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The Socio-Economic Contribution of Music to the Irish Economy

NEW REPORT SHOWS THAT THE IRISH MUSIC INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTES ALMOST HALF A BILLION EURO TO THE ECONOMY AND SUPPORTS MORE THAN 11,500 JOBS

Report Highlights the Socio Economic Opportunities of Developing Ireland’s Music Industry

Wednesday, 18th February 2015 – There are significant job creation, export, commercial and educational opportunities to be opened up for Ireland’s indigenous music industry if the right support structures can be put in place. This is according to a new report produced by Deloitte and commissioned by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) on behalf of the Irish music industry. The Socio-Economic Contribution of Music to the Irish Economy highlights the considerable opportunities for Ireland’s vibrant music sector and sets out a number of recommendations to maximise the contribution of music in Ireland in the short, medium and long term. The report was launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD and Irish singer-songwriters Brian Kennedy and Luan Parle.

Based on sectoral analysis, the survey found that the Irish music industry contributes over €470 million to the economy and supports more than 11,510 jobs in Ireland – 9,030 direct, 2,480 indirect. In addition, while digital sales in Ireland have grown significantly, latest figures show that in the four years to 2012, recorded music sales fell by almost €40 million from €72 million to €33 million per annum

A survey of IMRO members and consultations with key music industry representatives – including artists and labels, publishers, songwriters, management companies, retail and broadcast personnel – highlighted a number of concerns relating to finance, market access, intellectual property, education and training and collaboration. To that end, the report outlines a number of recommendations, including:

  • The establishment of a Music Industry Taskforce, with representatives from Government, the business community and industry to help reinvigorate the sector and encourage collaboration;
  • Appointing an IP ‘Tsar’ to consider the impact of IP and copyright legislation and enforcement in both the music and technology industries;
  • The development of advanced training courses for music professionals to focus on ‘business of music’ education, particularly for early career musicians;
  • Establishing a Music Office – Music Ireland – to act as a focal point for the music industry, similar to the Irish Film Board. This office would provide assistance to individuals in the music sector and those looking to enter new overseas markets; Greater collaboration between the music, tourism, gaming and technology sectors;
  • Greater support for musicians, many of whom are self-employed, in accessing finance and ensuring that fiscal supports are effective and appropriately structured.

Commenting on the report, Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD said, “This report highlights the huge contribution the music industry makes to our economy. Ireland’s rich musical heritage is a very important element of our image on the international stage and it acts as a major draw for tourists. I look forward to working further with the music industry as my Department develops our first even national cultural policy;  Culture 2025. I am very keen to get the views and input of the music industry and stakeholders across the arts. I intend to publish a Culture 2025 Discussion Paper shortly, which will be an important step in opening up the debate around how we should shape the future of the arts in Ireland – including music.”

Keith Donald, Chair of IMRO said, “We are at an exciting juncture for Irish music and now is the time to Live and loud!ascertain how we can support, grow and reinvigorate the industry. The sector delivers significantly for Irish society and the economy, maintaining and creating thousands of jobs. Collaboration amongst Government, industry and music creators themselves will help the sector to adapt to new challenges, grasp new opportunities and help it to reach its full potential.”

Victor Finn, CEO of IMRO said, “If we are to maintain and increase participation in Irish music, it is important that Government, the business community and industry work together to recast perceptions of music as a career and to ensure that the right supports and structures are in place to assist musicians, help them to realise their potential and access markets in Ireland and overseas. In addition, we are calling for greater collaboration between the music industry and the tourism, film, technology and gaming sectors to create new opportunities for growth. The economic and social dividend for Ireland will be significant.”

Singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy said, “As a working musician and performer for the last 25 years it is incredibly important to stand by IMRO on these vitally important issues that affect the entire music industry.  Being a music creator is an actual proper job and this should be recognised, rewarded and assisted through all possible channels.  It is important to put in place resources that remunerate creation from its inception by supporting songwriters and composers’ basic investment, without which no works could ever come into existence. Music creators play an enormous role in society and never more so as we work our way through challenging economic times.”

Singer-songwriter Luan Parle added “I greatly welcome the announcement of this important report today as it paints a realistic picture of how our industry operates and hopefully it will lead to a better understanding of what investments, collaborations and regulatory environment is needed to help our industry grow in the months and years ahead.”

