Facilities and Services
Our library contains a collection of over 9,000 works by over 220 Irish composers. This valuable resource is the only comprehensive collection of music by Irish composers in existence. Most of the works are unpublished and copies of scores and parts are available for reference, sale, hire or inspection.
As of September 2021, Library visits are currently by appointment only with online consultations also available via Zoom. Please see here for information on booking.
The audiovisual archive contains some 10,000 recordings of music by Irish composers alongside talks and interviews in various formats from CDs to LPs, cassettes and quarter-inch reels. Recordings range from commercially-recorded releases to archival recordings and radio broadcasts. A large part of the collection consists of archival recordings from RTÉ, the national broadcaster, the result of an ongoing partnership with CMC where copies of recordings are transferred to CMC's collections. CMC also actively documents new music activity by recording concerts of significant performances and premieres of new Irish works, as well as recording and archiving related interviews and talks.
CMC is committed to maximising the use of CMC’s historic base in central Dublin as a physical resource for composers and performers to aid their practice, and as a place for the sector to network and exchange ideas. Among the facilities, CMC's building provides access to drop-in information services, the centre's meeting room for AGMs and meetings for composers and new music groups and organisations, and use of the building for launch and profile of new album releases from the new music community. CMC also holds events in its building and these provide opportunities for showing casing both live and audiovisual work. In addition, a number of CDs, published scores and books are also available to purchase direct in CMC's building and all items are available to browse or listen to in the centre.
CMC operates a number of ongoing services for the new music community and public. Such services include copying of scores and performance materials to order from our collection for performance and perusal; information, advice and consultancy relating to new music in Ireland; repertoire advice and suggestions for performers and ensembles; and professional advice and representation for Irish composers (see guidelines for representation for more information on registering as a composer with CMC).