Music Network Industry Newsletter

Arts Council Funding

REMINDER: Travel and Training Award
Deadline: Ongoing

Open Call
Deadline: Thursday 25th July


The Bunting Harp Collection: A Digital Commission

Briefing/open day: Thursday 4th July at the ITMA
Deadline: Wednesday 24th July

Music Network and the Irish Traditional Music Archive are offering an opportunity for a professional sound or visual artist to create an installation work, using as inspiration the historically significant harp tunes collected in 1792 by Edward Bunting.

Artists are invited to submit proposals outlining their creative response to a range of multimedia digital materials relating to the collection held by MN, ITMA, and Special Collections & Archives, Queen’s University Belfast. Materials are comprised of digitised 18th century publication and manuscript scores, and 21st century audio-visual harp studio performances.

This is a unique opportunity for the recipient to create and present new work through the exploration, discovery and creative re-use of archival materials, and to bring this valuable collection to the attention of the wider public.



Music Education Partnership Support Manager at Music Generation

Deadline: Friday 28th June

To support the current and future development of both new and existing Local Music Education Partnerships, Music Generation is now inviting applications for the role of Music Education Partnership Support Manager.

Music Generation has recently embarked on a new phase of expansion into 9 new areas of the country, building towards nationwide rollout by 2022.

This position at the Music Generation National Development Office presents an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional who combines strong expertise in music development and management with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, initiative, and determination for results.



Aistriú Project, Call for Expressions of Interest

Deadline: Sunday 30th June

Galway 2020, in association with the Aistriú project team at NUI Galway and Ealaín na Gaeltachta, have opened a call for expressions of interest from artists to create work to form part of the Aistriú project for 2020. Focusing on the core theme of migration, Aistriú brings to the public and wider European attention a selection of multi-genre Irish language literary texts, from some of our best known writers, including poetry, short stories and passages from novels and autobiographies.

The overall budget for the commission is €50,000, which will be awarded to one or more artists to create their artistic response to the texts. This work will form part of the exciting cultural programme for Galway 2020. The invitation is open to artists of all disciplines, multidisciplinary expressions and those in mixed/digital media are also welcome.

Artists expressing interest in Aistriú will be required to demonstrate a track record of commitment to the Irish language in their previous work. Proposals must be publicly engaging and audience-focused. The chosen work will fit with the overall ambition of Galway 2020 to deliver a year of extraordinary creativity that showcases what is most valuable in both Irish and European creative culture.



Southbank Sinfonia 2020

Deadline: Monday 1st July
Dates: February - November 2020

Every year, 33 players from all over the world take part in Southbank Sinfonia’s intensive ten-month fellowship, designed to prepare you for all aspects of professional musical life. The intensive programme will occupy you about four days a week on average.

To be eligible, you should play one of the following orchestral instruments to a high standard and have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate music degree either at music college or university, or achieved an equivalent musical qualification: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Percussion.

There is no fee to be part of Southbank Sinfonia, furthermore, every player is awarded a bursary to help towards the cost of living in London which players supplement with income from their own performing and teaching activities. In 2019, the bursary is £8,700.



Symphonic Waves Auditions Open for Brass, Woodwind, Percussion and Strings

Auditions: Saturday 13th July, Claregalway

Symphonic Waves Youth Orchestra is inviting young musicians from the west of Ireland to audition as they embark on their Galway 2020 programme. 

Auditions are open to young musicians of grade 6 standard and above from counties Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Galway, Clare and Limerick aged 13 to 23 who play:

  • Brass – French horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba;
  • Woodwind – Flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon;
  • Percussion – Timpani and general percussion;
  • Strings – Violin, viola, cello, bass.



Business to Arts Artist Residency Programme

Deadline: Friday 12th July

Business to Arts announced the three companies selected to take part in the AR Programme, one of 30 initiatives supported as part of the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund.  The three businesses selected include:

  • BHP Insurances (Dublin): BHP Insurances will work with a piano musician to develop a combination of performance and education based initiatives for clients in the not-for-profit sector.
  • LK Shields (Galway): LK Shields will work with a performance-based artist, to explore ways of using performance techniques to develop presentation skills and leadership skills, focusing on working with third-level students to prepare them for entering the workforce, and to overcome barriers to progressing their chosen career.
  • The Ludgate Hub (Cork): Ludgate Hub will work with a local artist and local community of older people to connect with the older diaspora community through technology and creativity.



