Taoiseach welcomes innovative IIMS music hub

by Rose Barrett
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An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, TD welcomed plans recently for a multi-million state of the art music campus in Balbriggan.

Founded by renowned conductor, educator, and CEO Michael T Dawson, the Irish Institute of Music and Song (IIMS) Campus includes the IIMS School, a ten-luxury bedroom boutique hotel in the beautiful Bedford House and Hall, shared accommodation for groups or students, the La-La Café & Restaurant and will add “the Lark” a brand-new state of the art 400 seat concert hall in the near future.

The vision for the IIMS’s development has been shared by Michael Dawson Senior, entrepreneur and the founder of One4All gift cards who is backing the development.

An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin unveiled plans for a multi-million state of the art music campus in Balbriggan
.Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The €12m is being invested in the construction of the campus with the creation of 160 jobs when fully operational in Spring 2023. The construction and development of the campus has been privately funded to date. The IIMS school was founded in 2013 and previously known as The Fingal Academy of Music delivering music courses to over 2000 students weekly.

The La-La Café and Restaurant opened since July 2021 has already made a big impact in the culinary circles of North County Dublin with Bedford House and Hall already hosting international stars from Broadway and beyond. 

Once The Lark is completed and opens its doors, planned for March 2023, the IIMS expects to welcome 250,000 visitors per annum via music schools and groups from all over the world to learn, collaborate and stay in the seaside town. In addition, The Lark Concert Hall will also host professional music concerts which will be open to the public.

Michael T. Dawson, Co-Founder & CEO of IIMS watches An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin unveil plans for a multi-million state of the art music campus in Balbriggan, County Dublin.
Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Speaking on Friday last, the Taoiseach said: “The reputation of Irish musicians has helped open doors for us abroad, not only in the diplomatic sphere but has also helped pave the way for economic growth and paved the way for Ireland’s exporters to expand their markets. This investment marks a major milestone for Irish music both in Balbriggan and beyond.”

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