 

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Top Irish Songwriters & Composers To Be Inducted into the IMRO Academy

Tonight The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) will honour 6 songwriters and composers by inducting them into the IMRO Academy.imro academy 3

Paul Brady, Phil Coulter, Pete St. John, Ray Harman, Shay Healy and Jimmy MacCarthy will have their contribution to Irish music acknowledged at a ceremony in Dublin’s Conrad Hotel.

The IMRO Academy’s mission is to celebrate and mark the successes of Ireland’s iconic songwriters and composers who have made a very significant cultural and social impact in Ireland and/or internationally.

Launched in 2011, Bill Whelan, best known as the composer of Riverdance and Brendan Graham, co-author of the hugely successful song, ‘You Raise Me Up’ became the first inductees to the Academy.   Both have contributed enormously to the recognition of Ireland across the world through their extensive music repertoire

Of the awards Keith Donald, IMRO Chairman, states, “Once again the IMRO Academy is honouring songwriters and composers who are at the forefront of Ireland’s great tradition of creativity.  It is a very important ingredient in fostering our reputation of being a dynamic and culturally rich nation.  The IMRO Academy shines a light on these iconic music creators who continue to inspire, entertain and make sense of the world in which we live.

“I am delighted to be part of this induction ceremony for some of Ireland’s most successful and revered composers and I welcome this talented expansion of the IMRO Academy” added Bill Whelan.

”The songs and music of these six Irish songwriters have sailed far beyond the shores of Ireland. They have touched hearts, engaged emotions, and brought joy to people everywhere. Recorded by some of the imro academy (2)greatest artistes of our times, they have been heard – and sung along to – by millions of people. They have climbed the pop charts, rocked stadia and brought Eurovision victory to Ireland. On our TV screens they have had us at the edge of our seats and they have become anthems helping us to win many a football and rugby match! They have also given us moments of reflection, of spiritual understanding, of insight into ourselves. By reaching into their own hearts these six, gifted crafters of song have touched our hearts. Ireland and the world are the richer for what they have given us and tonight we, their fellow songwriters, salute and honour their gift… and its gifting” added Brendan Graham.

The induction ceremony will coincide with the IMRO sponsored Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) annual conference dinner which takes place tonight, 29th April in the Conrad Hotel. Following the ceremony, all 6 will perform a selection of their iconic hit songs live.

Improving Rules Governing Authors’ Societies and Online Licensing Benefit Creators Worldwide

IMRO welcomes EU proposal for a directive on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online uses in the internal market.

“IMRO is a membership based organisation, owned and governed by its membership and it has consistently set high standards for transparency and accountability to its members and end users who benefit from the public use of copyright music.  IMRO is a leading performing rights organisation, with a monthly royalty distribution schedule, making it one of the most efficient performing rights organisations internationally.  A full and comprehensive guide to IMRO distribution polices is available on the IMRO website https://www.imro.ie/music-creators/imro-distribution-policies/

IMRO hosted the CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) General Assembly in Dublin in June.  It was at this gathering of international performing rights organisations that IMRO instigated and championed a change to CISAC Professional Rules regarding the frequency of distributions between international collection agencies. We are delighted that due to our actions a new policy has been established which requires all performing rights organisations to raise the frequency of royalty distributions between societies to a minimum of quarterly distributions.  This is good news for music creators throughout the world.” states Victor Finn, IMRO, Chief Executive.

Authors’ societies assist creators in managing and licensing their rights and in collecting and distributing their royalties fairly and efficiently. It is in creators’ interest that their works are widely available on every legal platform. Authors’ societies around the world have been licensing an increasing number of online music services and are constantly seeking solutions to allow them to issue multi-territorial licences for the use of global repertoire, while protecting the economic value of their rights.

“Facilitating the digital distribution of creators’ works is in the best interests of authors and helps promote cultural diversity, said Kenth Muldin, Chair of CISAC Board of Directors.  “The EU initiative will have an impact outside Europe and will be looked at by other countries in developing their domestic rules on collective management. CISAC and its members are willing to work with the Commission and the Parliament to create a useful framework for collective management in the offline and online environment.”

Europe, and especially Western Europe, is the most dynamic and efficient region in terms of collective management of copyright. Royalties collected by authors’ societies on behalf of creators for the use of their works in the region topped 4.6bn EUR (61% of worldwide collections).

