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RIAM 175: A new vision for the RIAM

Where we are now 

The Royal Irish Academy of Music was founded in 1848 as Ireland’s national music conservatoire.  We will be 175 years old in 2023. 

From its inception the RIAM has been advancing music education and training in Ireland , bringing the joy of classical music into the lives of pupils of all ages; creating standardised systems for training teachers and evaluating students; and nurturing world-class talent. 
 
From our base in Dublin, we reach into every county in Ireland and, through our graduates and international collaborations, every continent. 
 
Today we are: 

  • The home for 1,500 school age students and 150 undergraduate and post-graduate students studying classical music performance and composition 

  • An institution with performance links with global brand leaders such as the Juilliard School of New York, Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Liszt Academy, Hungary 

  • The largest provider of music examinations in Ireland, setting the curriculum and examining over 40,000 students in 1,700 locations every year 

  • An associate college of Trinity College, the University of Dublin, Ireland's highest ranking university 

  • A place of choice for any gifted young musician who dreams of becoming a professional classical musician 

 
Where we want to be 

We are creating a dynamic new campus and need your support to make this happen, ensuring the future of music education in Ireland for years to come. We want to be best in class and best in Europe and you could help us do this. 

Join us as we raise vital support capital campaign to redevelop the Royal Irish Academy of Music on Westland Row and to transform it into a state of art facility for musicians. With your help, we will achieve our fundraising target of €20 million, allowing us to transform our campus and ensure future generations of outstanding musical talent can reach their full potential. 
 
The iconic home of the RIAM will be reconstructed on Westland Row to include: 

  • Double the number of teaching rooms 

  • A 300 seat concert hall 

  • 5 acoustically treated faculty zones 

  • An opera studio 

  • A sonic arts hub 

  • A music therapy facility 

  • A 60 seat tiered lecture hall 

  • A rooftop library 

  • Improved accessibility throughout the campus 

In October 2018 the RIAM was granted €9 million in public funding towards the forthcoming redevelopment. The public funding will be added to €7.75 million already raised by the RIAM towards total project costs of €20 million to revolutionise the teaching of music at its Westland Row campus in Dublin City Centre.  We are so close to making this dream a reality. 

If you would like to make a donation to the capital campaign that can be done by visiting our payments page or by calling Audrey Phelan on +353 1 632 5386 or audreyphelan@riam.ie to start a conversation.