Online Consultation on pilot Basic Income for the Arts

Online Consultation on pilot Basic Income for the Arts

Context: On Thursday, 6 January 2022, Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media launched an online consultation on the Basic Income for the Arts (BIA) pilot scheme to elicit the views of artists, those working in the arts and culture sector and the public. More information here:

The online consultation follows a successful stakeholder forum on 15 December that saw over 150 participants from 50 artists and arts workers resource and representative bodies come together to discuss the proposal and provide their views and feedback to the Minister and her Department.

Minister Martin established the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce in 2020 as a response to the pandemic, and to provide a platform for solution-focused recommendations for the recovery of the arts and culture sector. The number one recommendation of the taskforce was the introduction of a basic income for the arts pilot scheme.

The purpose of the online consultation is to ensure that the general public, artists and those working in the arts and culture sector have the opportunity to contribute to the policy development for the pilot scheme and to offer suggestions from their experiences as artists, arts workers and members of resource organisations on key issues such as the schemes objectives, eligibility criteria, supporting emerging artists and participant responsibilities.

Response: The Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme will be launched in the coming months. Further details will be published on the Department’s website after the feedback and input from the online consultation is assessed and finalised.

What you can do: The online consultation opens 6th January and is available for response here until the consultation closes on 27 January 2022. As Minister with responsibility for arts and culture, Catherine Martin TD said: “I encourage everyone interested to get involved in the online consultation for the Basic Income for the Arts pilot. Your views will help shape the final design of the pilot when it rolls out in the coming months. This is a once-in-a-generation policy intervention, a measure that I believe will redraw the landscape for the arts for hopefully many years to come. Our culture and the arts are a fundamental expression of who we are as a nation. Our rich cultural heritage is one of our greatest assets, and our artists weave a sense of identity, creativity and belonging into the fabric of our communities. The intrinsic societal value of culture and the arts was particularly evident during the pandemic, where it provided colour, light and hope in uncertain times.”

Make your submission  outlining the requirements of the music sector as you see them, you may reference Music Alliance Ireland’s submission. 


Music Alliance Ireland made a submission to the consultation and also directly contacted the Minister with the letter below.


Dear Minister Martin,

I am writing in my capacity as the Chair of Music Alliance Ireland/Comhaontas Ceoil na Éireann.

Music Alliance Ireland is a group of national music organisations and companies that have come together to enhance their support for the music sector and establish a collective voice. Our current working group consists of performance groups, concert promoters and resource organisations with a remit across the island and involvement in a variety of musical genres. The current members are: Association of Irish Composers, Contemporary Music Centre, Crash Ensemble, Diatribe Records, Improvised Music Company, Journal of Music, Kirkos Ensemble, Music Network, and Trad Ireland/Traid Éireann.

The MAI welcomes the BIA as a vital support for artists in Ireland, and recognises the huge amount of work and vision by all involved to bring the proposal to its present stage of development. We are also grateful for the opportunity to make submissions to the process. 

Our recommendation at this stage primarily focuses on the complicated issue of eligibility of musicians for candidature. 

Recognising that the Department’s proposal that “membership of a recognised certifying organisation will stand as an automatic determinant of eligibility“, we feel strongly that the list of qualifying organisations for musicians’ eligibility should be broadened beyond membership of the Musicians Union of Ireland. Given that this is a three-year trial and its success relies on a broad diversity of participants, the Praxis phrase “inclusivity rather than exclusivity” resonates here. It is our finding that the MU does not have a broad enough membership base to fully represent our sector, and we would therefore recommend that membership of any one of the relevant national music resource organisations should qualify an artist for eligibility in this instance. 

Similarly, we support the addition of the option whereby “applicants may self-certify as an artist or creative arts worker and provide supporting documentation for review” and would propose that this process could include letters of support from resource organisations, as well as the crucial option for the artist in question to self-certify through Revenue if they have declared income as a self-employed musician in recent years. In addition, holding Artist Exemption status from Revenue should be an indicator of eligibility.

Once again, we would like to express our gratitude for this venture, and reiterate that we stand ready to support the Department in an advisory role if further clarification of this issue is required.

Kind regards,

 Image courtesy of Crash Ensemble. 

Dublin City Cultural Infrastructure Study with input from Music Alliance Ireland

Dublin City Cultural Infrastructure Study with input from Music Alliance Ireland

Context: A commissioned background Dublin City Cultural Infrastructure Study, conducted on behalf of Dublin City Council by Turley and OBFA Architects. The Research Team engaged with key stakeholders in the city, to build on Turley’s Baseline Survey of Artists Workplaces, undertaken in June 2020 as part of the 2020 URDF Creative Project, which provides an unparalleled insight into the views of the culture sector and their perception of infrastructure deficit and future needs. Turley received 17 responses from a mix of cultural organisation representatives and commercial developers, including Music Alliance Ireland and member organisations.

