A Working Group chaired by Sophie Ridley of Safents Consulting, has formed to represent the Live Events Sector in Ireland. Over the coming months the grouping will lobby government on a range of issues impacting the live sector during the current pandemic crisis. One area that it will focus on initially is lobbying government for an extension to the Covid-19 payment scheme currently available to individuals working on a freelance basis within the sector.
The group are carrying out a comprehensive census of people working in all areas of Live Events on this island. Even if you work predominantly overseas but you are based in Ireland they would like you to participate.
Event Production Ireland Covid-19 Working Group
- Sophie Ridley (Safents Consulting) – Chairperson
- Liam Fitzgerald (Bord Gaís Energy Theatre Technical Manager) – AIST Representative
- Shane Dunne (MD Indiependence Music Festival) – Promoter / Venue Representative
- Murt Whelan (MD MWS) – Contractors / Suppliers Representative
- Pearse Doherty (Head of Production : Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture) – Crew / Events Personnel Representative
- Tony Killeen (Site Manager & Director of Production at St. Patrick’s Festival) – Production Managers / Event Managers / Event Controllers / Event Safety Representative
- Kim O’Callaghan (Project Mgr & Deputy Event Controller MCD / CEO EVNTZ App) – General Representative
- Michael Young (MD Vision Safety Consultants) – General Representative
Ronan Murphy – Census Administrator moc.liamg@0202susnecyrtsudnitneve
Oiche Events has just announced the launch Ireland ‘s newest music platform The X Collective. With music and artistic expression at its core, The X Collective is a creative platform that has opened its doors to the Irish music industry, focusing on the production and promotion of Irish recording artists and industry creatives.
Founded by industry pro’s, Emily Shaw (Oiche Events) and Ele Breslin (ZAPHO), The X Collective is a growing community with over 70 artists and creatives already signed up to the initiative offering a broad spectrum of music industry skills and expertise including recording, songwriting, producing, management, PR, videographhy, event management and much more.
The first of its kind in Ireland, the X Collective will see community members working together to optimize creativity and achieve combined success. Collaborations within The X Collective allow independent artists to benefit from higher creativity as well as wider exposure while receiving much needed support from fellow music industry professionals available to share their expertise.
Commenting on the launch of the X Collective is co-founder Emily Shaw: “The music industry has been hit hard by the restrictions that are in place today with the news of cancelled gigs and events. Now seems like no better time to join together, encourage and launch this collective as we had originally intended prior to Covid-19, and to open up a space where collaboration is possible and creatives can continue to create. The X Collective will see each artist collaborate with a fellow musician to create original songs, passing it on to our creatives to package the product which we will then release via the collective and promote as a community. Under the current climate these collaborations will be from a distance.”
Also commenting on the launch is fellow co-founder and music artist Ele Breslin (ZAPHO): “The X collective aims to highlight a diverse range of social, political and musical ideas that are important to the Irish music community. Through the work of our artists will bring a voice to topics such as diversity, inclusivity, women in music, LGBT rights, gender imbalance in the music industry, mixed heritage; mental health, kindness, freedom, the housing crisis, Covid-19 related issues, creativity, fashion, spirituality and much more.”
The X Collective has already seen some of Ireland’s leading artists joining the collective including: Shiv, Tolu Makay, Shookrah, Zapho, ELKAE, Toshín, Shy Mascot, Gemma Bradley, Mutant Vinyl, Brenna Carroll, Zennie Summers as well as a host of music industry professionals working to promote and elevate the musical industry landscape in Ireland and beyond.
The first project to be released as part of The X Collective will be a new record brought to you by Zapho, Tolu Makay and Jenny Browne titled, ‘Collide’. The track was recorded in self-isolation, with musicians collaborating from across counties and countries. Collide will be released on June 12th.
IFPI, the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, today issued its annual Global Music Report.
Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI, said: “The Global Music Report we issued today covers results for 2019 and reflects the successful work and investment of music creators – from record companies to artists and beyond. Importantly, the strong foundation we built over the past several years helped deliver growth in 2019.
“While the numbers we are reporting are a snapshot of the business last year, the COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges unimaginable just months ago. In the face of a global tragedy, the music community has united behind efforts to support those affected. This is a critical and ongoing priority as our member record companies work to continue to support the careers of artists, musicians and employees around the world.”
2019 Global Results:
For the full year 2019, total revenues for the global recorded music market grew by 8.2% to US$20.2 billion.
Streaming revenue grew by 22.9% to US$11.4 billion and for the first time accounted for more than half (56.1%) of global recorded music revenue. Growth in streaming more than offset a -5.3% decline in physical revenue, a slower rate than 2018.
