Sep 25, 2017

The Digital Hub and BIMM Institute Dublin pull all the right strings to launch The Liber8 Music Project

Leading music artists take on role as tutors

The Digital Hub and BIMM Institute Dublin are collaborating to pilot a unique, ground-breaking afterschool music programme for 13-to-17-year olds living within and around the Liberties area of Dublin 8.   Titled ‘The Liber8 Music Project’, the pilot programme represents an exciting first-time collaboration for The Digital Hub with BIMM Institute Dublin.  The programme will engage with some of Dublin’s most renowned musicians as tutors to the students, including Kieran McGuinness, lead singer and guitarist from Delorentos, Louise McNamara, vocalist and guitarist in the twin sister duo group Heathers and James Byrne drummer for Mercury-nominated and Choice-prize-winning band, Villagers.


The Liber8 Music Project has been designed to give young people who may have limited exposure to music and digital media, an opportunity to immerse themselves in a creative environment, whilst being introduced to some of the 21st Century Skills necessary to support their future careers. The pilot programme will run during the 2017/2018 academic year with two classes of 20 young people attending the 10-week programme.  The classes will be held twice a week at The Digital Hub and BIMM Institute Dublin with the first group starting in October 2017. The Liber8 Music Project is free to attend for successful applicants.


Commenting on the launch of the new programme, Fiach Mac Conghail, Chief Executive Officer at The Digital Hub said: “We are excited to launch this new learning initiative with one of our local partners, BIMM Institute Dublin. Our community is located in one of Dublin City’s most vibrant districts and its young residents now have a wonderful opportunity to unleash their creativity and learn new music and digital media skills in a fun environment. At The Digital Hub, we are committed to the local community and we continue to deliver learning programmes for all people across all age groups.”

Course content for The Liber8 Music Project has been specifically developed by music education experts and practitioners within BIMM Institute Dublin. Over the course of 10 weeks, young people will complete three modules. The ‘Music Styles’ module will invite participants to go on a journey through various styles of music, what they sound like and what they mean. In the ‘Introduction to Performance Techniques’ module, the young people will learn to use the guitar, bass, drums or vocals, culminating with a live performance at the end of the programme. Finally, in the ‘An Introduction to Recording and Sound Design’ module, participants will explore the use of technology to make the music they love.

Speaking on behalf of BIMM Institute Dublin, Alan Cullivan, College Principal at BIMM Institute Dublin said: “With The Liber8 Music Project, BIMM Institute Dublin aims to play a part in exposing students from Dublin 8 to life at a third level college with the aim of reinforcing the idea that attending college is an attractive option, as well as a realistic goal.

“With an established presence in the heart of the Liberties on Francis St. and The Coombe since 2011, BIMM Institute Dublin is actively supporting and adding to the development of the local community by establishing this exciting new project in collaboration with the team at The Digital Hub.” 

The Liber8 Music Project will be rolled out as part of The Digital Hub’s expanding range of community learning initiatives with the Liberties area of Dublin 8. Interested young budding musical artists can apply online through The Digital Hub website. Closing date for completed applications is Monday, 2 October.



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Notes to Editors

About The Digital Hub

Based in the historic Liberties area of Dublin city centre, The Digital Hub is an enterprise cluster for growing technology companies.  Over 95 established businesses operate in The Digital Hub. Together these businesses employ just over 700 people. The Digital Hub is the largest cluster of digital media, technology and internet businesses in Ireland, providing a space for indigenous enterprises such as Advanced Metadata, Bizimply, Good Travel Software, Software Design, Sonru, VSware and Xwerx to scale and grow. Major global companies like Eventbrite, Lonely Planet, Software AG and TIBCO are also based in The Digital Hub along with industry organisations such as the Irish Internet Association, NDRC, Silicon Republic and Tyndall National Institute.

Since the project’s inception, over 200 companies have progressed through the enterprise cluster at The Digital Hub, generating thousands of skilled jobs. Some well-established alumni include Amazon, Athena Media, Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications, Distilled Media Group (, eMaint, Etsy, Havok, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Riverdeep), Kavaleer, Lincor, MTT, Slack and Stripe.

The Digital Hub is a supportive partner of the local community, by running several learning initiatives for people of all ages. Community learning programmes are run with local partners.  For example, the Future Creators programme and the Future Creators Cadets programme are run with the National College of Art and Design and H2 Learning, to give children and young people the 21st Century Digital Skills that are so necessary in today’s world. The Liber8 Music Project is run with BIMM Institute Dublin to give young people who may have limited exposure to music and digital media, an opportunity to immerse themselves in a creative programme, whilst also developing skills to support their future careers.

The Digital Hub Development Agency is the Irish state agency that manages The Digital Hub. The Agency was established by the Irish Government under the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment and plays a key part in supporting the implementation of the National Digital Strategy.

Further information is available at:  or on Twitter: @TheDigitalHub.

About BIMM Institute Dublin

BIMM Institute Dublin is a third level music college with a campus based in The Liberties, Dublin 8. BIMM, The British and Irish Modern Music Institute, currently has colleges in seven cities – Dublin, London, Berlin, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton and Birmingham with courses validated by highly regarded education partners such as the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in Ireland– and is proud to be the largest and leading provider of contemporary music education in Ireland, UK and the rest of Europe.

BIMM Group is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, i.e BIMM Dublin (Facebook) @BIMMDublin (Twitter) @bimm_dublin (Instagram)


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