 

Irish Music Rights Organisation Financial Results 2011

 Decrease in Licensing Revenue of 4.2% to €36.5m in 2011;

  • 566 new members;
  • Operating Expenses reduced by a further 0.6% representing a 16% (circa €1m) decrease over 4 years;
  • Overseas revenue increased by 13% to €3.7m;
  • Distributions (incl. cable) paid in 2011 amounted to €37.7m.

20th June 2012 – The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) has today reported that its total licensing revenue in 2011 amounted to €36.5 million, an anticipated decrease of 4% on the previous year, reflecting the continuing difficult economic trading environment for all licensees, most particularly in discretionary spending sectors such as pubs, hotels, restaurants and cinema. Broadcast and concert revenue however, remained stable, while overseas revenue increased substantially.

Commenting on the results, Victor Finn, IMRO CEO, said, “Despite the harsh economic environment, IMRO performed well in 2011. While revenues were down 4% below 2010 levels, this was expected and can be attributed to the continued difficulties faced by the hospitality, broadcasting and live music sectors. Costs for the year were tightly controlled, with a 0.6% saving achieved from 2010. Over the past four years, we have managed to reduce our overheads by a total of just under €1m.”

Mr Finn continued, “IMRO remains committed to representing a collective voice for music creators in a challenging economic environment. We have and will continue to invest in our IT systems in order to further drive revenues. We have delivered many improvements in our services for members; moving member work registrations and distribution statements online. The majority of members are now using the members online portal to manage their membership transactions with IMRO. This is delivering both savings and enhanced information flow for all. The recent launch of a new and improved IMRO website continues our investment in online tools for members and licensees.”

The launch of IMRO’s secure member portal with enhanced facilities includes; the ability to access current repertoire details, register works directly online, view distribution statements, and also search and claim royalties. The launch of the new portal also eliminates the need for paper and allows members to interact with IMRO on a 24hr basis.

Keith Donald, IMRO Chairman also commented, “While the Irish business environment remains difficult, IMRO has managed to deliver satisfactory results for 2011. These reflect the proactive strategies the organisation has taken in the areas of cost containment, increased market penetration and continued investment in IT systems.”

Mr Donald added, “The  ongoing economic downturn continues to pose challenges for IMRO. In 2012 our focus will be to maintain 2011 revenue levels, continue a review of our licensing schemes, grow online revenue, enforce rights on behalf of our members via an effective office based and on-the-ground presence, and via a rigorous defence of member’s copyrights. All of this will be done in the most cost effective and efficient manner possible.”

Commenting on the Copyright Review, Victor Finn, IMRO CEO said, “The statutory instrument giving copyright owners the right to take injunctive proceedings against third parties in the event that infringement acts are committed on their networks, was transposed into Irish law earlier this year by Minister Richard Bruton. We welcome this development. The future for music is in broadcast, online, on mobile and cloud platforms, all of which offer growth prospects.”

Mr. Finn continued, “Growth will occur through partnerships collaboration between the creative community and technology companies, not by these sectors being pitted against one another. Respect and reward for innovation go hand-in-hand with copyright protection, promotion and enforcement. We will continue to advocate such a partnership approach on behalf of our members. We are currently engaging with the Copyright Review Committee and with Government to ensure a balanced set of measures is introduced. This will ensure that new enterprises in the off-line and online environments have easy access to our repertoire and that royalty fees paid for such use are fair and reasonable.”

 Ends

 For Further Information:

 Keith Johnson
Director of Marketing & Membership
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2
Ireland

P: 353 1 6614844

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Notes to Editors:

 

Overview of Licensing Revenue

Licensing revenue of €36.5m was achieved in 2011, a fall of 4.2% on 2010. This was split across four areas:

  • Broadcasting (excluding cable) & Online
  • Cable and Satellite;
  • Public Performance;
  • Overseas.

 

Broadcasting (excluding cable)

This comprises royalties from RTÉ, TG4, independent commercial radio and TV broadcasters.

Revenue from this industry sector, excluding cable, at €7.3m was in line with 2010.

