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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: ei.ormi@stneve (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.

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All are welcome.

Screen Composers Guild of Ireland Presents a Screen Composition Masterclass with Patrick Doyle

Date: Monday 11th November, 10.30 – 3pm
Location: Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre, Donnybrook
Bookings: Places are limited please RSVP | ei.dliugsresopmocneercs@haras Donation of €30 for non SCGI members

Gain an invaluable insight into the working techniques of one of the world’s foremost composers for live action and animation at this masterclass in the wonderful setting of Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre.

Composer Patrick Doyle will give a hands-on workshop on his writing methods including breaking down scenes from some of his work, providing insights into recording live performances, managing relationships on productions and thinking outside the box. This masterclass is suitable for composers for screen of all levels and will include plenty of opportunity for Q&A.

Registration from 10.30am
Masterclass will start promptly at 11am
Break for lunch 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Finish 3pm

About Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle is a classically trained composer. He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in 1975, where he was made a Fellow in 2001.

After many years composing for theatre, radio and television, Patrick joined the Renaissance Theatre Company as composer and musical director in 1987. In 1989 director Sir Kenneth Branagh commissioned Patrick to compose the score for feature film ‘Henry V’, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and they have subsequently collaborated on numerous pictures, including ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Cinderella’.  Patrick and Branagh’s collaboration within film and theatre has continued to this day, with performances worldwide that include Branagh’s 2015 production of ‘The Winter’s Tale’ and 2016 productions of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘The Entertainer’ which both ran at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End.

Patrick has been commissioned to score over 50 international feature films, including ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, ‘Gosford Park’, ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Indochine’, ‘Carlito’s Way’ and ‘A Little Princess’. His work has led to collaborations with some of the most acclaimed directors in the world, such as Regis Wargnier, Brian De Palma, Alfonso Cuaròn, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Mike Newell and Robert Altman.

In October 2007, Patrick Doyle’s ‘Music from the Movies’ sell-out concert on behalf of The Leukaemia Research Fund was staged at The Royal Albert Hall. It was directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh and starred a host of international talent, including Emma Thompson, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Judi Dench and Alan Rickman, among many others. In December 2013, the London Symphony Orchestra performed a programme of Patrick’s work in a special celebratory concert at the Barbican for Patrick’s 60th birthday, at which Sir Derek Jacobi, Emma Thompson and soprano Janis Kelly performed.

Patrick has received two Oscar, two Golden Globe, one BAFTA and two Cesar nominations, as well as winning the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme for ‘Henry V’. He has also been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The World Soundtrack Awards and Scottish BAFTA, the Henry Mancini Award from ASCAP and the PRS Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Music.

Patrick has composed several concert pieces, including Tam O Shanter, commissioned by the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust; Corarsik, composed for Emma Thompson’s birthday; ‘The Face In The Lake’, commissioned by Sony and narrated by Kate Winslet and The Thistle and the Rose, commissioned by Prince Charles in honour of the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday. His concert suite Impressions of America received its world premiere in July 2012 with the National Schools Symphony Orchestra, of which Patrick is a patron.

Patrick scored ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ for Fox Studios, and ‘Brave’ for Disney/Pixar, for which he was subsequently awarded Best Original Composition for Film at the International Music and Sound Awards. In addition, Patrick completed a score for the silent movie ‘IT’ starring Clara Bow, commissioned by The Syracuse Film Festival, which received its world premiere at the Syracuse historic Landmark Theatre in October 2013.  His score was recently performed in Glasgow at the Royal Concert Hall by young students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Orchestra as part of a pioneering music education programme for the International Society for Music Education (ISME)

In 2015, Patrick completed work on the music for Walt Disney’s live action version of ‘Cinderella’, directed by Branagh. Patrick also completed recording a solo piano album, made up of a collection of his film scores to date, which was released by Varese Sarabande in July 2015. In 2016 Patrick completed the scores for the remake of Scottish classic ‘Whisky Galore!’ and Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo. In 2018 Patrick completed the score for ‘Sgt Stubby: An American Hero’ and Twentieth Century Fox’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’. Most recently, Patrick composed the original score for ‘All Is True’, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh for Sony Picture Classics.

This event is supported by BAI Sectoral Development Fund
Photo Credit: Alex Brady

IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest Finalists to be Announced Live on PLAYIRISH Radio

The ten finalists in this year’s IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest are set to be announced this Thursday, 24th October live on PLAYIRISH Radio ( at 8.00pm. The special show will feature the finalists’ original compositions alongside hits from Christie Hennessy and Mundy, who will be this year’s special guest artist at the final on 2nd November in The Ashe Hotel, Tralee.

The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition takes place as a tribute to the life and music of one of Tralee’s most famous sons. The ten finalists were selected from over 250 entries and will perform their original songs in front of a live audience and a panel of expert judges. The winning songwriter will be presented with a cheque for €1,000 on the night, courtesy of CARA Credit Union while the runner up receives a cheque for €300. The winner of the competition will also receive a media campaign courtesy of Yangaroo Music Ireland.

