The Music Managers' Forum Ireland is to officially launch on April 29 at the Dublin headquarters of the Irish Music Rights Organization (IMRO).

The launch event will comprise two discussion panels, the first featuring Brian Message, co-manager of Radiohead and MMF U.K. chairman, and Jon Webster, MMF U.K. CEO and former managing director of Virgin Records. The second will feature Hugh Murray, manager of Delorentos, Jim Lawless, manager of the Coronas, and Dave O'Grady of Independent Records/Raw Management.

The MMF Ireland was founded in January 2009 when Alan Cullivan, manager of the Thrills, was voted in as founding chairman. The organization aims to provide a united voice for its membership of music managers and a networking forum for developing managers to learn from high profile managers.

Among its primary objectives will be raising the standard of professional artist management, working with the industry and state bodies on relevant issues, and scheduling focused training sessions on issues important to managers and their artists.

Several Irish music industry bodies are already in support of the organization, including First Music Contact, a free information resource for musicians, and IMRO.

"I welcome the establishment of the MMF Ireland," said First Music Contact CEO Angela Dorgan in a statement. "It's a positive step for artists if it can encourage professionalism amongst managers and help equip them with the necessary skills for the job."

"The foundation of MMF Ireland is a very welcome development," added IMRO director of marketing and membership Keith Johnson. "Through their ongoing support mechanisms and training programmes for music managers in the years ahead, music creators and the industry as a whole will undoubtedly benefit greatly."

There are now Music Managers' Forums in 15 countries worldwide, all of which are part of the International Music Managers' Forum.

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