20 songs have been chosen to take part in the national song contest to find the Irish entry to compete in the Pan Celtic International Song Contest 2012. Included in the shortlist are songs by composers from several counties including Dublin, Cork, Carlow, Leitrim and Galway. All 20 songs will go head to head in front of a panel of judges to find the winner at the national final which will be held in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow on Thursday, 8 March. Television personality Daithí Ó Sé will compere the evening while Ollie Hennessy will be musical director. Main sponsor of the competition is IMRO in association with Gael Linn.
Tickets for the event cost €10 and may be reserved by contacting the Seven Oaks Hotel on 059 9131308.The winning song will receive a cash prize of €1,000 and go forward to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Festival 2012 which will take place in Carlow from 10th – 15th April.
Music Manager’s Forum Ireland
“LIVE MUSIC, INTERNATIONAL TOURING & MERCHANDISING”
Training Day – Saturday 11th February 2012
@ IMRO Offices, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 // 11.30am to 5.00pm
Stuart Worthington- MMF Training Officer
Tommy Kinsella – Manager of God Is An Astronaut
Started playing music at age of 10 both guitar and violin. Formed my first band in 1961 , formed the ORANGE MACHINE the only recognised psychedelic Progressive band from Ireland in the 60’s . Leader of country and bluegrass band Cotton Mill Boys in the 70’s .Past 10 years guiding and managing top instrumental band GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT.
Noel McHale – MCD
Senior live booking agent festivals and major events, MCD. McHale is one of the key bookers with MCD some of the leading artists he’s brought to Ireland during his seven year tenure including Pavarotti, Queen, The Killers, Snoop Dogg, P Diddy, The Game and Rihanna. Pre-MCD Noel promoted The Bothy Band and The Boomtown Rats in the West, assisted Ollie Jennings getting the Galway Arts Festival off the ground and establishing the Bulmers comedy festival and its UK counterpart festival.
Gary Monroe – Monroe’s Galway
Promoter and Booking agent for Monroes Galway.
Alan Murray – Mazar’s Ireland
Alan Murray is a tax specialist and a chartered certified account with over 15 years experience with a particular emphasis on clients involved in the entertainment sector. Alan is a senior member of the Mazars OJK Entertainment Division and his clients range from global international high profile entertainers to indigenous performers based primarily in the Irish market place. Alan has experience in advising on the tax issues of all elements of entertainment income streams for performing musicians including recording and publishing royalties and live performance income. He also has particular expertise in dealing with HMRC in terms of agreeing UK withholding tax for live performances in the UK. Through his work in this area Alan has developed leading entertainment contacts in both the UK and US and can offer a global service in this sector.
Benny Taaffe – Vantastival (Music Festival)
Benny is one of the main organisers and founders with his partner, Louise Tangney. They have a combined experience of twenty years in the festival industry, having worked at festivals all over Ireland, the UK and the USA, including Oxegen, Electric Picnic, Glastonbury, Reading and the Burning Man festival in Nevada.
John Weston – Backstreet Merchandising
John started working with Backstreet International Merchandise in London in 2003 as well as managing various bands at the time, most notably a period with Ned’s Atomic Dustbin. He set up Backstreet’s Irish operation on 2008 and now works with bands such as The Coronas, Altan, Horslips, Sharon Shannon, Clannad, Afro Celt Sound System, And So I Watch You From Afar to name a few. Backstreet have offices in London, New York & Dublin; www.bsimerch.com catering for bands full merchandise needs from supply, touring and e-commerce. John serves on the board of the Music Managers Forum Ireland and is one of the founding directors having previously been an active member of the MMF UK.
Fees for this event are as follows:
MMF Members – €20
IMRO Members – €32
Non-Members – €70
MMF Ireland training events are sponsored by and run in conjunction with IMRO.
The Summer of 2011 may be long forgotten but the memories of the best festivals of the year have just been revealed!
More than 19,000 Irish music fans cast their votes in the 100% publicly-voted Irish Festival Awards – and the results are now in with Electric Picnic scooping 7 of the major gongs including ‘Best Large Festival’ and ‘Best Lineup’. The Rubber Bandits were honoured with ‘Best Alternative Act’; : And so I watch you from afar were voted ‘Best Irish Act’ while Galway Arts Festival won the award for ‘Best Street Spirit’.
“The Irish Festival Awards were set up in 2007 to honour the people behind the scenes that make every Irish Summer such an eclectic celebration of music, art and performance – and well done to Electric Picnic for stealing the show in 2011,” said Awards Director, Cillian Stewart. “Fans are still in with a chance to win tickets to every winning festival so don’t delay and like the Festival Awards Facebook page to enter now,” he said.