The final takes place on Saturday 2nd November in the Ashe Hotel Tralee from 8.00pm featuring a special guest performance from Mundy. Entry to the final is free. Email ei.ormi@stneve to reserve a seat.

PLAYIRISH Radio was launched earlier this year by IASCA, to showcase the sheer volume of music created by Irish artists. They are proud to provide a showcase channel for all genres of Irish music, and host genre specific shows at 7pm most evenings. They have partnered with established music events like the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest, Fleadh Cheoil and have programmed artist takeovers by The Coronas, Mark McCabe (dance), All Tvvins, Fangclub (rock) and The Metal Cell Podcast, with Hip Hop, Trad, Folk and Classical takeovers all in progress. The aim is to grow the station internationally in 2020. Lend them your ears at

New Alternative Music Festival to take place in Sligo

The inaugural Spilt Milk Audio-Visual Festival will see three days of music, film and art around venues in Sligo town from 22nd-24th November. Bringing national and international artists alongside emerging local acts across a myriad of musical genres, Spilt Milk invites audiences to take a chance on something new. 

In addition to the music strand, the festival will see a visual art strand featuring video installations, pop-culture inspired film screenings and a record & zine fair. A key tenet of the festival is to offer a genre-spanning celebration of homegrown musicians, producers and artists and engage with young people additionally. 

Performing live at the festival will be a diverse assembly of new voices and musical propositions: this is superbly distilled by Ensemble Economique, the California-based musician Brian Pyle. His music is a multidisciplinary trip into the exotic unknown, deeply emotional and intense, moving seamlessly through sound-collage, dark noir pop, and minimal techno. The experimental trio Percolator masterfully navigate the spaces between subgenres, their sound laced with hypnotic motorik rhythms, Stereolab-recalling vocal harmonies and the miasmic ecstasy of shoegaze. At the other end of the spectrum are Landless who sing unaccompanied traditional songs from Irish, Scottish, English and American traditions in close four-part harmony. Further folk explorations come via Aoife Nessa Frances, a musician and songwriter who draws on 60 psychedelia and Rachael Lavelle who blends electronic soundscapes with elegant piano, found sounds, percussion and spacious, arresting vocals  For fans of straight up post-punk, indie supergroup Grave Goods and youthful four-piece Problem Patterns have come out of the starting blocks with electrifying sets pushing the boundaries of what an alternative band should be. More out-there experimentalism comes from Sligo quartet Gulpt who skew the line between no-wave, free improv and avant. Rounding off the music line up are multi-disciplinary artist Katie Gerardine O’Neill who will perform a 30 minute sound collage, south-Sigo audio-visual artist Dult, improvisational electronic supergroup BB84, Sligo upstarts Marge Bouvier and Dublin-born, Sligo-based harpist Dave Lawless.

Spilt Milk builds on the activities of a group of like-minded individuals each already working within the music landscape and passionate about building a community in Sligo that joins the wider burgeoning alternative and experimental music scene across the island of Ireland. With the help of funding from Sligo Co. Co. and the Creative Ireland (Sligo) Programme, a limited number of free tickets are available to under 23s.

All performances are ticketed separately with some free events; for booking and more info visit:

IFPI releases Music Listening 2019 | A global snapshot of music engagement

IFPI, the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, has released its Music Listening 2019 Report, which examines the ways in which music consumers aged 16 – 64 engage with recorded music across 21 countries.

Report highlights:

• Music listening is up. Respondents typically spend 18 hours per week listening to music – up from 17.8 hours in 2018. This equates to about 2.6 hours – or the equivalent of listening to 52 three-minute songs – daily.

• Most people (54%) identify as ‘loving’ or being ‘fanatical’ about music. Among 16 – 24-year-olds, this rises to 63%.

• Older age groups increasingly embrace audio streaming services. Engagement with audio streaming globally is strong, with 64% of all respondents accessing a music streaming service in the past month – up by about 7% over 2018. The highest rate of growth for engagement is in the 35 – 64-year-old age group, with 54% of that group accessing a music streaming service in the past month (+8% on 2018).

• Copyright infringement remains a challenge for the music ecosystem. 27% of all those surveyed used unlicensed methods to listen to or obtain music in the past month, while 23% used illegal stream ripping services – the leading form of music piracy.

Frances Moore, Chief Executive of IFPI, said: “This year’s report tells an exciting story of how fans are increasingly engaging with music. At a time when multiple forms of media vie for fans’ attention, they are not only choosing to spend more of their time listening to – and engaging with – music but they are doing so in increasingly diverse ways. The enduring partnership between record companies and artists is the bedrock on which this growing, exciting global world of passionate music listeners is built. Record companies work with their artists to help connect them with fans around the world. The report also highlights that the availability of music through unlicensed methods, or copyright infringement, remains a real threat to the music ecosystem. Practices such as stream ripping are still prevalent and return nothing to those who create and invest in music. We continue to coordinate world-wide action to address this.”

