CMC & STF publish Phase I 'Scoping the Project' Report by Dr Ciara L. Murphy and announce Phase II conducted by Dr Michael Lydon

The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) and Sounding the Feminists (STF) are happy to announce the continuation of their project assessing the gender balance of publicly funded composer opportunities on the island of Ireland. As part of Phase II of the project, they welcome incoming Research Associate Dr Michael Lydon.

In 2019 CMC and STF began a two-phase research project which aims to investigate the gender balance of publicly funded composer opportunities on the island of Ireland. A successful completion of Phase I was achieved by Dr Ciara L. Murphy, resulting in ‘Scoping the Project'  Report. This detailed report (below) considers the feasibility of the project, while also establishing an authoritative list of funding and commissioning organisations that offer specific composer funded opportunities, and determining the availability of relevant records for the project. 

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Dr Michael Lydon

Michael is an Adjunct Lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), where he delivers modules on ‘Music, Gender and Ireland’ and ‘Popular Music, Cultural Identities & Ireland’. He is also the Reviews Editor of Ethnomusicology Ireland and former Communications Officer for The European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS). In 2021, Michael was awarded a PhD from NUIG for his research paper: 'Haunting Noises: Irish Popular Music and the Digital Era’ and has forthcoming articles on Irish music and culture in Études irlandaises thematic issue on Ireland and Intangible Cultural Heritage (2022), Ethnomusicology Ireland (2022), Review of Irish Studies in Europe, and Irish Studies in Europe (2022).

Michael’s Phase II research is supported by an advisory panel which includes:

•    Seámus Crimmins, previously held positions in RTÉ, The Arts Council and serves  on various Boards of music organisations in Ireland

•    Dr Brenda Donohue, Director of Gender Counts analysis by #WakingTheFeminists, National Project Manager of PISA 2021

•    Evonne Ferguson, Director, Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland

•    Anne-Marie Hughes, Library Coordinator, Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland

•    Dr Áine Mangaoang, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Musicology, University of Oslo 

•    Dr Laura Watson, STF Education Officer, Associate Professor of Music at Maynooth University 

•    Dr Ann Cleare, STF Director of Operations for the project, composer, and Assistant Professor of Music and Media Technologies at Trinity College Dublin.  

Dr. Michael Lydon will host an online forum on Thursday 10 March 2022 from 1-2pm as part of CMC’s activities celebrating International Women’s Day. This forum aims to provide an update on and discussion of the Phase II research project. To register for this online forum email Michael Lydon by 5pm on Wednesday, 9 March :