This growth was driven by a 24.1% increase in paid subscription streaming with nearly all markets reporting growth in this area. There were 341 million users of paid streaming services at the end of 2019 (+33.5%), with paid streaming accounting for 42% of total recorded music revenue.
The work and investment from record companies continued to drive dynamic growth in diverse music markets in 2019; their global networks supporting artists and their music communities, enabling them to engage with and influence others in exciting ways around the world.
2019 Regional Highlights:
For the fifth consecutive year, Latin America was the fastest-growing region (+18.9%) with its three largest markets growing strongly: Brazil (+13.1%); Mexico (+17.1%); and Argentina (+40.9%).
Europe, the world’s second-largest region, grew 7.2% – after being almost flat in 2018 – with UK (+7.2%), Germany (+5.1%), Italy (+8.2%) and Spain (+16.3%) reporting strong growth.
Asia saw overall growth of 3.4%, a slower rate of growth than 2018, but this was largely due to Japan (-0.9%), which saw a decline in physical sales (-4.8%), its dominant format. Elsewhere in the region, South Korea, China and India all experienced strong growth, (8.2% 16.0% and 18.7% respectively).
Australasia grew by 7.1% with overall digital revenues rising 11.6% and physical format revenues falling 20.4%. Australia, a top 10 market, recorded growth of 6.0% with neighbouring New Zealand posting an increase of 13.7%.
US & Canada grew by 10.4%, remaining the largest region for recorded music revenues, accounting for 39.1% of the global market. The US grew by 10.5%, its fifth consecutive year of growth. Canada, which was largely flat the prior year, increased by 8.1%.
Global Music Report: The Industry in 2019 The state of the industry report is available for free here
Global Music Report: Full Report – with Data and Analysis Purchase the full data and analysis report here.
ICE launches ‘Licensr’ service | A simplified, self-service, multi-territory licensing tool for online music services
ICE has launched Licensr, a new online self-service tool that enables smaller online music services to get multi-territory coverage for use of the ICE Core repertoire in a matter of minutes.
Licensr simplifies life for those developing new music services and increases the speed new services can be brought to market. The user can select, pay for, and receive confirmation of a licence covering ICE Core repertoire (the ‘ICE Direct Licence’) in a quick and easy process that requires no prior knowledge of music licensing.
For creators whose rights are included within the ICE Core repertoire, Licensr helps ensure their rights are being represented when their work is being used on new services and supports the development of new music experiences.
The launch of Licensr highlights a commitment from ICE towards making the licensing process simpler. It will continue to work with music services and rightsholders to add new functionality to the tool.
“Licensr is a simple self-service solution to enable new and developing music services to license ICE Core repertoire” commented Ben McEwen, VP Commercial at ICE. “It starts to bring greater simplicity and flexibility to those with ideas for new services that utilise music but are daunted by the complexity of licensing and we are keen to collect feedback to further enhance the solution over time. In the meantime it immediately adds another income source for creators as we continue to seek to ensure rightsholders in the ICE Core receive fair value for the use of their work.”
Pascal De Mul, CEO of Exit Live, the first Licensr customer, an innovative service offering fans audio recordings of live concerts remarked “Simple licensing is essential to helping services like us innovate and focus on our core proposition, which for Exit Live is helping artists monetise live performances both on the evening of the gig and historically. Licensr has been by far the easiest rights process we’ve had.”
Through Licensr services will receive publishing (mechanical & performing) rights for music in the extensive ICE Core repertoire. Typical services that would utilise the Licensr service have revenues under €250k per annum, operating across areas including on demand and interactive streaming and download stores.
Licensr additionally supports non-broadcaster services moving online in the current climate, such as those streaming fitness classes or other live video services with on-demand functionality. They can quickly and easily get their mechanical & performing rights for ICE Core repertoire through Licensr and use the form to contact ICE for an additional guided process to support them in clearing and/or signposting them to additional rights they may need.
Find out more at www.iceservices.com/licensr
New music discovery platform, Andrson, is an app that will help artists get heard and discovered from their ‘front room’ and also enable A&R executives to connect directly with the artists they need to fill their rosters—without ever having to step into a gig. Andrson has been designed to reimagine the digital A&R process. Rather than focusing on passive metrics like listening behavior and social media popularity, Andrson’s technology uses AI and machine learning to produce unbiased analyses of users’ music, which makes it easier for musicians to be discovered by their unique sound and for industry professionals to quickly find the sound they’re searching for. Andrson also helps musicians connect with other artists for collaborations.
