Nothing pleases me more than to go into a room and come out with a piece of music.
- Paul McCartney
Although our primary goal is to distribute royalties to performers, we are involved in the development of the Irish music industry and are very conscious of the need to assist and nurture new Irish artists and bands starting out.
We have been involved in the Choice Music Awards since it began in 2005 which showcases some of Ireland's favourite homegrown artists and to select the best album of the year.
In 2011 we initiated the Breakthrough Bursaries Awards. These were rolled out via four radio stations RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Between 2011 and 2012 bursaries totalling €50,000 were awarded to artists across a broad genre of music from Pop/Rock/Dance, Country/Roots, Traditional Irish/Folk and Classical/Jazz. Our aim was to help emerging artists by giving them the chance to break through to the next level of their musical career.