Creativity - Joy - Transformation


MusicAlive was established in 2009 by Kevin O’Shanahan and Caoimhe Conlon following their participation with Waterford Healing Arts Trust in a European Music and Health Exchange programme. It’s purpose is to provide access to high quality, participative based programmes. in mental health and older age community and health care contexts.

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What we do

At MusicAlive we aspire to bring the joy, creativity and therapeutic benefit that live musical interactions can bring to people. The choice to participate in programmes lies with the person.

While music is at the heart of our work, we also collaborate with professional artists from a wide variety of other art forms, including movement, creative writing and the visual arts.

MusicAlive’s project partners in the past have included Age and Opportunity, The Arts Council, Cope Foundation, Cork City and County Arts Offices, Cork Arts and Health partnership , the HSE and Cork Mental Health Services.

Our work is informed by evidence based research, from many perspectives, including healthcare and ethnomusicology. We also contribute to research publications, such as

Beyond Diagnosis - The transformative potential of the arts in mental health recovery


MusicAlive is delighted to take part in an investigative collaborative venture that creatively explores fresh approaches to arts engagement with older people and advance best practice models.

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Creative Enquiry

Artist Residency and Older People Engagement Project

Call for artist submissions

Creative Enquiry - Arts and Older People is an investigative collaborative venture that creatively explores fresh approaches to arts engagement with older people and advances best practice models. The focus of the Creative Enquiry is three artist-residency and older-people-engagement projects, hosted by three distinct arts organisations: the city-based multi-disciplinary Cork Midsummer Festival; Music Alive, a county-wide arts and mental health organisation; and Sirius Arts Centre, an arts venue located in the heritage town of Cobh.

The Creative Enquiry - Arts and Older People programme draws on the creative inputs and specialist know-how of the different partners that make up the consortium. Creative Enquiry is an initiative of two Cork based local authorities, Cork City Council and Cork County Council arts offices in strategic partnership with, Age and Opportunity, the national organisation supporting people to reach their full potential as they age, and, the HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare-Cork South Community Work Department, facilitating community health and well-being initiatives, and, the three independent partner arts organisations.

Creative Enquiry - Arts and Older People is financially supported by: the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon Invitation to Collaboration scheme; Cork City Council; Cork County Council; and, the HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare- Cork South Community Work Department, with in kind support from Age and Opportunity, and each host arts organisation.

For more details and how to apply please see below

Artist Residency Proposals are invited for submission by 4pm, March 25th 2019.

Full details and how to apply: Click here

No 49 North Street

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No 49 North Street

MusicAlive are proud partners with West Cork Mental Health Services at 49 North Street - an innovative community based hub for creativity, recovery and wellness in Skibbereen, Co. Cork.

Since opening its doors in 2017, 49 North Street has been host to numerous events, including the West Cork Feelgood Festival, World Music Day, Skibbereen Arts Festival, and the First Fortnight Festival.

In 2019, 49 North Street hosts events also for Seachtain Na Gaeilge and the Lifelong Learning Festival.

To read more about the background to the development of 49 North Street visit: In conversation with Declan McCarthy - Creativity and Mental Health

Current projects include:

The Claddagh Rogues
Bantry Community Choir
Gamelan Spréacha Geala
The Happiness Ensemble
Open Door
Fite Fuaite Pop Up Gaeltacht
Mindful Movement
Song shop 49
Grow Together

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Photography by Richie Tyndall and Aoise Tutty