Connecting with key organisations within the music sector to form strategic alliances in the interests of audience development, and as appropriate to the needs of musicians

We are delighted to be working with the following partners on a number of exciting programmes and projects.

Music Network Artist Residency

The Music Network Artist Residency Programme 2017 was developed to provide the selected musician with access to resources to curate a 6-date concert series to take place within a 3– 12 month timeframe, in collaboration with Music Network, Wexford County Council Arts Office and The National Opera House. It is intended that this programme will positively intersect with local authority and participating venues’arts development plans and, potentially, the work of a range of community music groups, making high quality live music available and accessible to people throughout Ireland, while supporting the career development of musicians.

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Centre Culturel Irlandais

The Music Network / Centre Culturel Irlandais Music Performance Bursary was established in 2014 to enable residencies for Irish musicians at the centre in Paris to further their performance careers, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland’s dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage.

The residency offers great opportunities to tap into the resources of the CCI and Paris, as a gateway to European touring networks. Recipients of the music residency in association with Music Network are Aisling Kenny (2018-19), Sam Comerford (2017-18), Barry Donoghue (2016-17) and Rhob Cunningham (2015-16).

Centre Culturel Irlandais’ annual residency programme offers great opportunities for artists of all disciplines to tap into the resources of the CCI and Paris. For details of other residency recipients, or for further information, please see

Contemporary Music Centre

Our partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre under its Composer's Voice initiative brought composers to talk about their work at our concerts, enhancing the listening experience for audiences. The following Irish composers gave talks on their pieces at Music Network concerts:

Siobhán Cleary, 'An Cailleach', 7th March 2018 Castlebar

Rhona Clarke, 'Edge, String Quartet No. 3', 24th November 2017 Tralee

Ian Wilson, 'Quattro Stagioni', 29th April 2017 Tinahely

Anne-Marie O'Farrell, 'Klaria', 8th November 2016 Dublin

Deirdre McKay, 'a quarter million miles from the moon', 31st March 2016 New Ross

Ian Wilson, 'Spilliaert's Beach', 23rd March 2015 Waterford

Conor Linehan, 'Roadshow', 25th March 2015 Dún Laoghaire

Moving on Music

Our long standing partnership with Moving On Music, one of the leading promoters of jazz, folk, roots, traditional, classical and “other” music in Northern Ireland, enables us to extend our tours while working strategically on programming.

Chamber Choir Ireland

Music Network and Chamber Choir Ireland presented a very special collaboration in October 2016 between Chamber Choir Ireland and Chatham Saxophone Quartet, in a programme of exquisite spiritual music featuring repertoire by Arvo Pärt, Gesualdo, Kantscheli, Bruckner and Britten, conducted by renowned British musicologist James Wood.

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The Ark

In 2011, Music Network and The Ark formed a strategic partnership to create dynamic and engaging music performances made specifically for children. Through developing an audience and demand for quality music created especially for young people, this  partnership also aims to strengthen the musical landscape in this area to create long term development that benefits children, musicians, venues, schools, teachers, parents and future generations. A national tour of A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing was the first production from the partnership and was a resounding success.

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Listen At

We are very pleased to be involved with 'Listen at ...', a monthly night of creative music and spoken word in Dublin.

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Dublin City Council

Along with our colleagues in Improvised Music Company, Contemporary Music Centre and First Music Contact, and supported by Dublin City Council, we programme the Wood Quay Summer Sessions.

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