Andrson launched on 27th April 2020, with artists poised to sign up across Ireland, the UK, and the US, and a goal to be a truly global platform in the next year. Andrson will be offering all artists a premium free trial for the rest of 2020 – given that digital connections are becoming more important — if not essential and necessary — right now. This extended free trial and access allows artists to upload as many tracks as they want for analysis, as well as allows them to have industry visibility (which is gated for free users). To get their music listed for industry search, all musicians have to do is sign up for the premium free trial.
Andrson completed a seed round of €550k and was recently named as part of enterprise Ireland’s HPSU (high potential start up) class of 2020 which also delivered an additional €250k of match funding. The platform is co-founded by Zach Miller-Frankel and Neil Dunne, who came up with the idea for Andrson whilst they were at university in Dublin. Both experienced and passionate music industry professionals, Andrson was born out of their own pain-point for inefficiencies working in music discovery and A&R – and a passion and purpose for helping new musicians having the chance to be better discovered and heard. With $4.5 billion spent on music discovery each year globally and over $2 billion worldwide – Zach and Neil created Andrson to close the gap between new talent and A&R executives.
How It Works:
Once musicians sign
up, they can immediately access the platform and view all the features, and are
encouraged to create their own profile, showcasing themselves, their music,
video and influences. Andrson’s technology will digitally fingerprint their
music and video uploads, and compare it against a database of thousands of
songs from top artists to rising stars, creating search reference points based
on their results.
On the other side, record labels and A&R executives also register and can then search the platform for music types or profiles that their roster needs but can’t find. As music executives search for the sound they need, Andrson serves them results in seconds through the use of audio AI and predictive analytics. For example, if Andrson says an act sounds 70% like Beyonce and a label searches for that, the artists who match that criteria will be returned in the search results, and the label can listen to the artists and reach out directly to any musician of interest—all done in-app. Andrson exists to give musicians the opportunity to be discovered by the top A&R teams, bookers, promoters and producers. At the same time the platform’s proprietary algorithm enables rapid discovery for labels to help them fill specific gaps on their roster and successfully monetise new music.
Other key features:
- An interactive user dashboard (home screen) provides meaningful account data: user specific analysis detailing who’s listened and from where; who is a connection and how many and frequency of searches artists have appeared in as well as any deals secured.
- Musicians receive ‘LinkedIn-style’ notifications when a professional interacts with their profile (i.e. “someone from XX label just listened to X” or “Joe Bloggs from XX just sent you a message”)
- For 2020 all users will be able to use the premium service which gives them visibility to industry engaging with their music, network with other artists and full audio analysis. Free users (2021 onwards) can network with other artists and receive limited audio analysis.
Ken Allen, Founder at Faction Records says: “Andrson is a really interesting concept, the nature of how we discover artists is changing and having a platform like Andrson would be hugely helpful to our A&R process.”
Zach Miller-Frankel, Co-Founder at Andrson comments: “At Andrson we are passionate about new music discovery and using technology to help talent get discovered by the music industry and vice versa. Based on our own experiences in A&R, we believe that a new way of doing business is required within the music industry. Whilst there will always be a place for on-the-ground discovery, our proprietary algorithm leverages the power of tech to help save time and money for the music industry – as well as enable discovery whilst we’re socially distancing.”
Neil Dunne, Co-Founder at Andrson adds: “We want to help music acts get heard and discovered, after all they deserve their talent to be showcased as well as to make meaningful connections with other artists. Andrson is an online platform from where new talent can be discovered from their ‘front room’.”
Protecting creativity during crisis: Law Society of Ireland and IMRO highlight the value of legal protection of intellectual property ahead of World IP Day 2020
World Intellectual Property Day 2020 will be marked on Sunday 26 April in Ireland and globally. IMRO Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the Law Society of Ireland Dr Mark Hyland highlights the importance of legally protecting creativity and innovation at all times, but particularly now during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr Hyland noted that, “In Ireland and across the globe, the music and arts sectors are providing a vital ray of hope in the crisis. A good example of this is last weekend’s One World: Together at Home concert organised by the Global Citizen movement and the World Health Organization (WHO). The show focused on entertainment and messages of solidarity during these challenging times. The concert applauded frontline healthcare workers around the world and proceeds generated by the event went to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the WHO.”
“Despite this heart-warming event, there is no doubt but that the music and creative industries are being badly hit by the lockdown.”
Dr Hyland explains, “Without the ability to perform in public, record in studios, take part in music and arts festivals, or hold exhibitions, musicians and artists generally have suffered a major financial blow. It is vital that the IP in their works be recognised and protected, now more than ever.”
