New Report Reveals Irish Music Industry Contributes Over 700m Euro to Economy
The Irish music industry contributes 703 million euro a year to the Irish economy – according to a new report from the Irish Music Rights Organisation [IMRO].
Published this week [16.11.2017], The Socio-Economic Contribution of Music to the Irish Economy White Paper sheds further light on Ireland’s thriving music industry, which has also created 13,130 jobs across the country.
The figures have led IMRO to call for the establishment of a National Music Strategy, which it hopes will maximise the contribution of music while also supporting local musicians and businesses.
Commenting on the report, IMRO’s Chair, Eleanor McEvoy said:
“Music is part of our national identity, our psyche, and our way of life. Music is also a vital economic driver and if we are to continue to maintain and grow the success of Ireland’s music industry – and increase its economic and social contribution – now is the time for the development of a National Music Strategy.”
It’s an initiative that should excite all budding musicians and anyone involved with the industry in Ireland. It’s a promising sign for the music institute BIMM – especially BIMM Dublin, where they have been providing the highest quality of music education for over five years.
Giving her thoughts on music’s continued contribution to the economy, and the impact of vocational learning, Dara Kilkenny, BIMM Executive Principal for Dublin/Manchester/Birmingham/Bristol, said:
“I’m delighted that this report is demonstrating the huge strides that are being made in the new Irish music industry by outlining the value, strength and innovation of those involved. A national commitment to supporting and developing the unique creativity of Irish artists is imperative to continue this growth.”
“The curriculum we teach at BIMM Dublin reflects this view and has a cross-sector reach. We endeavour to focus on the value and importance of developing creativity, combined with instilling a sense of entrepreneurialism in our students as they forge ahead and create the new Irish music industry.
“Additionally, we are fully committed to supporting our graduates through our Alumni Service, and we are very pleased that our recent survey confirmed that 85% of BIMM Dublin graduates are employed within six months after leaving BIMM.”
BIMM are encouraged by the results of this IMRO report and the news on the potential establishment of a government-led National Music Strategy. It will certainly ensure that Ireland’s music industry – which has brought us such stars as U2, Sinéad O’Connor, The Script, The Cranberries and more recently Hozier (pictured) and Niall Horan – can continue to thrive.
Photo of Hozier guest at BIMM Dublin Graduation 2017 – Alan Cullivan (College Manager), Lucy Coady (Acting Head of Education), Ann Marie Shields (Events & Guests), Hozier, Mark Greaney, Dara Kilkenny (Exec Principal), Andrew Bates (Director of Academic development and quality assurance )