100% Funded


Target: €1500


€1,501 Raised


46 Funders

Women and Music in Ireland Conference

By Jenny O'Connor


Hi this is Jenny O’Connor, founder and organiser of the Women and Music in Ireland Conference series. The second conference on Women and Music is taking place on the 14 and 15 September 2012 and we need your help to make it as much of a success as the first one! The first conference took place in NUI Maynooth in 2010. The idea for the conference came out of my time as a post-graduate student at NUI Maynooth where my research looked at women and music in nineteenth-century Dublin. The more I researched, the more I was struck by just how much of a contribution women have made to music in Ireland and how progressive their place in music had been, with many being accepted as composers, music teachers and performers in the nineteenth century, when the place of women in society was so much more restrictive. Yet today the majority of these women have been forgotten. The first conference set about fixing this! It was a great success and it led to more research and projects on women, such as a series of documentaries on forgotten Irish female composers for Lyric FM which will air this autumn.

So now it is time for the second conference, which is kindly being hosted by the Royal Irish Academy of Music. The conference will take place over two days, the 14 and 15 September 2012 and will include 19 talks on a wide variety of topics such as women and music in the Irish Country houses, Celtic Woman and Riverdance, women as educators and mothers and several talks exploring the work of contemporary female composers. The conference will include a plenary address on the Friday by Professor Harry White of UCD and the keynote address on the Saturday will be given by Dr Sophie Fuller. There will also be an information session with music librarians from the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin Institute of Technology and The Royal Irish Academy of Music on the sources available on women and music and information on where to find out more! So far the conference has received funding from the Society for Music in Ireland and NUI Maynooth, but we need your help to make the conference the best it can be! The money raised here will go towards the costs of the concerts, the keynote address and will cover all the printing costs for the posters, concert tickets and conference booklets. This is a project that will celebrate the contribution of women to music as composers, teachers, performers and organisers. It will acknowledge their work both in the past and the present and hopefully help ensure that they are never forgotten again!




Hi, The Women and Music in Ireland Conference is just a few days away! At this stage all of you who chose a reward should have recieved an email with details on recieving your reward. If you have not recieved an email about your reward, please let me know at womenandmusicinirl@gmail.com . For all of you who chose to fund the project annonymously and did not choose a reward, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, once again, for helping the project to succeed. I am extremely grateful! I look forward to welcoming and thanking many of you in person at the conference next Saturday. Jenny

100% Funded!!! :-)

At 3pm today the conference FundIt project reached 100%!! Thank you all so much! Your kind donation will allow us to include some wonderful music in the conference! Our Lunchtime concert will feature Elizabeth Pink and Anthony Byrne of the RIAM and our evening concert will feature Paul Roe and Martin Johnson from Concorde! It is going to be a great conference! Thank you all so much for supporting the porject. I will be in touch soon with details of your rewards! In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at womenandmusicinirl@gmail.com! Jenny

Just over 30 hours to go on the project!

Hi, A huge thank you, once again, to all of you who have funded the project so far! It is exciting, and a little nerve-wracking, to watch it climb! We have just over 30 hours left on the project and we are very close but we still have 14% or €205 euro to raise. If you know anyone who might be interested in helping us reach our target, please let them know! Thank you all once again for all your help and support in getting the project this far! Hopefully we will be successful and there will be some lovely rewards making their way to you all soon! Thank you! :-) Jenny

69% funded - Thank you!

Hi everyone, The conference FundIt is now 69% funded which is fantastic! But we have only 3 days to go, fingers crossed that we will make our target. Thank you all so much for your support and for helping to get the project this far! Jenny

59% Funded, Thank you!

The project for the Women and Music in Ireland Conference is 59% funded, thank you all so much! More details on the conference and concerts will be available soon at http://womenandmusicinireland.wordpress.com/ . Hopefully we will make it to 100% in the next four days! Many thanks once again, Jenny.

funders (46)

There are 35 public funders of this project

There are 11 anonymous funders of this project