About CAI

About CAI


Classical Arts Ireland is a not-for-profit arts social enterprise established in 2011. CAI’s aims are:


  • To promote and develop activities for public benefit in opera, ballet and classical music in Ireland.
  • To heighten national and international awareness of Ireland’s rich heritage in the classical arts.
  • To strengthen the place in Irish arts policy and provision of the classical arts.
  • To actively address particular national needs in these fields, and
  • To provide a focus for the large community of interest in the classical arts in Ireland.
Its principal activities currently are:
  • The establishment and development of a long-term programme to produce scholarly performing editions, professional performance, and recordings of the large repertoire of important but unpublished Irish opera and art music.
  • Advocacy for and promotion of a National Classical Music and Opera Archive.
  • The promotion of live screenings of the best of international Opera, Ballet and Orchestral music to audiences in communities throughout Ireland.
  • Policy advocacy to improve the extent and quality of national provision for the classical arts in Ireland.

A social enterprise, Classical Arts Ireland is funded purely by revenue from its programme activities, and by private donations in support of its programmes. It is not programme funded by government or by any government agency.

Classical Arts Ireland operates an innovative, flexible, and highly efficient organisational model. This, along with earned revenue for some of its activities, enables 100% of all donations to be directed to CAI programmes.

A voluntary not-for-profit organisation, CAI is established as a company limited by guarantee, registered in Ireland, company no. 499628, and is governed by a voluntary board of directors:

C. Breathnach, B. Dignam, P. O’Neill, D. O’Sullivan (Chairman).

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