 

Cable and Satellite

Cable and satellite revenue reflects the royalties payable for the cable retransmission of UK terrestrial

and satellite channels in Ireland. Revenue at €11.6m, was down on 2010 due to certain channels not

being carried by cable operators. The majority of this revenue is distributed to the cable rightsholders

involved in the rebroadcast of BBC, ITV, and Channel 4  programming  on cable networks, with the

remainder being distributed to IMRO members and affiliates.

 

Public Performance

Public performance revenue reflects royalties arising from the public performance of copyright music

in shops, bars, cinemas, hotels, offices, and at live concerts. At €13.5m, this figure fell by 9%

(€1.4m) when compared to 2010. The fall mainly reflected backdated revenue from the cinema sector

of almost €1m in 2010. In addition, lower levels of music usage and higher bad debts in all sectors

resulted in revenue falls. Concert revenue, however, remained stable.

 

Overseas

Overseas revenue arises from the use of IMRO members‘ repertoire in other countries. In 2011

overseas revenue increased by 13% to €3.7m, reflecting a strong performance of the IMRO repertoire

overseas. This revenue comes to IMRO members via our overseas sister societies, with 35%

earned in the United Kingdom, a further 36% earned in other EU countries and 11% earned in the US.

 

About the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)

IMRO is a national organisation that administers the performing right in copyright music in Ireland on behalf of its members –  who are songwriters, composers and music publishers – and on behalf of the songwriters, composers and music publishers of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it. IMRO does not represent the interests of record labels. Their interests in Ireland are administered by Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) and their representative trade body is The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA).   IMRO’s function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works. IMRO is a not-for-profit organisation. 

Music users such as broadcasters, venues and businesses must pay for their use of copyright music by way of a blanket licence fee. IMRO collects these monies and distributes them to the songwriters, composers and music publishers who created the songs. The monies earned by copyright owners in this way are known as public performance royalties.

IMRO is also prominently involved in the sponsorship and promotion of music in Ireland. Every year it sponsors a large number of song contests, music festivals, seminars, workshops, research projects and showcase performances. Indeed, IMRO is now synonymous with helping to showcase emerging talent in Ireland.

Creators In The Spotlight As Ireland Hosts Major International Conference On Copyright

International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers CISAC Meets in Dublin.

Minister Jimmy Deenihan Opens the Meeting

7th June 2012 – The urgent need to adapt copyright legislation to help safeguard the rights of owners of creative works was among the issues being discussed in Dublin today at a meeting of the General Assembly of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). Also top of the agenda was the review of theCISAC Professional Rules governing the 232 authors’ societies worldwide, as well as the development of a Global Repertoire Database (GRD) that would serve as a centralised, authoritative source of the metadata used to describe musical works. The Assembly, which is meeting inIreland for the second time, is being attended by approximately 150 creators and senior delegates representing three million creators from 232 authors’ societies, including music, film, visual arts and writers in 121 countries.  

CISAC members meet annually to discuss a variety of topics impacting on creators and collective management of their rights. The vast majority of the societies attending the Assembly are not-for-profit organisations set up by and governed by creators in various territories worldwide. The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) which administers the performing right in copyright music inIrelandon behalf songwriters, composers and music publishers is hosting this year’s event.

 Advances in technology and in particular the growth of the internet over the past 10 to 15 years have resulted in enormous upheaval in the area of copyright. One of the consequences of this upheaval has been the difficulty experienced by creators in receiving a fair commercial return for the use of their work by others. In many territories existing copyright legislation has failed to keep pace with these changes while in other cases, changes to legislation have left creators even more vulnerable to exploitation.

Kenth Muldin, CEO of STIM (Swedish Musical Society) and Chair of the CISAC Board of Directors said; “The entire creative community gathered today at CISAC General Assembly paid a moving tribute to its President Robin Gibb, who died just a couple weeks ago after fighting a long-term illness. We all missed his presence today. Robin has been our President and the voice of CISAC for the past five years and throughout this period we have been blessed by his presence and his infectious enthusiasm. He took his role very seriously – we knew we could count on him whenever the principles of authors’ rights were under attack”.

Olivier Hinnewinkel, CISAC Director General, added: “Holding the CISAC General Assembly in Ireland today is the perfect timing as the Irish Government is currently reviewing copyright legislation here. Authors’ societies worldwide, and through their international umbrella organisation CISAC, are constantly improving the business and technical solutions to easily and efficiently provide access to the worldwide creative repertoire for all users. However, fair remuneration for the uses of creators’ works and effective copyright protection are necessary to foster the development of the creative economy”.

Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, who addressed the Assembly said; ”The Government is strongly committed to reviewing and updating copyright legislation in order to strike the right balance between encouraging innovation and protecting creativity. The Copyright Review Committee, an independent committee established by my colleague Minister Bruton, is carrying out an extensive review of the current copyright legislative framework and has recently published a wide-ranging consultation paper on the issue.

The Committee has invited further submissions from all affected or concerned by the issues raised in the Paper including information providers and ISPs, innovators, rights-holders, consumers and end-users.  This consultation process is due to end on 29 June, 2012 so I would strongly encourage all interested parties to actively engage with the work of the Copyright Review Committee in the coming weeks”.

Victor Finn, CEO, IMRO said; “It is appropriate that Ireland is hosting an event like the CISAC General Assembly as creatives in Ireland have played an important role nationally and internationally for many generations. The success of Irish music creators, film makers and writers on the international stage has contributed significantly to the positive and vibrant imageIreland enjoys throughout the world. The diversity and quality of creativity inIreland is the most important ingredient in fostering our reputation as a dynamic and culturally rich nation.”

Today’s meeting is the first coming together of CISAC member societies since the untimely death of CISAC President Robin Gibb on May 20, 2012. Mr Gibb had served as CISAC President since June 2007. Mr Gibb, who was part of one of the most successful songwriting teams in the history of pop music, was a passionate advocate of collective rights management and a proud President of the CISAC. He enthusiastically used his position as President of the organisation to persuade global policy makers to support creators and promote and uphold the value of copyright.  French visual artist Hervé di Rosa, Vice-President of CISAC since June 2010, will serve as President of CISAC until the end of the mandate in June 2013.

For further information please contact:

Keith Johnson
Director of Marketing & Membership
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2
Ireland

DD: 353 1 6448035
P: 353 1 6614844
F: 353 1 6763125
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ABOUT CISAC:

 

CISAC– the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers –  is the leading worldwide network of collective management societies protecting and promoting the interests of creators and rights holders. In a globalised and digital world, CISAC’s main missions are to provide highest business standards to protect creators’ rights, to reinforce the international network of authors’ societies, to be their spokesperson in all international debates and to reassert creators’ inalienable right to live by their creative work.

With 232 authors’ societies from 121 countries as its members, CISAC indirectly represents around 3 million creators and publishers of artistic works in all genres including music, drama, literature, audiovisual, photography and the visual arts.

As an international organisation, CISAC’s fundamental role is to enable authors’ societies to seamlessly represent creators across the globe and, in particular, to assist them in ensuring that royalties flow to authors for the use of their works anywhere in the world. In 2010, the royalties collected by CISAC’s member societies in their respective national territories topped 7.5bn EUR.

Founded in 1926, CISAC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation with worldwide headquarters inFrance and regional offices in Chile, Hungary, Singapore and South Africa.

Web : www.cisac.org

IMRO LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2011

THE OPERA HOUSE CORK SCOOP THE IMRO NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARD 2011

The headquarters of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) was packed to capacity last night (Tuesday 28th February) for the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards 2011. Cork Opera House CEO Mary Hickson was on hand to accept the premier accolade of IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year, which was presented by IMRO Chairman and legendary Moving Hearts man Keith Donald and IMRO CEO Victor Finn. Electric Picnic took home the Irish Festival of the Year Award.

RTÉ’s Jenny Huston hosted the evening, which celebrates the live music community in Ireland, the behind the scenes people in venues up and down the country, from owners to bookers, front of house staff to sound and lighting engineers. IMRO Regional Venue of the Year Awards were presented with The Grand Social in Dublin winning the Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year Award; the Connacht Award went to the Róisín Dubh in Galway; Cork’s Cyprus Avenue won the Munster Live Music Venue of the Year Award; the Mermaid Arts Centre in Wicklow was awarded the Leinster (excluding Dublin) Award, while Voodoo in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal took home the Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year Award.

In addition, Hot Press Editor Niall Stokes presented Hot Press Readers Awards to the O2, Dublin, The Academy, Dublin and the Róisín Dubh, Galway.