Key sections: 

PG60: 4.5 Specific Art form Deficits

There is a particular deficit around music and performance venues, where previous venues or workspace have closed and they have not been replaced (eg Andrews Lane Theatre, City Arts Centre, SFX, Tivoli among many others (see closures 2000-2020 at Table 4.1).

For instance the audit, spatial mapping and Turley’s Workspace Findings Report (2020) collectively identifies a specific requirement for a dedicated music performance venue, recording studios and workspaces.

For instance, of the 31 cultural buildings catering for music, only one, The National Concert Hall, has a strong State and civic remit. There are a large number of commercial venues that operate successfully for contemporary music, but are under private control. For a city with such a strong music tradition, there is a large gap in music making and presentation infrastructure.

A civic concert hall (with 100, 300 and 700 seat spaces) could be used as a flexible music, theatre, performance space for the citizens of Dublin

PG86: Providing for ‘Known’ Deficiencies (Gaps)

Although, it is recommended that further refinement of the mapping and understanding of “where” and “what” cultural infrastructure is in the City is undertaken, we believe the work carried out as part of this study supports the development of certain specific objectives that could be established to ensure deficiencies (gaps) in cultural infrastructure in certain locations are remedied.

For instance, there is a specific requirement for a dedicated music performance venue, recording studios and individual and assembly workspace, likewise there is no community hub for the music sector with a shared resource space. The sector has indicated that this should be located in Dublin 1,2,7 or 8. 

29. A feasibility study should be undertaken into the development of an ensemble rehearsal space for 15-20 musicians and instruments with good access, acoustics and sound insulation. A dedicated space that could provide a working home for music groups. A space where the making, the improving, the collaborating, the promoting can take place together.

30. Feasibility should also be undertaken into the development of a second civic concert hall (with 100, 300 and 700 seat spaces) to be used as a flexible music, theatre, performance space for the citizens of Dublin.

Whilst the location of such provision warrants further analysis, with review to the “Infrastructure Gap Mapping” above, we believe that these two critical pieces of infrastructure could be developed in a number of locations with deficits in cultural infrastructure, but The Liberties or Phibsborough would specifically benefit from a dedicated ensemble rehearsal space, and that Spencer Dock could be a key location for the regeneration impact of a Civic Concert Hall.

Within wider performing arts there is an identified need for
a venue with multi-purpose meeting rooms / rehearsal or multi-seater space. A key location for such development may be The Liberties or Grangegorman, but further cultural impact assessment would be required to consider the impact on surrounding cultural infrastructure in Theatre and other artforms, and local communities. It is recommended that Dublin City Council undertakes an assessment of the feasibility for same. Study of buildings lost in the city shows that generally when artists’ studios close, they move further out of the city to areas with lower rents. In Dublin’s cultural asset losses study 100% of venues that closed 2000-2020 were not replaced with similar venues. The city needs to protect cultural venues, if it to offer cultural performances to the city’s citizens, and to tourists.

PG92: Artform: Music

It has been highlighted through this study that there is a lack
of dedicated art form specific workspace for music in Dublin, particularly when the space within the National Concert Hall
is not available. Assemble rehearsal space is at a particular premium, with space for 15-20 musicians and instruments with good access, acoustics and sound insulation.

There is no community hub for the music sector with a shared resource space. A dedicated space is needed that could provide a working home for music groups. A space where the making, the improving, the collaborating, the promoting can take place together.

Insights where drawn from Temple Lane Rehearsal Studios, Crash Ensemble (music ensemble), and together with the survey findings for Musicians (178 respondents) this analysis provides a comprehensive assessment of workspace design considerations but is not a definitive guide.

The ideal workspace typology for music artists is not as clearly defined, with variances in requirements reflective of the diverse nature of music ensembles and the requirement for access
to areas that can accommodate group rehearsals as well as solo performance space. Workspace requirements have been considered across rehearsal (group and individual), recording and ancillary space.

The majority of music artists are satisfied with the size of their current workspace and the frequent size of current workspace for this cohort is less than 200sq ft. Music artists prefer to work in a space easily accessible by public transport and within a 5KM distance from their home.

Music artists require quality Wi-Fi internet, sufficient equipment storage and access to a kitchen / communal area within their workspace. Innate to their craft, music artists express the imperative for comprehensive sound proofing within workspace provision and demonstrate demand for designated rehearsal spaces.

