IMRO administers the performing right in copyright music on behalf of its members (songwriters, composers and music publishers) and on behalf of members of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it. Music users such as broadcasters, venues and businesses must pay for their use of copyright music by way of a blanket licence fee. IMRO´s function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works, ie. music used anywhere outside of the domestic environment, through its licensing agreements with music users in line with the Copyright & Related Rights Act, 2000.
As of January 2016, IMRO also acts as agent for Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI), collecting public performance royalties on behalf of record producers and performers.
IMRO is a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG).
Valuing Music Because Music Matters: At IMRO, we believe music matters. We cherish creativity, protecting and promoting music, not just for the benefit of music creators, but for the benefit of who we are as a society. We value music not just to sustain it and to grow it, but because music unites us and is fundamental to who we are.
Committed to the Creator: At IMRO, we are committed to creators. We stand up for music and the people who make it and perform it. A community for creators, we listen, advocate, educate, invest, and engage to shape a culture of musical worth. We help music creators to adapt to change and receive full and fair return for their work.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: IMRO represents songwriters’ composers and music publishers who bring varying backgrounds, ideas, and points of view to their creativity on behalf of all music fans. Our diverse perspectives are enriched by many dimensions, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, culture, language, and education, as well as professional and life experience. We actively cultivate a culture of inclusion for our employees by respecting individual strengths, views and experiences. Our differences make us a better team – we make better decisions, drive innovation, and deliver better business results.
Ongoing Innovation: At IMRO, we are continually innovating. Data-driven, and digital to the core, our focus has always been on innovating not for the sake of it, but for the sake of our members. With globally-advanced systems, our services are efficient, effective and secure.
For Music of Today, and Tomorrow: At IMRO, we are focused on the future. Since our inception in the 1980s, we have been supporting music creators at all stages of their careers – nascent acts, emerging talent and established performers. We work on the basis that investing in music now, guards it for the future.
Born Irish, with a Global Outlook: Founded by Irish creators, we work at home and abroad to protect and promote music. With global scope, we represent creators along the chain of creation – from writer, to producer, to performer, to the listener. We ensure that those who create music can share and perform it, and that those who consume music, can access it – because music benefits us all.
Fostering Creativity: 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. IMRO is now synonymous with helping to showcase emerging talent in Ireland.
Lobbying for Intellectual Property Rights: IMRO is keenly aware of the inadequacies in copyright legislation, not only in Ireland but in other countries too. IMRO worked closely with the Irish Government on the drafting of the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000. Most recently it has worked closely with Government, the European Commission, MEPs and policy makers with regard to shaping forthcoming EU copyright regulations to ensure they are fit for purpose in the 21st century in an increasingly important digital environment.
As you can see, IMRO is not just about collecting royalties. It is constantly working to better protect the rights of those whom it represents by promoting awareness about copyright issues, working with government and educating the music-using public.