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PLAY IRISH launches in Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow and South Tipperary – on BEAT 102-103
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:48   


IASCA is delighted to announce that it’s the first regional station to work on the PLAY IRISH is Beat 102-103
Tune in to BEAT Breakfast from today, March 20th, at 9.35a, to discover the PLAY IRISH artist. This week’s artist is The Japanese Popstars

PLAY IRISH is about getting more music by Irish artists on our airwaves at peak times.  Radio, local record stores, local venues and local media all work together to highlight an artist every week, so you can discover more great Irish artists and bands.

‘There is amazing music coming out of Ireland right now. Radio is the best medium for artists to reach people. PLAY IRISH and our partner stations allow this to happen” says IASCA’s Sinead Troy, "the reaction in Galway, where we launched the project in October was amazing." We Irish know good music when we hear it, and PLAY IRISH delivers that music to fans!

Niall Power, Beat 102 – 103’s Music Director, host of BEAT Breakfast, and CEO Gabrielle Cummins, are thrilled to support PLAY IRISH, ‘Beat have always supported Irish music, both during the day and on our Sunday evening Irish Beats show where Rob O’Connor is well renowned for giving artists early support, and now PLAY IRISH brings the team together working towards the same goal. We’re delighted to be bringing this initiative to our listeners.’

PLAY IRISH connects the music industry in the Beat broadcast area and encourages everyone to work together.

VENUES involved so far are The Forum in Waterford, The Set Theatre and Hub in Kilkenny. Both venues jumped on board to support Beat and IASCA, supporting Irish artists.
RECORD STORES currently involved are Heartbeat City, with stores in Waterford and Carlow, HMV Kilkenny and the new Wing Nut Records in Waterford - all are ready to support great Irish talent.

PLAY IRISH South East launches on Tuesday March 20th @ 9.35am

PLAY IRISH officially launched in Galway this week
Written by Sinéad Troy    Tuesday, 18 October 2011 15:19   

Play-Irish-Team-GBFM-1The IASCA project has been set up to increase radio play in Ireland for Irish artists and we’ve done just that on Galway Bay FM!

There is now a daytime slot at 3.35 every day on the Jon Richards show that broadcasts music from Irish artists. The slot contains an ‘IArtist of the Week’, music news, gig of the week in Galway and album of the week, along with one a one off play for yet another Irish artist.

We’re chuffed to bits with the progress of PLAY IRISH which wouldn’t happen without the support of Galway Bay FM and the local music industry, who all play the music from the Artist of the Week on their premises.

To qualify for either Artist A (Artist of the Week) or Artist B (one off play)  please check out the criteria here:

IASCA is a members only organisation and is funded by sponsorship and members fees. Please join us in making a difference for Irish songwriters, composers and authors.

Join the PLAY IRISH Facebook page to see who Jon picks every day/week

Thursday, 19 May 2011 15:51   


Hello All,

Allow me to introduce IASCA - Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (pronounced ee-asca)

Music writers are experiencing major difficulties in the ever-changing music industry, and often feel isolated.
We are launching IASCA, which aims to foster a community of songwriters, composers and authors in Ireland, and with your support, lobby and campaign for change for us all.


We have been working hard behind the scenes to set up and begin making progress (see ongoing projects below). The Board of IASCA have met quite a few times, and the association is managed by Sinéad Troy, who has many years experience working with artists in management, record labels, merchandising, touring and recording roles. We are now open for membership and hope you will join us to converse, discuss issues, attend or present mentoring sessions, and create opportunities for music writers.


  • We can join forces on every day issues that affect us and can be improved upon
  • Strength in numbers gives us and IASCA a louder voice
  • Network with members in your particular area of expertise all over Ireland
  • To support and finance IASCA projects and grow our association – we have great ideas to work on
  • To receive advice and education from professionals – songwriters / film composers / lyricists
  • To hear about opportunities - (songwriting competitions / composer submissions/ songwriting and composer awards)
  • To receive discounts within the industry – earn your membership fee back!!


* - LOG INTO A PRIVATE MEMBERS ONLY AREA FOR SONGWRITERS, COMPOSERS & AUTHORS – a safe and confidential environment to network and converse
- Personal profile page
- Network and support  | status updates | message other members | create groups, for example by genre: Traditional songwriters, by location: Classical Composers in the Munster, any group you can think of where other members might like to join and network - Lyric Writers – How to get published.
* PLAY IRISH – a project created to increase radio play in Ireland for Irish artists. The project launched in Galway last month, and has already introduced new artists to a daytime radio audience - the aim is to eventually go national with PLAY IRISH.
* RADIO IASCA – A free podcast series to promote Irish artists both at home and abroad – download our first one and hear music from established and new artists that inspire one of our IASCA Directors....
* IRELAND & EUROPEIASCA has partnered with ECSA (European Composer & Songwriter Alliance) in Europe to expand the lobbying voice for composers and songwriters,
IASCA is also working with First Music Contact, Music Managers Forum Ireland, and IMRO to discuss issues and create opportunities for our members in Ireland.
Professionals will be available online and in person at scheduled intervals for mentoring in areas like songwriting / touring / recording / collaborations and lots more.

