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Contribute to ITMA

If you would like to contribute to the Archive and support its work for Irish traditional music, you could

  • Donate recordings, books, photos, videos, etc.
  • Lend such materials for copying
  • Supply information on any aspect of the music
  • Bring the Archive to the attention of potential supporters

 


Letters of Invitation

Performers, collectors, publishers and organisers of Irish traditional music are particularly well placed to support the work of the Archive. We invite them to make their individual contributions:


Invitation to Performers of Irish Traditional Music Worldwide

Dear Singers, Musicians, and Dancers
Twenty years after its foundation, the Irish Traditional Music Archive has assembled the largest collection of Irish traditional music in existence, as detailed elsewhere on this website. We hold, for example, over 25,000 sound recordings, 16,000 books and serials, 6,500 ballad sheets and pieces of sheet music, 10,000 photographs, 1,000 videos and DVDs, 2,500 programmes, 400 music manuscripts, etc., etc. And these items are catalogued on computer in great detail – an enormous body of information available free of charge to anyone who visits the Archive.

The collection therefore forms the most comprehensive picture of the world of Irish music, contemporary and historic, available anywhere. It is growing daily, and its information coverage improves daily. The Archive is a securely established Irish national institution, and a premier world centre for accessing and researching Irish traditional music.

Are you represented in the Archive's collection? If not, the remedy is in your own hands.

If you donate sound or video recordings of your singing, playing or dancing to the Archive, we undertake to add them to our collections with your name as that of donor, to hold and preserve them indefinitely, to catalogue them, and to then make them available for listening/viewing or study to visitors to the Archive. We will scrupulously guard all your legal and moral rights in them, and will not make copies of them for others or publish them without your prior written agreement.

Don't be shy about putting yourself forward; it takes all kinds – beginners and virtuosos, improvers and disimprovers – to make up a musical tradition. And we are interested in the innovative and the crossover as well as the conservative and deeply traditional.

We would also be very keen to acquire associated photographs, biographical details, memoirs, artistic manifestos, music collections, press releases, programmes, flyers and posters, etc. – anything which would put the recordings in context and help people appreciate fully the meaning of what they contain.

It goes without saying that we would welcome these materials even if they are not accompanied by recordings, and that we would welcome any items which would represent your musical friends and acquaintances, including those who are dead.

We urge you to make such donations primarily so that the art form of Irish traditional music worldwide may be more comprehensively documented, even if there are practical advantages to you in such a donation. Everyone who creates a performance of Irish traditional music – whether as performer, composer, listener, or publisher – is part of the the worldwide story of the music, and should be represented.

We look forward to receiving any donations you may make, and to cooperating with you in making an increasingly comprehensive public collection of Irish traditional music past and present.

Donations and queries about donations can be sent to the Irish Traditional Music Archive, 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (tel. +353-1-6619699; fax +353-1-6624585; email donations@itma.ie).

Best wishes,

Nicholas Carolan
Director


Invitation to Collectors of Irish Traditional Music Worldwide

Dear Collectors,

Almost twenty years after its foundation, the Irish Traditional Music Archive has assembled the largest collection of Irish traditional music in existence, as detailed elsewhere on this website. We hold, for example, over 30,000 sound recordings, 23,000 books and serials, 10,000 melodies in digital form, 6,500 ballad sheets and pieces of sheet music, 12,000 photographs and negatives, 2,500 programmes, 1,500 videos and DVDs, 400 music manuscripts, etc., etc. And these items are catalogued on computer in great detail – an enormous body of information available free of charge to anyone who visits the Archive.

The collection therefore forms the most comprehensive picture of the world of Irish music, contemporary and historic, available anywhere. It is growing daily, and its information coverage improves daily. The Archive is a securely established Irish national institution, and a premier world centre for accessing and researching Irish traditional music.

The Archive understands ‘collection’ in a range of senses – from materials professionally recorded over years of activity to casual recordings or photographs made on a visit to a session or festival in Ireland or elsewhere. As a collector of Irish traditional music in any of these senses – whether of commercial recordings or field recordings, of printed materials or of photographs, etc. – you may be interested in having items from your collections represented in the Archive's collection? If so, we would be very pleased to receive them.

If you donate items, or copies of items, from your collections to the Archive, we undertake to add them to our holdings with your name as that of donor, to hold and preserve them indefinitely, to catalogue them, and to then make them available for listening/viewing or study to visitors to the Archive. We will scrupulously guard all your legal and moral rights in them, and will not make copies of them for others, publish them, or otherwise use them without your prior written agreement.

We would also be very keen to acquire associated documentation of any kind if it exists - such as field notes, catalogues and indexes, biographical details, collecting policies, etc. - anything which would put your collections in context and help people appreciate fully the meaning of what they contain. We are interested in collections of innovative and crossover material as well as of conservative and deeply traditional material.

We urge you to make such donations primarily so that the art form of Irish traditional music worldwide may be more comprehensively documented, even if there are practical advantages to you in such a donation. We are interested in any donations however small, whether a photocopy of a single page or a few snaps taken on holiday - every single item is part of the total mosaic of Irish traditional music performance.

We look forward to receiving any donations you may make, and to cooperating with you in making an increasingly comprehensive public collection of Irish traditional music past and present.

