Music Network Executive
Sharon Rollston - Chief Executive
With over 15 years of experience working in Ireland’s cultural sector, Sharon leads the implementation of Music Network’s strategic plan, and manages the organisation’s operation.
Former positions she has held include Touring and Outreach Manager at Moving on Music Ltd. and Education Programme Manager at the Crafts Council of Ireland, before joining Music Network initially as Performance Programmes Manager and later serving as Acting CEO. Sharon’s role includes Artistic Direction, leading the implementation of organisational policy and programmes, fundraising, management and development of relationships with strategic local partners and key external bodies at national level, and financial and general management of the organisation.
Helen Grant - Finance Manager (P/T)
Helen Grant as Finance Manager is responsible for developing, maintaining effective accounting/budgeting procedures and producing management accounts/reports.
Helen, who is CPA qualified has over ten years experience in Finance. Prior to joining Music Network in January 2006, Helen worked with various different companies, from service to manufacturing and from medium to large multinational corporations. Helen acts as company secretary.
Deirdre Moynihan - Programmes Manager
With a history on both sides of the performance platform, Deirdre brings a wealth of experience to the role of Programmes Manager. As both a performer and project curator across a wide range of genres, she has managed many tours and projects within Ireland and abroad. She is an accomplished soprano specialising in Early and Contemporary music and is also the inspiration behind the popular choral website, Choirs Can.
As Programmes Manager, Deirdre plays a key role in programming and curating work, and is responsible for the activities of Music Network’s National Touring Programme and associated audience and promoter development initiatives. She also manages artist liaison, artist support schemes and special projects along with building and maintaining relationships with cultural organisations and other stakeholders.
Andreas Ziemons - Operations Administrator
Andreas Ziemons studied classical singing at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in his home town of Düsseldorf, and holds a Degree in Musical Stage Performance from the Bavarian Theatre Academy in Munich.
He has over 25 years experience in Musical, Opera and Concert performance in Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Italy and Ireland. Joining the Music Network team in 2007, Andreas is currently Operations Administrator, assisting in the planning and delivery of Music Network Programmes and supporting the work of the Programmes Manager and the PR and Marketing department in sustaining positive working relationships with promoters and other key stakeholders. Andreas also has responsibility for co-ordinating operations in the busy Music Network office.
Sarah Cunningham - Programmes Administrator
Sarah Cunningham holds a B.Mus and an MA in Computer Music from NUI Maynooth, and has several years of experience in choral performance and piano teaching.
She was previously an administrator at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and Senior Administrator and Outreach Co-ordinator at Waltons New School of Music. As Programmes Administrator at Music Network, she works closely with the Programmes Manager to support the effective planning, delivery and management of Music Network’s programmes. In addition to providing key administrative support, Sarah’s role focuses on enhancing the music education and audience development impact of programmes through targeted initiatives and engaging and supporting musicians, promoters and other stakeholders.
Louise Walsh - Communications Manager (P/T)
Louise Walsh is a Business Studies graduate and holds a Higher Diploma in Arts Administration from UCD.
She has over 10 years experience working in the cultural sector and is experienced in event management, sponsorship, PR and marketing. Previous posts in the arts include Marketing Manager Dublin Dance Festival 2006, Sponsorship Manager St. Patrick's Festival and festival marketing consultant at Edinburgh Mela and Waterford Spraoi. In her role as Communications Manager at Music Network, she is responsible for the implementation and ongoing development of Music Network’s Communications Strategy, including internal and external communications relating to a diverse portfolio of activities.
Aisling Halligan - PR & Marketing Officer
Aisling Halligan holds a BMus from Maynooth University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Event Management and PR, and has experience in communications and events with multidisciplinary arts festivals.
Aisling has worked as a Press Assistant for Dublin Fringe Festival, St. Patrick’s Festival and the Five Lamps Arts Festival, and in Front of House roles at the Dublin Fringe Festival Spiegeltent and The Helix, Dublin. She studied classical piano and voice, and sang as part of the Maynooth University Chamber Choir while completing her degree there, and continues to teach piano on a part-time basis. As PR & Marketing Officer, Aisling is responsible for the development of marketing materials, managing design, print and distribution, providing support to Partner Promoters, generating publicity, compiling PR reports and digital marketing support.