Some 160 jobs are to be created over the next two years by the Irish Institute of Music and Song, which is investing 12 million euros in a new campus in Balbriggan, Co Dublin.
The brainchild of One4All founder Michael P Dawson and his son Michael T Dawson, the campus is expected to attract over 250,000 attendees annually when fully completed in the first quarter of 2023.
The campus will house a music school, a ten-bed luxury boutique hotel, shared accommodation for groups or students, a cafe and restaurant, and a 400-seat concert hall. It must be located in two of the most historic houses in the area, Bedford House and Bedford Hall.
The project has so far been funded by the Dawsons who made their fortune with gift card specialist One4All, which was acquired for 100 million euros by US fintech group Blackhawk in 2018.
“What we are developing here is a whole new musical ecosystem where students learn, share and grow alongside experienced and accomplished musicians from across Ireland and beyond,” said Michael Dawson snr.
His son is the managing director of the IIMS, which was originally founded at the Fingal Academy of Music.
“Our vision is to increase access to quality music education at primary, secondary and higher levels, to provide inspiring music experiences and to connect Ireland to the world through music performance and education” , did he declare.
The new development was welcomed by Taoiseach Micheál Martin who said it marked a major milestone for Irish music.