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IMRO Spotlight – Lisa Murray

Lisa Murray is an artist, music producer, audio engineer and multi-faceted creator. She began exploring music technology during her undergraduate degree at Trinity College Dublin. She then went on to receive a Masters degree in Music Production, Technology and Innovation from the world-renowned Berklee College of Music, where she was awarded their Outstanding Woman Scholarship and received mentorship from Sylvia Massy. Since graduating from Berklee, Lisa has been working on exciting projects as a freelance producer and engineer. She is also the Chapter Director at Dublin and works as the Social Media Manager and Operations Coordinator at She Knows Tech. Lisa also serves on multiple committees of the Audio Engineering Society and is dedicated to closing the gender gap in the music industry.

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Covid-19 IMRO Member Update

Fellow IMRO members,

Given the extraordinary events that we’re living through at the present time, I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you to let you know what we’re doing in IMRO to help see all our members through the difficult times that lie ahead.

For the safety of our staff and members, from 13th March, IMRO HQ, Copyright House has been closed to members and we have facilitated home and remote working for all employees until further notice. We have sadly had to cancel all scheduled events in the building.  We cancelled all business travel two weeks ago, and all physical meetings are now held over conference and video calls. Our primary concern is always the safety of our employees, members, affiliates and our licensees.

Business Continuity Planning

Our COVID-19 preparedness is co-ordinated as part of a company-wide business continuity and resilience testing programme which we had updated in 2019. A key objective of these measures is to enable us to support our members’, affiliates and licensees’ needs with a minimal level of disruption in the event of a significant event.

From an operational perspective, we have put in place business-continuity plans utilising our cloud-based technologies to ensure that we can conduct business from work-from-home locations. This is to ensure we can continue to serve both our members’, affiliates and licensees needs appropriately. All our employees will be contactable and available for business utilising our usual modes of communications and contact details (email, desk phone numbers etc.) fully accessible from remote locations. Our March 2020 distribution went out as scheduled on the 15th. Royalty payments to our members and affiliates continue to be our top priority and we will in fact be expediting the radio distribution to a monthly payment schedule with effect from the April distribution.

I fully appreciate that this is a difficult and worrying time for you right now. Many of IMRO’s members are self-employed freelancers and small businesses who are reliant on the income that they receive from music licensing. Please be assured that IMRO is doing everything within its power to protect revenue streams for members and affiliates over the coming weeks and months.

We are very fortunate to have an exceptional crew working in IMRO. Our CEO Victor Finn’s response has been superb right throughout this crisis. His management team and all the staff inside in IMRO have responded with extraordinary determination and have gone above and beyond to make sure that all the work continues and that the distributions go out on time to all our members. I would like to pass on my sincerest thanks to them.

This may be an unprecedented situation, but we all need to continue to take individual responsibility for doing the right thing for the greater good. We can all ensure that the COVID-19 virus and its effects are minimised as far as possible.

We all hope that life will return to normal as soon as possible, but for the immediate future it looks as if life will be very different. Given the particular difficulties that the creative community might be facing at this time in relation to mental health, I asked Bressie if he would do a special video introduction to his ‘Where is My Mind’ podcasts for our members. The link is here:

Podcast Links




We will have the links for all of these podcasts along with other information that might assist members available on the IMRO website for the foreseeable future.

The world will need music and creativity to see them through the weeks that lie ahead. Keep writing, stay safe, look out for each other and in the words of Jackson Browne “Let the music keep your spirits high”

Onwards and upwards,

Eleanor McEvoy
IMRO Chairperson

New Release by David Matthew – ‘Withheld’ EP

Inner Chapter announce the release of ‘Withheld’, the new EP from Dublin-born, Cork-based electronica artist David Matthew who joined the label in November.

At three tracks-long, ‘Withheld’ provides a snapshot of Matthew’s current activity and cross-genre style. His melody-driven music combines classical-romantic influences with a synaesthetic urge for sonic exploration; moody piano narratives sit side-by-side with synthesized soundscapes, provocative samples and dark, downtempo rhythms.

As well as collaborations with other artists – including a project with the Russian composer Ezekiel featuring Sinéad O’ Connor – Matthew has one other album to his name; the independently-released ‘Inside Traffic’, “a tribute to the idea that a mind can become more congested than any motorway”, as Matthew puts it.

Withheld will be available to download from 14th December 2015 at

Dubliner LuCo releases his second single DON’T MATTER NOW


DON’T MATTER NOW is available to Stream and Download on iTunes, Spotify etc.

LuCo will support ASLAN at their Sold Out Concert on Saturday January 2nd at Vicar Street. The other support act on the night is the Bettystown Band “The Valves”.

Like/Follow on Facebook and Twitter for updates and shows.


‘1916, A Guided Tour’ App Launched featuring Irish history & music

Reclaim the Vision of 1916 – A Citizen’s Initiative is proud to announce the completion of its ‘1916, A Guided Tour‘ app which is available for download from 4th December 2015 at €1 on both Google and Apple platforms. All profits go to the National Graves Association.

This App will take you on a narrated guided tour of 12 main Rebel Outposts in Dublin where the insurgents of Easter week, 1916 held out against the superior forces of the British Empire, starting in Liberty Hall and ending in The Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square.

