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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