Toner Quinn is a musician, writer about music, Editor of the award-winning JM – The Journal of Music, and a lecturer in publishing at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Toner began writing about music while a music student at Waterford IT, focussing on the role of music in society and the relationship between traditional and classical music. With the germ of an idea for a music magazine in mind, he moved to Scotland to study publishing at the University of Stirling and then returned to Ireland to found the bi-monthly JMI – The Journal of Music in Ireland (later, The Journal of Music).
Between 2000 and 2010 The Journal of Music produced 60 issues, publishing a range of groundbreaking work on music, and winning the Utne Independent Press Award for Arts Coverage in Washington DC. The magazine also won a design award from the Periodical Publishers’ Association of Ireland awards and was shortlisted for a Golden Spider Award. In 2010, JM moved fully online and now attracts over 130,000 readers annually with quality writing on music. The Journal of Music recently launched three mentoring schemes for new writers on music, in Galway City, County Clare and Northern Ireland.
In 2008, Toner began lecturing part-time on the MA in Literature and Publishing at NUI Galway. He now teaches courses in publishing and editing and also organises two industry visits per year.
Toner has worked as an editor and writer for a range of companies including RTÉ and the Arts Council. He was Project Officer for the Arts Council’s Special Committee on the Traditional Arts, which produced the report Towards a Policy for the Traditional Arts – the first state policy on traditional music – and he was also commissioned to research and write a report on the harping tradition in Ireland.
In 2001, Toner published a collection of essays on the writer Desmond Fennell.
In 2013, on the Ergodos label, he released a fiddle duet album with Malachy Bourke, Live at the Steeple Sessions, which was selected as one of the Irish Times traditional music albums of the year.
Toner’s LinkedIn profile is here.