A new report commissioned by Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) says there are opportunities for jobs, exporting, education and commerce “if the right support structures can be put in place,” as it’s currently “struggling to realise its full potential.”
The report, produced by Deloitte, says that the Irish music industry contributes €470 million to the economy and supports more than 11,500 jobs (9,030 direct, 2,480 indirect).
It recommends a number of measures to put in place “to maximise the contribution of music in Ireland in the short, medium and long term””
- 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.
The report was produced in consultation with IMRO members and members of the industry including artist, labels, publishers, songwriters, management companies, retail and broadcast personnel. I was interviewed for it too.
The report also contains figures about sales in Ireland From 2008 to 2012, recorded music sales fell by almost €40 million from €72 million to €33 million per annum while digital sales rose 14% per year over the last five years, from €8 million to €13 million.
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.”