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R.A.A.P. News Archive


The reason for this letter

Last Friday, 21 October, we received a letter from Phonographic Performance Ireland (“PPI”) outlining a course of action on which they have already embarked which we believe to be unlawful. If not resisted, this will result in the destruction not only of RAAP, the non-profit performers representative organisation, but also of the basic right of Irish performers to control the management of their royalties and to choose the collecting society that they, as performers, wish to have manage their rights.

We have instructed a legal team in respect of the matter and a letter is now being sent to PPI requiring that they immediately step back from their stated position. Read More

Letter to RAAP Members on Dispute between RAAP and PPI

As you know, we have had a long and mutually satisfactory partnership agreement with PPI since 2002, with regard to the fair and equitable sharing of licence fees collected by PPI on behalf of both producers and performers. Since 2013, however, that situation has changed radically. This has occurred through the unilateral actions of PPI, who have sought to alter the manner in which data has been analysed by agreement between us for many years, and then taken further action to withhold funds from the normal distribution on the basis of retrospective calculations. Over the past three years, the Board of RAAP has endeavoured through every means possible, in dialogue, discussion and dispute, to persuade PPI to desist from this approach and to make full restitution to RAAP of monies withheld. Unfortunately our best efforts have come to nought. We have therefore been forced to issue court proceedings to settle the matter...Read More

NEW SINGLE - 29th May 2015

Ben Carrigan (a founding member of The Thrills) releases his new solo single, The Sweetest Stories, on Friday, 29th May (Ireland).The new track, written and produced by Carrigan, is the beautifully orchestrated follow-up single to his highly acclaimed 2011 debut solo album, The Greatest Narrators; an album likened to great singer-songwriters such as Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. It is also a precursor to his, as yet untitled, second album which is currently in production.

The Sweetest Stories features the vocal talents of New Zealand native, Thom Cross, whose voice is reminiscent of such greats as Scott Walker, Nick Cave and David Bowie. The track takes you on an endearing ride from the hopeful naivety of youth to the harsh and cynical climate of modern living, all the while building over a beautiful symphonic sound.

Carrigan is an accomplished musician having learnt piano, guitar and drums at an early age. He studied under the distinguished Dublin based jazz musician and composer Ronan Guilfoyle and obtained a Diploma in Advanced Jazz Studies from The Guildhall School of Music, London. He was awarded one of the few scholarships to the Berklee School of Music in Boston and earned a place at the prestigious The Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.

Carrigan was a founding member of Mercury Music nominated, multi-platinum and award winning Irish pop group, The Thrills. The group enjoyed worldwide success between 2002 and 2008 with 3 top 10 albums and 7 top 40 singles, and toured the world over, including with musical greats such as Morrissey, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, U2, REM, Maroon 5 and Pixies.

In 2009 Carrigan resumed his studies at Berklee, focusing on orchestration, music production and audio post production for film and television. He currently works as a composer and audio post production specialist for film, television, games and commercials and has been commissioned to write music for a number of high profile projects, including BBC 2 documentary, The Pity Of War.

Comments on The Greatest Narrators album

Truly superb…This record is worth hearing" - HOTPRESS

"Sweetly orchestrated songs…highlight Carrigan's considerable compositional talents" - IRISH INDEPENDENT

"A gorgeous piece of work: rich, sophisticated and clearly lovingly put together" - GOLDENPLEC

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Vincent Lynch - "It Was You"

Freshly signed to Universal Music Group on a worldwide publishing deal, Cork based singer-songwriter Vincent Lynch releases his brand new single,'It Was You' to radio stations this week.

Vincent's brand new self penned song 'It Was You' aims to reflect the eclectic, diverse style that Vincent has made his own, and he hopes to replicate this in the brand new single release.

Discussing the release of the brand new single, Vincent said: "It Was You' is a personal song for me as it is based loosely on a relationship I was involved in some years ago... You know those one-way relationships. I think we've all had one of them at some point! But I'm so proud of all the work that went into this track, it's very humbling to say the least."

a song about love found....and lost...with a hint of regret.... Vincent knows his way round a guitar and knows how to craft a song...a song for embittered lovers everywhere .........." Roddie Cleere - The Irish Music Show - KCLRFM


On International Jazz Day - Wednesday 30th of April, Leading Irish jazz guitarist Tommy Halferty will be releasing his latest studio album entitled 'Burkina' at the Bello Bar in Portobello, Dublin.

Recorded at The Ventry Recording Studios in Dublin by Dave McCune in May 2013. The album features many original compositions by Halferty and exciting performances of tunes by John Abercrombie & The Beatles. Halferty was joined on this recording date by his current rhythm section of Drummer Kevin Brady and Bassist Dave Redmond.

For more info on the album launch follow the details below & check out a free track from the forthcoming album.

