Ireland Music Week recently closed its annual call for applications and the line-up will be announced early next month. The first round of international industry delegates (listed below) have been confirmed and you can find out more about them here –
The development and progression of the conference (formerly Hard Working Class Heroes) has earned Ireland Music Week both local and international stature for being a must-attend event for anyone working in music in Europe. It is one of the largest gathering of music industry professionals from bookers to labels, managers, music supervisors, radio folk and journalists from around the world and here in Ireland.
“We are especially delighted today to be announcing a keynote address by Kees Van Reijen, President of IMPALA, the Independent Music Companies association. During the span of his career Kees has worked for Universal Music as Executive Vice president, Managing director of Mercury records, MCA and Polydor, and Rough Trade Distribution. In his current role, he is of huge support to us as we launch AIM Ireland and will be welcoming us into the global and international independent music family”. – said Angela Dorgan , director of Ireland Music Week and CEO of First Music Contact – “ we are also delighted to be adding a significant amount of international buyers this year, among them more European festivals than have ever attended , including c/o Pop in Germany for their first visit.”
International delegates –
Adam Ryan – The Great Escape
Almudena Heredero – Primavera Sound
Debbie Ball – Create Spark
Dev Sherlock – SXSW
Ellie Rumbold – Partisan Records
Javier Lopez – Reed MIDEM
Jeff Bell – Partisan Records
Kees Van Reijen – IMPALA
Lisa Hresko – A2IM
Michael Lambert – Wide Days
Mikey Rishwain Bernard – M for Montreal
Oskar Strajn – ESNS
Philip Taggart – Slacker / BBC Radio1 / Hometown Records
Ralph Christoph – c/o pop Festival and Convention
Rev. Moose – Marauder
Sindri Ástmarsson – Iceland Airwaves
(more to be announced in the coming weeks)
The conference itself will grow from a two-day to a four-day event with workshops and panels on a multitude of areas you need to be aware of as you grow as an artist or professional in the music sector. Tuesday and Wednesday will see dedicated B2B conference elements to facilitate the needs of the newly formed FMC-founded AIM Ireland, along with other offerings from new strategic partners introducing new audiences for Irish music around Europe as well as more networking and masterclasses to be announced closer to the dates. On Thursday, a targeted networking event will take place in Lost Lane, where international delegates will be invited to network with their Irish counterparts and artists attending the conference. The live showcases will take place across Friday and Saturday, the 4th and 5th of October.
Tickets via Eventbrite are priced as follows (excluding charges)
Delegate Pass €100.00 (conference and showcases) (discounts available to AIM members)
Conference only €65.00
Weekend Showcases €35.00
Friday Night Showcases €25.00
Saturday Night Showcases €25.00
Single Venue Showcase €12.50 (only available on the door at the venues)
VENUES – The Grand Social / Lost Lane / The Button Factory / The Workman’s Club
First Music Contact, who run Ireland Music Week, work with Irish acts from the very beginning of their careers. The annual showcase has expanded from a 3-day event to a 5-day event, providing Irish artists with an opportunity to gain some vital exposure, provided by the stellar mix of influential Irish and international delegates who attend IMW.
In 2017, IMW reduced the number of bands showcasing to 50, highlighting the need for acts to have a development plan and an eye on international activity. The success of this move resulted in a record number of Irish acts being selected for overseas showcase events including SXSW, The Great Escape, Eurosonic, Reeperbahn, Primavera Pro and more.
Some of last year’s big successes to progress from the festival include Just Mustard, The Wood Burning Savages, Wild Youth, Æ Mak, Flynn, Pillow Queens, ROE, Bad Bones, A. Smyth, Kitt Philippa, Laoise, THUMPER, Maria Kelly, Molly Sterling, Joshua Burnside and more.
Since its inception in 2003, the festival has showcased many of Ireland’s best-known acts including Fontaines DC, David Keenan, Soulé, Daithí, whenyoung, Bitch Falcon, Jafaris, Chasing Abbey, Saint Sister, Wyvern Lingo, Jealous of the Birds, Fangclub, Touts, The Academic, Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano Family, Villagers, 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier, along with Girl Band, Jape, The Coronas, Talos, Le Boom, Loah, Soak, Ham Sandwich, All Tvvins, Otherkin and many more.
|| Ireland Music Week is supported by The Arts Council / Culture Ireland / Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office (LEO) ||
To apply please send a cover letter outlining how you meet the criteria for the role, noting your salary expectation, along with your CV to by Tuesday 16th of July 2019. .