Scripted by the late Tomás Mac Anna, the tour is narrated by well-known veteran broadcaster, Donncha Ó Dúlaing. Enhanced by the music, songs and poetry of some of Ireland’s well-known composers and artists, the App contains a slideshow of over 100+ contemporary and vintage photographs to put each 1916 outpost in context.

You can download the app for smartphone and tablet from the App Store and Google Play

Hearing Protection IMRO Offer

As an IMRO member and musician, your hearing is crucial to your ability to earn a living so protecting your hearing
should be a priority. Crescendo from Dynamic Ear Company supply the best musicians and heavy industries with the most advanced protection possible through their impressive range of products. IMRO and Crescendo Hearing Protection would like to offer you a 25% discount on attenuators which are specifically designed and EQ’d with musicians in mind. All products in the range offer flat attenuation with various dB reductions so you can hear more of what you want at safe levels.
In order to qualify, please fill out the form HERE and present it at your local participating dealer to receive your discount. For information on Crescendo dealer around the country, please contact info@musicmaker

Exclusive: New Christmas Video from Robb Murphy

Belfast singer songwriter, Robb Murphy, releases a new single, “When Love is Tangled Between Friends”, tomorrow, Friday 11th December, and he’s just given IMRO an exclusive on the festive video.

The track will be available from Robb’s Bandcamp page tomorrow and ends a busy year for the songwriter following the release of his second album, “Sleep Tonight”, back in March. Packed full of personal memories and stories of Robb’s native Northern Ireland, the album is a tapestry of music in the grand Irish storytelling tradition.

Featuring Robb’s family and friends, the video for “When Love is Tangled Between Friends” is a warm and fitting close to 2015 for the critically acclaimed artist.

The single will be available for free download from Robb’s Bandcamp page from Friday 11th December until Friday 1st January.

Dublin Songwriter Rocks the TEDxKlagenfurt 2015 Stage

Between playing more gigs that there are days of the week and working with songwriting collectives throughout Europe, you wouldn’t think Dublin-born Vienna-based singer-songwriter, Shane Ó Fearghail, would have time to fit more in. But he’s just managed to add another great experience to his songwriting CV – wrapping up the TEDx event at Klagenfurt.


Shane was asked to perform and close the show with his self-named “TedSing” in Klagenfurt, Austria in September. The event also featured speakers from the worlds of technology, science and philosophy and took place in the extraordinary Schleppe Event Hall in Klagenfurt.

You can check out Shane’s slot at TEDx in the video below. Shane returns to Dublin this month and plays East Side Tavern on Leeson Street Lower on 28th December, featuring special guest Momár. Doors at 19:30 and admission is €12.

Julie Feeney & Music Generation for glór this Weekend

Music Generation Clare, in collaboration with glór, presents Julie Feeney in concert this Saturday, 12th December at 8pm.

Julie Feeney’s sell-out shows on both sides of the Atlantic have received rave reviews – whether solo, with ensemble, with choirs or with full orchestra – and she composes, arranges and orchestrates all of her own music. Her three albums have been critically acclaimed internationally receiving numerous awards and she has created a whole host of stunning music videos to accompany them. Her opera Bird goes into full production in 2017. Sharp witted, unpretentious and fiercely passionate, Julie Feeney is a genuine artist and a hugely enjoyable performer. After performing shows in Amsterdam, Mexico, Italy, all over Ireland and New York throughout 2015, she is delighted to be back at glór for this very special performance.

Music Generation Clare is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high quality performance music education. In its first eighteen months of operation, through its music tuition programmes, and through partnerships with music education providers, Music Generation Clare has worked with over 1000 children and young people throughout County Clare on vocal, instrumental, songwriting, and early years programmes, and hosted events such as the John Lennon Educational Bus, and the visit of the Young Naperville Singers from Naperville, Illinois.

The event on December 12th will also showcase performances from participants of various partnerships and programmes of Music Generation Clare.

Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, The Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Admission: €20 for adults and €10 for under 18’s Leath/Leath Go See! ticket scheme. Tickets can be purchased directly through glór’s online booking system here.

Glen Hansard Nominated for Best Folk Album At The 58th GRAMMY Awards

The highly positive reviews of Glen Hansard‘s second solo album ‘Didn’t He Ramble‘ in September 2015 have gone a long way towards the announcement today that the collection of songs are in contention for ‘Best Folk Album’ at the 58th GRAMMY Awards.

Fresh from finishing a US Tour (as well as performing at a certain church in Dingle over the weekend), the GRAMMY nod is testament to Glen’s reflective approach to songwriting.

The album, which was recorded in New York, Dublin, Chicago and France, has been universally agreed to be his most intimate and features guest appearances by John Sheahan (Dubliners), Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) and Sam Amidon.

Originally principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist with The Frames, Glen went on to create The Swell Season and the unmistakable soundtrack to the film ‘Once’ which both his and Markéta Irglová’s song ‘Falling Slowly’ won an Academy Award in 2008 for ‘Best Original Song’. In 2013, the Broadway adaptation, Once, The Musical, won eight Tony Awards including the top musical prize itself. His debut solo album Rhythm & Repose was released in 2012.

You can follow Glen on Facebook and Twitter.

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