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Arts Council award for unique music project in Clare

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Clare County Council has been awarded €11,100 by The Arts Council to devise a unique music project with the Irish Memory Orchestra and 3L, an online music education resource which aims to empower and support visually impaired musicians.

The Arts Council confirmed the award as part of their ‘Invitation to Collaboration’ scheme aimed at Local Authorities, which promotes unique collaborations through working better together and promoting access to and engagement with the arts.

The money will be used to test and design a new composition called Symphony for the Blind with the support for the National Council for the Blind and Arts and Disability Ireland. The project will be led by Dave Flynn of the Irish Memory Orchestra and Brian McGill of 3L and represents a unique approach to composition and music education, through braille and audio learning.

Director of the Arts Council, Orlaith McBride said: “We recently put a call out to local authorities across the country looking to support ambitious ways of collaborating and engaging communities in arts projects. I am delighted to confirm that Clare County Council was one of the successful applicants and I’m confident this funding will help foster a unique collaboration between musicians and support equitable participation in the arts for all our citizens, the outcome of which will no doubt be of national interest.”

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Stuart Holly is the editor and co-founder of The Clare Echo. A native of Ennis, Stuart studied at St Flannan's College before obtaining a journalism degree in Dublin. After interning at The Evening Herald, he landed his first job with The Irish Daily Mail, Stuart worked in newspaper production with the Independent Group and in Auckland, New Zealand before a lengthy spell as a pun-spewing sub-editor at the Irish Daily Star. In 2015, Stuart returned to The Banner County where he took up employment as a news reporter with The Clare People.

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