The Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) provides a voice to musical theatre in Ireland. Over 130 musical societies, throughout the whole of Ireland, are members of AIMS – this relates to around 14,000 people directly involved with musical theatre and an audience base of around 1.2 million.
AIMS provides many services to its members, ranging from help and advice in choosing shows, resolving any difficulties that they may face, running various workshops on all aspects of theatre, through to an adjudication and awards scheme that is constantly pushing forward the standards of musical theatre.
Membership of AIMS is open to any society that is involved in Musical Theatre in Ireland, subject to their membership application being approved by the AIMS ruling body - the National Council.
AIMS is divided into 6 regions, with each society belonging to a single region. A regional committee is elected each year to run the region at a local level. Many regions run workshops, concerts or activities for the benefit of the whole region. Each region is then represented at a national level on the AIMS National Council.
All National Councillors and Regional Representatives have two major things in common - they all give their time and effort to AIMS on a voluntary basis and they all share a great love for musical theatre.
These pages highlight some of the benefits that members currently enjoy.
The AIMS Choral festival is one of the largest choral festivals in Ireland. It annually attracts over 70 choirs per year from through-out Ireland and beyond. This two-day event attracts an audience of over 10,000 people. A number of categories are exclusive to AIMS members. If you love wonderful choral singing then this festival is both a joy to participate in or simply observe.
The AIMS Youth Summer School is a week-long residential workshop held annually in Thurles. It introduces teenagers to the various aspects of performing musical theatre. They get an opportunity to work with a professional director, choreographer and musical director. Over the week they receive practical tuition in these areas and then stage a concert for their friends and family at the end of the week.
With increasing numbers each year applying for this Summer School, it is a sure indicator of the popularity of musical theatre with today’s youth and is a good indicator of the future sustainability of this thriving part of Irish life. This is an excellent workshop to help develop the younger members of your society and aspire them to develop their full potential.
The AIMS website provides a focal point for the activities of AIMS and its members. It is used on a daily basis by anyone with an interest in musical theatre.
With the website being viewed over 750 times per day, it provides a great method for AIMS members to advertise their events, find out information on shows or technical experts and interact with other members.
“Show Times” is the official journal of AIMS. It is a subscription-based magazine that is delivered to members 9 times per year. It provides information on the activities of AIMS members as well as publishing the written reviews of shows which have enterered the Adjudication Scheme.
The Adjudication & Awards Scheme is one of the most popular AIMS activities. The scheme is designed to constantly raise standards and push forward musical theatre in Ireland. With many analogies to the Oscars, the scheme rewards outstanding talent in different categories. Under this scheme, an adjudicator attends each participating show and provides a written critique.
At the end of each musical season in May, the adjudicator then draws up nominations for the awards based on the shows they have seen. In true Oscar fashion, the nominations cover all aspect of a performance, from Best Actor and Actress to Best Stage Management, Best Director to Best Overall Show etc., The nominations are then announced at a gala ceremony.
The AIMS Awards Weekend is celebrated annually in June. The highlight of this weekend is the announcement of the award winners in the Adjudication & Awards Scheme.
The Awards Weekend is attended by almost 1000 people and is the largest event of its kind held in Ireland. It brings together people who have a common love of musical theatre and provides a great social opportunity for members from different societies to come together.
AIMS also organises a number of different workshops in various locations throughout Ireland. These workshops cover various aspects of Musical Theatre. Examples of recent workshops include, Singing, Make-Up, Dancing and Youth Workshops. These workshops are open to members of societies that belong to AIMS.