Results for Irish Festival Awards 2011
Best Large Festival: Electric Picnic
Best Medium Festival: Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival
Best Small Festival: Body & Soul
Greenest Festival: Electric Picnic
Best One Day Festival: Arthur’s Day
Best New Festival: Forbidden Fruit
Best Dance Festival: Life
Best Traditional Festival: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann
Best Value: Arthur’s Day
Best Street Spirit: Galway Arts Festival
Best Headline Act: The Chemical Brothers
Best Rock Act: Muse
Best Dance Act: Underworld
Best Alternative Act: Rubber Bandits
Best Irish Act: And so I watch you from afar
Best Lineup: Electric Picnic
Family Festival Award: Electric Picnic
Social Responsibility Award: Electric Picnic
Best Service: Electric Picnic
Best Toilets: Electric Picnic
Due to the recent change in our Tours & Residencies submissions policy, which is effective for submissions for our July 2012 distribution, we can no longer accept paper or email submissions for Tours & Residencies.
Circa 90% of live performance submissions received from members for our Tours & Residencies Scheme are now submitted online via the members area of the IMRO website.
By moving to processing online submissions only, we are reducing the administration costs for processing Tours & Residencies submissions from 30% to 10%. Under the same policy change we are increasing the gross payment per venue per night from €15.24 to €20.00. Taking into account the previous administration cost of 30% on a gross payment of €15.24 versus the new administration cost of 10% on a gross payment of €20.00, there should be a noticeable increased net payment to our members for Tours & Residencies.
Therefore we would ask that you submit your Tours & Residencies via the members area of www.imro.ie – we encourage you to regularly submit your live performance details and set lists online. Once a set list has been submitted online, it can be used against any number of gigs. You can also track when your submissions have been processed online.
Royalties for Tours & Residencies taking place between July and December 2011 will be paid in our D122 July 2012 distribution. In order for eligible performances to be included in the D122 payment, please submit your July to December 2011 performances online by Wednesday 29th February 2012.
If you have not already done so, please register for online access to the members area of this website, where you will be able to view & update your correspondence details, view statements online, register new works, view your repertoire of registered works and submit live returns to us.
Should you have any questions about logging on & registering as a new user, please contact the IMRO Membership Department at Ph: 01-6614844 or by email at
The introduction of this change moves us closer to paperless processes and the delivery of associated cost and service benefits to members.
CISAC publishes economic survey of authors’ society royalty collections.
Despite a challenging economic environment, 2010 proved a positive year for creators: Royalty collections hit a high note & climbed 5.5%
MIDEM, Cannes, January 30, 2012 –The annual Global Economic Survey released by CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, shows gross royalty collections climbed 5.5% year-on-year. That was a second consecutive year of significant growth, following a 1.7% rise in 2009, with the slight dip seen in 2008 failing to halt the steady climb of collections over the last 7 years—in striking contrast to the performance of other cultural sectors.
“These positive results show the solidity and efficiency of the international network of authors’ societies represented by CISAC,” said the confederation’s Director GeneralOlivier Hinnewinkel.
“Here is proof,” he added, “that collective management is the solution for today and tomorrow, generating wealth for creators while withstanding economic changes and supporting digital music markets.”
Key figures for global collections in 2010
€7.545 billion—total gross collections from CISAC member societies
+5.5%—worldwide year-on-year growth (in current €).
61% of global collections were generated in Europe(€4.6 bn)
73% of collections were from public performance royalties
86% of collections were accounted for by musical repertoire
+15%—growth for audiovisual repertoire.
The Survey was based on data provided by CISAC members—232 authors’ societies in 121 countries, representing more than 3 million creators and publishers of all artistic genres.
Mr Hinnewinkel said that, “The growth has been delivered through the hard work of CISAC members who are constantly looking into improving their costs, expanding coverage of their own territories and adapting to the constantly-changing ways their repertoire is used, especially in the digital sector.”
Emphasizing the contribution authors’ rights can make to global economic development, the overall rate of growth for royalty collections during 2010 slightly exceeded that of world GDP (5.1%, according to IMF figures).
That growth came across the globe, with particularly dynamic performances in the Latin America-Caribbean (+21%) and Asia-Pacific (+12%) regions. North America saw growth of 5.7%, although Europe remained somewhat muted, at 2.3%.
