The Irish Music & Dance Association offers merit-based educational grants to help students of any age to pursue an interest in the traditional arts of Ireland. Grants may be used for classes, fees, travel expenses, equipment purchases or other purpose which supports the applicant's learning.
Our goal is to help students who love Irish music or dance to continue their study, move to the next level of mastery and share their interest with others. We ask grant recipients to bring their new skills back to our community by performing at an IMDA event in the Twin Cities. We hope that recipients of IMDA Educational Grants will continue their study long into the future and, in so doing, enrich the cultural life of our community. The Irish Music and Dance Association considers the program an investment in the future.
Since its start in 2006, the program has made grants to musicians, dancers, dance teachers, students of the Irish (Gaelic) language and a costume designer. The recipients have used their grants for travel expenses, to help with the purchase an instrument, and for supplies and classes. The options are as broad as the ideas of the applicants.
IMDA funds the Educational Grant Program with proceeds from its annual St. Patrick's Day Irish Celebration and Day of Irish Dance at Landmark Center, 'IMDA Honors' events, sales of IMDA's Irish Dancer T-shirts, private donations and from other events during the year.
We welcome your help in expanding the program. 100% of your gift to the Educational Grant Program is used to help aspiring musicians, dancers and other students of Ireland's traditional arts. Your donation is also 100% tax deductible.