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The Irish Institute of Music & Song are hosting the 2023 International Songwriting Retreat from 24-30 July in Balbriggan, Dublin, Ireland. This is a seven day retreat held on the Irish Institute of Music & Song’s purpose-built music campus in Balbriggan, Dublin. This retreat, unique in Ireland, offers professional songwriters and serious amateurs from around the world, an opportunity to work with, and learn from, some of the best songwriting mentors in the industry.

IMRO partnered with the Irish Institute of Music & Song to sponsor two scholarship places on the International Songwriting Retreat. A large number of applications were received and a panel of judges have awarded scholarship places to songwriters Emma Langford, hailing from Co. Limerick, and Jess Meyer originally from South Africa, now living in Co. Kerry.

Both songwriters are very much looking forward to working with the retreat mentors which include Rob Wells from Canada, who has written songs for Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, alongside Maria Christensen from Los Angeles, who has written music for Jennifer Lopez and Celine Dion. Other mentors on the retreat include, Shridhar Solanki from the UK, who has worked with Dua Lipa, Andrea Bocelli, Craig David and Carrie Underwood, and Ruth-Anne Cunningham from Ireland (L.A based), who has written music for Britney Spears, The Corrs and One Direction. All retreat attendees will get to work with these internationally acclaimed mentors who have written music for some of the world’s biggest record labels, including Universal, Warner and Sony.

The retreat includes seven days working with world renowned songwriting mentors, seven nights’ on-site accommodation in modern Japanese style pods, all meals from the onsite restaurant (breakfast, lunch, dinner), snacks (tea, coffee and biscuits). Also included is access to private rehearsal spaces and VIP membership to a series of six music industry talks in the evening which will be presented by some of Ireland’s best known songwriters, including Paddy Casey and Duke Special. A non-resident package is also, this excludes onsite accommodation and meals. Remaining spaces are limited. Please visit to find out more and register your interest today.

‘’We are very excited about working with the Irish Institute of Music & Song and supporting their new initiative, the International Songwriting Retreat in July, 2023. A big part of our mission at IMRO is being committed to creators, alongside that, it’s to educate, that’s why we sponsored two scholarship places on the retreat, giving songwriters the opportunity to learn, develop and ultimately grow as songwriters.” IMRO CEO, Victor Finn.

“We have been working on this retreat for a few years now and are very excited that it is finally taking place in July. We are very proud to partner with IMRO who sponsored two songwriting scholarship places on the retreat. This opportunity is second to none as the calibre of mentors on the course is literally world class.” Irish Institute of Music & Song CEO, Michael T Dawson,


IMRO administers the performing right in copyright music on behalf of its members (songwriters, composers, and music publishers) and on behalf of members of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it. IMRO’s core function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works. With a global scope, we represent creators along the chain of creation. At IMRO, we are committed to creators. We stand up for music and the people who make it and perform it. A community for creators, we listen, advocate, educate, invest, and engage to shape a culture of musical worth. We help music creators to adapt to change and receive a full and fair return for their work. See

The Irish Institute of Music & Song is a world-facing, not for profit, music organisation that provides unique music experiences and programmes to individuals, communities and businesses worldwide. It is Ireland's only purpose-built music education campus. The campus consists of a music academy, Bedford House luxury accommodation, student accommodation, music degree/masters courses (coming soon), music wellness retreats, La La Café & Restaurant, and Concert Hall, all onsite together. Opening summer 2023 is the brand new state-of-the art 400 seat Concert Hall, ‘The Lark’. The Lark will host live music, theatre, comedy and more. The Irish Institute of Music is located 20 minutes from Dublin airport and 4 minutes from the train station and sandy beaches of Balbriggan, Dublin. See and

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