The Galway Music Centre is supported in its efforts by a number of partner institutions and organisations in Galway. These institutions recognise the importance of developing the musical environment in the city and county, and their support greatly enhances the Centre's efforts in working towards that aim.
GALWAY CITY COUNCIL
Galway City Council is the authority responsible for local government in the city. The council has eighteen elected members and is headed by the Galway City Mayor. Among its many responsibilities, Galway City Council is committed to promoting amenity and culture in the city, and it led the winning bid for Galway to become European Capital of Culture 2020. The Galway City Arts Officer leads the development of the city's cultural and creative ecosystem.
Galway County Council
Galway County Council provides public services to the people of Co. Galway, including housing, transport, and community and economic development. It is a key cultural player in the county, and it supports and develops creativity through the provision of cultural facilities and services. These include libraries, theatres, museums, arts venues, and community and resource centres across the county. Its dedicated Arts Office advises the Council on all aspects of contemporary arts practice, and manages an extensive programme of events, residencies, strategic partnerships and grant aid.
Galway Education Centre (GEC)
Founded in the late 1990s, Galway Education Centre's mission is to improve people's lives through the provision of continuing professional development programmes for school teachers, and innovative projects for school children. Based in the Cluain Mhuire campus in Wellpark in the east of Galway city, the GEC provides courses in music, as well as a wide range of other subjects, including leadership, literacy, ICT, childhood wellbeing, mathematics, music, language and special needs.
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
GMIT comprises five campuses across Galway - city and county - and Mayo, where they deliver third-level programmes in a wide range of subjects to over 9,000 students. The main campus is located in the east of Galway city, with additional teaching, research and workshop space nearby at Cluain Mhuire, where the Centre for Creative Arts and Media (CCAM) is located. GMIT offers a range of creative programmes in its Cluain Mhuire and Letterfrack campuses, including Film and Documentary, Art and Design, Fine Art, Textiles, and Furniture Design. It has also supported a number of music organisations & initiatives.
Galway / Roscommon Education & Training Board (GRETB)
Galway and Roscommon ETB is a local education authority, established in 2013. Its mission is to be a key provider of quality, inclusive education opportunities and support services that enable young people and adults to reach their full potential and contribute in a positive and meaningful way to society. With 17 schools in Galway city and county, GRETB oversees the services provided by approximately 1,500 staff to over 20,000 learners in the region. The services provided by GRETB include the School of Music at GTI and the Galway Music Education Partnership.
NUI Galway is the largest and oldest university in the West of Ireland. Founded in 1845, it has a distinguished history of providing high quality university education in Galway. It currently educates over 18,000 students, and it is ranked among the Top 250 universities in the world. NUI Galway is committed to providing opportunities for cultural development for its students, as well as a year-round public programme of cultural events, exhibitions and activities on campus. The university offers a number of programmes in the creative arts, in Drama, Theatre and Production, in Film and Digital Media, and in Creative Writing. It also supports a number of music organisations and initiatives.