The Forum for Music in Ireland’s recent two-day plenary meeting took place on 4 & 5 April in Waterford hosted by Waterford Institute of Technology Music Department. Those present agreed that it was a most successful event with interesting sessions stimulating lots of discussion.
The opening keynote address and formal reply on the weekend’s theme of ‘The Profession of Music’ were given by Philip King and Ian Fox respectively, with some thought-provoking views on the current state of music in Ireland. The following morning Maura Eaton, Chief Executive of the Music Board of Ireland, gave a presentation on the Music Board’s recently-published reports on the music industry in Ireland. This was followed by a session on ‘New Methods of Training and Technology’ given by composer/performer Ronan Guilfoyle and Dundalk IT lecturer Paul McGettrick. In the afternoon, traditional music promoter and producer Tom Sherlock and Angela Dorgan, CEO of the Federation of Music Collectives, spoke on the subject of ‘Promoting Music at Home and Abroad’. The meeting closed with a discussion chaired by Evelyn Grant on the current state of music provision at the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and the Cork School of Music.
The next meeting of the Forum for Music in Ireland will take place in Dublin in the autumn. Further information and membership details from Aisling White, Forum Administrator, email forum [at] cmc [dot] ie.
Published on 1 July 2003