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May 11th & 12th 2012 marks the launch of the METEOR CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN, a brand new live music event, taking place in 15 Dublin venues between Camden Street and Temple Bar. Rather the opposite of what its ‘pub crawl’ title implies, this Crawl is a music connoisseur’s dream. The eclectic line up will boast more than 100 hotly tipped International and Irish live acts, along with some very special guests. The METEOR CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN 2012 will be a marvelous two day musical adventure across Dublin city and isthe first ever sibling event of the original Camden Crawl  which has been running annually in London since 1995.

The line-up for the METEOR CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN has been democratically selected by an invited panel of many of Ireland’s best known DJ’s, promoters, media and music heads, who will each host venues on the Crawl. The initial line-up confirmed to appear includes Alarmist, Becoming Real, Clock Opera, Dutch Uncles, D/R/U/G/S, Hands Up Who Wants To Die, Jogging, LaFaro, Laura Sheeran, Lemonada, Lethal Dialect, Le Galaxie, little xs for eyes, Last Days of 1984, melodica deathship, Tieranniesaur and We Are Losers.

The METEOR CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN will be a great opportunity for music fans to discover tomorrow’s next big thing and the hugely affordable one pass system makes witnessing the best emerging talent accessible to everyone. Tickets, which are exchanged for wristbands, allow unlimited access to all venues, outdoor stages and after show parties and include a free programme guide and album featuring the acts performing in 2012. Individual venue line ups and timings remain a mystery until the opening evening to enhance the exploratory spirit of the festival. Crawlers are advised to arrive early as ‘headliners’ and surprise guests may appear at any time or venue.

Set to take place Friday 11th and Saturday 12th May, tickets for the METEOR CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN are available as single day or weekend passes. Tickets are on sale from 9.00am Thursday 16th February from, Ticketmaster,, and HMV stores across the country. Weekend Tickets €40.00/Day Tickets €25 (excluding booking fee).Tickets are to be exchanged for wristbands which allow free entry to each of the participating venues throughout the festival as individual capacities permit. Wristbands and programmes announcing the full line ups and timings for the event are obtainable from 5pm – 10pm each day at the ticket exchange point located at Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin 2.

The Camden Crawl in London launches the UK festival season each spring. The award winning event has become an internationally recognized calendar fixture renowned for showcasing the forthcoming year’s most hotly tipped live music artists alongside special guests to sell out audiences since its inception in 1995.  Historic Camden Crawl’s featured landmark performances by such modern day luminaries (and legends) as Adele, Snow Patrol, Amy Winehouse, Mogwai, Florence & The Machine, Hot Chip, Plan B, Biffy Clyro, Frank Turner, Foals, Mumford & Sons, Example, Friendly Fires, Professor Green, The Cribs, Laura Marling, The xx, Villagers , The Temper Trap and many many more. Visit archive for full previous line ups.

Beginning with the METEOR CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN this May, Meteor customers will be able to avail of great competition prizes through their social networking channels and tickets through their customer loyalty programme, “Meteor Goodies”. They will offer customers opportunities to see some of the best emerging artists from both home and abroad before they hit the festival circuit this summer.


Whelans,Button Factory,Grand Social,Twisted Pepper,Workman’s Club,Village,Speakeasy,

Mercantile, Upstairs @ Whelans, Bernard Shaw, Electric Lounge + more to be announced                                                                    


@thedublincrawl/ #dublincrawl                                               

Composing for Games Module by Games Music Ireland and Windmill Lane Recording Studios

Composing for Games Module by Games Music Ireland and Windmill Lane Recording Studios
Games Music Ireland and Windmill Lane Recording Studios present:
Composing for Games Module
Dates: March 21-22-23 / 2012
Time: 10:00am / 5:00pm
Venue: Windmill Lane Recording Studios 20 Ringsend Road, Dublin 4.
The module will take place over three consecutive days. The course offers up-skilling and training in technique for composing in the field of digital games.
Platforms supported by the course are Pro-Tools, Logic and Reason. Also provided is a Mac computer and keyboard. The module will be delivered by Mick Kiely.
The cost for the three day course is €380.
To book a place contact: moc.liamg@dnalericisumsemag
Places are secured on a first come basis.
Day 1
Morning session.
• Introduction.
• A brief history of music in games.
• The rapid evolution and demand for music in games
• Understanding a game brief
• Composition, Film v Games.
 Afternoon session.
• Game score demo
• How the score works interactively in the game.
• The importance of loop progression.
• Creating the evolving score illusion
• Useful tips and tricks.
Day 2
Composers will be assigned a brief and will work with the platform of their preferred choice in a compositional exercise where they will compose and construct a game score with interactive capability. Composers will receive one on one support during this session.
Day 3
Final touches to the scores, analysis and discussion.
The module closes with a talk on plans for the future.
About Mick Kiely
Irelands first AAA games composer with a firm understanding of music and it’s place in the digital games industry. Well connected internationally with music professionals in the games industry. Also composing professionally for TV and film, he has a clear understanding of the requirements and necessary transitions needing to be made in order to cross successfully from these media to that of music in games. With a reputation for innovation and trend setting, he pioneered music production techniques successfully implemented in AAA computer game play. Mick will attend important lectures at GDC 2012 to insure this module optimises the latest technologies.

20 Songs to Compete in the Pan Celtic National Song Contest

20 Songs to Compete in the Pan Celtic National Song Contest

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 | Training Day – Saturday 11th February

Music Manager’s Forum Ireland | Training Day - Saturday 11th February

Music Manager’s Forum Ireland


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; 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.

Electric Picnic steals the show at the Irish Festival Awards

Electric Picnic steals the show at the Irish Festival Awards

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

Important Changes Regarding Tours & Residencies Scheme Submissions

Important Changes Regarding Tours & Residencies Scheme Submissions

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 – 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 ei.ormi@pihsrebmem

The introduction of this change moves us closer to paperless processes and the delivery of associated cost and service benefits to members.

Royalty Collections Climb to New Peak at €7.5 billion

Royalty Collections Climb to New Peak at €7.5 billion

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 – Innovative mobile technology for music lovers

Grab Radio World – Innovative mobile technology for music lovers

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

While other apps encourage illegal recording and downloading of music, this app gives something back to artists, by making it dead easy to identify tunes and purchase music legitimately via the stores.   There is also no need to worry about the quality of the radio streams as the user can select from the most reliable radio streams and use our High Quality Switch to get the best selection of stations with the highest quality of audio. Grab Radio is a one stop shop mobile radio application for music and radio lovers around the world.

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. 



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IMRO to licence software application to the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency

IMRO to licence software application to the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency

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.

Meteor Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of the Year 2011 Shortlist Announced

choice logoThe 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 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 Feeney13 Songs (Julie Feeney)

2006: The Divine ComedyVictory for the Comic Muse (Parlophone)

2007: Super Extra Bonus PartySuper Extra Bonus Party(Alphabet Set)

2008: Jape Ritual (Co-op Records)

2009: Adrian CrowleySeason of the Sparks (Chemikal Underground)

2010: Two Door Cinema ClubTourist History (Kitsune)

Nominated Artists & Albums

You can find out more about the nominated acts and the music from their albums at:

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