IMRO will host a seminar on the theme of Music For Film and TV this coming August.

The seminar will take place on Monday 13th August 2007 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

This seminar will cover the broad topic of music for film and TV, a notoriously difficult area for emerging Irish composers and songwriters to break into. The event will be moderated by Todd Brabec, and an expert panel will be on hand to give their collective insights and experiences on this aspect of the music business.

Please note that the number of places available are limited. This seminar is provided free of charge.

Should you wish reserve a place please email your name to Keith Johnson, IMRO Marketing Manager (ei.ormi@nosnhoj.htiek) without delay.



Todd Brabec is Executive Vice President and Director of Membership for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and is in charge of all of that Society’s membership operations throughout the world. Todd, a former recording artist and entertainment lawyer as well as being a graduate of the New York University of Law, is an adjunct professor at the USC Thornton School of Music/Music Industry Department where he teaches the business of publishing, motion pictures, television and recording. He along with is twin brother Jeff are winners of the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism and they are authors of the book, Music, Money and Success: The Insider’s Guide To Making Money In The Music

Business (Schirmer Trade Books/Music Sales/502 pages)


Steve Lynch set up Stellarsound in 2004 after graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a Masters in Music and Media Technology.

Since then, Steve has composed extensively for commercial campaigns for the likes of Mercedes Benz (Springer & Jacoby Hamburg), Galaxy Chocolate (TBWA London), Bank of Ireland (Irish International), Harp Lager (Irish International) and Ballygowan (a reworking of Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” for Pan/McConnells).

Documentary work includes ‘Mixed Blessings’ for the acclaimed PBS America ‘Wide Angle’ series, the IFTA winning “Micheal – The Sound of Sunday” for RTE and the 8 part “Uachtaráin” series for TG4.

Notable film work includes the multi award-winning ‘Secret Language’ directed by longtime collaborator Brian Durnin.


Tom Lawrence is a Gold Medal Award winning composer for film and television.

He has worked with directors for RTE and independent media such as Peter Carr (RTE), Brendan Culleton (Akajava Films), Martin Danneels (Red Pepper Productions), Tim Fernée (Moving Still Productions), Simon Gibney (RTE), Irina Maldea (Akajava Films), Paul Mercier (Solas Films, TG4), James Phelan (Great Western Films), Ross O’ Callahan (Peer Pressure), Paul O’Flanagan Boulder Media), Paul Stevenson (RTE), Marie Toft (RTE) Birthe Tonseth (RTE) etc. on a range of music scores for film, television and new media.

He has performed as solo guitarist and in ensembles in Europe and Ireland, and is prolific as conductor and music director.

Academically, Tom chairs the MSc Multimedia program at the School of Communications, Dublin City University where he is a lecturer in media.

He is an external examiner for Dundalk and Dublin Institutes of Technology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and University College Cork, is a full member of IMRO/MCPS, MusicNetwork, Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI) and Academic Council, DCU.

After leaving University College Cork with a B.A. Degree, Tom went on to complete an M.A. Music Performance with Gerard Gillen at NUI, Maynooth. He studied Jazz guitar with Liam Foley and classical guitar with both John Feeley (Dublin Conservatoire of Music) and Maria Levia San Marcus (Geneva Conservatoire of Music). He also studied composition and orchestration with film composer Stephen Lawrence Parker. Tom completed a Ph.D in Musicology with Harry White at University College Dublin in 1999. He has also completed several film scoring andfilm sound programmes including Diploma Film Music Composition (Film Institute, Los Angeles), Screen Training Ireland; Orchestration for Film & Television Composers (with Conrad Pope) and Filmbase’s Sound production for Film (Noel Quinn). Tom also holds an

L.T.C.L. (Music Performance, Trinity College, London).


Nick Kelly is an award-winning singer and songwriter, known both as the former frontman with acclaimed Irish band The Fat Lady Sings and as an independent solo artist. His 2005 release Running Dog was nominated for Irish Album of The Year at the Choice Music Prize.

Nick has also written and directed two well-regarded short films in recent years, Delphine (2003) and Why The Irish Dance That Way (2006).

Having always had an interest in other forms of creative expression, Nick has spent much of his time pursuing these alternative interests when not writing and performing music.

In 1995 his short story “Expect Jail” was a winner of the Ian St James Awards, the largest UK awards for short fiction.

Having stumbled into writing advertising scripts following the break-up of The Fat Lady Sings, Nick has been responsible for the creation of major TV commercials for many of the largest and most prestigious brands in Ireland, including four global spots for Guinness. Nick’s advertising work has won numerous creative and ad effectiveness awards, including a Clio Award (the advertising equivalent of an Oscar) for his Guinness spot “Tom Crean” in 2003. He also wrote the Guinness “Quarrel” advertisement which featured the late Mic Christopher’s posthumous hit “Heyday”.

Nick wrote and directed his own first short film, “Delphine” in the summer of 2003 under the auspices of the Irish Film Board’s Short Shorts scheme. Writing in the Irish Times, Michael Dwyer sung “Delphine”‘s praises, noting that “this witty vignette packs a sharp punchline”. “Delphine” ran before SCHOOL OF ROCK in 26 screens across Ireland, has been screened at festivals around Ireland and internationally. It was selected by Jameson for inclusion on their “Take 5” programme for screening at Irish and UK airports, and was nominated for Best Irish Short at the 2004 Irish Film and Television Awards. So far “Delphine” has been bought for broadcast by TV stations in Canada, France, Spain and Japan.

Nick’s latest adventure in the screen trade is as writer and director of another short movie, “Why The Irish Dance That Way”. This 5-minute film, commissioned jointly by the Arts Council and RTE as part of their “Dance On The Box” series, involved a collaboration with sean-nos dancer and choreographer Ronan O’Riagain. This humorous piece, set in a queue of would-be customers outside a rural post office, was initially broadcast by RTE in April 2006. “Why The Irish Dance That Way” featured in various international competitions and festivals and was accepted for the prestigious Montreal World Film Festival in August 2006.


Greg McAteer comes from Northern Ireland where he joined his first band aged 14 at the height of the punk revolution. Since then he has held down just about every conceivable job in the music business. Along the way he has served as licensing manager of MCPS, a spell on the board of the Irish Recorded Music Association and has acted as a copyright consultant to IMRO, RTE, Arthur Cox Solicitors and a number of publishers and songwriters. He currently provides copyright clearance services to the advertising sector, writes for Hot Press and is involved in band management.

IMRO is a national organisation that administers the performing right in copyright music in Ireland on behalf of its members – songwriters, composers and music publishers – and on behalf of the members of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it. IMRO’s function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works. IMRO is a not-for-profit organisation.


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