Dec 15, 2017

The Liber8 Music Project Strikes the right cord with young people in Dublin 8

We recently met with the young people of The Liber8 Music Project, to see how they felt about programme so far, the talents they had developed, and what’s next for this group of budding musicians.

The Digital Hub and BIMM Institute Dublin established ‘The Liber8 Music Project’ to give 13-to-17-year olds, living in Dublin 8 and its surroundings, who may have limited exposure to music and digital media, an opportunity to immerse themselves in a creative programme. Students have been attending free classes, twice a week, at The Digital Hub and BIMM, since early October.



We also interviewed Kieran McGuinness, Course Director, The Liber8 Music Project & Alan Cullivan, College Principal at BIMM. They told us what The Liber8 Music Project is, talk about what the students have learned, and the explain how the course came about.


Liber8 Music Project students playing Guitar.Kieran McGuinness, Course Director, The Liber8 Music Project, says: “The first five weeks of the course is all about music and context, which is learning about the history of music, we then moved onto music production, where they learn how to make beats and play with digital audio workstations. Throughout the ten weeks, they students learn a musical instrument, which is a choice between, guitar, bass or drums, and they then get to perform these instruments at the showcase.”

Alan Cullivan, College Principal, BIMM Institute Dublin, says“The showcase is a very important element of the programme because the students get to apply what they learned over the course of the ten weeks. It is very important that the showcase and classes are held in the college. One of the main reasons behind the course is to give students in Dublin 8, a taste of what life is like in 3rd level college, and show them it’s not some kind of mystery. Then, if down the line, they decide to go to college, we have achieved something.”


What the young people had to say:

  • “In the first five weeks, we did music production, this is where you get musical instruments and piece them together into a song, and for the final five weeks, we have done music and context, which is the history of music.” – Caitlyn 
  • I joined because I am really into BIMM, it’s a really good music school, and I wanted to give it a try.” – Kathy
  • “I signed up to the course because I wanted to learn something new. You only have one life and you got to try things out.” – Vince
  • “I feel a bit happy and sad that the course is finishing, happy because it has been fun to take part and meet people, I didn’t know and sad it’s ending.” – Patrick


About BIMM Institute Dublin

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 with DHDA which will hopefully create and nurture an interest in the value of education not only in music but all arenas, for people from all backgrounds.

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 the 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)

Read more about BIMM Institute Dublin at

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.  Home to almost 100 established businesses and employing 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 and global enterprises to scale and grow, alongside industry organisations. In addition to its development and support of an enterprise cluster, The Digital Hub continues to deliver on its commitment to the local Liberties community of Dublin 8 through its strategic Community Learning Initiatives Programmes including Future Creators (13-16 years), Future Creators Cadets (10-12 years), D8 Surfers Club (Seniors) and now The Liber8 Music Project (13-17 years) in partnership with BIMM Dublin.

The Digital Hub Development Agency is the Irish state agency that manages The Digital Hub.  Further information is available at or on Twitter at @TheDigitalHub.