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We are so excited to present to you our new project to support and celebrate Irish Music internationally - PLAYIRISH USA..

The aim of PLAY IRISH USA is to introduce more Irish music to our family, friends and the Irish diaspora.

Not yet officially launched to media, (stay tuned for more on that), IASCA has spend the last couple of months communicating with fifty Irish music media professionals from TV, Press, Radio & Blogs asking each one to choose just one song a month by an Irish artist. IASCA turns these choices into weekly playlists for international partners to share with their readers.

Our first partners are​, the largest Irish website in North America. They tell stories about Irish culture, roots, history, genealogy and now music, and are a leading source for news and politics from Irish America and Ireland to over 2million unique visitors to their website every month. 

Without further adoo, here is the first week of PLAYIRISH USA (you should be a registered user of Spotify to access)

Want to help us support and celebrate more Irish music? Easy...

* Listen to the PLAYIRISH USA new music!

* Follow the PLAYIRISH USA playlist on Spotify - hit the follow button and increase the numbers that access the playlist

* Share the playlist with your friends on Facebook/Twitter - introduce to a wider audience is the sister website to the Irish-American publications Irish Voice newspaper and Irish America magazine, founded by Niall O'Dowd. 

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July 2014 | PLAY IRISH launches on Dublin City FM
Friday, 18 July 2014 12:30   
An initiative of IASCA, the aim of PLAY IRISH is to introduce more great Irish music to the Irish public via daytime radio. 
Have you heard of The Eskies, Johnny Rayge, Sleep Thieves or Funzo? You'll hear them all on All on PLAY IRISH Dublin City FM this month!
Every day on LiveDrive both in the morning and afternoon, you will hear Dublin City FM highlighting Irish music under the heading PLAY IRISH
Dublin CityFM is the fourth Irish radio station to join IASCA in highlighting Irish music on daytime radio, along with Galway Bay FM, Beat102-103 and Ocean FM. Tune into Dublin City FM on 103.2FM. 
IASCA and First Music Contact joined forces to deliver Irish music to European Radio professionals jetting in to Dublin to attend their yearly radio conference RADIODAYS 2014
Friday, 18 July 2014 12:25   
We couldn't let all those radio folk come to Dublin for a conference and leave without some amazing Irish music, and who better to choose Irish music for radio, than some of our friends in Irish radio - a big thank you to:
Brian Adams – Head of Music at TodayFM
Aiden Butler – Senior Music Producer at RTÉ Radio 1
Amy McGarrigle – Producer Across The Line, BBC Northern Ireland
Ellen Cranitch – Presenter,  RTÉ Lyric FM
This is what we achieved:
1. RadioDays Newsletter | We convinced the RadioDays folk to send out a special St Patrick's Day newsletter to their mailing list of over 3000 radio professionals in Europe. The idea of the special newsletter was to promote Irish music to international radio in advance of St Patrick's Day 2014, and appeal to them to celebrate with us by giving them easy access to radio friendly Irish music of all genres! We have asked our friends at RadioMonitor to monitor any plays throughout Europe for four weeks.
2. The second part of this project was to produce 1500 CD's – the cost of which was met by IMRO, thank you to them!!– so that we give one to each delegate attending the conference (approx 1400). 
We thought it would be a missed opportunity for delegates to leave Ireland without experiencing incredible Irish music currently being played on Irish radio. 
3. Finally, IASCA and Music From Ireland/FMC had an Exhibitors stand at the conference (which didn't cost us a penny as we worked hard on making sure the conference had all the music it needed), again promoting Irish music not only to European, Canadian, American, Chinese and Australian radio professionals, but to our own radio stations who attended (two major stations wanted to know why they were not a part of the CD process!). It was also a chance for IASCA  to conduct a face to face survey with European radio professionals about how much local music they play!  It was so interesting to hear countries like Sweden, Finland and Germany playing 50% local music, just out of pride and support. 
IASCA meet with the Minister for Arts
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 11:09   
IASCA had a positive meeting with the Minister for Arts, Jimmy Deenihan T.D. and members of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, where we introduced the possibility of creating a uniform definition of Irish music in Irish broadcasting contracts, where multiple definitions currently exist. Our next meeting will be to introduce this initiative to the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) and RTÉ.
BBC Radio 6 Music to mark St Patrick’s Day 2013
Monday, 11 March 2013 16:30   

IASCA (Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers & Authors) and BBC Radio 6 Music are celebrating Irish music on Sunday March 17th 2013 –St Patrick’s Day of course!

On 6 Music, presenters Cerys Matthews, (10-12noon), Huey Morgan (1-4pm) and Tom Robinson in Now Playing @ 6 Music (6-8pm) will each be selecting a few Irish artists to play during their shows. The station will also replay their Sinead O’Connor First Time special (12-1pm).

BBC Radio 6 Music is one of the BBC's digital radio stations. It is available on digital media: DAB radio, digital television , , and in northern Europe through the Astra 2B satellite. On Monday 11 March 2012 the network celebrated its 10th birthday. 6 Music is the most listened to BBC digital radio station in the UK with an average weekly audience of 1.9 million. It brings together the cutting edge music of today and the iconic and ground-breaking music of the past 40 years.

IASCA is a new non-profit membership association set up to strengthen and promote the existing community songwriters, composers and lyricists in Ireland, and help music writers of all genres connect and support each other. PLAY IRISH is an IASCA project created to increase radio play for Irish Artists by working directly with radio stations.

So on March 17th tune into 6 Music, starting with Cerys at 10am, an interview with Sinead O’Conner at 12, Huey at 1pm, and why not put a request in for your favourite Irish song with Tom at 6pm.

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