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.
Edel Bell - Finance Manager (P/T)
As Finance Manager in Music Network, Edel is responsible for developing and maintaining effective financial controls/ budgetary procedures and for producing timely management accounts and reports for review by the CEO and the Board.
Edel holds a BA in Business and Economics from TCD before qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1997. Since then Edel has worked as management accountant / financial controller in a variety of small to medium sized companies including 10 years in radio and more recently in other charitable organisations.
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.
Katy Conneely - Programmes Administrator
Katy Conneely works closely with the Programmes Manager to support the effective planning, delivery and management of Music Network’s programmes.
Katy’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. Katy holds an MA in Literature & Publishing from NUIG and previously worked at the RDS for over five years as part of the Foundation Team whose programme focused on encouraging, supporting and rewarding emerging potential in Ireland. Katy is an avid concert and festival-goer, singer and was a founding member of her hometown music initiative Beat Club.
Muireann Sheahan - Communications Manager (P/T)
Muireann Sheahan 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.
Muireann graduated from DIT Conseratory of Music with a BMus in music performance, and holds an MA in Arts Administration and Contemporary Music Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Over eleven years in London she worked with Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers and the London Symphony orchestra, as well as with award-winning design agency 300million. Back home in Dublin she has worked as Marketing Manager with The Ark and as Communications Manager with Poetry Ireland. Muireann is a keen amateur clarinettist and member of Dublin Concert Band.
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.
Sarah Cunningham - Music Capital Scheme Administrator (P/T)
Sarah works with the Programmes Manager to ensure the efficient management of the Music Capital Scheme. The Scheme provides support for the purchase of musical instruments across the country, and Sarah’s role includes facilitating the annual application and assessment processes, as well as contributing to overall analysis and development.
Sarah graduated from National University of Ireland Maynooth with BMus and MA (Computer Music) degrees. She has worked previously at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and as the Coordinator of the Outreach Programme at Waltons New School of Music. In addition to her work with Music Network, she also teaches piano, theory and musicianship at Waltons New School of Music. Having sung previously with the NUI Maynooth Choral Society, the Maynooth Gospel Choir and the Park Singers, she now sings with the award-winning Cuore Chamber Choir.