Become a Friend

Help us make music.

Everyone should have the right to listen to, learn about and love music. This simple belief is the driving force behind Galway Music Residency (GMR). We exist to serve the people of Galway city and county, providing opportunities for all to experience music in new and unexpected ways, to learn from inspiring musicians and spark joy in their lives.

We can’t do this alone.

Our family of Friends plays a key role in making our work possible. Put simply, becoming a Friend of GMR empowers us to give the gift of music to more children, more adults and more communities in and around Galway.

We offer levels of Friendship to suit all pockets:

Friend Levels

Piano (individual) & Piano Duet (couple)

Your support as a Piano or Piano Duet Friend will provide the platform we need to share the gift of music with communities across Galway City and County.

As a Piano Friend, you will enjoy:

  • 10% discount on full price ticketed events;
  • Complimentary CD featuring ConTempo Quartet and guest artists;
  • Acknowledgement on GMR website.

*Piano concession rate: €30 (full-time students and the unwaged)

€30/€50 /€100

Mezzo Forte

Take the next step and become a Mezzo Forte Friend, assisting us in presenting some of the best music ever written, giving all the chance to experience the joy of music.

As a Mezzo Forte Friend, you will enjoy all Piano benefits PLUS:

  • Invitations to exclusive Friends-only events;
  • 20% discount on full price ticketed events;
  • 2 complimentary tickets of your choice;



Deepen your involvement within the GMR family as a Forte Friend, playing a key role in enriching the lives of those in our communities with listening and learning opportunities.

As a Forte Friend, you will enjoy Piano/Mezzo Forte benefits PLUS:

  • 25% discount on full priced ticketed events for you and 1 accompanying guest;
  • 4 complimentary tickets of your choice.
  • Acknowledgement on GMR website & annual brochure;
  • The knowledge that your support is enriching lives throughout Galway.


Fortissimo Patron

Our ambitions to serve Galway’s diverse audiences goes further than public funding allows. Become a champion of GMR as a Fortissimo Patron and join us in giving the gift of music to more children, adults and communities than ever before.

As a Fortissimo Patron you can enable us to:

  • Extend our education programmes to more children & adults including underserved and marginalised groups;
  • Prepare the musicians of tomorrow through mentoring opportunities;
  • Engage with artists in collaborations across art forms;
  • Bring beautiful music to unexpected venues around our county;
  • Connect people and communities through the joy of music.

As a Fortissimo Patron, you will enjoy all Piano/Mezzo Forte/Forte benefits PLUS:

  • 25% discount on full price ticketed events for you and up to 3 accompanying guests;
  • 8 complimentary tickets of your choice;
  • Accreditation or logo on display at all events;
  • Acknowledgement on GMR website & annual brochure;
  • Opportunity to host or introduce a GMR event.



€9 - €85 per month

You can chose to make your Piano Duet, Mezzo Forte, Forte or Fortissimo Patron donation on a monthly basis and still receive the same benefits. Simply select the relevant option from the drop-down list below. If you would like to set up a direct debit, contact us on 091-586706 for further details.

Monthly Donation

Did you know that you can make your donation go even further at no extra cost to you? If you are a taxpayer, we are able to reclaim the tax paid on your donation (of 250 and above) on your behalf, significantly increasing its value. Galway Music Residency is a registered charity (CHY15240) approved for Tax Relief under the terms of Section 848A Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997. To help us make your donation go further, please fill out and send us this form. For more information call us on 091-586706.


You can help Galway Music Residency provide opportunities for all to experience the joy of music by making a donation. Donations can be made via PayPal and you can specify the amount that’s right for you!

Our Sponsors and Friends

Funding Agencies

Corporate Sponsors

GMR is delighted to work with corporate partners to serve the communities we have in common and truly make a difference to the people of Galway. Contact Maeve Bryan today to explore how we can work together to make a meaningful impact on our corner of the world.

LK Shields
McDermot & Allen Solicitors
Arthur Cox
Stewarts Developments

John & Sally Coyle


Sarah Daniel

Maureen Rabbitt

Eva Bourke

Derek & Marjanne Bryan

Michael & Karin Shepherd

Leslie Lyons

Patrick Coakley

Francesca Counihan

Cindy Hill

Mary McCann

Mary Ward

Pauline Foley

Carla Kilmartin

Anne McCabe

Ludmila Snigereva

Julia Tkachenko

Philip Jones

Elaine McDonogh

Kathleen Loughnane

Gabrielle & Keith Warnock

Pat O'Leary

Pat O'Leary

Patrick McCabe Architects

Rosemary Casey

Leslie Lyons

With thanks also to our donors who wish to remain anonymous

Fortissimo Patrons

Pat Finnegan

McDermot & Allen Solicitors

Michael & Claire Cuddy


Volunteers are a very important part of our team here at Galway Music Residency. We rely on dedicated and enthusiastic helpers in many ways and value their input and ideas. We believe that being a volunteer shouldn’t be a one way street. We strive to offer volunteers experience and insights into arts and event management so that their time with us is as valuable to them as it is to us.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Galway Music Residency, contact Julie Seagrave at or 091-586706.

We look forward to hearing from you!


You can now order any of the CDs below online and pay via PayPal. The price for each CD is €10 plus €2 for postage.

Spiccato Junction (Currently out of stock)

Spiccato Junction brings together Galway's ConTempo Quartet with three of Ireland’s leading traditional musicians – Máirtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden and Garry O'Briain – for a CD filled with Irish Traditional music and Romanian folk tunes.

It is unknown when this title will be restocked.


Galway Music Residency 10th anniversary CD (currently out of stock)

Launched in April 2012 to celebrate Galway Music Residency's 10th anniversary, this double CD features Galway's ConTempo Quartet and various guest artists performing music from some of our favourite concerts over the first 10 years. From Haydn to Jane O'Leary, Beethoven to Dave Flynn, this retrospective recording crosses all genres and periods ensuring something for every occasion, taste and mood!


Dreams & Prayers

Galway Music Residency, Music for Galway and Paul Roe have produced Dreams & Prayers, featuring music for clarinet and strings including works by Osvaldo Golijov, Jane O'Leary and Nick Roth. Immerse yourself in sound...