REMINDER: International Competition Contest, Sounds of Children's Rights

Deadline: Monday 15th July

Young musicians born after 15th July 2001 are invited by the Austrian Federal Chancellery, Department for Families and Youth, to participate in the International Composition Contest "Sounds of Children's Rights" with the submission of a self-composed piece in one of the two following categories:

Category I:
Classical composition
 with up to five of the following instruments:
Violin | Viola | Violoncello | Flute | Oboe | Clarinet | Bassoon | Horn | Trumpet | Trombone | Tuba | Piano

Category II:
Band composition
 with a maximum of five of the following elements:
Vocals | Brass | Strings | Electric Guitar | Electric bass |
Keyboard / Piano | Drum Set

The self-composed piece must musically portray one of the following:

  • the Convention on the Rights of the Child as a whole,
  • one single children’s rights subject (free of choice) or
  • several children’s rights topics (free choice).



Marketing Manager at The Ark

Deadline: Monday 15th July

The Ark wishes to recruit a Marketing Manager to join its senior management team and provide strong leadership and management across all marketing and audience development activities for the organisation, creating and executing a cohesive marketing and communications strategy.

Key responsibilities for this role include Marketing and Communications, Audience Development, and Administration & Budget Management.



General Manager (maternity cover) at the Galway Music Residency

Deadline: Friday 26th July

This General Manager position (30 hours per week) is offered as a fixed term contract for a period of 6-9 months, with a provisional start date of 23rd September. A probationary period of 3 months applies.

The position is based at GMR’s offices, located at Riverside Terrapin, NUI Galway. However, the role may require the post holder to work at, and from, other locations throughout the city and county from time to time.

This General Manager will be part of a small team, supported by a part-time Administration Assistant, the Board and GMR’s Artistic Committee. The role is multi-faceted and involves being in the thick of every element of the organisation.



Call for Expressions of Interest for Artist Workspaces in Dublin 15

Deadline: Monday 12th August

Dublin City Council's Arts Office is assisting the Ballymore Group to access expressions of interest from individuals, groups, organisations or consortia interested in exploring the possibility of occupying one or more properties for Artist Workspaces / Studios use within Royal Canal Park, Dublin 15, D15 DKW4.

All interested parties are invited to attend a briefing session and/or attend one of the open viewing sessions to examine the premises and assess the suitability of the space/s for their purposes.

Applicants will be required to complete an application form and submit a full proposal with supporting documentation to express their interest.



Open Call for Artists/Curators at Grangegorman

Deadline: Friday 30th August

Grangegorman Public Art invites artists and curators to apply for one of three art commission opportunities associated with three distinct building projects currently in development at Grangegorman. The three art commissions are entirely different in nature, purpose, design and end-user requirements. They are the Central Quad and West Quad for TU Dublin and the Residential Care Neighbourhood for the HSE.

Once appointed, Artists will agree an outline contract with the Grangegorman Development Agency and then lead in developing ideas in collaboration with the client, end users and Design Team. Artists/curators will be expected to work within the time-frame related to the build and to share some aspect of the undertaken project at the Grangegorman International Public Art Conference in October 2020. Ideas may be for new or existing work.



Call for Submissions, Free State 12

Deadline: Wednesday 11th September

New Music Dublin and Crash Ensemble are commissioning five works for performance in Free State #12 for the Festival in March 2020.

Up-and-coming Irish composers will be selected from open submission by composer Ed Bennett and Crash. Ed Bennett will also mentor the selected composers as they write new works which will be workshopped by Crash prior to performance and live recording.

Applicants must send one piece per composer, which is reflective of your work. This is a piece of existing work, and will be used for the adjudication process. Successful applicants will then be commissioned to create an entire new work as outlined below.

Commissioned works will be for:

  • Full ensemble (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass/Electric Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Flute/Piccolo, Trombone)
  • Duration of 5-7 minutes.
  • Can include electronics (these can be live electronics if you like – we'd love to have you on stage with us). 



Opportunities for Musicians

Tutti Violin I, Philharmonia Orchestra
Deadline: Friday 28th June
Auditions: 6th & 7th August

Principal Piccolo, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Deadline: Sunday 30th June
Auditions: 11th & 12th September, London

Tutti First Violin, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Deadline: Wednesday 3rd July 
Auditions: September

Rank & File First Violin, Wales National Opera
Deadline: Monday 8th July
Auditions: 24th & 25th July (London), 1st September (Cardiff)

Bassoon, Berner Symphonieorchester
Deadline: Sunday 11th August
Auditions: 4th October, Bern

2nd Oboe (with English Horn), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Deadline: Monday 2nd September
Auditions: 28th - 30th October, Amsterdam

2nd Trombone, Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Deadline: Monday 9th September
Auditions: 20th November, Dortmund