Be a Friend of IAYO

Be a friend of the 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.

By joining IAYO as a Friend, you can enable us to keep creating on and off stage in 2021. We have worked hard in 2020 to connect, to deliver programmes and to play together despite restrictions. We have remained true to our mission. We have adapted, we have performed, and we have kept young hearts and minds alive through music. With your support we can ensure that we can learn, lead, connect and thrive for players, orchestras and ensembles across Ireland.

Your donation will help fund both the Festival of Youth Orchestras and the Youth Orchestra Ovation Awards.


Suggested donations

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. We would ask you to support us with as much as you feel comfortable giving.

  • €100 per year;
  • €250 per year;
  • €500 per year;
  • 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. To read more about the Charitable Donation Scheme, click here.

Monthly options available – please contact the IAYO office on 021 421 5187 or email


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.

You can pay online via PayPal here.

You can pay by bank transfer – please contact us for details.

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.



Irish Association of Youth Orchestras Youth Orchestra Achievement Awards

IAYO presents awards annually to youth orchestras at the Festival of Youth Orchestras. The aim of the awards is to acknowledge the particular accomplishments of IAYO member orchestras which have contributed significantly to the development of these orchestras.

Previous winners of the Achievement Awards have used their award in many different ways to benefit their orchestra and its members. Here are just a few examples from recent winners:

  • St Agnes’ Chamber Orchestra (2018 awardees) used the prize to help pay for fees for their young musicians who may not have otherwise been able to afford it to perform with the National Youth Orchestra and the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble;
  • Musica Fusion Youth Orchestra (2017 awardees) used their award to help purchase a double bass for their orchestra in the hope of encouraging more young people to play a ‘rare breed’ instrument;
  • Julianstown Youth Orchestra (2018 awardees) used the funds to support their first international tour as an orchestra to the prestigious Lisbon Youth Music Festival in June 2019. The extra funds helped to ensure that everyone in the orchestra had the opportunity to take part in the trip.



IAYO adheres to the principles laid out in the Charities Regulator’s Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public. We have a Donor Charter that can be downloaded here.


More Information

If you wish to access more information on IAYO, the Board of Directors, staff and our transparency, we publish this on the Transparency section of our website.


Friends of IAYO

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

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