Of the awards, Victor Finn, CEO of IMRO said: “The contribution that live music venues and festivals make to local economies is often not recognised and their value in a social and cultural sense within communities is priceless. We are delighted to recognise the contribution that these first class facilities make and to celebrate their achievements”.

IMRO Live Music Venue Awards 2011 IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year 2011 The Cork Opera House Winner selected from all shortlisted venues below

IMRO Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year 2011
The Academy
The Button Factory
The Grand Social – Winner
Vicar Street
The Olympia

 

 
IMRO Rest of Leinster Live Music Venue of the Year 2011
Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr, Co. Offaly
The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow – Winner
The Watergate Theatre, Co. Kilkenny
Wexford Opera House, Co. Wexford
 

 

IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year 2011
The Dock Arts Centre, Co. Leitrim
Town Hall Theatre, Co. Galway
Roisin Dubh, Co. Galway – Winner
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Co. Sligo
Roscommon Arts Centre, Co. Roscommon
 

 

IMRO Munster Live Music Venue of the Year 2011
Cyprus Avenue, Co. Cork – Winner
Crane Lane, Co. Cork
Cork Opera House, Co. Cork
Theatre Royal, Co. Waterford
University Concert Hall, Co. Limerick
 

 

IMRO Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year 2011
Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran, Co Donegal
McGrorys, Culdaff, Co. Donegal
The Abbey Hotel, Donegal, Co. Donegal
Voodoo, Letterkenny, Co Donegal – Winner
Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co. Cavan
 

 

IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2011
Castlepalooza
Electric Picnic – Winner
Live @ The Marquee Cork
Sea Sessions
Oxegen
Vantastival
Templebar Trad Festival
Indiependence
Temple House Festival
Galway Arts Festival

IMRO LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2011

The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) is delighted to announce the fourth IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards will take place on Tuesday February 28th, 2012 at IMRO Buildings in Dublin.

The annual Awards celebrate the dedication and passion of those who work in Ireland’s live music venues, who provide the public with an exceptional live music experience week in, week out. Hundreds of venues across the country were considered for the Awards shortlist by more than 8,000 IMRO members. Venues were judged on their commitment to providing the core elements that make for a great live music venue – atmosphere, sound and lighting, staging, diversity of programming and most importantly, the staff and management at each venue. IMRO members also voted on Ireland’s music festivals, delivering a shortlist of ten festivals in the final tally.

Live music venues and festivals play a pivotal role in the music industry in Ireland, giving international and home-grown artists a platform to engage with fans and build new audiences. They also play a central role in urban and rural communities across the country, providing a social gathering place for audiences of all ages and musical tastes and contributing hugely to the domestic economy. Of the Awards announcement, Victor Finn CEO of IMRO said: An extensive and vibrant venue network is the lifeblood of any strong live music sector. These awards acknowledge and applaud those venues and festivals throughout Ireland that excel in creating a memorable and exhilarating environment for music fans and performers alike”.

At the ceremony in IMRO HQ in Dublin on February 28th, awards will be presented to the leading live music venue in each of the following regions: Dublin, Leinster (excluding Dublin), Connacht, Munster and Ulster (covering Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan). The IMRO Music Festival of the Year Award will also be presented. One overall award will be presented for the IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year. This Award is decided upon by the public, who vote for their live music venue of the year from the combined shortlist of all regions. Live music fans should simply log on to www.surveymonkey.com/s/venueawards and choose their favourite from the shortlist provided by Sunday February 19th. One lucky participant will win an iPod Touch.

The Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year Readers Poll will also be part of the Awards and Hot Press fans can vote at www.hotpress.com/readerspoll . Editor Niall Stokes said: “2011 was another fantastic year for live music in Ireland. Venues across Ireland worked really hard to bring great music to the people, offering a huge range of choices to artists and fans alike. It takes real courage to invest in putting on live music in today’s economic climate, so a big thanks and congratulations are in order for everyone involved in making the Irish live circuit such a thriving scene.”

The IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards have become an important badge of merit for venues across the country since its inception in 2008. Dublin’s Olympia Theatre took home three awards in 2010 and Brian Whitehead CEO of The Olympia said of the Awards: It was a real honour to have our theatre and staff recognised and loved by industry professionals and music fans alike. The awards themselves take pride of place on our walls, so everyone from backstage staff to bar staff to housekeeping staff can be proud of their achievements.” Having won the Connacht region award for four consecutive years, Roisin Dubh promoter Gugai said: There are plenty of music awards out there, but it’s great to have the IMRO Live Music Venue Awards to acknowledge the great work done by the staff in venues around the country.”

IMRO are now delighted to announce the venues that have been shortlisted in this year’s IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards.

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IMRO Live Music Venue Awards 2011
IMRO Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year Award
The Academy
The Button Factory
The Grand Social
Vicar Street
The Olympia
IMRO Rest of Leinster Live Music Venue of the Year
Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr, Co. Offaly
The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
The Watergate Theatre, Co. Kilkenny
Wexford Opera House, Co. Wexford
IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year
The Dock Arts Centre, Co. Leitrim
Town Hall Theatre, Co. Galway
Roisin Dubh, Co. Galway
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Co. Sligo
Roscommon Arts Centre, Co. Roscommon
IMRO Munster Live Music Venue of the Year
Cyprus Avenue, Co. Cork
Crane Lane, Co. Cork
Cork Opera House, Co. Cork
Theatre Royal, Co. Waterford
University Concert Hall, Co. Limerick
IMRO Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year
Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran, Co Donegal
McGrorys, Culdaff, Co. Donegal
The Abbey Hotel, Donegal, Co. Donegal
Voodoo, Letterkenny, Co Donegal
Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co. Cavan
IMRO Music Festival of the Year
Castlepalooza
Electric Picnic
Live @ The Marquee Cork
Sea Sessions
Oxegen
Vantastival
Templebar Trad Festival
Indiependence
Temple House Festival
Galway Arts Festival

 

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

Dublin – 17th January, 2012 – 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. “. Says Declan Rudden, Director of I.T. and Distribution at IMRO.

Ends 17th January 2012

For further information contact:
Keith Johnson, Director of Marketing & Membership (IMRO)
Tel: 01-6614844 Fax: 01-6763125 E-mail:

Notes for Editors:

About IMRO

IMRO is a national organisation that administers the performing right in copyright music in Ireland on behalf of its members – who are songwriters, composers and music publishers – and on behalf of the songwriters, composers and music publishers of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it. IMRO does not represent the interests of record labels. Their interests in Ireland are administered by Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) and their representative trade body is The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). IMRO’s function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works. IMRO is a not-for-profit organisation.

Music users such as broadcasters, venues and businesses must pay for their use of copyright music by way of a blanket licence fee. IMRO collects these monies and distributes them to the songwriters, composers and music publishers who created the songs. The monies earned by copyright owners in this way are known as public performance royalties.

IMRO is also prominently involved in the sponsorship and promotion of music in Ireland. Every year it sponsors a large number of song contests, music festivals, seminars, workshops, research projects and showcase performances. Indeed, IMRO is now synonymous with helping to showcase emerging talent in Ireland.

www.imro.ie

About Spanish Point

Spanish Point Technologies is an innovative software company working with Microsoft technologies to provide business systems which remove complexity, increase productivity and connect users to critical business information. They employ technologies such as SharePoint, Microsoft Office, BizTalk, SQL Server and their own LookupPoint™ to build great solutions.

Headquartered in Dublin Ireland, Spanish Point provides consulting and solution build services on Microsoft’s core information worker and related technologies. Their innovative LookupPoint technology displays line of business information directly in Microsoft Office and is a great example of the power of the Microsoft Office platform and Spanish Point’s design and software development skills.

www.spanishpoint.ie

 

Bill Whelan and Brendan Graham first inductees to new IMRO Academy

Bill Whelan, best known as the composer of Riverdance and Brendan Graham the co-author of the hugely successful song, ‘You Raise Me Up’ became the first inductees to the new IMRO Academy which was launched by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) this week.
 
The IMRO Academy’s mission is to celebrate and mark the successes of Ireland’s iconic songwriters and composers who have made a very significant cultural and social impact in Ireland and/or internationally. Two IMRO members will be inducted into the Academy each year.
 
Victor Finn, CEO, IMRO, said: “Both Bill and Brendan have contributed enormously to the recognition of Ireland across the Globe and their extensive work more than merits them being inducted into the new IMRO Academy.”
 