He added, “The current precarious situation for musicians and artists also makes the speedy implementation of the new Copyright Directive by our government all the more important. This Directive addresses the “value gap”, whereby rightsholders are receiving less remuneration despite increased usage of their works, particularly online, in recent years.”
Importance of IP rights
The term “intellectual property” (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions, literary and artistic works, designs, and symbols, names and images used in commerce. Intellectual property rights (IPRs) are the legal rights given to persons over the creations of their minds. The main IPRs are patents, trademarks, copyright and designs. These important rights protect such things as music, literary works, software, inventions, distinctive words or symbols and, the visual design of objects. IPRs usually give the creator exclusive rights over the use of their creations for a certain period of time.
“World IP Day provides us with an opportunity to recognise and highlight the importance of IPRs and the key role they play in encouraging innovation and creativity throughout the world in the twenty-first century,” Dr Hyland said.
Contribution to the economy
IMRO-commissioned research shows that the music industry alone contributes more than €700 million annually to the Irish economy and employs approximately 13,000 people nationwide.
“More generally, according to a 2019 joint report by the EU Intellectual Property Office and the European Patent Office, IP-intensive industries contribute a very significant 65% to Ireland’s GDP. This is the largest contribution among the 27 EU Member States.”
“For a small, open, knowledge-based economy like Ireland, IP and the protection of IP are key elements of our economic success,” according to Dr Hyland.
Additional EU action is needed to make sure EU help reaches the ravaged media and culture sectors, say EP Culture committee members.
The culture and creative sector in the EU – especially individual creators and SMEs – and the media sector are being decimated by the crisis.
The European Union must therefore do more to help those struggling sectors to get back on their feet, stress the members of the European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee, in a letter to Commissioners Thierry Breton and Mariya Gabriel, sent on Monday.
Emergency support fund for media
The media and press sectors currently play a crucial role in providing accurate information and thorough reporting. They are a critical antidote to fake news and disinformation, MEPs say. Yet the sector is currently being hit very hard, with a drop of as much as 80% of advertising revenue in some member states and uncertainty being the only certainty for the future..
MEPs are asking the Commission to explore the potential for an emergency fund to support the media and press sector, drawing on funds that cannot be spent under other programmes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Culture and creative sector: help individual creators
They point out that the cultural and creative sector is made up of many individual creators and SMEs, as well as charities. Their status often makes it harder for them to qualify for national or EU support schemes.
To make sure EU funds reach the sector, MEPs are asking the Commission to consider increasing the Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility (Creative Europe programme) by topping it up from the 2021 budget, or transferring funds from the European Fund for Strategic Investments.
Creating an ad hoc financial instrument under the European Investment Fund to channel funds to the sector should also be considered.
EU response to COVID-19 response is a good start, but more needs to be done
“The changes to the Structural Funds rules agreed by the European Parliament on Friday can help unlock additional financing. Projects dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic now qualify for 100% financing and thematic concentration rules have been loosened, so funds can be more easily channelled to where they are needed most,” said EP Culture Committee chair Sabine Verheyen (EPP, DE) on Monday.
“This money must reach the cultural and creative and media sectors quickly by responding to the specific business models and their particular needs. We call on the Commission and the member states to ensure that support schemes reach all those who need them. But we also need to do more at EU level to provide tailored support to the sectors as well as to provide credit and access to finance the cultural and creative sector”, she added.
As lockdown continues in Ireland, the threat to the future of independent record shops grows, but here’s something you can do right now to help.
Physical stores may have closed, but indie retailers are encouraging customers to become virtual crate-diggers by bringing the local record shop experience to them with home delivery during lockdown.
To make it even easier, OfficialCharts.com/Ireland in collaboration with IRMA has launched The Official Indie Record Store Finder – an interactive map linking to the independent record shops across Ireland that will deliver direct to your door.
From Tower Records in Dublin to Music Zone in Cork, several stores across the country are available to take your orders, so why not add another record to your collection and support your go-to high street shop.
Enter the name of your favourite shop on the map, search by area, or look up alphabetically in the listings, double tap, then hit ‘SHOP AT THIS STORE’.
“Retail shops everywhere are suffering and that includes the venerable independent record shops across Ireland. However, many are sitting on stock – hot new releases and classic albums – and you may not have known that you can have them delivered to your door. Streaming is great but, in the absence of this year’s Record Store Day, IRMA wants you to know that you can continue to get your music fix on vinyl and CD from a number of great Irish record shops”. – IRMA
Ireland Performs kicked into action over the bank holiday (13 April) with live performances from Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson, Cormac Begley and more.