Bello Bar
1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin
Doors at 7pm
Performance at 8pm
Admission: €10
(First 50 people will also receive a copy of the album)


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Due to a typing error the Ballot paper you received dated 20th August is invalid and will not be accepted by the Scrutineers. We have posted out to you the proper valid ballot paper dated 23rd August.

You may vote for the candidates of your choice by putting a cross on the ballot paper beside their names. (Please note that you do not have to vote for five candidates if you do not wish to. You may if you wish vote for any number up to five.)

Your completed ballot paper must reach the offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Independent Scrutineers, One Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Business Reply, Dublin 1, not later than 5.00 pm, Monday 10th September 2012. Any ballot papers received after that time will be disqualified.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.


The Recorded Artists Actors and Performers (RAAP) organisation and RTÉ Radio today announced that the deadline of the RAAP | RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursary 2012 will be extended by one week; with a new deadline of 4pm on Thursday 16 August.

The RAAP | RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursary, which is in its second year, will see €24,500 in bursary prize money awarded to the winners along with guaranteed air play on prime time radio across RTÉ's four national FM stations: RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

The RAAP | RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursary competition is divided into four categories which aim to encompass all musical genres and ensure that musicians of every discipline are in with a chance of winning. The winners of each category will receive a €5,000 bursary to go towards furthering their musical career and guaranteed air play on one of RTÉ Radio's four FM stations. Nine runner-up prizes of €500 will also be awarded.

Musicians hoping to win the RAAP | RTÉ Breakthrough Bursary will now have until 4pm on Thursday 16 August to submit their entries via the online submission process on RTÉ's dedicated Breakthrough Bursary webpage:


Nominations for the 5 director positions on the board of RAAP must be:

  • signed by two members proposing the appointment
  • accompanied by a note from the candidate confirming his/her willingness to be appointed,
  • accompanied by a short biography of the candidate's career, not exceeding 300 words in length.
    Please note that if the biography is longer than 300 words the Company Secretary may edit it as he , in his absolute discretion, thinks fit.
  • accompanied by, if applicable, a complete list of directorships held currently and within the preceding 5 years.

In the event that there are more candidates than vacancies for the director positions a postal ballot will be held.

The Annual General Meeting for R.A.A.P. is scheduled for Thursday 20th September at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire


RAAP Congratulates the Recipients of the 2008 RAAP Sponsored Irish Album of the Year. We wish all of the nominees and the winner every success in 2009

The live event took place in Vicar Street, Dublin on Wednesday March 4 and featured performances from as many of the acts who could play on the night as possible.

The following acts and albums were nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2008 (acts in alphabetical order):

  • Fight Like Apes "Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion"
    (Model Citizen)
  • Mick Flannery "White Lies" (EMI)
  • Halfset "Another Way of Being There" (Casino Gravity Records)
  • Lisa Hannigan "Sea Sew" (Own label)
  • David Holmes "The Holy Pictures" (Canderblinks)
  • Jape "Ritual" (Co-Op)
  • Messiah J & The Expert "From The Word Go" (Inaudible)
  • Oppenheimer "Take The Whole Mid-Range And Boost It" (Fantastic Plastic)
  • R.S.A.G. "Organic Sampler" (Psychonavigation)
  • The Script "The Script" (Sony Music)

Year 2009 was probably one of the most impressive shortlists with 2008 proving to be a great year for Irish album releases. The winner of Choice Music Awards was Dublin band - Jape

R.A.A.P. Pays Out 2006 Broadcast and Public Performance Royalties
Wednesday 16th May - R.A.A.P. made its 2006 domestic distribution payout to Irish performers. Monies from the broadcast and public performance of sound recordings on Irish airwaves and Irish disco’s and nightclubs were paid out to more than 1300 Irish performer.

R.A.A.P. Pays Out over 3 Million Euro in 2005 to Artists
R.A.A.P. has paid out in excess of 3 million euro to performers in 2005. The organisation is delighted with the results to date but is anxious that artists who have played on sound recordings register their contributions to ensure that they receive their monies.

The money is due to artists when a commercially produced sound recording that they have contributed to has been broadcast on commercial radio or played as background music in hotels, bars etc.

The contribution to the sound recording means any artist including a session musician who performed on the studio recording. For further information artists should contact R.A.A.P. at to check and update their repertoire when necessary. Recorded Artists and Performers is committed to protecting the intellectual property rights of all members.

R.A.A.P. Makes 1.3 million Euro Pay Out to Members.
16th May 2005 - Recorded Artists and Performers made a distribution to its members of more than 1.3 million euro from public broadcast and public performance in Ireland for 2004 and from monies collected in Austria, Brazil, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan and the United States.
This is the single biggest payment to date and a further distribution will be made in December from monies collected from international territories. R.A.A.P. makes two distributions annually, the May payout is mainly for domestic performance and the December payment includes monies collected overseas.
The Directors have announced the date for the Annual General Meeting to the held at the Beacon Hotel, Sandyford Business Region, Dublin 18, for Friday 17th June at 11-30a.m.

