This section is a selective contact list of professional bodies and music organisations in Ireland. It is confined to those involved in, or having direct relevance to, collective rights management, creators rights or advocacy. For other websites of interest, visit our International Composition Competition and Song Contests sections.
- Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (Ireland) Limited (MCPSI)
- Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI)
- Recorded Artists Actors Performers (RAAP)
- Screen Composers Guild of Ireland
- Irish Association of Songwriters Composers & Authors (IASCA)
- The Arts Council of Ireland
- Music Publishers Association of Ireland (MPAI)
- The Association of Irish Composers
- Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
- Irish Recorded Music Association
- Music Network
- Musicians Union of Ireland
- Music From Ireland
- First Music Contact
- Improvised Music Company
Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (Ireland) Limited (MCPSI)
Copyright Protection Society (Ireland) Limited (MCPSI) is an organisation which represents thousands of composers and publishers of music. The right involved is a ‘mechanical’ right because it involves the physical reproduction of a member’s musical works, although with the advent of digital media and the internet the term ‘mechanical’ has been broadened to include digital reproductions of MCPSI’s members’ works too. MCPSI is responsible for the collection of royalties for its members when their works are used on physical formats such as CD, DVD, vinyl, etc or made available for download via the internet, mobile phones and via other digital devices and services.
MCPSI also licenses the use of its members’ works in film, TV, radio, advertising, computer games and many other situations where music is used in conjunction with other media. MCPSI collects and distributes the royalties payable under these licences.
By way of agency agreement with MCPS in the UK and through their reciprocal agreements with similar organisations around the world, MCPSI also represents the interests of many thousands of music copyright owners from other countries while providing copyright protection for its members in overseas territories.
This service is available to anybody who wants to record, duplicate or synchronise 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.
Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI)
Whenever a sound recording or music video is played in public, broadcast on the radio or carried over a cable service (TV), a royalty must be paid to the company that produced the recording. Phonographic Performance (Ireland) Limited was established in 1968 to act as a central administrator of record company rights in the public performance, broadcasting and reproduction of their recordings. PPI is owned by its members – Irish and multinational record companies – and membership is open to all record companies, big and small.
Record companies have a right to be paid whenever their recordings or music videos are played in public. Performers have a right to be paid when sound recordings they have contributed to are played in public. From 1st January 2016, PPI will enter into a licensing agreement with IMRO whereby IMRO will collect PPI payments in a new dual music licence.
PPI’s Members consist of record companies including all the well-known multinational and major Irish record companies. All of PPI’s income (less administration charges) is distributed every year to its members and to performers signed to member record companies.
For information on membership of PPI contact:
Phonographic Performance Ireland,
1 Corrig Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.
T: + 353 1 280 5977 F: + 353 1 280 6579
For information on the new Dual Music Licence, contact IMRO at ei.ormi@ecnecillaud.
Recorded Artists Actors Performers (RAAP)
Since January 1st 2001 new legislation introduce in Ireland has meant that all Irish artists and performers, featured and non featured are entitled to a payment when a sound recording that they have contributed to is publicly broadcast in Ireland. This right has existed in some other countries for quite a time. RAAP (Recorded Artists Actors Performers) was set up to administer this new right and collect worldwide on behalf of its members. RAAP is a not for profit company run by performers for performers. It is limited by guarantee and controlled by a Board of Directors elected by the members.
Screen Composers Guild of Ireland
Screen composers guild of Ireland was established in May 2018 and is the representative body for professional composers of original music for Film, TV, Animation, Advertising and Games. The SCGI was set up by a group of working composers and is a not for profit organisation run by its members, for its members.
The SCGI aims to improve the status and rights of Irish Screen Composers and their craft in Ireland and internationally, to offer a positive contributing voice to the wider audiovisual industry and to provide resource services for its members and those wishing to work with composers. The SCGI are dedicated to constantly improving the quality and visibility of original music for screen created in Ireland and believe in the importance of continual professional development for creators. The SCGI is also a community offering opportunities for members to share knowledge and experience and work collectively on matters that are of shared importance. The SCGI is committed to good governance and transparency of operations.
Irish Association of Songwriters Composers & Authors (IASCA)
The Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors was established in late 2009. IASCA represents the interests of music writers. Their members encompass the entire music industry, from professional songwriters and composers to those just starting out. Whether you are fresh out of university with a music related degree, an emerging songwriter, or writing music professionally, IASCA membership offers a range of services and benefits tailored to you. IASCA membership gives you the security of knowing that at any stage in your career you are represented by an organisation fully committed to your concerns and which will lobby on your behalf.
