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Keith Donald

Chairman,
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Dublin, Ireland
Keith Donald was born in County Derry in 1945. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, and has studied at University of Minnesota and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

A founding member of the critically acclaimed Irish instrumental group Moving Hearts, Donald has played sax with people as diverse as Van Morrison, The Dubliners, Zoot Sims, Christy Moore, Vusi Mahlahsela, Gerry Mulligan and Máire Breatnach. Keith has played at or organised gigs for Burma Action Ireland, Amnesty, Greenpeace, gay rights, the Anti-Apartheid Movement, Women´s Aid and many other worthwhile causes. Over the years he has composed music for the BBC, Channel Four, BFI, RTE, Neil Jordan´s Angel, plays by Brian Friel, Damian Gorman and Frank McGuinness and he wrote the music for the BBCNI drama United which won a BAFTA in 1997.

Through previous membership of the Boards of the IRMA Trust, the Temple Bar Music Centre, the IBEC Music Group, plus having served on Forte, the advisory group set up by the first Minister for Arts and Culture, he has developed a comprehensive understanding of music and the arts in Ireland and overseas. He currently sits on the Board of the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society of Ireland (MCPSI). As a performer, Keith has returned to his first love, the clarinet and plays jazz gigs in Ireland and abroad.