Job Description |One Year Fixed Term Contract
1. Purpose of Job
The purpose of the Licensing Sales Executive – Small Premises is to increase IMRO’s and PPIs penetration levels of smaller lower royalty value premises. The Licensing Sales Executive will only target the following premises types:
- Retail <200 sqm
- Hair Dressers, Tattoo Parlours, Barber Shops and Beauty Salons
- Restaurants and Cafés with 40 or less seats
- Take Away outlets.
2. Job Context and Content
The job holder is responsible for licensing premises types as outlined in Section 1 of this job description. This is achieved by having a good on the ground knowledge of their assigned sales area, researching music use in the area and having a determination in the licensing of premises. The job holder will be ideally based in the assigned area, and will work the vast majority of their time in the field. They are the public face of IMRO and PPI to customers in their area.
3. Principal Accountabilities
• Achievement of licensing sales targets in the assigned sales area, in terms of number of dual music licenses (DMLs) signed.
• Encouraging music users to pay promptly for their music use with particular reference to signing them up to direct debits and the achievement of a cash collection target in respect to new licensees.
• Continually monitoring and reassessing existing premises to ensure their particulars with regard music use are correct.
• Identification of premises where copyright infringement action is required and initiation of those premises into the infringement process. The job holder will be involved in gathering all evidence necessary to bring the case to the legal stage.• Timely resolution of any queries from all other IMRO departments regarding accounts in their assigned area, including following up on leads provided via the office.
• Visiting customers in order to deal with queries that cannot be handled from the office or are easier handled in the field / face to face.
• Updating of IMROs CRM IT system to log all contacts with prospects and customers.
• Creating accounts on IMROs CRM IT system to produce DMLs and pro forma invoices.
• Weekly submission of an activity log in terms of numbers signed and numbers paid and monthly submission of their commission claim to the National Licensing Sales Manager.
• Providing information to the office regrading live music pay in events and non-pay in events to their field sales executive colleagues in the same assigned area.
• Undertaking such other duties as may be assigned by management from time to time
To apply please send a cover letter outlining how you meet the criteria for the role, noting your salary expectation, along with your CV to by 5pm Friday, 12th July.
Job Description | One Year Fixed Term Contract
Salary | Competitive + benefits + annual bonus
1. Purpose of Job
The International Executive provides a first-class customer service experience to IMRO’s members and global affiliates while contributing to the achievement of the International team’s revenue targets.
Crucial to the success of this role will be identifying performances of IMRO member repertoire throughout the world, raising claims, tracking activity, striving for timely payments and following up on unpaid claims, ensuring accuracy at all times.
This is a key role in enabling the International team to exceed challenging revenue targets and maintain customer service levels.
2. Organisation Chart
3. Job Context and Content
The job holder is an important member of an International Team of 4 people, reporting to the Commercial Director, Media Licensing
4. Principal Accountabilities
- Provide administrative support to the International Team
- Liaise with societies post-distribution to ensure IMRO repertoire has been accurately distributed as per their policies, practices and distribution schedule.
- Provide overseas societies with full details of planned performances and broadcasts of IMRO members’ music in their territory.
- Collaborate with Membership and Marketing personnel in identifying, notifying and tracking overseas activities by IMRO members, while providing administrative support to the International Team on the reporting of Tracked Receipts
- Regular contact with society personnel in relation to queries and International team projects. This may require some travel.
- Liaise with Distribution personnel and affiliated societies, to obtain cue sheets and other supporting performance information and to ensure IMRO repertoire is correctly documented.
- Liaise with Distribution personnel, post-distribution, to pro-actively identify issues arising from overseas distributions to IMRO.
- Undertake such other duties as may be assigned by management, this will include providing administration support to the wider Commercial Media teams during busy periods or on specific projects.
5. Principal Working Contacts
Commercial Director, Media Licensing
Regular contact to ensure objectives are met.
As required regarding overall international policies, practices, strategies and initiatives.
Daily regarding the International Department work flow and processes.
On a regular basis around both affiliate and IMRO member queries and notifications to and from affiliates.
Membership and Marketing Personnel
On a regular basis regarding IMRO Member International queries and performance notifications.
Affiliate Societies & IMRO Members
On an ad hoc basis to resolve inbound royalty queries.
6. Challenges Faced
The job holder is required to be flexible in carrying out a variety of tasks, always achieving a high degree of accuracy and often against tight deadlines. The International Executive should have good communication skills, work well as part of a team, and be comfortable in performing routine tasks involving data. It is imperative that the successful candidate can manage their personal workload to ensure all key administrative tasks are completed accurately on time. The job holder will have a key role in overseas revenue generation through their day to day work and engagement in international projects.
