Jim Carroll

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Live music in the dock

Two interesting stories in this morning’s paper relating to live music comings and goings in this country. The first is the case of MCD v Prince. The concert promoters are looking for Prince to cough up €1.6 million on the …

Tue, Dec 16, 2008, 13:59

   

Two interesting stories in this morning’s paper relating to live music comings and goings in this country.

The first is the case of MCD v Prince. The concert promoters are looking for Prince to cough up €1.6 million on the back of that cancelled show in Croke Park last June.

The news report notes that there doesn’t appear to have been any actual contract in place between the promoter and the act for this show:

“While there is no actual written contract with Prince, it is claimed the e-mail correspondence between MCD director Denis Desmond and Mr Goldring (Prince’s agent) makes it “abundantly clear” a concluded contract was entered into by both parties”

The second is the case of IMRO v POD Concerts, again arising from events last summer.

Yesterday Mr Justice Peter Kelly warned POD Concerts that they face “serious consequences” if they fail to honour “all aspects of its agreement with the Irish Music Rights Organisation (Imro) over royalty payments for live music events” by next Thursday.

(Comments turned off as these cases are still before the courts)