Contact: Sinead Troy
The Arts Council of Ireland
The Arts Council of Ireland is the Irish government agency for developing the arts. It works in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.
The Arts Council, 70 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. D02 NY52
T : +353 1 618 0200 F: +353 1 676 1302
Music Publishers Association of Ireland (MPAI)
Publishers Association of Ireland (MPAI) is the umbrella organisation which caters for the interests of those music publishers active in the Irish marketplace.
MPAI, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Baggot Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.
T : +353 1 6766940
E : ei.dnaleriapm@ofni
The Association of Irish Composers
The AIC is the representative body of composers in Ireland (including Northern Ireland). AIC represents the interests of composers in all areas of copyright and seeks to enhance the professional status of its members through promotional activities.
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. It is a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world, and has been working for the cause of Irish music 1951. Its efforts continue with increasing zeal as the movement launches itself into the 21st century.
Irish Recorded Music Association
The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) is a non-profit making organisation set up by record companies in the Republic of Ireland, to provide members with a convenient means to discuss matters of common interest and to provide a medium to represent the Irish record industry in negotiations with Government and other parties. Generally, it operates to promote and protect the welfare and interests of the Irish record industry.
Music Network’s mission is to make high quality live music available and accessible to people throughout Ireland. Music Network is Ireland’s national music touring and development agency, and was founded in 1986 by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
The organisation holds a unique position in the Irish music sector and has a strong and consistent track record of achievements. Over the 30 years of its existence, Music Network has contributed significantly to music development throughout Ireland through its national reach, development of touring infrastructure, and linking of arts policy with on the ground activity.
Music Network’s vision is that of a culture which increasingly values live music as an integral part of our everyday lives. Everything the organisation does correlates to this vision: from its work in music education, to supporting musicians at varying stages of their development, to providing concerts, audience development and outreach activities through its valued network of partners.
Musicians Union of Ireland
The Musicians’ Union of Ireland (MUI), an affiliate of SIPTU, represents musicians from every genre along with music teachers, singers and other music professionals.
The Union works hard to protect members, whether freelance or directly employed, from exploitation and has a successful track record of ensuring that members receive all contractual entitlements arising from their performances.
Through our membership of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM) the Union plays an important part in advancing, promoting and protecting the rights of musicians in a global marketplace in the digital age. In this context, the Union is developing positive working relationships with all of the relevant stakeholders including the collecting societies.
As a founding member of the Association of Artists’ Representative Organisations (AARO) the MUI has joined forces with a number of other bodies representative of Writers, Directors, Actors, Composers, Visual Artists and others in pursuit of the right of all artists to collectively negotiate terms and conditions, the right to Social Protection, the right to share in the economic life of the work artists create and the right to representation on all of the relevant arts bodies in this country.
As an affiliate of SIPTU, the MUI benefits directly from the expertise, experience and drive of the country’s largest trade union in pursuit of Fairness at Work & Justice in Society.
Music From Ireland
Music From Ireland is a First Music Contact spearheaded project building a brand around Irish bands at International Music Festivals. SXSW, CMJ, London Calling, Midem, Canadian Music Week, Popkomm, The Great Escape and In The City have all featured.
First Music Contact
FMC is a free information and advice resource for musicians and the independent music sector in Ireland. It delivers projects at key stages of an artists’ development. FMC also curates Breaking Tunes, Hard Working Class Heroes, Music From Ireland and the FMC Tour.
33 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
T: 01 675 0529
Improvised Music Company
Improvised Music Company (IMC) is an Arts Council funded resource for Irish musicians and a specialist music promoter for jazz and ethnic music in Ireland.
They produce 4 festivals annually as well as intimate and large scale concerts of Irish and international jazz, experimental and world music artists.
Improvised Music Company (IMC) was founded by Irish jazz musicians and supporters in 1991. Today, they are Ireland’s largest specialist music producer, with hands-on involvement in many aspects of music making throughout the island, from festival programming, concert promotion, touring, education and audience development.
Some of their high-profile festivals presenting jazz and world music include;
•ESB Dublin Jazz Festival : 1999-2003
•Farmleigh Affair : 2005-2009
•12 Points festival: 2007 – present
•Down With Jazz festival : 2012 – 2017
•Hotter Than July : 2014 – present
•SPECTRUM festival 2017-present
•BAN BAM 2017-present