Commenting, Bill Whelan, said: ”It is a double honor for me to be inducted into this new Irish Academy of Composers – not alone because I share it with my long-time friend and colleague, Brendan Graham – both founder- members of IMRO, but also because I look forward in the coming years to the growth of this Academy into an association of Irish talent, as yet unimagined. ”
 
Brendan Graham, said: ”Through the years of scratching out songs and hoping to find a listening ear, you never expect to be the recipient of such an acknowledgement as this, and in the company of a friend of long standing, such as Bill, whose work you admire and have been inspired by. Surprised and grateful are words that spring to mind.”
 
Victor Finn, CEO, IMRO, added: “As a country we have real diversity and quality of music. It is the most important ingredient in fostering our reputation of being a dynamic and culturally rich nation. No creator goes out with the expressed intention of being a flag bearer for Ireland but nonetheless this is the inevitable consequence when their work resonates so powerfully with overseas audiences. We believe that the IMRO Academy will celebrate Ireland’s creatives.”
 
The induction ceremony coincided with the IMRO sponsored Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) annual conference dinner which took place in Dublin on Monday evening. Following the ceremony, Brendan and Bill presented a very special world premiere performance of their new composition, ‘The High Line’, written together in New York recently. In addition, there were guest performances of songs/compositions from the extensive catalogues of both music creators. Among those who performed were Brian Kennedy, Secret Garden, Zoe Conway, The Discovery Gospel Choir, Morgan Crowley, Bill Whelan, An Ceolfhoireann na hÉireann (conducted by David Brophy), Charlie McGettigan, Paul Harrington, Mick Donegan and Mick O’Brien.

IMRO/MCPSI and YouTube Sign a Licensing Deal

Songwriters, composers and the YouTube community benefit as IMRO/MCPSI licence agreed.

IMRO/MCPSI and YouTube announced that they have signed a licence agreement that covers music included in videos streamed in Ireland via the online video platform. The licence covers the period until the end of 2012. As a result of the agreement the songwriters, composers and music publisher members that IMRO/MCPSI represents will be rewarded when their music is used.

“In the digital sphere where there have been few boundaries in the widespread distribution of music content in recent years the essential role that music creators provide in the value chain together with their underlying rights are important factors that have been very often overlooked and undervalued. IMRO/MCPSI is pleased to have signed this agreement with YouTube as it ensures that music creators rights are protected and that end users will continue to have access to the plethora of music content available on the YouTube service here in Ireland. We are happy to work in partnership with YouTube to ensure that the music creators that we represent continue to benefit from this successful online service”. Victor Finn, Chief Executive IMRO.

Donagh O’Malley, YouTube said: “We’ve been working hard to forge relationships that allow YouTube users to enjoy their favourite songs and discover new music on the site. We are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement with IMRO/MCPSI to help their members earn revenue and to enable new musical talents to emerge”.

25th March 2010

ENDS

IMRO/MCPSI PR:

Keith.johnson@imro.ie

YouTube PR:

Céline Crawford

press-ie@google.com

086 8235777

About IMRO:

IMRO is a national organisation that administers the performing right in copyright music in Ireland on behalf of its members – who are songwriters, composers and music publishers – and on behalf of the songwriters, composers and music publishers of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it. IMRO does not represent the interests of record labels. Their intestests in Ireland are administered by The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) and and Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI). IMRO’s function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works. IMRO is a not-for-profit organisation.

About MCPSI:

Mechanical Copyright Protection Society Ireland Limited (MCPSI) is an organisation which represents thousands of composers and publishers of music. By way of agency agreement with MCPS and through their reciprocal agreements with other organisations around the world, MCPSI also represents the interests of many thousands of other music copyright owners in other countries. MCPSI licenses companies and individuals who record musical works and collects and distributes the royalties payable under those licences.

This service is available to anybody who wants to use recorded music including record companies, independent production companies, mobile and online companies and many others. MCPSI also licenses the importation of recordings from outside of the EU.

About YouTube:

On YouTube, aspiring musicians shoot to recognition and record deals via home videos broadcast globally; politicians connect with voters, people learn how to cook, educators share e-learning videos and content partners of all kinds reach an even greater audience in support of their promotional and commercial objectives.

YouTube is the world’s most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube, LLC is based in San Bruno, CA and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.

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