Ciaran Tourish Joins the Board of R.A.A.P
Renowned tin whistle, and fiddle player and member of the internationally celebrated Irish Trad band Altan, Ciaran Tourish has joined the board of Recorded Artists and Performers Ltd.

R.A.A.P Welcomes First Payments from Brazil
"This is the first payment to any performer's society in Europe and we are delighted that following our reciprocal agreement we have opened up this market for broadcast royalties" stated Éanna Casey, Chief Executive of Recorded Artists and Performers

R.A.A.P will make a distribution to members on December 20th for broadcast income collected in Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Japan, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdomand and the United States.

Nov 15 2004: RAAP calls for extension of the Artists Term of Protection

As part of the review of the Term of Protection Directive (Dir.93/98/EEC), Recorded Artists and Performers has in a submission to the European Commission called for an extension of the Terms of Protection for Artists from the current 50 years to that enjoyed in the United States 95 years.
Extending the term of protection will bring Member States into line with developments worldwide and show a real commitment to nurturing creativity and creating a solid business environment for investment in local culture.
This is the type of proactive actions that must be taken now to protect Europe's music future.

2003 :R.A.A.P. pays out almost 2 million euro to Performers in 2003
"During 2003 Recorded Artists and Performers paid out almost euro 2 million to artists from the public broadcast of sound recordings. The bulk of it (over 1.2 million euro) was paid to Irish artists, with monies collected in Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Japan, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States."; the chairman of R.A.A.P. Paddy Cole announced today.

The organisation paid out over 700,000 euro from broadcast income collected in Ireland to performers from eleven foreign territories.

In 2004, Recorded Artists and Performers expects to have at least eleven more territories paying monies to Irish artists; these are Austria, Canada, Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Switzerland.

R.A.A.P.'s major priorities in 2004 include protecting its members'rights within Ireland and abroad by continuing to sign International agreements, and by chasing territories in Europe where monies collected for artists are not being passed on to the rights holders. Already in January, R.A.A.P. has made an official complaint to the Norwegian Government concerning the activities of Gramo, the Norwegian performers'; organisation.

R.A.A.P. sponsors Music Awords
Recorded Artists and Performers is delighted to be sponsoring the inaugural Choice Music, Irish Album of the Year 2005, awards to be held at Vicar's Street on Tuesday 28th February.

We are delighted to be involved in this award ceremony and hope that the event will become a very successful annual ceremony showcasing the best in Irish Recordings.

Irish success at Grammys R.A.A.P congratulates U2 on their success at the Grammys, winning in five different categories.

R.A.A.P. supports Actions against Illegal File-Sharing
15th November 2005 - R.A.A.P fully endorses the legal action by IRMA against "serial filesharers" in Ireland who illegally make copyrighted music available on the Internet. Online music piracy is selfish, illegal and damaging, having a direct negative impact on the economic welfare of Recording Artists and Performers. No industry can be expected to allow illegal activities to continue unchallenged. The unauthorised uploading of copyrighted music is being confronted vigorously by IRMA, and R.A.A.P. is fully committed to protecting its members' moral and economic rights through these actions

R.A.A.P. makes 1.3 million euro pay out to Members
16th May 2005 - Recorded Artists and Performers made a distribution to its members of more than €1.3 million from public broadcast and public performance in Ireland for 2004 and from monies collected in Austria, Brazil, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan and the United States.
This is the single biggest payment to date and a further distribution will be made in December from monies collected from International territories. R.A.A.P. makes two distributions annually, the May payout is mainly for Domestic performance and the December payment includes monies collected overseas.

R.A.A.P. has to date signed nineteen (19) International agreements in Europe and throughout the World.
In September we concluded an agreement with the Japanese performers organisation CPRA.
R.A.A.P. made a distribution in May to Irish Artists for 2002 broadcast income.
R.A.A.P. will make a second distribution in late December for income collected from around the World for 2002 broadcast income for our members.

Remember unless you have joined Recorded Artists and Performers, we cannot make a claim on your behalf for your monies from, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K. and the U.S.A.

R.A.A.P. makes first Distributions- on Friday 26th of April
Recorded Artists and Performers made its first Distribution to Irish Artists under the New Legislation, this was the first of three made in 2002 for 2001 Broadcast Income and from claims made to Foreign Societies.

R.A.A.P. joins SCAPR- to promote International Co-operation and strengthen our Members Rights, R.A.A.P. joined SCAPR, the Societies Council for the Collective Management of Performer's Rights in May 2002.

R.A.A.P. signs First International Reciprocal Agreement-September 18th 2001 Recorded Artists and Performers signed its first International Reciprocal Agreement with the Belgium Performers Organisation URADEX and has to date signed Reciprocal Agreements with Performer Societies in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Italy, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K. and the United States.

"The right to be identified with and to reasonably exploit one’s own original creative endeavour I regard as a human right".
Mr Justice Peter Charleton 16th April 2010