Context: Dublin City Council is invited responses to the The Draft Dublin City Development Plan (2022-2028) is a plan which sets out how the city will develop to meet the needs of all residents, workers and visitors. You can read Chapter 12 Culture here   https://www.dublincity.ie/residential/planning/strategic-planning/dublin-city-development-plan/development-plan-2022-2028/chapter-12-culture 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.

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Submission: 

Submission to The Draft Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028.

Feedback on Chapter 12 Culture, of The Draft Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028: 

We are delighted to see the specific inclusion of music, music creation and the need for a dedicated hub space for music included in The Draft Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028.

We make note of the specific sections below and add further comment to their inclusion:

PG: 432

… culture infrastructure is defined as:

“the buildings, structures and places/spaces where culture is either:

Experienced: places where culture is experienced, participated
in, showcased, exhibited or sold e.g. museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas, libraries, music venues, nightclubs and historical cultural sites.

or

Created: places of creative production where creative work is made by artists, performers, makers or manufacturers e.g. creative workspaces, performing arts rehearsal spaces, music recording studios”.

Comment: We ask that the specific artform requirements of music creators are taken into account in the creation of cultural infrastructure. 

PG: 432

CUO24

Toolkit Guide to Workspace

The Council will publish a “toolkit” for developers and other stakeholders giving a guide to the spatial requirements of artform specific workspaces to inform the design process and ensure viable arts and cultural spaces are provided.

We ask:

  • That the music community and specialists are consulted on the specific requirements of music creators in the creation of this developer toolkits.
  • That the toolkit include how to successfully integrate sound producing artforms within developments so that such artforms are not side lined when allocating space or deemed less favourable inhabitants.
  • That provision for the life cycle of a wide variety of music is provided for in the city –  workspace for its orchestras,  ensembles, choirs, quartets, music groups, record labels organisations and individual artists across a number of genres,  provision for broadcasts, recording, storage, work spaces, and  performance space for live music events. Live work and subsidised living spaces for its creatives and cultural workers.

PG: 450

CUO27

Artist Studios

To further develop and provide spaces for artist studios within the city and avail of opportunities for utilising underused buildings within communities for artistic and cultural purposes.

CUO28

Artist Live-work Space

To support the development of a feasibility model and pilot project for provision of artist live-work space during the lifetime of the Development Plan and to seek to provide a clear community benefit as part of the project.

Comment: We ask that all forms of creative practitioner, including music practitioners – musicians, composers, producers are included in the requirement for studio space.

PG: 450

Music

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).

Comment: We welcome the separate section on music in the draft plan, the acknowledgment of its importance to the cultural life of Dublin city and clear inclusion of provision for the diverse and dedicated space to sustain it. The provision of a dedicated music hub space was a specific recommendation of Music Alliance Ireland in our submission to ‘Pre-Draft Public Consultation Strategic Issues Paper – Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028’ and is one of our key goals for the development and support of the music sector in Dublin City.

We wholeheartedly support

  • “ the development of music hub within the city as a flagship space that will provide a range of facilities and opportunities to all.”
  • the “development of a new music venue (400-1,000 scale) within the inner city to support and diversify the sector”.
  • The retention of exiting rehearsal spaces, provision of affordable spaces, and the provision of such spaces as part of Council and other public projects will be encouraged.

We ask:

  • That the music community and specialists are consulted on the specific requirements of music creators in the creation of this developer toolkits.
  • That the toolkit will include how to successfully integrate sound producing artforms within developments so that such artforms are not side lined or deemed less favourable inhabitants. This is particularly important in light of DCC”s comment “ 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. “
  • That provision for the life cycle of a wide variety of music is provided for in the city –  workspace for its orchestras,  ensembles, choirs, quartets, music groups, record labels organisations and individual artists across a number of genres,  provision for broadcasts, recording, storage, work spaces, and  performance space for live music events. Live work and subsidised living spaces for its creatives and cultural workers.

PG451

It is the Policy of Dublin City Council:

CU18

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:

CUO29

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.

CUO30

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.

CUO31

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.

Comment: We wholeheartedly support

  • Aim CU18 acknowledging Music as a Key Cultural Asset.
  • Objective CUO29 Music Rehearsal Spaces
  • Objective CUO30 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.
  • CUO31 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.

We ask: 

  • That while it is important to engage young people in music that the focus and priority is to create a sustainable environment for professional musicians and music practitioners, without which there will be no music sector to engage young people (See Objective CUO3).
  • That provision for the life cycle of a wide variety of music is provided for in the city –  workspace for its orchestras,  ensembles, choirs, quartets, music groups, record labels organisations and individual artists across a number of genres,  provision for broadcasts, recording, storage, work spaces, and  performance space for live music events. Live work and subsidised living spaces for its creatives and cultural workers.

PG453

CUO34

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.

CUO35

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.

Comment: We wholeheartedly support the prioritisation of usage of existing cultural infrastructure over new residential proposals as suggested in objective CUO34 and for the opportunities outlined in CUO35.

We ask: That Objective CUO35 states music within “performances/theatre/dance” and that and purpose built space include the specifically requirements of music.

PG457

CUO40

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.

CUO41

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.

Comment: We welcome the Cultural and Artistic Space Audit (CU040). 

We ask:  That the Cultural and Artistic Space Audit (CU040) include auditing dedicated music venues, rehearsal, studio, recording, post production, music creative production space, and arts admin space for the music sector recording outside of multiuse cultural spaces and commercial music spaces.

We look forward that on the enactment of the  Dublin City Council plan 2022-2028, Dublin City Council will be able to boast achievements in supporting the city’s music sector including a Music Hub Space for the city. 

Submitted by Music Alliance Ireland / Comhaontas Ceoil na hÉireann  

 Image courtesy of Improvised Music Company. 

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