A wealth of Irish artists will share their talent with global audiences from their homes across Ireland. The wide and hugely talented selection of artists range from Ireland’s finest traditional, classical and indie rock musicians to writers and visual artists.
There will be a programme of live performances everyday, which will continue for the coming weeks and include special focus on musicians who were due to perform at high profile international showcases such as SXSW and The Great Escape.
Audiences are promised intimate sessions with musicians including Mick Flannery, Cormac Begley, Aoife Scott, Alan Kelly, John Spillane, Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson, Aindrias de Staic, Sharon Shannon, Slow Moving Clouds, Ailbhe Reddy, Junior Brother, Somebody’s Child, Diane Cannon, Moncrieff, Gerry O’Connor, Leonard Barry and Dr Fionnuala Moynihan, along with poet Kimberly Reyes, and writer Ruairí McKiernan. As audiences are unable to travel to the many beautiful locations that Ireland has to offer, some of the artists will also share their local scenery online.
To support these efforts and ensure that the arts can continue to be enjoyed online, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s Culture Ireland has teamed up with Facebook Ireland to launch this new initiative. The scheme, launched on Friday 3 April, has already attracted more than 250 applications in the first week and Culture Ireland continues to accept applications. The interest from artists including musicians, visual artists, youth theatre and writers reflects the commitment of artists to share their work and stay connected with audiences.
A large global audience is expected as the programme will be streamed by key global Irish cultural centres including the Irish Arts Center, New York, the London Irish Centre, Camden and Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.
Operating as part the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Culture Ireland provides funding and support for Irish artists to reach global audiences. Ireland Performs is an immediate measure to support that mission during the Covid-19 crisis. The scheme mirrors strategies that artists themselves are deploying, reaching out and connecting with online audiences. Culture Ireland wants to ensure that artistic output is fore-fronted and that artists are paid for their performances. They can be viewed on the artists chosen platform and / or via https://www.facebook.com/CultureIreland/
The scheme provides a €100,000 short-term relief fund to pay professional Irish artists for the presentation of their work online. Featured artists will be paid €1,000 for their performance and the scheme will run for an initial period of four weeks. Culture Ireland is aware that there is no substitute for live experience of art, but hopes that this will be an effective short-term solution as communities across the world self-isolate.
#IrelandPerforms is supported by Facebook Ireland and Culture Ireland with the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, and delivered in partnership with First Music Contact and Poetry Ireland.
For further details or to apply for the scheme, visit: https://www.cultureireland.ie/news/article/culture-ireland-and-facebook-ireland-announces-details-of-ireland-performs
European Ministers of Culture, via video conference, have examined the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemia on the cultural and creative sector and discussed possible measures for mitigating negative effects of the crisis.
The video conference was organised on the initiative of Croatian Presidency and presided by Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Croatian Minister of Culture, with the participation of Věra Jourová, Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth and Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market.
Member States and representatives of the European Commission exchanged views on the implemented measures in order to mitigate the negative impacts of the crisis and measures that should be taken at the European level.
“Today’s discussion showed that all Member States have undertaken the necessary steps in order to help artists, cultural workers, cultural institutions and companies in the cultural and creative industries in situation when cultural events are being postponed or cancelled. We also discussed how the public consumes cultural content on various online platforms during the isolation. We are all faced with the same challenges and I am convinced that the results of today’s debate will help us to cope with this crisis and its consequences on culture, both at the European level and in Member States.”
Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Minister of Culture of Croatia
The Vice-President of the European Commision, Vera Jourová underlined that the actions and reactions have to be comprehensive. The Vice-President particularly emphasized the importance of the media sector, professional work of journalists and the responsibility of the media to prevent fake news and disinformation.
Commissioner Thierry Breton presented the measures already being implemented by the European Commission. He also outlined a number of measures already taken for the internal market and noted that the media and audiovisual industry are playing a very important role during the crisis, emphasising the need for the immediate action.
Commissioner Gabriel presented the activities already launched by the European associations, Member States and the European Commission in the cultural and creative sectors focused on minimizing the negative consequences of the pandemic for the citizens.
The European Commission assured funding through the European Social Fund, Cohesion Fund, State Aid model and SURE model. She highlighted the necessity of flexible approach to the beneficiaries of the Creative Europe programme.
Ministers welcomed the Commission’s swift and efficient reaction as well as the announcement of further measures and programmes in a response to the COVID-19 pandemia. The implemented regulations temporarily averted a greater crisis and important measures have been carried out.
EU Member States agreed that all extraordinary measures should be consistent with the fundamental values of the European Union.