7. Planning and Organising
The overall planning and setting of priorities is agreed by the job holder with the International Team but will be expected to manage their schedule based on the priorities set. They will also have support from the International Manager and Commercial Director, Media Licensing on complex/escalated matters. Day to day managing of workload requires flexibility.
8. Direction Received
The job holder will receive regular direction and support around their work and the team’s priorities from the International Team.
9. Knowledge and Experience
The candidate will need the ability to manage varied and complex operational tasks, resolving conflicting priorities and resource constraints. The candidate will need an advanced knowledge of the suite of Microsoft Office packages. Experience with a CRM system is desirable. A good general knowledge of music, including Irish music, would be of benefit alongside a third level qualification in Commerce/Business Studies.
10. Review of Job Description
This job description relates to the position as it exists in July 2019. It will be reviewed each year at the annual appraisal and a special review will be carried out during the year if it is deemed necessary as a result of changing circumstances.
To support the current and future development of both new and existing Local Music Education Partnerships, Music Generation is now inviting applications for the role of Music Education Partnership Support Manager.
Established in 2010, Music Generation’s ambition is to transform the lives of children and young people through local access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education. Music Generation has recently embarked on a new phase of expansion into 9 new areas of the country, building towards nationwide rollout by 2022.
This position at the Music Generation National Development Office presents an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional who combines strong expertise in music development and management with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, initiative, and determination for results.
For a job description and details of the application process, please contact:
John Deely, Pinpoint
| +353 1 642 5721
Closing date: 5pm Monday July 22, 2019
Music Generation is a Music Network initiative, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.
CISAC and FutureLearn launch new global online course on copyright and the business of creative industries
A new global online education course about copyright, authors rights, royalties and the creative industries is now open for enrolment for learners across the world.
The free online MOOC (massive open online course) from CISAC and FutureLearn: Copyright and the Business of Creative Industries, is a unique course explaining the role of copyright in the creative and cultural industries. Registration opened Monday, June 24th, 2019. The course begins Monday, July 22nd.
The four-week course follows the earlier CISAC-FutureLearn MOOC: Exploring Copyright, which attracted over 10,000 learners across the world.
The course is for creators of artistic works of any kind: producers, publishers, broadcasters, digital service providers, professionals, and anyone involved in the cultural and creative industries. It will also be very useful to anyone working in the copyright or related industries.
The course is introduced by award-winning singer-songwriter and CISAC Vice President, Angélique Kidjo. Industry leaders from around the globe will be sharing their knowledge from authors societies, record labels, the visual arts sector, audiovisual businesses and other creative sectors.
Sign up and be sure to share your journey on social media with #FLCopyrightBusiness.
IMRO and the Law Society of Ireland Announce Inaugural IMRO Professorship of Intellectual Property Law
IMRO and the Law Society of Ireland are proud to announce the appointment of Dr Mark Hyland as the inaugural IMRO Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law.
In response to the fast-changing digital landscape and the inevitable ongoing effects on copyright law and practice, IMRO has partnered with the Law Society of Ireland to create the IMRO adjunct Professorship of Intellectual Property (IP) Law. This position will be a key resource to the Law Society in broadening the knowledge base of trainee and qualified solicitors in the expanding area of IP and copyright law. The expectation is that a solid grounding in this field of law will entice a new generation of lawyers into the music and entertainment industries.
Dr Hyland is a lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law at Bangor University Law School, Wales. His current research focuses on two main themes: website-blocking injunctions in an IP context and, how geolocation/geo-blocking technologies can be used to facilitate the territorial licensing of digital copyright works.
Dr Hyland said “In my role as IMRO adjunct Professor of IP Law, my aim is not only to help educate the country’s legal professionals and entertainers, but also contribute to the national conversation on IP and copyright issues.”
“As well as being immensely important work which makes a huge contribution to the economy, IP is a very fulfilling and interesting field of practice. I look forward to helping educate solicitors as well as Ireland’s songwriters, composers and music publishers on IP and copyright law.”
The professor’s expertise will be used to contribute to IP modules at the Law Society’s Law School and the newly appointed professor will deliver an IMRO annual lecture (currently planned for spring 2020). He will be involved in course design and teaching for the Law Society’s Professional Practice, Diploma and Continuing Professional Development courses.
Chair of IMRO, singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy said, “We are delighted to partner with the Law Society of Ireland on this important new initiative. IMRO is continually working on behalf of its membership to protect and promote strong copyright legislation in Ireland and beyond. This new alliance will further support our policy of working in collaboration with a wide range of industry groups and associations to the benefit of not only our own members but the economy in general.”
