Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

028 9262 3555

Northern Ireland Music

Music-making enhances the social and cultural life of people in Northern Ireland.

The impact that musicians and composers from Northern Ireland have made on the world stage far exceeds what might be expected from a region of this size. Established names such as Van Morrison, Gary Moore, David Holmes, Bronagh Gallagher, James Galway, Barry Douglas, Snow Patrol, Ash, the Undertones, The Divine Comedy, the Makem and Vallely families, Brian Irvine, Deirdre Gribben and Elaine Agnew – all have helped to draw the attention of the world to the creative resources that Northern Ireland can draw on.

There are many other musicians representing the full range of music genres who are following in their footsteps, forging substantial reputations at home and abroad.

The Arts Council supports all aspects of Music and Opera in Northern Ireland:

  • Western classical/contemporary concert music
  • Opera
  • music theatre and musicals
  • jazz and improvised music
  • contemporary popular music
  • traditional music
  • world music
  • and including voluntary, amateur, community groups, bands and festivals.

We recognise the excellence of the musicians, composers and songwriters of Northern Ireland, across all musical styles, and we support the development of their work plus showcasing opportunities at festivals and events across the world.