A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing, Music Network. (Photo: Ros Kavanagh)
The strategic context for the Arts Council’s support of Music and all other artforms and areas of arts practice is set out in Making Great Art Work: Arts Council Strategy (2016 –2025) (PDF, 3.29 MB). It describes how we will lead the development of the arts in Ireland over the next decade. Our strategy has five priority areas: the artist; public engagement; investment strategy; spatial and demographic planning; and developing capacity.
Wide variety of genres and traditions
Music resonates deeply with people from all walks of life in Ireland. The musical landscape encompasses a wide variety of genres and traditions, as well as a wealth of contemporary styles and interactions. Irish musical life is defined by a vibrant community of musicians and energised by their engagement with audiences in Ireland and abroad. The music sector is further enriched by interaction with international artists and by a broad spectrum of youth and community music making.
The Arts Council embraces a number of critical tasks in relation to music. We seek to:
- support the work of professional artists in all music genres, including performers, composers, conductors and choral practitioners;
- support a number of resource organisations that play an important role in the development of music in Ireland;
- ensure that high-quality musical experiences are available to all irrespective of means, disability, geography, education, age or experience;
- complement the work of other organisations dedicated to the support and promotion of music;
- understand and respond to each individual musical genre in its own terms.