Director of Education at the Law Society T.P Kennedy says; “We are delighted to welcome Dr Hyland to Blackhall Place as an adjunct professor. He will make a valuable contribution to the Law Society’s teaching of Intellectual Property Law, our Diploma in Technology and IP Law and our suite of Continuing Professional Development courses.”
“IP is a growing area of practice because of the tech companies that have set up their headquarters in Dublin. IMRO’s work in protecting the rights of Irish composers, authors and songwriters is being achieved in conjunction with solicitors and barristers. It is lawyers who are spearheading the implementation of these rights and therefore we need to train up the next generation of graduates.”
About Dr Mark Hyland
Dr Mark Hyland is a lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law at Bangor University Law School, Wales. He has a particular interest in Copyright Law. He also has a strong interest in the interface between Intellectual Property Law and related fields such as Information Technology Law and, Competition Law. Besides International Intellectual Property Law, Dr Hyland also teaches Competition Law and International Banking Law at Bangor Law School. He is co-director of the Bangor Centre for International Law and, in 2016, was awarded a Bangor University Teaching Fellowship.
Dr Hyland was awarded his PhD by Newcastle University in 2014 for a thesis that critically evaluates the application of the tort Private International Law rules to the internet, using online copyright infringements as a case study.
His current research focuses on the use of website-blocking injunctions in an IP context. He analyses such injunctions through two prisms: effectiveness and legitimacy. Separately, he is also looking at how geolocation and geo-blocking technologies can be used to facilitate the territorial licensing of digital copyright works. Dr Hyland’s research will examine possible tensions (in the specific context of digital copyright content) between two important EU laws: the Geo-blocking Regulation and the Portability Regulation. Both these Regulations came into force last year.
Dr Hyland is a qualified solicitor and, from time to time, contributes articles on EU IP/IT Law developments to the Eurlegal section of the Law Society Gazette.
About the Law Society of Ireland
The Law Society of Ireland is the educational, representative and regulatory body of the solicitors’ profession in Ireland. The Law Society exercises statutory functions under the Solicitors Acts 1954 to 2011 in relation to the education, admission, enrolment, discipline and regulation of the solicitors’ profession. It is the professional body for its solicitor members, to whom it also provides services and support. The headquarters of the organisation are in Blackhall Place, Dublin 7.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Music Education Partnership Support Manager
To support the current and future development of both new and existing Local Music Education Partnerships, Music Generation is now inviting applications for the role of Music Education Partnership Support Manager. More info.
For a job description and details of the application process, please contact:
John Deely, Pinpoint ( | +353 1 642 5721)
Closing date: 12 noon, Friday June 28, 2019
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Music Generation Development Officer – South Dublin (Maternity Cover)
South Dublin County Council is now inviting applications for the position of Music Generation Development Officer. Specific Purpose Contract (Maternity Cover). Salary range: €46,771 – €57,157 per annum. More info.
Application form, job description and person specification available online at: www.sdcc.ie
Closing date: Thursday, 20 June 2019
ICE and IMRO, the Irish Music Rights Organisation, are delighted to announce IMRO has become a direct customer of ICE’s Core Licence. Under the terms of the new agreement, ICE will provide a full suite of licensing and administration services for online usage.
“Partnering with ICE directly ensures that IMRO stays at the forefront of the growing digital marketplace at a crucial time” Commented Seán Donegan, IMRO Commercial Director for Media Licensing “This partnership will expedite the payment of digital royalties to IMRO members, at the most competitive rates possible, thus shortening and simplifying the digital royalty chain. The use of ICE’s cutting-edge business intelligence tools will enhance IMROs online monitoring, providing additional insight into how often, on what platforms, and in which countries, consumers are enjoying an ever popular & growing IMRO repertoire”.
“We are very pleased to welcome IMRO as a direct customer for ICE’s core licence” said Ben McEwen, VP Commercial at ICE “It is validation for the expertise and focus we have put into our licensing services, which are enabling our rightsholders to access online income from a broader range of multi-territorial services and for a broader range of territories than ever before.”
Under the new arrangements IMRO will continue the practice of flowing their matching performing right alongside those of major publishers, such as Sony ATV and Warner/Chappell, enabling improved transparency and speed of payment for the IMRO writers involved.
The ICE core license
Launched in 2016, the ICE core license brings together the work of members from GEMA, STIM, PRS, Concord, Downtown, Peer music, and now IMRO. ICE has a nine-strong licensing team, including dedicated resource focussing on data analysis and insight to ensure we are delivering ‘best in class’ commercial outcomes and market data for our growing customer base. Licensed to more than 50 services, across a scope of more than 130 territories it’s a key component for today’s DSPs.
