Context: Dublin City Council published The Draft Dublin City Development Plan (2022-2028) the plan  sets out how the city will develop to meet the needs of all residents, workers and visitors. You can read Chapter 12 Culture here The Culture Chapter proposes policies and objectives under the following subheadings -Protecting and Enhancing Cultural Assets, Cultural Hubs and Quarters, Supporting Cultural Vibrancy, Supporting key Cultural Activities, Culture in the Community, Supporting Irish Language and Culture, Culture in the Public Domain.

Music Alliance Ireland submitted to the Pre-Draft Public Consultation Strategic Issues paper – Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028, and acknowledge the impact our feedback and other members of the music sector has had on the plan, in particular in DCC’s commitment to a music hub space for Dublin.

Response: Responses to this draft plan are invited as  the last part of the process where public submissions might impact significantly on the final plan. See Music Alliance Ireland’s submission on the report in our next post.

What you can do: Make your submission to the plan outlining the requirements of the music sector as you see them, you may reference Music Alliance Ireland’s submission. 

Key sections: 

PG: 450


Music is one of most widely engaged forms of culture in the city.
The diversity and range of music – from full orchestras to solo singer songwriters and everything in-between; the creative range and diversity of this art form is vast. Alongside the diversity in type, is the need for diversity in space for musical artists to rehearse, record and perform. Retaining music as part of the cultural landscape of the city and the musical success experienced by many artists on a global scale cannot be sustained without maintaining a wide range and scale of venues
for artists to hone their abilities and grow as performers. It is critical for the city’s music scene that existing venues for performance within the city are protected; and the Council will support and encourage the development of a new music venue (400-1,000 scale) within the inner city to support and diversify the sector.

Many rehearsal spaces and recording spaces in the city are located in former industrial estates. As these areas regenerate, it is critical that these spaces are retained within communities. Provision of affordable spaces is important particularly to younger people, and the provision of such spaces as part of Council and other public projects will be encouraged. With increased living in apartments, there are less options and spaces for people to rehearse and/or play with others, making the provision of space even more important as this form of housing increases within the city. The Council is committed to supporting the development of music hub within the city as a flagship space that will provide a range of facilities and opportunities to all (see Objective COU3).  


It is the Policy of Dublin City Council:


Music as a Key Cultural Asset

To support music as a key cultural asset of Dublin City and seek the retention and expansion of venues and facilities that allow for expression and experience of music in a wide variety of forms to enhance the cultural life of the city.

It is an Objective of Dublin City Council:


Music Rehearsal Spaces

To seek opportunities to include facilities for music rehearsal spaces within communities to enable and encourage more people to engage with music, with a particular focus on young people.


Industrial Estate Regeneration Areas

All large scale mixed use former industrial estate regeneration areas (over 10 ha) in the city shall include at least one studio/rehearsal space and/or venue.


Music Venues

To encourage the development of new music venues that will provide opportunities for music artists to perform at a range of venue sizes.




Noise Impacts

All applications for short or longer term residential proposals (including hotels) that seek permission adjacent to established late night uses such as nightclubs/music venues/public houses/comedy clubs, shall be required to demonstrate in their application, how, firstly through the use of good design and layout; and secondly, through increased sound insulation; they have ensured their development will not cause negative impacts on the adjoining uses in the future.


Purpose Spaces for Evening and Night Time Activities

To encourage the opportunity presented by new larger developments within the city to provide high quality, designed for purpose spaces that can accommodate evening and night time activities, such as basement/roof level “black box” spaces that can be used for smaller scale performances/theatre/dance venues, and for flexibility in the design of larger spaces, such as conference spaces, to be adaptable for evening uses.



Cultural and Artistic Space Audit

To aim to undertake during the life of the development plan, an audit and implementation plan for each Electoral Area of the Council to assess the current and future needs with regard to cultural and artistic spaces and to set a series of actions, policy tools and initiatives to address identified shortfalls.


Buildings within Communities for Arts and Cultural Spaces

To seek to acquire buildings of merit within communities that can become important arts and cultural spaces; and give a new purpose to local buildings with heritage value and to promote the expansion of cultural uses within existing spaces, particularly within buildings in public ownership.

 Image courtesy of Music Network. 

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