An outward-facing performance space would also be desirable – a venue or flexible space to perform/try out work with audience in attendance.


Design Consideration


Workspace typology

While the majority of music artists prefer to work in an Individual Private Space (41%), nearly as many music artists also express a preference in Group Private Space as their desired workspace (38%). This is reflective of the differing spatial requirements between solo and group rehearsal, and the specific technical requirements for recording space, summarised below.

Rehearsal space:

  • The space requirement for ensemble/band rehearsal vary greatly with the number performers. A reasonable minimum space would be c.30sqm, but larger ensemble or choral work would need to be at least double this size, and up to the size of a larger theatre rehearsal room

  • A larger space should be able to accommodate a large percussion set-up- sometimes 2 large percussion set-ups- and each musician supplied with a stand and a chair

  • All music spaces need to be acoustically treated, with access to facilities to record (audio/visual) and playback for working and analytical purposes (as distinct from a recording studio)

    Adding Recording Facilities and Live Room :

  • Recording facility: Control Room/Live Room configuration. Used to record for release/documentation and also to produce broadcast/online material. The live room – while not as large as the rehearsal room, the larger the live room the larger the ensemble that can record.

  • The live room requires the most acoustic treatment. Ideally the walls are a room within a room, with a 30cm gap between each partition, constructed using specialist materials/insulation. Ideally the live room would also benefit from a floating floor construction, although this is not absolutely essential.

  • Control Room – while this is usually smaller than the live room, the acoustic treatment is very similar to the live room. It is often a partition of the live room using the same construction methods. Key to the partition of the live room and control room is specialist acoustic glazing.

  • Specialist acoustic expertise is required in the development of a quality music space.

    Proximity to amenities and services

    Music artists prefer for their workspace to be situated with in a 4.75KM radius of City Centre and within 5KM of their homes. Close proximity to public transport halts is also key for this group, with workspaces ideally located 2.5KM from nearby public transport nodes. Public Art Centres and nearest University / Colleges should also within a 4KM and 4.93KM distance respectively.

    Size of space

    Almost half of music artists are currently satisfied with the size of their individual workspace, with 24% Very Satisfied and 25% Satisfied. The current size of the workspace of music artists is less than 200 sq ft. (60%), followed by 200-30 sq ft. (23%). Smaller spaces can be useful for musicians for composition, solo/ duo rehearsal or as meeting/project administration space.

    Internet connectivity

    Access to Wi-Fi internet was among the top feature of desired workspace by music artists.

    Equipment storage

    A high proportion of music artists selected equipment storage as a sought-after feature in workspaces to allow artists to securely store instruments and music equipment and reduce the need to transfer equipment between their homes and studio or rehearsal space.

    Sound proofing

    Expectedly, sound proofing is prioritised by music artists for a number of reasons including freedom to perform at a volume of their choice without disturbing fellow workspace residents, or indeed external neighbours.

    Kitchen / communal area

    Many music artists reference the importance of collaborative spaces within their desired workspace and this manifests itself in high levels of demand for kitchen and/or communal areas.

    Rehearsal space

    Access to suitable and high quality rehearsal space was commonly mentioned by music artists as an essential feature of their ideal workspace.

    Post-production space

    Sound treated space for audio post-production.

    Picture credit: Claire Chase + Lina Andonovska by Olesya Zdorovetska. Image courtesy Diatribe Records.

The Draft Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028

The Draft Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028

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. 

Letter to Dublin City Councillors re the need for a dedicated Music Hub in Dublin City

Letter to Dublin City Councillors re the need for a dedicated Music Hub in Dublin City



 Music Alliance Ireland aim to establish a dedicated Music Hub in Dublin City.
Response: Responses have currently been received from 4% of Dublin City Councillors.
Update: On the 21st October 2021, representatives of Music Alliance Ireland met with theLord Mayor Alison Gilliland, and Mr Richard Shakespeare, Assistant Chief Executive of Dublin City Council.
What you can do: Sign up to the Music Alliance Ireland mailing list, where we will give further updates.


Dear Councillor,

I am writing in my capacity as Chair of a recently formed group Music Alliance Ireland / Comhaontas Ceoil na hÉireann.

Music Alliance Ireland is a group of national music organisations and companies that have come together to enhance their support for the music sector in Ireland. Our membership consists of performance groups, concert promoters and resource organisations with a remit across the island and involvement in a variety of musical genres.

The current members are Music Network, Contemporary Music Centre, Improvised Music Company, Crash Ensemble, Diatribe Records, Kirkos Ensemble, Association of Irish Composers, Trad Ireland/Traid Éireann, and Journal of Music. We have been meeting since the pandemic began and are engaging in a number of advocacy initiatives to ensure that musicians and the structures that support them are supported now and into the future.

