 5 years, creators’ digital income has nearly tripled, now accounting for 17% of collections compared to 7.5% in 2014.

The increase in major markets’ digital collections – notably the United States, France and Japan – are the biggest drivers of global growth. This growth is helped by new and extended licensing deals between societies and digital platforms, from dedicated content services like Spotify to social media platforms such as Facebook and video on demand platforms such as Netflix and Amazon.

Global collections for music repertoire, accounting for the majority of the total, rose 1.8% to €8.5 billion, driven by a 29.6% growth in digital income and the continuing surge in subscription streaming revenues.

Total collections up 1% in 2018

Total collections in 2018, for all repertoires, grew 0.9%, the fifth consecutive year of growth. Over the five years since 2014, global collections by CISAC societies are up 25.4%. Digital growth, combined with resilience in the two other major uses (TV/radio and live/background), are continuing to offset declining income from physical media.

TV and radio, the largest collections source, declined 2.4% in 2018, while live and background revenue grew 0.5%. Combined, these two sectors have substantially grown since 2014, adding €653 million in revenue.

CISAC Director General Gadi Oron said: “This Report provides many reasons for optimism about our sector. Digital revenues show an impressive increase, have nearly tripled in the last five years and have enormous potential for further growth. More markets are seeing digital income taking the top position of all revenue streams, which is an extremely positive sign. In a landscape of fragmenting income sources, the role of authors societies in generating monetary value for millions of creators has never been more vital.”

Digital shows its growth potential

The Report shows other key indicators of the shift to digital: Asia-Pacific is a digital leader, with an online share of 26.3%, twice that of Europe at 13.3%; and Australasia, Sweden, South Korea, Mexico and China are in a growing group of “digital champions” where online revenues are now the top collections source. However, the Report also highlights the need for legislative action to bring fair creators’ remuneration, calling on governments to follow the example of the landmark EU Copyright Directive, adopted in April 2019.

Jean-Michel Jarre, CISAC President, said: “Digital is our future and revenues to creators are rising fast, but there is a dark side to digital, and it is caused by a fundamental flaw in the legal environment that continues to devalue creators and their works. That is why the European Copyright Directive is so momentous for creators everywhere. The Directive has sent an amazing, positive signal around the world, building a fairer balance between creators and the tech platforms”.

Other key highlights of the 2019 Report include:

• Global collections broken down by repertoire, type of use and region.
• Ten individual market case studies (Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, India, Italy, Malawi, Mexico, Poland, Senegal).
• Analysis of key legislative developments affecting creators’ remuneration in music, audiovisual visual arts, drama and literature.

Download Key Highlights of the Report
Download the 2019 Global Collections Report

Job Vacancy – Music Generation Development Officer, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (dlr) County Council is now inviting applications for the position of Music Generation Development Officer.

Job reference: 008488  

A Music Generation Development Officer will be appointed by dlr County Council and will be responsible for managing an extensive performance music education programme on behalf of dlr Local Music Education Partnership. 

Music Generation dlr is part of 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.

Temporary five year fixed term contract (Salary range: €47,588 – €58,157 per annum)

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

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms: 4pm, Thursday 28 November 2019.

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.

dlr County Council is an equal opportunities employer.

The IMRO Other Voices Open Call is Open for Submissions

Filmed in front of a live audience, the IMRO Other Room is all about shining a light on fresh, exciting music from Ireland. In previous years, the IMRO Other Room has given television debuts to acts such as James Vincent McMorrow, Villagers and Lisa O’Neill. The Open Call is your opportunity to apply to be part of the IMRO Other Room and have your performance included in the Other Voices TV series, which will air on RTÉ2 in 2020.

“IMRO is delighted to be once again part of this unique and special gathering of songwriting and performing talent. IMRO has a strong reputation as a champion and supporter of new music creation and the IMRO Other Room provides the perfect platform for this.”Victor Finn, IMRO, Chief Executive.


• You can submit one audio recording of an original song written by you – the tracks have to be owned/controlled by you and/or your music publisher throughout the world (and any samples need to be cleared).
• Each recording needs to be submitted via a weblink (please do not send mp3 or WAV files). For the purpose of this submission this is limited to YouTube, Spotify and SoundCloud.

Send your entry to: (please include Other Voices in the subject matter of your email)

Closing date for submissions: 11am Wednesday 13th November


• This is an application process for The IMRO Other Voices Open Call Dingle.
• Applicants must be available to travel to Dingle on 29th – 30th November.
• Applicants must be over the age of 16 years old.
• This performance will be filmed for inclusion in the ‘Other Voices’ TV Series.
• Applications will only be accepted via a submission made to ei.ormi@stneve

The Songwriting Collective | October Workshop Announced

If you want to hone your songwriting or performance skills then you should drop into our next workshop which takes place on Thursday 14th November 6.00pm – 9.00pm at IMRO, Copyright House, Dublin 2, followed by a presentation of co-writes and other self-penned songs in the Wellington Pub, Lower Baggot Street.

Each workshop provides an opportunity to showcase songs that you have written, to discuss/explore the craft of songwriting, to co-write and to receive detailed feedback about your compositions. In addition, from time to time we have input from relevant specialists on topics of interest. Ideally, you should bring along your musical instrument but it is not essential

The workshop is facilitated by Tony Bardon ( and Danai Kelleher, both of whom have extensive experience in running music workshops in Ireland and Europe, as a result of their involvement with EU-funded music projects.

TSC uses for communication purposes so if you are interested please sign up at

All are welcome.


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