Be a Friend

Be a Friend!

Irish Association of Youth Orchestras

Celebrate Ireland’s youth orchestras and help to give young musicians from all over Ireland the opportunity of a lifetime to perform at the Festival of Youth Orchestras at the National Concert Hall.

The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras have launched their ‘Be a Friend’ programme!

The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras is the all-Ireland resource organisation for youth orchestras and we have over 120 member ensembles with more than 5,000 young musicians.

We provide training news, information, advice, a music library and instrument bank to help our members and their young players develop and thrive.

We organise and help run national courses including the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra, ConCorda Chamber Music Course for Strings and the Esker Festival Orchestra.

Our flagship event, the Festival of Youth Orchestras has over 25 years seen over 15,000 young musicians performing on their national stage at the National Concert Hall.

We help young people enjoy playing music together with excellence, giving meaning to their lives and facilitating healthy social development.

Be a Friend

By joining IAYO as a Friend, you can enable us to keep the music going, on and off the stage.

Because the triangle player who plays just once in a symphony is just as important as the orchestra leader, we see all our friends as being just as important as each other and don’t call them different names depending on how much they give. We would ask you to support us with as much as you feel comfortable giving.

We suggest donations of:

  • €100 per year
  • €250 per year
  • €500 per year
  • Or another amount

On all donations of €250 or more in a calendar year, IAYO can claim tax relief. If you pay tax (PAYE or Self-Assessment), your €250 donation increases to €362.32 at no additional cost to you.

How to donate:

We are grateful for any donation to the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras and we will do our best to accommodate your payment preferences as best we can. Monthly options are available.

You can pay online via PayPal here.

You can pay by bank transfer – please contact us for details at 021 421 5187 or

You can pay by cheque, postal order or in cash to the office:

Irish Association of Youth Orchestras Ltd.,
Civic Trust House,
50 Pope’s Quay,

If you pay by cheque, postal order or cash, please download the form (word document or .pdf format) or and return it with your donation.

If you would like us to post you out the form, please contact us on 021 421 5187 or email and we will post one to you directly.

To read more about the Charitable Donation Scheme, click here.

IAYO adheres to the principles laid out in the Charities Regulator’s Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public. You can see our Donor Charter, company information and much more on our Transparency Page.

We wish to thank the following people for their generous donations:

Friends of IAYO

Aliye Cornish
Brian Murray
Claire Chambers
Clare Daly
Eugene Daly
Fiona Creedon
Fred O’Callaghan
Gillian Smith
Gretta Daly
Jane Daly & Justin Donnellan
Liam Daly
Margaret Daly
Philip O’Kane
Ruth Daly