ICE offers a flexible suite of services for Publishers, Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) and Rightsholders. Services include; copyright administration, multi-territorial online licensing processing and licensing solutions for Digital Service Providers. ICE was created by PRS, STIM and GEMA and represents over 290,000 rightsholders alone through this partnership. ICE has processed trillions of online music uses from music streaming services and paid over €930 million back to rightsholders since March 2016. The ICE copyright database holds over 35 million musical works. ICE is based in the UK, Germany and Sweden.
IMRO administers the performing right in copyright music in on behalf of its members (songwriters, composers and music publishers) and on behalf of members of affiliated overseas societies. IMRO´s core function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works.
With global scope, we represent creators along the chain of creation. At IMRO, we are committed to creators. We stand up for music and the people who make it and perform it. A community for creators, we listen, advocate, educate, invest, and engage to shape a culture of musical worth. We help music creators to adapt to change and receive full and fair return for their work.
Songtrust, the world’s largest technology solution for global music royalty collection, and IMRO today announced a global partnership that will enable songwriters from around the world to use Songtrust’s cloud-based music publishing platform to affiliate directly with IMRO at no additional cost to collect their complete royalties due from public performances of their works.
IMRO is one of the most efficient performing rights organisations in the world, setting the standards in terms of the frequency of distributions it makes to its members and affiliated societies worldwide. IMRO use state of the art cloud-based technology to deliver a premium service to its members, affiliates, and licensees. IMRO does not apply any administration fees to royalties earned by its members from international performances of their works. Royalties are calculated in Euros, and any international royalties collected in Euros in the Eurozone territories are not subject to any currency conversion commission.
“We are very excited to partner with IMRO to help make the music publishing industry more accessible,” said Dewayne Ector, Head of Society Relations, Songtrust. “With the industry more global than ever, providing a streamlined, simplified and transparent approach to collecting royalties worldwide is essential to ensuring that all creators are able to continue doing what they do best.”
“At IMRO, we are data-driven, and digital to the core, our focus has always been on innovating to drive efficiencies for our members, affiliates, and partners,” added Victor Finn, Chief Executive, IMRO. “With globally-advanced systems, our services are efficient, effective and secure. We are delighted to announce this new global partnership with Songtrust which will streamline royalty collections for songwriters worldwide, adding to our rapidly growing international membership base.”
Songtrust clients not currently affiliated with a Performing Rights Society (PRO) or Collective Management Organization (CMO) can use the Songtrust platform to affiliate directly with IMRO regardless of where they reside as non-Irish citizens are eligible. All that is required is songwriters complete an online form and IMRO membership agreement as part of the Songtrust application process, and share a verifiable photo ID. Songtrust currently offers direct affiliation to ASCAP, BMI for U.S. writers and SOCAN for Canadian and non-U.S. writers.
Songtrust is the world’s largest technology solution for global music royalty collection and publishing administration, enabling 170,000+ songwriters and more than 20,000 publishers to collect their publishing royalties worldwide for over 1,500,000 copyrights.
Songtrust removes the complexity of the publishing landscape and offers detailed access to data otherwise not directly available, helping songwriters, artists, producers, managers, publishers, labels, lawyers, distributors, and more simplify music rights management and the administration of music publishing assets, performing rights, and digital licensing.
Songtrust provides solutions for corporate clients including CD Baby, Distrokid, Downtown Music Publishing, The Orchard, Sub Pop Publishing, and Trap Nation.
Founded in 2011 and headquartered in New York City, Songtrust maintains the most extensive, accessible publishing network in the industry, with direct relationships with 50+ performance, mechanical, and digital societies globally covering 120+ territories. Songtrust is owned and operated by Downtown Music Holdings.
BIMM Live returns for a FREE mini-festival comprising of over 48 bands and DJ’s, spread across 6 stages in 5 Dublin 8 venues.
Drop Dead Twice, 19 Francis St. D8
The Liberty Belle, 33 Francis St. D8
The Jug, 40 Francis St. D8
Oxfam Home, 86 Francis St. D8
Tailor’s Hall, 8 Back Lane, D8
BIMM Live is a celebration of the final year students graduating in 2019.
Doors open at 5.30pm with acts playing from 6pm-Midnight.
Booklet with line-up, band info, map and wristbands can be picked up at the entrance to each venue from 5.30pm on 7th June. Wristbands will allow access to allvenues. (subject to capacity)
Food will be available all evening:
Lovin Catering, 49 Francis St D8 (open til 10pm)
Ginger Café, 95 Francis St D8 (open til 9pm)
The Taco Truck at Drop Dead Twice, 19 Francis St D8 (open til 10pm)
Details of the line-up and info can be found by searching for #BIMMLive2019