The year also saw an unexpected recovery in mechanical reproduction royalties for recorded works, driven by results in North America, Asia and Latin America and by the digital sector.
However, public performance continued to provide the lion’s share of revenues for creators and music publishers, climbing 7.5% to €5.5 billion, or 73% of all revenues. With the advertising market predicting growth through to 2014, those figures are expected to climb further.
With 56% of public performance revenues accounted by broadcasters, radio and television remain the predominant royalty source (39.8% of all collections). Revenues from the phonographic industry accounted for 23.4% of all collections, representing the second major source of royalty collections. But while collections from the digital sector rose 22% in 2010, they have still not offset the decline in royalties from physical sales and remain a very limited source of revenues (1.7% of collections).
Nevertheless, the flow of revenues from the digital sector is set to continue increasing. The growth rates for streaming and downloads were very high, reflecting the expansion of licensing contracts for these two types of music use.
“IFPI recently reported that major international digital music services such as iTunes, Spotify and Deezer are now present in 58 countries,” said Mr Hinnewinkel,“compared to only 23 at the start of 2011. CISAC members are now well placed to develop this market as it expands.”
Grab Radio world
Grab Radio World is an app for music lovers everywhere. The app allows the mobile user to listen to over 40,000 radio stations from all over the globe. The unique thing about Grab Radio is that it enables the user to purchase the songs they love directly from the Apple Store. The app lets people build up all their favourite tunes into a must have playlist.
Grab Radio Benefits
The listener can browse through five different categories; local radio; talk radio; sports; music genres; and they can also browse by location. The user can add their favourite stations to the favourites list.Grab Radio gives users easy access to free music on YouTube as they can go directly to the song on YouTube as it is playing on the radio by the click of a button. The ‘more’ button also allows users to link up with your favourite artist on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.
Other features include a built in Shazam feature to identify new music and sleep timer which fades out gradually allowing the listener to fall asleep to their favourite station.
Grab Radio is currently available for iPhones, iTouch, iPad and Nokia smartphones. Grab Radio has just gone into partnership with Microsoft to launch the app on the Mango version in early February. Grab Radio World will also be coming soon to Android.
Ovi Store: http://store.ovi.com/search?q=grab+radio
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- Best new business at the Sunday Business Post ‘Out on Your Own’ conference 2009
- 02 App of the week!
- One the few projects to get investment offers on RTE Dragon’s Den* 2010
- Ulster Bank business achievers award finalist 2010
- 2010 Appys ‘Best Media APP’ award finalist
- Nokia North America ‘Calling all innovators’ finalist 2011
The Irish Music Rights Organisation, (IMRO), today announces it has agreed to licence its Music Rights Royalty Distribution System to the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, (CMRRA).
CMRRA is a music licensing agency, which represents the vast majority of music copyright owners (music publishers) doing business in Canada. On their behalf, CMRRA issues licenses to users of the reproduction right in copyrighted music. Licensees pay royalties pursuant to these licenses to CMRRA and, in turn, CMRRA distributes the proceeds to its publisher clients. CMRRA is based in Toronto and has approximately 100 fulltime staff.
“The music industry is facing major changes and challenges that are impacting the ability of songwriters to be compensated fairly for their work,” said David A Basskin, president and CEO of CMRRA. “In order to respond to unprecedented demand for licensing, and to best provide for the collection and distribution of royalties, we have decided to invest in new technology to allow for improved processing and communication between all parties involved.”
Having carried out a competitive tender process for the replacement of its current systems CMRRA selected the IMRO system. The IMRO system was proposed by Spanish Point Technologies who will use it as the basis to deliver the new system for CMRRA.
The innovative design and the successful implementation of the IMRO system was recognised by Microsoft when it awarded Spanish Point the Worldwide Partner of the Year Award. The solution has achieved significant cost reductions for IMRO while at the same time handling an increase in data volumes. This is also a key objective for CMRRA.
“We are pleased to deliver real cost efficiencies to both CMRRA and IMRO members by sharing our IT development to-date and agreeing collaborations on future joint enhancements to our systems” says Victor Finn, Chief Executive Officer, IMRO
“CMRRA is a sister copyright distribution agency and we are delighted that they have selected the IMRO system to replace their legacy system. Built on a modern Microsoft platform it is capable of scaling to handle very large amounts of data The thousands of man hours of design, development and testing effort which our team and our implementation partners put into the system will ensure CMRRA have a great platform on which to deliver a best in class service to its publishing members”, added Declan Rudden, Director of I.T. and Distribution at IMRO.