The full report is available here.

Keychange launches open call to find 74 innovative women & gender minority artists & innovators to take part in year-long programme

Applications are open to artists (writing & performing their own music) and industry professionals (working in music) in Ireland, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

The IMRO sponsored, pioneering international initiative Keychange, has today launched an open call to find the next cohort of participants who will take part in an impactful capacity building and talent development programme throughout 2020.

Led by Reeperbahn Festival (Germany), PRS Foundation (UK) and Musikcentrum Öst (Sweden), Keychange is looking for 37 innovative, emerging artists, with a distinctive and original talent who write/perform their own music and are ready to export to new international territories. As well as the comprehensive training programme, artists will get the opportunity to showcase at one of the 13 festival partners. Ireland Music Week is the partner festival in Ireland for the initiative. Mixed gender groups are welcome to apply for showcasing, with the woman or gender minority member taking part as a Keychange participant. 37 industry professionals will also be recruited, who must be pushing the boundaries of music industry practice, demonstrating an interest in new business models and innovative ways of working with growing professional track record.

Eleanor McEvoy, Chairperson, IMRO & Angela Dorgan, Director, Ireland Music Week

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.  Our hope is that this will be the start of a more balanced industry which will result in benefits for everyone.”

Angela Dorgan, Director of Ireland Music Week added “As one of the first festivals to sign up to Keychange 3 years ago, we can already see the role events like ours have in proving that female and gender minority artists benefit from visibility. Bookers’ can’t ignore talent when it’s put in front of them, our job is to make sure the picture they get of the talent landscape is an equal one. “

Each successful applicant will get a bursary and a programme of stimulating activity facilitated and overseen by the new project management team. Partners in all 12 countries will select the 74 participants at a selection panel taking place in London in December.

The participants will get:

– Participation in full network meet-up in Stockholm in February 2020.
– Showcasing or participation at one of our 13 festival partners.
– Participation in full network meet-up at Reeperbahn Festival in September.
– Mentoring via SheSaidSo.
– For artist applicants: performance at one of our 13 festival partners.
– Promotion via the Keychange database.
– Capacity building with a bespoke training programme.

The deadline is 6pm GMT on Wednesday 30th October.

Each country has local partners and slightly different criteria, before you apply you must read the full criteria / guidance here:

Keychange is a pioneering international initiative which transforms the future of music whilst encouraging festivals and music organisations to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. 74 emerging artists and innovators each year from across Europe and Canada will take part in international festivals, showcase events, collaborations and a programme of creative labs. Keychange aims to accelerate change and create a better more inclusive music industry for present and future generations.

Keychange is led by Reeperbahn Festival, PRS Foundation and Musikcentrum Öst, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in partnership with Tallinn Music Week, Iceland Airwaves, BIME, Oslo World, Linecheck/Music Innovation Hub, Ireland Music Week, SACEM, Liverpool Sound City, Way Out West, Spring Break, MAMA, Mutek and Breakout West.

Keychange is sponsored by FACTOR, Fundación SGAE, GEMA, Gorwelion Horizons, IMRO, Roskilde Festival, Smirnoff Equalising Music, SOCAN Foundation, Songtrust, SoundCloud, STEF and STIM.

Other Voices Returns to Dingle | 29th Nov – 1st Dec

Rounding off another year of adventures in Belfast, Berlin and Cardigan, Other Voices returns to its roots in Dingle, Co. Kerry on November 29th, 2019 for the annual weekend in the heart of winter, often referred to as a musical pilgrimage.

Venues, pubs, cafes and shops around the town will open their doors and welcome attendees to the Dingle Gin Music Trail showcasing over 70 artists across three days. Late-night favourite After Dark (a co-production with the Hen’s Teeth) will return to The Hillgrove with very special guests to be announced. The Music Trail West will take festival goers beyond the streets of Dingle to enjoy off the beaten track performances around various locations around the Dingle Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way. A longstanding OV favourite, Jim Carroll’s Banter will return to Foxy John’s for two days of thought-provoking discussions and a series of intimate performances.

From Friday 29th of November, Other Voices will welcome Irish and international artists to perform in St. James’ Church and the IMRO Other Room, where they will be filmed for inclusion in the 18th series of the television show, due to air on RTÉ 2 in 2020.

Ireland’s Edge returns with the theme ‘Endings + Edges, Bonds + Borderlands’. The focus will be on Brexit, Ireland’s place in Europe, the climate emergency, mass migration, immigration, and the role and impact of the digital revolution. As ever, the Ireland’s Edge talks and performances will happen in the company of a curious attendance of thinkers, policy makers, innovators, commentators and artists. Join us at the Edge to connect, disrupt and play. Tickets for Ireland’s Edge are priced €35 for two days and €20 for one day and available now from Ireland’s Edge – Endings + Edges, Bonds + Borderlands is presented in partnership with Intel Ireland.

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