Winners of the Music Mentorship in partnership with the culturetech festival

PRS For Music and IMRO announce winners of the Music Mentorship in partnership with the culturetech festival

PRS for Music and the Irish Rights Music Organisation IMRO have today announced the winners of the Media Writing Mentorship which will take place during this years’ CultureTECH festival. The mentorship is being delivered in partnership with CultureTECH, the annual digital festival in Derry-Londonderry.

PRS for Music and IMRO have chosen 12 songwriters and composers to come together to compose pieces of music that will soundtrack a TV documentary and animation title sequence. The final composition will be shown at the CultureTECH Festival on 12 September as part of the festival programme.

The recipients are:

  • Pete McCauley
  • Shauna Tohill
  • Martin Byrne
  • Katie Richardson
  • Adam Montgomery
  • Yumi Mashiki
  • Mark Hennessey
  • Larry Hogan
  • Louise Heaney
  • Doug Sheridan
  • Emmett Cooke
  • Paul Campbell

The Mentorship seeks to promote new repertoire as well as to show songwriters and composers that other opportunities exists for them outside traditional song writing.


This is going to be a great addition to our festival line-up. It’s an absolute pleasure to be working with PRS for Music and IMRO, and I anticipate fantastic output from both their memberships, which are bursting with talent. The final showcase event is going to form part of our great music line-up, and I’m sure it’s going to showcase some interesting ideas.

CultureTECH festival Director Mark Nagurski

I'm absolutely delighted as this is a great opportunity to get some hands on experience in writing to a brief. I have some experience in this already, but can't wait to start the mentorship programme so I can take my skills to the next level.

Music composer, Emmett Cooke

I am really pleased to have won the place and am looking forward to working with some new musicians on a cool project like this! It will be a fantastic opportunity to network and experience something new.

Singer songwriter, Shauna Tohill

For more information about the PRS for Music and IMRO Media Mentorship is available at


Notes for editors


The Irish Music Rights Organisation is a national organisation that administers the performing right in copyright music in Ireland on behalf of its members (who are songwriters, composers and music publishers) and on behalf of the songwriters, composers and music publishers of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it



CultureTECH is a week-long festival of digital technology, media and music which takes place in Derry-Londonderry this September. Now in its second year, the festival will deliver over 100 events - from conferences to workshops and games tournaments to live music gigs - to a total estimated audience of 30,000 people. CultureTECH also produces a year-round programme of innovative projects designed to ignite conversations and collaborations at the crossroads of arts, culture and technology.



For information regarding CultureTECH, please contact:
Connor Doherty Marketing and Partnerships 02871 262379 / 077208 40186 /

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to nearly 15m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn, PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £621.5m in 2016, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.