The Meteor Choice Music Prize shortlist for Irish Album of the Year 2011 was announced this afternoon. Selected by a panel of 11 Irish music media professionals and industry experts the list of nominees is comprised of some of the very best of Ireland´s musical talents. The overall winning Album of the Year will be selected by the judging panel at the Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Thursday, March 8th 2012.
The shortlist is as follows (artists listed in alphabetical order):
- And So I Watch You From Afar – Gangs (Richter Collective)
- Bell X1 – Bloodless Coup (Belly Up Records)
- Cashier No 9 – To The Death Of Fun (Bella Union)
- Lisa Hannigan – Passenger (Hoop Records)
- The Japanese Popstars – Controlling Your Allegiance (EMI)
- Jape – Ocean of Frequency (Music Is For Losers)
- Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands – Golden Syrup (Osaka Records)
- Pugwash – The Olympus Sounds (EMI/1969 Records)
- Tieranniesaur – Tieranniesaur (Popical Island)
- We Cut Corners – Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards (Delphi)
The Meteor Choice Music Prize live event will be broadcast live on Today FM in a special four hour extended programme during the Paul McLoone show. Tickets for the Meteor Choice Music Prize live event will go on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets and from http://www.ticketmaster.ie on Friday January 13th, priced €22.50 including booking fee.
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). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially-commissioned award, courtesy of the Recorded Artists Actors & Performers Ltd (RAAP). Most of the shortlisted albums will be available through retail partners HMV and once again, Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of key overseas delegates at the event.
Past recipients include:
2005: Julie Feeney – 13 Songs (Julie Feeney)
2006: The Divine Comedy – Victory for the Comic Muse (Parlophone)
2007: Super Extra Bonus Party – Super Extra Bonus Party(Alphabet Set)
2008: Jape – Ritual (Co-op Records)
2009: Adrian Crowley – Season of the Sparks (Chemikal Underground)
2010: Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History (Kitsune)
Nominated Artists & Albums
You can find out more about the nominated acts and the music from their albums at:
- And So I Watch You from Afar: www.breakingtunes.com/andsoiwatchyoufromafar
- Bell X1: www.bellx1.com
- Cashier No 9: http://www.cashierno9.com/
- Lisa Hannigan: http://www.lisahannigan.ie/
- The Japanese Popstars: www.thejapanesepopstars.co.uk
- Jape: www.japemusic.com
- Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands www.breakingtunes.com/patrickkelleher
- Pugwash: www.pugwashtheband.com
- Tieranniesaur: www.breakingtunes.com/tieranniesaur
- We Cut Corners: www.wecutcorners.net/
U2 and the Ireland Funds Invest in making music happen and creating jobs in Sligo through MUSIC GENERATION SLIGO
Music Generation Sligo (MGS) was established in June 2011 and the first phase runs for three years to June 2014. It aims to open the door to performance music education for every one of Sligo’s 16500 children and young adults under the age of 18. MGS is being developed in partnership with public and private music and education providers in the county and regionally. MGS is based at Sligo VEC. MGS has already created seven new jobs in Sligo with more good news to follow next year.
“…the music partnership programme provides a backdrop which enhances tradition and provides continuity to sustain a whole new generation of musicians in Sligo…Sligo VEC is delighted to be lead partner.” Shaun Purcell, CEO Sligo VEC
Music Generation Sligo has received significant funding from U2 and the Ireland Funds through Music Generation to make this happen. This has been matched to local funding from the steering committee groups, Sligo VEC, Sligo County Council, Sligo Education Centre, Sligo County Childcare, Cranmore Regeneration, the Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government, the Coleman Centre, Sligo Music Academy, Sligo School of Rock, Comhaltas and the private music education community. It is hoped to attract sponsorship in 2012 as further support for the projects.
“Music Generation is Ireland´s National Music Education programme, initiated by Music Network (the Arts Council funded development agency for music) and enabled by a €7m philanthropic donation – €5m from U2 and a further €2m which is currently being raised by The Ireland Funds. Music Generation will be funding up to twelve Music Education Partnerships during its first phase, six of which have been selected already. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with and support Co. Sligo, who have proposed an exciting and ambitious high quality programme.” Rosaleen Molloy, Director, Music Generation
Sligo is the first county in Ireland to start the roll-out of actual activity with the first three of six our core programmes across the county already underway. They are designed to get young people playing, listening, trying instruments, going to a gig, buying music, dancing, and of course making and performing music.
