Careers within the Music Industry Open Day


On 25th January, we’re holding a very special Open Day at BIMM Dublin.

We like to keep up with our graduates’ achievements, so we are bringing together some of our Alumni who are shaping the music industry right now.

Currently working in a range of roles in the music business, they will guide you through their journey and experiences at BIMM Dublin and their pathway into the industry.

Joining us are…

Theodora Byrne
Theodora Byrne is a session vocalist, keyboard player and choir director based in Dublin. Most recently, she has played keyboards and sang backing vocals for James Vincent McMorrow, Sorcha Richardson, and HamsandwicH.

Theodora is currently musical director for Dublin-based community choir The Playlist Choir and the Avolon Aviation Leasing workplace choir.

Theodora has played in prestigious venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, London’s Roundhouse Theatre, and New York’s Webster Hall. She has also performed at world-renowned music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Benicassim, Other Voices, Outside Lands, Electric Picnic and The Roots Picnic. Theodora’s television appearances include ‘Later…with Jools Holland’, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’, and ‘The Ray D’Arcy Show’.

Joe Furlong
Having spent the best part of ten years playing with many independent Irish acts, Joe has been playing with James Vincent McMorrow since 2016. This has included extensive touring all across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Touring with James has seen Joe play in such prestigious venues as the Sydney Opera House, The Roundhouse, Webster Hall and The Wiltern, as well as numerous radio and television performances such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jools Holland, KCRW and numerous BBC Radio 1 shows.

Joe’s work as musical director for the annual Turning Pirate Mixtape New Years Eve show in Vicar Street has led to work with numerous Irish artists such as Lisa Hannigan, Conor O’Brien (Villagers), Paul Noonan (Bell X1), Declan O’Rourke, and Richie Egan (Jape).

Ema Stapleton
Ema graduated from BIMM Dublin in 2017. She went on to pursue an MA in Popular Music Research at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

She is now a guest lecturer at BIMM, a freelance writer for blogs, a receptionist in Waltons New School of Music, and an aspiring composer for moving image. She was also the assistant manager for the Mother Tongues festival in March this year.

If you intend to do a Masters degree after finishing BIMM, or have any questions about any of these areas, feel free to come along and ask!

Colin Lyons
Having finished 4 years in BIMM, Colin has gone on to play as a session drummer for Artists such as Áine Cahill, Sean and Conor Price, Lilla Vargen and Josh Gray. Colin also has a keen interest in social media.



Brendan McGlynn
Brendan’s career in the music industry has been incredible diverse. From extensive touring as a session musician through Europe and North America to building and running a music venue and art gallery in Berlin to helping run the biggest festivals in Ireland, his experience spans every area of the industry. in 2014 Brendan joined Irish band Raglans as a session guitarist playing some of the most exciting festivals in the world SXSW, Eurosonic, Electric Picnic, Rockavaria and more. His playing brought led him into music production and writing with many significant Irish artists.

In 2017 Brendan took over as Artistic Director of Petersburg Artspace in Berlin. An experimental music and art space on the fringe of the Berlin scene. In his time here he developed funding programs with the German government enabling the space to develop into a home for experimental and modern art in this creative city.

In 2019 Brendan Began working as the Accreditation Co-coordinator for one of Europe’s largest events management companies; Festival Republic. Aiding festivals like Electric Picnic, Longitude, Malahide Castle shows get built.

His current role is Front of House manager and Visitor Experience Co-coordinator for the 100+ events of St. Patricks festival.

 22-year old LAOISE writes dreamy, ambitious and frank pop songs about relationships and heartbreak, often with more introspective lyrics, juxtaposed with upbeat electro and synth production. Having performed a string of gigs and festivals over the summer – including Primavera Sound, Longitude, Lollapalooza Berlin and more.

Described by NPR’s World Cafe as ‘changing the sound of Ireland’, LAOISE records, produces and releases her music completely independently and totally commands her own brand of bold, glittering, gutsy electro-pop – paving the way for Irish-born pop music. Taking her cues from the quirky production of acts like Julia Michaels, King Princess and Robyn, LAOISE thrives on being able to experiment with her music and the characters, concepts and emotions she’s able to portray with each release. Such determination proved successful earlier this year, where LAOISE was nominated for an RTÉ Choice Music Prize for her pop anthem ‘Again’, seeing further praise from the likes of The 405, The Line of Best Fit, Nialler9, and Gay Times to name a few.

From gaining over 4 million streams on Spotify to building an intimate connection with fans through her honest lyrics and sincere social media presence, 2019 has seen LAOISE go from strength to strength. With her most recent release, the ‘Mad’ EP, LAOISE presents four songs created with real intent which infuses her live set with a strong female presence and striking energy.


Meet them and our team on 25th January – book your space here.

POSTED ON: January 13, 2020
  • Dublin