- 12 Mar 20
With the announcement of a ban on public gatherings, many music events are being cancelled. Now, the Irish Music Rights Organisation has issued a statement.
The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) has issued a notice to members on its response to the coronavirus (Covid-19). It follows the announcement, made by the government today, of a raft of measures aimed at minimising the spread of the virus, including limiting indoor gatherings to less than 100 people, and outdoor gatherings to 500.
"Following government recommendations in response to the spread of the coronavirus, the Irish Music Rights Organisation has put provisions in place to carry out business as usual for members, customers and affiliated societies worldwide,” the notice said.
"While we intend to work as normal, some services may be restricted temporarily. With this in mind, we would appreciate patience from customers, members and affiliated societies now and in the coming weeks.”
Among the decisions set out by IMRO was the suspension of its own programme of member events.
"IMRO will not be hosting any member events until further notice and we ask for the time being that customers and members do not visit the IMRO offices,” the statement went on.
"The Irish government has recommended that indoor gatherings of more than 100 people and outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people be cancelled. IMRO supports the decision in the best interests of public health.
"We understand that this is difficult for music fans who have bought tickets and for the bands, artists and crew who have spent months preparing for gigs and concerts. However, the safety and well-being of fans, musicians, crews, and the wider public must be protected.
"At IMRO, we believe music matters. We cherish creativity, protecting and promoting music, not just for the benefit of music creators, but for the benefit of who we are as a society. Decisions like this are not easy, and we hope that fans will support music creators in the coming months as gigs are rescheduled.”
The statement ended on a note of kindness.
"Look after yourselves, family and friends and especially those most vulnerable,” it said. "Thank you all for your forbearance during this challenging time.”
The accompanying photograph shows IMRO chair, Eleanor McEvoy and CEO Victor Finn presenting the Munster Live Venue of the Year Award to Aiden O'Connor of Mike The Pies.