One of the chief aims and concerns that led to our establishment is the need for a dedicated Music Hub in Dublin City. A Music Hub is different to a music venue because it also contains facilities for the creation and development of music, for example, sound-proofed rehearsal facilities (for individuals and groups), a recording and post-production space, offices for administrative work, storage for instruments, 24hr use, plus a performance space, all managed by the music sector itself. This recent article, which contains interviews with some of our members, further explains the need for a Music Hub in Dublin.

Music Alliance Ireland, and individual members, recently made a number of submissions to Dublin City Council, suggesting that the Liberties Creative Campus would be an ideal space for a Music Hub, and in particular 8–9 Merchant’s Quay.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this possibility with you further, and would appreciate your support in our advocacy.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Picture credit: Kirkos Ensemble

Submission to Pre-Draft Public Consultation Strategic Issues Paper – Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028

Submission to Pre-Draft Public Consultation Strategic Issues Paper – Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028

Context: Dublin City Council is reviewing the current Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022 and preparing a new City Development Plan (the Plan) up to 2028.
Response: The DCC Chief Executives response to the issues raised in the submissions has been prepared and his report with recommendations has been submitted to the City Council for the Elected Members consideration.
Update: The pre-draft consultation ended on the 22nd February 2021 with 752 submissions being received during this first phase of the process. The DCC Chief Executives response and further information is available here.
What you can do: Sign up to the Music Alliance Ireland mailing list, where we will give further updates.

Feedback on Dublin City Development Plan 2016 – 2022

  1. The Dublin City Development Plan 2016 – 2022, states “It is a priority for Dublin City Council that the city is and will be a space to make, experience and share culture.” It states policies and objectives of as “To support existing, and encourage the growth of emerging, cultural clusters and hubs in the city, which bring together cultural activities with supporting uses such as restaurants, retail outlets etc. to create vibrant and innovative cultural experiences. “ and “To ensure that t-for-purpose, accessible, cultural facilities are considered as part of larger developments in the city, having regard to Dublin City Council’s Cultural Needs Analysis.”

We ask:

  • That Dublin City Council create a Dublin Music Hub, a venue suitable for music. Acknowledging that music requires purpose-built spaces with due attention to acoustics, sound proofing, the provision of a piano, and basic infrastructure to allow rehearsing for solo musicians and/or groups of musicians, and recording, and that general visual arts and theatre spaces are not suitable.
  • That in all future cultural developments the specific needs of music will be considered and delivered to.Including those currently in planning for cultural clusters established and emerging around Parnell Square, Heuston gateway, North and South Docklands, the Liberties and Smithfield  and the Liberties/Temple Bar.
  1. Throughout the 2016-2022 plan achievements for artforms are mentioned – visual art ( Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, The Red Stables), dance (the national dance centre, Dance House) theatre, literature (Dublin Writers Museum, The Irish Writer Centre, City Library project), UNESCO City of Literature), no-where have specific achievement for music been mentioned.

We ask:

  • It is important for the Dublin City Development plan 2023 – 2028 to state from the outset that Culture in Dublin would be unimaginable without the contribution of music and the Irish music sector. Music permeates the history and the life of Dublin City. It is therefore important that the Dublin City Council recognises music’s centrality to Dublin Culture, with a clear inclusion of provision for the music sector in future Dublin City Development Plans.
  • That Dublin City Council not shrink back from its leadership role in the life of music in Dublin and is a key part of the Irish music infrastructure, and establish a clear policy on music development in the city.
  • Lead the engagement with the Dublin music sector, with the establishment of a music advisory panel drawn from across Dublin musical life.
  • That once the Dublin City Council plan 2022-2028 has been in-acted that Dublin City Council will be able to boast achievements in music including a Music Hub Space for the city. 
  1. Achievements noted in the 2016 – 2022 plan include  “The need to support workspaces for emerging artists has been met in many cases with high quality facilities provided in the city such as the LAB on Foley Street providing exhibition space for emerging artists, rehearsal space for three theatre companies and incubator spaces. Alongside the LAB, the national dance centre, Dance House, has been provided on a public–private partnership basis and has been open since 2006. The Red Stables in St Anne’s Park provides subsidised studio spaces for artists.”  – but providing no space for music.  The  plan does acknowledge shortfalls – “Despite the vast range and the prestige of cultural facilities and institutions in the city a shortfall remains, both in the city centre and in the outer city. This deficit includes libraries, rehearsal and performance spaces, studio workshops, administrative space etc. Meeting this shortfall is a challenge for the future development and accessibility of cultural life in the city – again it does so with no specific reference to music.

