Send Sarah to Study Sound!

Help fund a really exciting BA in Music Production!

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This project received pledges on Wed 14 Dec 2016

“Imagination can change the world because new ideas can change the world and it takes imagination to have a new idea.”

— Timothy Williamson, Professor of Logic, University of Oxford

Hi! I’m Sarah, I make music under the name solarwine. My passion is making electronic music.

I’m fascinated by the world of sound. I love how music feeds our imagination and opens new horizons. For me, making music is like a door into another place, where the world is mysterious and more alive. One of the reasons that I make music is because I want to share that place with others.

I feel that giving my best to this music is a way I can contribute something to the world. That’s why I was so excited to get a place in September of this year, on the BA in Music Production in BIMM, Dublin. This crowdfunder project is to help fund that study.

Some background

Over the years I’ve played in various bands, worked as a vocalist/instrumentalist on five albums and performed in some great venues with some very lovely people!

I always felt though, that I had music of my own to make. Over the last number of years I have been working hard to bring that music to life.

You can hear some of my music here:, here or here

New Beginnings

Last year, I did a diploma in musicianship and songwriting in The British and Irish Institute of Modern Music (BIMM), Dublin, to build on my skills. I learned things that opened up totally new possibilities to me, like creating my first arrangement for brass. It was so exciting! I got a glimpse of the massive musical possibilities open to me through these new skills.

When I saw the impact that year had what I was doing, I realised I had a huge opportunity on my hands, to continue to BA level and fully bring this music to life.

Knowledge of production is essential in electronic music. I have been teaching myself all I can, but when I saw the curriculum for the BA in Music Production, it seemed tailor made to answer all the questions I had, and more. I could see how much faster I would progress in a structured learning environment. It became clear that the best thing I could do for this music and my future was to do the course.

So, I took the leap and applied. I was thrilled to get a place.


BIMM is an extremely vibrant place, where everyone is very passionate about music. There are great new bands, and new music emerging from its ranks all the time (more here). It is really feeding the new music scene in Ireland and it’s a great thing to be a part of.

The skills I am learning on this degree will provide me with the freedom to create and produce music independently. It covers things like: music software, recording skills, mastering and arranging, as well as other skills, many of which open up new avenues of opportunity. I have done 6 weeks so far and we are already getting such solid knowledge on all aspects of recording and producing. I really feel I'm doing exactly what I should be doing, and that is a wonderful thing!

By supporting this project you are allowing me to focus on the learning and make the best of this window of time. This will help sustain the making and sharing of this music in the long term.


The course is private, so has no student grants. The fees are €5950 per year for 3 years (average for this kind of course) and will mean a move to Dublin. I took out a loan to cover the first year's fees.

I worked through last year while I was studying and I’m continuing to save as much as I can. I live pretty simply but between travelling to Dublin for the course and other expenses, I haven’t managed to get much put aside.

I did a worldwide search for related funding or scholarships -for new music, music study, electronic music..but none were applicable, so I took out the loan for year one. When I discovered that crowdfunding was a possibility, I started working on that too. As a friend said - what you love is worth fighting for! I didn’t take any holidays this year, I just spent the time learning about and working towards this crowdfunder. I have started looking for work in Dublin, I hope to move up as soon as I can. (At the moment I travel up for half the week)

In summary:


- €5950 per year x 3 years = €17,850

- I paid the first year with a loan, that leaves = €11,900

That's before any living expenses! So, really I am putting no limit on how much people want to fund!! The more of the fees I can cover, the more I can put into the study and avail of all the valuable opportunities of the course - like time in the professionally equipped computer suites and recording facilities, performance opportunities, tutorials which are available to us in any subject.

However I have also made a 'minimum' budget:

  • €1000 towards next year's fees

  • €1500 towards living expenses while I'm looking for work

  • Anything above that towards the remaining fees (@ €5950 per year)


Please have a look through the rewards and see if there’s something you might like!

Tune in...

I will post updates on this site, but you can see some of the things that inspire me here on my music Facebook. I may even put an update or two there also!


Songs and music are such and amazing art-form - they can go straight to the heart. I often think that music brings out the best in human beings. It is a uniting thing, that bridges the widest of cultural divides, and that is such a valuable thing. This is the start of a time of new explorations and discoveries. That’s what I’m inviting you to be a part of… I’m looking forward to seeing what we can create!