You can click here to join IASCA:

What you will need to register:

* Online registration: your Collection Society CAE number, credit or laser card
* Postal Registration: application form, your Collection Society CAE number | credit or laser card, cheque or postal order.

We look forward to welcoming you to IASCA.

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Davey
Chairman, on behalf of the IASCA Board of Directors.

IASCA Board of Directors

* Cathy Davey * Luka Bloom * Luán Parle * Moya Brennan                                                                                                                                                                               * Shay Healy * Fiachra Trench * Joe Chester

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 14:55   


IASCA and FMC in partnership with Culture Ireland are giving the gift of music from Ireland to dignitaries and the international press corps travelling with HRH The Queen and President Obama during their individual visits to Ireland this month.

The double CD entitled, Music From Ireland 2011 will be presented to over 1000 visitors and key national and international media who will be in Ireland for the visit of the UK and US heads of state. The main aim of the project is to promote Irish artists both at home (pr & streaming) and abroad (CD) and hope the artists involved benefit by being heard by the recipients, which include international press.

The artist selection process involved representative organisations Music Network, The Contemporary Music Centre, Improvised Music Company and First Music Contact, as well as Culture Ireland and The Arts Council, nominating artists they feel currently represent a snapshot of each genre.

The music is divided in to four chapters, each chapter representing two genres:

Indie & Rock  - Lisa Hannigan, Ham Sandwich, We Cut Corners

Folk & Traditional  -  Mick Flannery, Ryan Sheridan, Fidil,

Classical & Contemporary  -  Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble

Jazz & World -  Metier, Justin Carroll, Niwel Tsumbu

Listen to compilation here 

Thursday, 31 March 2011 13:39   

PLAY_IRELAND__flyer_jpgPLAY IRISH is a new initiative by IASCA to increase the amount of music from Irish bands/artists played on our airwaves. The project involves the local music industry in each county working together for their mutual benefit and centres around a daytime local radio slot called PLAY IRISH·- spotlighting music of all genres by Irish artists/bands on day time radio. The wonderful folk at Galway Bay FM have agreed to pilot the project on Jon Richards' show at 3.30pm every day beginning Monday April 4th.

Tune in to Galway Bay FM locally at: 95.8 MHz (City), 97.4 MHz (Clifden & Connemara), 96.8 MHz (County) & 97.4 MHz (East Galway), 97.2 (Gort) or online at

Every day on the IASCA Facebook page we will announce the artist for that day.. join the page to receive this information or to have your say on what Irish artists you would like to hear, text PLAY IRISH, the artist and song  to: 085 77 00 000

Once successful the project will roll out into other counties and the aim eventually to run on national radio. Tune into Galway Bay FM this Monday and support Irish Radio supporting Irish Artists.

The Best of Irish Music Blogs
Monday, 21 March 2011 13:52   

best-of-irish-music-blogsThe best of Irish Music blogs by the Independent’s Day and Night

Ireland has a healthy mix of music bloggers, who largely focus on independent music with a healthy interest in what’s happening on the ground. Here are 10 Irish music blogs you should check out:

MP3Hugger – Dubliner Kevin has been posting great songs quietly without much fanfare since 2005. Mostly likely to post little-known indie-pop bands who deserve greater exposure such as Dublin’s Scared Animals or Galway’s Low Sea. (

Asleep on a Compost Heap – Verbose, witty, measured, tangental. All of these words apply to Darragh McCausland’s personal space on the web which manages to coherently cover life in Kells, musings on minimal techno and verdicts on the indie albums du jour.

Those Geese Were Stupefied – Karl McDonald is a young Irish writer who takes his music as serious as most scholars take James Joyce. His Irish interview series is essential reading for followers of this country’s music.

Cubikmusik – Cubik’s interests lie in electronica, soul, R&B, beats and hip-hop and you’ll find an eclectic selection of the above on his blog along with his regular “Under the influence” series with producers and musicians.

The Torture Garden – Shane Culloty is the owner of perhaps Ireland’s longest running music blog (March 2005). A massive fan of Arcade Fire and Cathy Davey, his blog is the first place to look for news and demos on both those acts as well as North American folk-indie artists.

Tenacious Tim – Tim is an American living in Ireland. Regular gig-goers should read his experiences with tinnitus and should stay for the tunes drawn from mainly Scandinavia and Ireland.

Bandwidth Films – Our sole Northern representative, Bandwidth is chock-a-block with live performances

Swear I’m Not Paul – Generally less niche than most other blogs, Ronan Hunt-Murphy covers a little bit of everything so you’ll be sure to find something you like in the setlists from gigs, album reviews, news and interviews.

Harmless Noise – No other blogger cares more about Irish music than Nay McArdle. Her regular roundups of Irish music both North and South of the border are absolutely essential reading.

Spherical Notions – Joey Kavanagh’s spot on the web covers live gigs and the hottest new electro and pop acts coming your way. Recent featured artists include Estelle, Ellie Goulding, Goldfrapp, Bitches With Wolves and Kiss Kiss Kiss.


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