The Journal Of Music In Ireland: Ireland's Bi-Monthly Music Magazine
JMI Cover Image, September/October 2007
Irish Traditional Music Archive
The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Eala&iacuteon

Ireland's Bi-Monthly Music Magazine
JMI – The Journal of Music in Ireland
was founded in November 2000 by Toner Quinn – a fiddle player and one time aspiring composer – on his return to Ireland from Scotland where he studied publishing.

The aim was twofold: firstly, to launch a music magazine that took a more in-depth approach to discussing musical life in Ireland, and secondly to bring together new writing and ideas on traditional, classical, contemporary and improvised music in Ireland.

JMI has gained a reputation as a lively forum for debate and discussion; comprising first-rate contributors, intelligent but accessible writing, and presented in a cutting-edge design by Art Director Simon O'Connor, winner of the 2006 PPAI 'Magazine Designer of the Year' award for his work on JMI.

It follows that JMI has attracted a broad, influential readership, including leading traditional, jazz and classical musicians and composers, music lecturers and teachers, broadcasters, arts officers and managers, music producers and promoters, music students and researchers, and those worldwide with a serious interest in Irish musical life.

JMI is supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

What readers say about JMI...
‘Ireland’s music scene needs and deserves a meaningful forum where crucial issues can be aired properly, and JMI is it.’
Dónal Lunny, musician and producer
Letters, March–April 2003

'I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate JMI on continuing to provide an excellent magazine. It is always lively, interesting and stimulating, and provides an important forum for debate and discussion. Long may it prosper.'
Niall Doyle, Executive Director, RTÉ Performing Groups
Letters, May–June 2006

'I am unaware of any publication anywhere in the world that covers such diverse forms of music, and I must congratulate you on this excellent magazine.'
Michael McGlynn, Director, Anúna
Letters, Sept–Oct 2001

'Just wanted to congratulate JMI on another cracking issue. The articles are unfailingly full of ideas and vigour and often extremely well written'
Mary Hogan, London
Letters, Jan-Feb 2006

‘JMI is without a doubt one of the major successes of the contemporary Irish music scene’
Carol Briscoe, Music Association of Ireland Newsletter

'Congratulations as ever on your well-edited and always interesting publication.'
Sarah McQuaid, Letters, Sept–Oct 2002

'I can’t think of another music magazine anywhere in the world that is so beautifully designed and so intelligently written. More please!'
Michael Quinn, Co Down
Letters, May-June 2006

'JMI... not only tracks the activities of Irish musicians, traditional and classical, but is not afraid to rattle the cages.... JMI provides a much needed outlet for provocative debate and analysis that can only help the causes of classical and traditional music in this country.'
Dick O'Riordan, Sunday Business Post, November 2002

'I can only hope that others see the JMI as positively as I do, as a vital part of the music scene in Ireland.'
John McLachlan, composer
Letters, March-April 2002

‘A magazine worth giving out about’
Fintan Vallely, Sunday Tribune, April 2001

'As JMI reaches its third birthday, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on the excellent contribution it has made to the music scene in Ireland.'
Benjamin Dwyer, composer
Letters, Nov-Dec 2003

‘The music magazine that makes a habit of stirring things up in the worlds of traditional and classical music.’
Dick O'Riordan, Sunday Business Post, July 2003

‘A relative newcomer, JMI carries informed debates and articles about contemporary music, along with traditional music and other genres.'
Sounds New (a review of supports to contemporary music in Ireland published by the Arts Council), 2007

‘Plenty of substance… an impressive range of articles’
Sarah McQuaid, Evening Herald

'In 2005 [Simon O'Connor] was appointed to redesign JMI ... to reflect the strong, cutting-edge content. ... The judges were impressed with the innovative design of the magazine; they liked its unusual shape and the texture of its cover which made it stand out from its competitors.'
Judges' Citation from the PPAI Awards 2006 when Simon O'Connor won 'Designer of the Year' award for his redesign of JMI