Even the smallest pledges are greatly appreciated and make such a difference. If you are not in a position to support a campaign right now (I totally understand), but would still like to be involved you still can play a huge part by passing on the word to friends, contacts or random strangers!

I am so grateful for every act of support and encouragement. Thank you in advance for your support.

Let’s have some sonic adventures!

…buíochas ó’m chroí…thank you from my heart…

Special thanks to Eddie Hennessy, photographer, a personal hero of mine! You can see his work here

7 months, 1 week ago

Thank you so much, amazing patrons of the arts! We did it! Looking forward to sharing more music with you and sending out the rewards.

Sarah  x

Thanks Martin!

Brilliant. Well done Sarah!

7 months, 1 week ago

Thank you so much, amazing patrons of the arts! We did it! Looking forward to sharing more music with you and sending out the rewards.

Sarah  x

7 months, 1 week ago

Hi all!

It's the home straight! Thank you all so much for being patrons of the arts, for supporting new Irish music and showing that #artsmatter!

About 30 hours to go! If you haven't recently, it's a great time to re-post the link:

You never know what a difference it might make!

Many thanks


7 months, 2 weeks ago

Great news everyone, I just exceeded the minimum needed for the project! Thank you all so much. Please keep sharing and spreading the music love! S xx

Thanks lads!! :D

Congrats Sarah!

Brill! Martin

7 months, 2 weeks ago

25% funded everyone! Oh - make that 26% just now! Yay! Thank you ABJ and Corconia! : D And thank you all fab supporters! Some more pledges to add this week also so we are going strong. I have been so touched by people's encouragement and support since the project started. Please keep spreading the word and let's keep adventuring together! xx S

8 months, 1 week ago

I did my first ever radio interview on the 'Irish Hearts' arts program from Irish Radio International on Thursday! Exciting! More on solarwine Facebook. You can listen back on Irish Radio International's mixcloud website (45 mins in). x

8 months, 1 week ago

Wow! Off to a great start! Huge thanks to my very first sponsors. It's great encouragement and it's lovely to start out with such positivity on the first day of the journey! 

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6 Dec 2016
Sarah Roche

Thanks Karl! I'm delighted you are enjoying the music <3 xx s

6 Dec 2016

Best of luck Sarah, love the music. Lots of love, Karl xx

2 Dec 2016

Good Luck Sarah! I know how creative you are and I really hope that you can do this and send some magical music into the world!

22 Nov 2016
Sarah Roche

Ah Peter! Looking up these comments can get emotional! Thank you so much. Lots of love to you all XX

22 Nov 2016
Peter Allen

Sarah is a brilliant, beautiful, and bountiful artist and deserves all the support she will receive.

16 Nov 2016
Sarah Roche

<3 Kim, thank you so much! Likewise, I am so glad I go to meet you too and hear your beautiful singing and playing. I am looking forward to hearing more! Much love xx S

16 Nov 2016
Kim Vermeer

Sarah, I'm so glad I got to meet you this year and excited you are finding new ways to pursue your passion. Kim

14 Nov 2016
Sarah Roche

: ) Hi Patti! So lovely to hear you! Thank you so so much for your encouragement and support. It means the world. Hope all is very well with you. Love Sarah xx

14 Nov 2016

Hooray for you, Sarah! Steve and I wish you all the best.

10 Nov 2016
Sarah Roche

<3 Thank you Sean and Amy! For the support and the invite! Sounds like fun! Love from Cork xx

10 Nov 2016

Sarah, So excited for you, what a tremendous opportunity for you to follow your passion. Come visit us on Cape Cod, our door is ALWAYS open. Love, Sean & Amy

9 Nov 2016
Sarah Roche

<3 Thank you so much Nora, S & G and MF! <3 lots of love S xx

8 Nov 2016
Nora Doherty

Wishing all your dreams come true, Sarah. Thank you for sharing your talent. Love always, N,S & G

8 Nov 2016

This music is beautiful, the video is lovely. Best wishes! MusicFan

8 Nov 2016

Best wishes for a successful fundraiser!

Sarah Roche

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