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Call for applications: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office Musicians-in-Residence Scheme 2019

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Music Network are pleased to announce details of the 2019 Musicians-in-Residence Scheme. The scheme is jointly funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Arts Council, and is managed by Music Network. Three residencies are offered in 2019: two for established musicians/groups and one for an emerging musician/group.

Established and emerging individual musicians from all genres with a strong connection to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown are invited to apply by Tuesday 19th February 2019 at 2.00pm.

The aim of the Musicians-in-Residence Scheme is to provide opportunities to develop and showcase new work which may be compositional and/or performance focused, i.e. to create new material and/or to develop a new artistic collaboration. Throughout each residency, the cultural environment of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown will be enriched through engagement by the musicians with a variety of people through a series of performances in the dlr LexIcon Studio and other off-site locations.

dlr Arts Office and Music Network will be hosting a visit to the Studio, dlr LexIcon for interested applicants on Monday 28th January 2019 at 6.00pm. To book a place please e-mail dlr Arts Office at with the subject line Musicians site visit.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to support musicians through this Scheme.  Since 2015, nine individual musicians/groups have been facilitated to develop and present new work, in a variety of genres, through the Residency Programme.

Application procedure:

Applicants must submit their application to Music Network by email to Hard copy applications will not be accepted. Late applications will not be accepted. Closing date for applications: Tuesday 19th February 2019 at 2.00pm.

Application guidelines are available here. For further information, please contact Andreas Ziemons, Operations Administrator, Tel: 01 4750224 Email:


Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office Musicians-in-Residence Scheme 2018

Awards were made to Susan McKeown and Conor Linehan and Craig Cox. Watch the online video diaries below to gain an insight into the creative process of each artist.

Susan McKeown

Grammy award‐winning and BBC Folk Music Award nominated vocalist and songwriter Susan McKeown performed a series of songs about her experience as a woman living in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown today, taking inspiration from her own life and everyday encounters with people in the town as well as the Pier, the Forty Foot, Killiney Hill and beyond. Susan was joined by collaborators Ger Kiely (guitar) and Trevor Hutchinson (double bass) for two concerts - Sunday 29th July and Thursday 6th September.


To view all of Susan’s blog updates, visit


Conor Linehan

Pianist and composer Conor Linehan performed concert on Sunday 16th September which included a showing of work in progress 'Madame Violante's Commodious Booth' and other songs and music by Conor, performed with Susannah de Wrixon and Mark O'Regan (vocals) and Ailbhe McDonagh (cello).

On Sunday 30th September Conor presented a piece based on Ravel's cycle 'Le Tombeau de Couperin' featuring Oonagh Keogh on violin with movement by Emma O'Kane. The concert includes a new composition by Conor Linehan for piano and violin based on and incorporating interviews with friends and family around growing up in Blackrock in the 70s and 80s, as well as Ravel's Tzigane, and 3 pieces for violin and piano by Oonagh Keogh.


To view all of Conor's blog updates, visit


Craig Cox

Sound artist and composer Craig Cox performed a new work inspired by and incorporating the incidental rhythms and percussive sounds made by the inhabitants of the area. Performing on violin and electronics, he was joined by his frequent collaborator Aoife Hammond, an experimental guitarist and Sebastian Jezzi, jazz drummer. Composers Nikki Sheth and Aurelie Ferriere also presented intriguing spatial compositions as part of the concert programme on Thursday 13th September.


To view all of Craig's blog updates, visit