Donations and queries about donations can be sent to the Irish Traditional Music Archive, 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (tel. +353-1-661 9699; fax +353-1-662 4585; email donations@itma.ie)

Best wishes,

Nicholas Carolan
Director


Invitation to Publishers of Irish Traditional Music Worldwide

Dear Publishers,

Twenty years after its foundation, the Irish Traditional Music Archive has assembled the largest collection of Irish traditional music in existence, as detailed elsewhere on this website. We hold, for example, over 30,000 sound recordings, 23,000 books and serials, 9,000 melodies in digital form, 7,000 ballad sheets and pieces of sheet music, 12,000 photographs and negatives, 2,500 programmes, 1,500 videos and DVDs, 400 music manuscripts, etc., etc. And these items are catalogued on computer in great detail - an enormous body of information available free of charge to anyone who visits the Archive.

The collection therefore forms the most comprehensive picture of the world of Irish music, contemporary and historic, available anywhere. It is growing daily, and its information coverage improves daily. The Archive is a securely established Irish national institution, and a premier world centre for accessing and researching Irish traditional music.

Are your publications represented in the Archive's collection? If not, the remedy is in your own hands.

If you donate a copy of each of your publications to the Archive, we undertake to add them to our collections with your name as that of donor, to hold and preserve them indefinitely, to catalogue them, and to then make them available for listening/viewing or study to visitors to the Archive. We will scrupulously guard all your legal and moral rights in them, and will not make copies of them for others or otherwise use them without your prior written agreement. We will acknowledge donations on receipt, and forward queries from would-be purchasers to you.

We would also be very keen to acquire associated publicity materials: photographs, biographical details of performers and authors, artistic manifestos, press releases, catalogues, flyers and posters, etc. - anything which would put the publications in context and help people appreciate fully the meaning of what they contain. We are interested in innovative and crossover publications as well as conservative and deeply traditional ones.

We urge you to make such donations primarily so that the art form of Irish traditional music worldwide, including your publications, may be comprehensively documented. But there are certain practical advantages for publishers in donating copies of their publications to the Archive and regarding such donations as part of their promotional activity. For one, the publications will become known on a continuing basis to the specialist range of personal-interest, academic and professional researchers who use the Archive, and will thus generate sales.

We look forward to receiving any donations you may make, and to cooperating with you in making an increasingly comprehensive public collection of Irish traditional music past and present.

Donations and queries about donations can be sent to the Irish Traditional Music Archive, 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland (tel. +353-1-661 9699; fax +353-1-662 4585; email donations@itma.ie).

Best wishes,

Nicholas Carolan
Director


Invitation to Organisers of Irish Traditional Music Worldwide

Dear Organisers of Concerts, Festivals, Classes, Summer Schools and Other Events,

Almost twenty years after its foundation, the Irish Traditional Music Archive has assembled the largest collection of Irish traditional music in existence, as detailed elsewhere on this website. We hold, for example, over 30,000 sound recordings, 23,000 books and serials, 9,000 melodies in digital form, 7,000 ballad sheets and pieces of sheet music, 12,000 photographs and negatives, 2,500 programmes, 1,500 videos and DVDs, 400 music manuscripts, etc., etc. And these items are catalogued on computer in great detail - an enormous body of information available free of charge to anyone who visits the Archive.

The collection therefore forms the most comprehensive picture of the world of Irish music, contemporary and historic, available anywhere. It is growing daily, and its information coverage improves daily. The Archive is a securely established Irish national institution, and a premier world centre for accessing and researching Irish traditional music.

Are the events you organise represented in the Archive's collection? If not, the remedy is in your own hands.

If you donate to the Archive whatever audio, visual and paper materials arise from the events you organise, we undertake to add them to our collections with your name as that of donor, to hold and preserve them indefinitely, to catalogue them, and to then make them available for listening/viewing or study to visitors to the Archive. We will scrupulously guard all your legal and moral rights in them, and will not make copies of them for others or otherwise use them without your prior written agreement. We will acknowledge donations on receipt, and forward queries from would-be purchasers to you.

We would be very keen to acquire such events materials as recordings, photographs, biographical details of performers and authors, artistic manifestos, and related publicity materials such as press releases, catalogues, flyers and posters, etc. - anything which would put the events in context and help people appreciate fully the meaning of what they are. We are interested in innovative and crossover publications as well as conservative and deeply traditional ones.

We urge you to make such donations primarily so that the art form of Irish traditional music worldwide, including your events, may be comprehensively documented. But there are certain practical advantages for events organisers in donating copies of their materials to the Archive and regarding such donations as part of their promotional activity. For one, the events will become known on a continuing basis to the specialist range of personal-interest, academic and professional researchers who use the Archive, and will thus promote attendances.

We look forward to receiving any donations you may make, and to cooperating with you in making an increasingly comprehensive public collection of Irish traditional music past and present.

Donations and queries about donations can be sent to the Irish Traditional Music Archive, 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (tel. +353-1-661 9699; fax +353-1-662 4585; email donations@itma.ie).

Best wishes,

Nicholas Carolan
Director

 

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Part of a donation of LP records received by the Archive