Irish Recorded Music Association

The Irish Recorded Music Association is a non-profit association set up in 1999 to promote certain interests of the music industry in the Republic of Ireland. It is particular active in addressing copyright issues, it compiles the official music charts for Ireland. Only Irish companies can become members of the IRMA. All members pay a yearly fee based on company size; the IRMA has 51 member companies. The recording companies and other music-related companies that are on the IRMA board are: Warner Music Ireland Universal Music Ireland Sony Music Ireland IML Irish Music Licensing Ltd Faction Records Rubyworks IRMA operates to promote and protect the welfare and interests of the Irish record industry. IRMA is involved in lobbying to protect and enhance the interest of member companies and lobby to prevent illegal downloading of music content from local and international artists. IRMA compile and manage the official music charts for the Republic of Ireland; these include: Top 100 Albums, Top 100 Singles, Top 10 Classical Albums, Top 10 Dance Singles, Top 20 Multi-Artist Compilation Albums, Top 30 Videos, Top 20 DVDs and Top 10 Music DVDS.

In the mid-1990s IRMA presented the IRMA Music Awards. These have been replaced by the annual music awards show Meteor Ireland Music Awards. In the past IRMA have organised "The IRMA Honours," an awards ceremony which honours the life work of Ireland's leading musicians and people who have influenced the Irish music industry. Past recipients include Larry Gogan and Christy Moore. On 12 April 2005, the association began to take legal action against "serial filesharers" in the Republic of Ireland who illegally distribute music on the Internet. On 15 November 2005, the IRMA began "Phase II" of its plan to battle filesharing. On 12 June 2013, IRMA secured an Order of the High Court to block access to The Pirate Bay to all Irish internet users in the Republic of Ireland. IRMA and Eircom reached an agreement over file sharing which uses a third-party organisation to monitor Eircom users for downloading of infringing music; the agreed system was reported to use a "three-strikes-and-you. The agreement was criticised by Digital Rights IrelandOffline.

The association sent solicitors' letters to several organisations, including hosting service Blacknight Solutions, whose MD, Michele Neylon, made the copy sent to his company publicly available on the company site. Although Blacknight Solutions isn't an ISP they still received the letter, which stated in the event of a positive response to this letter it is proposed to make practical arrangements with Blacknight of a like nature to those made with eircom. Protests against some actions of IRMA are being organised by Digital Rights Ireland, as well as Blackout Ireland. In 1997 the IRMA set up a trust with Phonographic Performance Ireland, with the aim to enhance the opportunities for young people who want to pursue a career in music; the trust's main initiative is the Instrument Bank, which provides music instruments to young people to young people who live in disadvantaged communities throughout Ireland. Record industry List of albums certified by the Irish Recorded Music Association List of artists who reached number one in Ireland List of songs that reached number one on the Irish Singles Chart Irish Singles Chart Official website IRMA Irish Charts Website GFK Chart-Track Sony Music Ireland EMI Music Ireland Warner Music Ireland Independent Records Reekus Records RMG Chart Entertainment

Dag Achatz

Dag Achatz is a Swedish virtuoso pianist and composer. His recording for BIS of his own transcription for solo piano of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is acknowledged to be one of the great recordings of the 20th century. Leonard Bernstein asked him to transcribe his ballet Fancy Free, which Achatz recorded along with his own transcription of Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Born in Stockholm in 1942 of a Swedish mother and a Viennese father, both musicians, he was raised in Switzerland, where he entered the Geneva Conservatory at age of 8. Graduating with honors, he continued his studies with Greta Eriksson in Stockholm, with Alfred Cortot and Guido Agosti in Siena, with Susanne Roche and Vlado Perlemuter in Paris. In 1960 he claimed victory in the Rudolf Ganz Competition in Lausanne, in 1964 took first prize at the coveted Maria Canals International Music Competition in Barcelona, he was a prizewinner at the Bavarian Radio Competition in Munich and the Viotti Competition in Vercelli.

He has since performed in more than 25 countries and in most major musical centers, including London, New York, Berlin, Saint Petersburg, Vienna and Beijing. Achatz has played more than 1,000 recitals and has performed more than 240 times with orchestras including the radio orchestras of Stockholm, Paris, Torino and with the Orchestre de Pasdeloup of Paris, l'Orchestre de l'Opéra de Monte Carlo, the Gewandhaus of Leipzig, the Staatskapelle of Dresden, with the Philarmonic Orchestras of Stockholm, Oslo and Lisbon, he has participated in the international music festivals of Montreux, Aix-en-Provence and Savonlina in Finland. He has collaborated with many eminent conductors, including Celibidache, Kertesz, Kamu, Maris Jansons and others, his master classes have taken him to the Academie-Festival des Arcs in France, the Institute of Advanced Musical Studies in Montreux, the Osaka Conservatory in Japan, the Umea International Academy in Sweden. Dag Achatz serves on the juries of international competitions, including those at Jaen, the Clara Haskil, Paris, Oporto and many others.

In chamber music and lieder, he has performed with the Da Ponte Quartet, the Fresk String Quartet, with singers Barbara Hendricks, Birgit Finnilä, Hugues Cuenod and Joanna Porackova, in four-hand music with Yukie Nagai. He has made more than two dozen recordings for CBS, EMI, Melodiya and Americus Records, his best-selling CD of the music of Gershwin, on the BIS label, has been praised, as are his recordings of Debussy, Scriabin, Liszt, Stenhammar and many others. Outside the established classical music world, he worked on stage with French singer-songwriter Léo Ferré, during the mid-1970s

Indian Islamic Centre, Abu Dhabi

Indian Islamic Center, Abu Dhabi is a socio-cultural and religious centre for the Indian community that resides in Abu Dhabi. The chief patron of the centre is chaired by business tycoon M. A. Yusuff Ali. P Bava Haji, Dr Abdurahman Moulavi Olavattur, Karappath Usman, Abdul Kareem Haji, Abdul Salam are the some of the committee members who manage the centre; the centre registered with the Ministry of Social Affairs. It hosts more than five hundred active members. Islamic Centre was established in 1971 by social and philanthropic activists from Kerala who assembled at Chithari Compound, a bachelor accommodation; the center's new building was inaugurated by President of India Pratibha Patil on 23 November 2010 during her official visit. In 2014, the centre celebrated its 40th anniversary with activities in India. Bava Haji is the centre's longest serving president, he played a key role in opening Al Noor Indian Islamic School under the Islamic Centre for the poor and economically-backward. The school closed in 2014