We ask:

  • That any cultural development includes consideration and provision for music (see document below on details of spaces needed).
  • That such space for music include music groups and organisations as well as individual practitioners. 
  • 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 , labels and individual artists across a number of genres;.  Provision for broadcasts, recording, archiving, publishing, and  performance space for live music events. Live work and subsidised living spaces for its creatives and cultural workers. Potential for employment opportunities for musicians, composers and music sector workers.
  • That Dublin City Council it helps promote music festivals, concerts and amateur and professional performers.
  1. The Dublin City Development Plan 2016 – 2022, quotes as an achievement  “the proposed new City Library project culturally underpin the Parnell Square cultural quarter and the rejuvenation of O’Connell Street.” – this project has had the proposed music centre stripped from it.

We ask –

That a music hub for Dublin is made a priority in the 2023-2028 plans (see details below of proposed space requirements).

  1. Throughout the Cultural section of the Dublin City Development Plan 2016 – 2022 the value of culture to tourism is emphasised, to the lack of focus on the working lives of creatives and cultural workers – the ability to maintain practices in the city. If creatives are unable to work and live in the city there will be no culture for tourists, nor the people of Dublin city to consume.

We ask:

  • That the emphasis on the Dublin City Development plan 2023 – 2028 is on provision for creatives and the cultural sector.

What is needed in Dublin City Development Plan 2022 – 2028

Dublin Music Hub

Where is Dublin’s hub for music? Ireland is a small country with a huge tradition of music, punching way above its weight internationally. Such a vibrant national scene needs a centre – a home which nurtures the creation of music, develops its excellence and celebrates the people who make it. Dublin needs a space for music. There is currently no dedicated space.

The music community needs a space that functions as a hub space for the music community and a centre for excellence in music in Ireland. A space run by the music sector for the music sector. Supporting the musical life of the city all year around and a point of collectivity and community for the music sector. A space to provide resources, support and facilitate communication & representation for the all genres of professional practicing musicians, composers, lyricists and other music practitioners in Dublin in particular that of the non-commercial music .

Dublin needs-

  • an ambitious centre for the musical innovation and excellence
  • space dedicated to creating music
  • a space to facilitate collaboration
  • community hub for the music sector
  • a shared resource space for music

We need a well-resourced, functioning joyous space bursting with new music.

We need a home for music in Dublin.

Dublin’s hub for music would include:

  • Performance venue(s)
  • Large ensemble rehearsal
  • Individual composition / rehearsal studios
  • Recording, broadcasting and post-production
  • Music organisation offices
  • Bar/coffee shop
  • Storage

Key considerations 

  • Long lease length
  • 24 hr access / usage
  • Soundproofing
  • High Visibility – a cultural asset for the city
  • Central / with good transport links
  • Accessible for all
  • Public access

TYPES OF USAGE running concurrently –

  • Hot desks (coffee shop)
  • Bookable spaces (by the hour/day)
  • Short term –project based residencies
  • Long term – resident groups / key anchor group


As well as offering space and equipment the centre would act as a point of support for the music sector.

The space would find ways to bring together the local music community. Creating and maintain channels for communication, and a joint voice for advocacy for the sector. Including creating joint marketing channels and initiatives. Facilitating discussion/debates/research on the development of the music sector in Dublin.  Bringing the sector together to work for the rights of our artists and creatives.


  • Performances
  • Open rehearsals
  • Listening/screening events
  • Workshop, educations and professional practice courses

National: The space would look to partner with organisations and groups across the Dublin and Irish music sector.

International: The space should act as part of a European network of organisations and centres dedicated to facilitating, researching and nurturing musical excellence in their country. With the intention of learning from and sharing learning in order to continue the creative growth of the Irish music scene.

More detail – Dublin Music Hub 

Music Alliance Ireland have devised a detailed outline of requirements the for a space for music, which we are happy to share. We are keen to work with Dublin City Council  to develop this important facet of Dublin cultural life.

Beyond the Hub – Other types of spaces for music needed in Dublin

  • Increased performance, rehearsal and office space nationally for music groups and collectives.
  • Studio spaces for musicians and composers.
  • Work/live spaces for musicians and music sector workers.


The Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028 is an excellent opportunity to set out a new vision for music as part of the Cultural provision in the city. Our key message is that the Plan 2022-2028 should reflect the centrality of music to the Cultural life of Dublin City and we believe the recommendations above will achieve that.

Thank you for your attention.

Submitted by:  Music Alliance Ireland / Comhaontas Ceoil na hÉireann

 Image courtesy of Improvised Music Company.