Tuesday, 2 July 2013


Derry/Londonderry -  PRS for Music and the Irish Rights Music Organisation (IMRO), have today launched a Media Writing Mentorship which will take place during this year’s CultureTECH festival. The mentorship is being delivered in partnership with CultureTECH, the annual digital festival in Derry-Londonderry, and will see 6 teams of songwriters and composers working together over a 30 hour period to a brief to create and showcase their work.

The PRS for Music and IMRO Media Mentorship will see 12 songwriters or composers coming together to compose pieces of music to a brief, which is likely to be a two minute composition for a TV documentary and a 30 second animation title sequence, which will occur during the CultureTECH Festival in Derry-Londonderry this September.

Over the collaborative 30 hour period, the songwriters and composers will work with a group of specially selected mentors and will work in a collaborative environment during the CultureTECH festival, culminating in a showcase event on the 12th of September as part of the Festival Programme.

The Mentorship seeks to promote new repertoire as well as helping show songwriters and composers other opportunities that exist for them outside traditional song writing.

As PRS for Music Senior Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland, Stuart Fleming explained:

"I'm excited that PRS for Music and IMRO are partnering on this event to offer some of the great wealth of Irish writing and composing talent the opportunity to enhance their careers. To bring these creators together at CultureTECH in Derry-Londonderry's 'Year of Culture' is a privilege and I look forward to hearing the new collaborative work created as a result of this challenge."

As IMRO Marketing & Membership Director, Keith Johnson explained:

“The film and TV industry is a notoriously difficult area for music creators to establish a foothold in. This exciting new initiative provides a platform for composers and songwriters to gain invaluable hands-on experience working with film directors and other film/TV professionals.”

Submissions are now being sought from composers and songwriters with 6 members of PRS for Music and 6 members of IMRO being chosen by an industry panel. Applications are encouraged from all genres, and are open until 31st July.

As CultureTECH festival Director Mark Nagurski explained:

“This is going to be a great addition to our festival line-up. It’s an absolute pleasure to be working with PRS for Music and IMRO, and I can anticipate a massive response from both their memberships, which are bursting with talent. The final showcase event is going to form part of our great music line-up, and I’m sure it’s going to showcase some interesting ideas.”

For more information about the PRS for Music and IMRO Media Mentorship is available at www.culturetech.co/prsimro. For more information about PRS for Music please visit www.prsformusic.com and for more information about IMRO please visit www.imro.ie