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Annual Report

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  • Please describe your organization’s activities over the past year, including concerts, commissions, collaborations, publications: 


    2016 was a busy year for the AIC; as well as running three concert series, a number of international projects and the AIC New Music Journal, the organisation began a number of new initiatives. These include establishing a new series of conversation and discussion events, creating an advocacy working group and finding ways to represent a wider range of compositional approaches and styles.

    In addition to this, it has been a year of reflection for the organisation as we consider our place in the new music community. We have considered and implemented member-suggested changes to our priorities and activities, and begun the process of rewriting our mission statement and policies. 2017 should be an exciting year of continued progress for the organisation.


    Membership is now at 104, with more applications to be considered We presented 15 events nationally, and 3 internationally
    The AIC New Music Journal published 9 Articles and 3 Shorts

    We continue to increase our presence and impact on social media: Facebook likes have grown from 666 to 827 (of which 68% are based in Ireland); non-member mailing list subscriptions have risen from 40 to 74; our Twitter followers number 405.

    We secured funding from a number of sources: 3,000 from IMRO towards running costs, 29,680 from Arts Council Ireland towards Projects (Irish Composers on Irish Music and Other Directions series), 3,000 from Culture Ireland towards our international programming

    We had three unsuccessful funding applications: two submissions to the Arts Council (Making Great Art Work, for a residency programme, and a Project Award to continue Irish Composers on Irish Music, including an outreach collaboration with Crash Ensemble), and a small application towards events to Dublin City Council

    We met our current gender-representation goal of 30% overall representation of female and female-identifying composers in events. Current membership balance is just below this figure (27.62%)

    We have established an advocacy working group to be the voice of contemporary composers in Ireland

    The AIC committee for 2016, as voted for at the AGM January 2016, was as follows:

    • Michael Holohan – Chairman Anna Murray – Secretary
    • Oliver Hynes – Treasurer
    • Jenn Kirby – Web management
    • Peter Moran – Journal coordinator
    • Martin O’Leary
    • John McLachlan
    • Enda Bates 



    Concerts 2016:

    National concerts and events revolved mainly around three main series across 2016:

    Directions: a concert series of Irish, international and past works, curated by guest composers

    Irish Composers on Irish Music: closely tied into the activities of the AIC New Music Journal, this featured a small number of events (2 in 2016, 1 postponed to 2017), and the establishing of regular coffee shop discussion events/talks

    Other Directions: a follow-up to Directions, focussed on multimedia, electroacoustic music, installations and improvisation

    soundSCAPE Festival Irish Artist-in-Residence, Maccagno, Italy

    The annual CMC/AIC soundSCAPE residency continued this year with composer/performer Benjamin Dwyer, who performed a concert and gave two talks and a number of masterclasses at the festival..

    Benjamin Dwyer was chosen from six submissions by a panel consisting of representatives of AIC (Peter Moran), CMC (Evonne Ferguson), soundSCAPE (Nathaniel May) and an independent adjudicator (singer/choral director Robbie Blake). Travel was supported by Culture Ireland.

    ISCM World Music Days Festival 2016, Tongyeong, South Korea

    The chosen composer/work for the World Music Days Festival 2016 was Nick Roth’s Woodland Heights. This work was performed by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble on 30 March at Tongyeong Concert Hall. The work also involved the planting of a tree in the grounds, which was completed on 1 April, with a small dedication plaque.

    Additional performances/promotion

    To promote the AIC’s presence at in Korea, Secretary Anna Murray and composer Nick Roth worked with the Irish Embassy of Korea in Seoul to put on an extra performance of music for sax and electronics at the Maison Pernod-Ricard on 26 March.

    This concert was well-attended by Irish residents in Seoul, and Koreans interested in Irish culture, and was featured in Groove Magazine, a publication for Irish residents in Korea. Anna Murray was also featured in an interview in the Irish Times ahead of the events. This extra event gave us an opportunity to contact and invite a high number of delegates, festival producers and other potentially interested parties who were in the country to attend the ISCM festival, and promote Irish contemporary music.

    Travel to Korea was supported by Culture Ireland. 


    Digital Distribution of Irish music:

    Plans are underway to establish a collaboration with Yangaroo for the digital distribution of the music of Irish composers using Spotify.




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