The first four programmes are underway and will have involved almost ONE THOUSAND children and young adults in Sligo by Christmas. “Sligo is lucky to have a terrific range of music activity, but we need to make sure its accessible to all. Music Generation Sligo opens the door to all. This is happening because of the partnerships across the cultural, education and youth sectors in Sligo. The programmes have been created in response to a demand for services, job creation and a joining of dots! Jessica Fuller, Co-ordinator Music Generation Sligo.
DISCOVERING MUSIC is a short introduction to music [4-6 weeks]. A PERIPATETIC service, the course is being offered FREE to every child and young adult. Six music tutors are working on this programme.
RESOURCES & FACILITIES
A) County Instrument Library and Five Band Rehearsal Rooms
B)Rehearsal Rooms for teens – GET IN ! Space to create and play! Five rehearsal rooms are to be established at the five ‘hubs´ across the county to facilitate ease of access for bands and music groups, songwriters and composers.
PERFORMANCE PROGRAMME:This is all about making and playing music. MGS will be rolling out a series of activities and projects. The first is “Sing Out Sligo” -a Public Art Composition Commission & Performance Project.
GET INVOLVED: Music Generation Sligo is hosting a range of masterclasses and CPD programmes for musicians in Sligo from 2012. Music Generation Sligo will be hosting open days and community events in 2012.
MGS is establishing a Youth Music Committee and is making a call to all young people call us and find out more.
“Music Generation will significantly advance achievements in music education in Sligo to date. Sligo County Council Arts Service has prioritised innovative and quality music development programmes in Sligo since 1999, working closely with the music and education sectors locally and nationally. We are confident that this partnership approach is the best way forward for Sligo Music and is one of the key building blocks towards a Creative Sligo. The legacy will be a new generation of musicians and audiences.” Rhona McGrath, Sligo County Council Arts Service
GET INVOLVED and Open the doors to Music in Sligo! www.musicgenerationsligo.com
Seminar Date: Saturday 4th February
Venue: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.
Time: 11am – 5pm
IMRO members looking to reserve a place at this seminar should send an email to
(limited availability – no admission charge)
An element of this seminar will feature a demo listening session. A number of tracks will be selected during the course of the seminar to be critiqued by Pamela. If you would like to have a track of yours considered please bring along a copy of the song in CD format, making sure to clearly mark your name and the name of the track on the CD cover and a please include a typed or clearly written copy of the song lyrics.
Pamela Phillips Oland
Coming off one of the best years of her long career, Lyricist Pamela Phillips Oland continues to reinvent herself, and her creative juices keep flowing into multiple projects and genres. Defying categorisation, the 3 time Grammy-nominated Oland writes pop, R&B, rock, country, jazz and theater songs with the same ease of inspiration. Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Selena, Frank Sinatra, Peabo Bryson, Reba McIntyre, The Jacksons and Gladys Knight represent just a few of her 500 or so recorded songs.
Her hit musical “Soldier of Orange” is currently the most successful musical in Dutch history, in its 16th month of a run in Amsterdam, half a million tickets sold.
She will have the launching single “Liquid Ice,” among 3 cuts of her cuts on Britain’s Got Talent phenomenon Charlie Green (a new Japanese release.) She is working on 2 other musicals, finishing a novel, and has numerous current cuts to her credit, including several on the forthcoming album of Argentinean star Karen Souza, a single “Synchronize,” with internet diva Alana Lee; a popular Danish single “Don’t Stop” with Jorgen Thorup, and has had recent cuts with alternative artists White Apple Tree and Simon Lynge, and Philippine artists Lara Cuevos, Philippine Idol winner Sarah Geronimo (in duet with Back Street Boys’ Howie Dorough that went to #1) a recent Record of the Year with Claire dela Fuente, and the cast album of Soldier of Orange hit Nol. 7 on the Dutch pop charts (co-written with Tom Harriman).
Her film and TV projects have included opening and closing themes for Disney’s “102 Dalmatians,” Genie Award-nominated “Center of My Heart” (as Best Song in a Motion Picture) from “Blizzard,” the end title to “Gideon,” songs in “JAG,” “The Sopranos,” “Xena:Warrior Princess,” “Crayola Kids Adventures,” and dozens of others.
Oland’s the author of two popular music industry books, “The Art of Writing Great Lyrics,” and “The Art of Writing Love Songs.”
Her forthcoming releases include an innovative “song cycle” project with Peruvian rock star Santino dela Tore, several all-new Christmas songs with Richard Carpenter, and other projects in process but still under wraps! This is her first trip to Ireland.