Music Network Industry Newsletter

Arts Council Funding

REMINDER: Arts participation bursary award
Deadline: 31st January 2019

REMINDER: Music bursary award
Deadline: 31st January 2019

REMINDER: Opera bursary award
Deadline: 31st January 2019

Young ensembles scheme
Deadline: 14th February 2019


Musicians in Residence at dlr LexIcon 2019

Deadline: Tuesday 19th February 2019

dlr Arts Office are inviting applications for the 2019 Musician in Residence Scheme. Three residencies are offered in 2019: two for established musicians/groups and one for an emerging musician/group.

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. The residences will be part-time in format, taking place over a non-consecutive period of dates within an approximate 2 month period.



Waltons Music for Schools Competition

Deadline: Friday 22nd March 2019
Finalists Concert: Tuesday 7th May 2019

The annual Waltons Music for Schools Competition is a non-profit national initiative designed to support and reward music-making in Irish schools and at the same time incentivise teachers and schools to develop their music programmes and make music accessible to as many students as possible. The Competition is designed to promote the enormous benefits of – both musical and non-musical – of creative and collaborative music making for young people and to provide Finalists with the opportunity to perform their finished works at a prestigious national venue.

Prizes are vouchers to be used for the purchase of musical instruments and/or equipment for the winning schools from Waltons Music. The total prize fund is €7,000, divided as follows:

  • First Prizes (Primary and Post-Primary): €2,000 voucher each
  • Second Prizes (Primary and Post-Primary): €1,000 voucher each
  • Third Prizes (Primary and Post-Primary): €500 voucher each



Waterford Healing Arts Trust opens call for Artist in Residence 2019

Deadline: Thursday 7th February 2019

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) has issued an open call to artists of all arts disciplines to apply to be Artist in Residence at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) in 2019. The successful artist will receive a studio space for a six month period in the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health, artist fee and support from WHAT staff.

The WHAT Artist in Residence programme is a means of engaging patients in contemporary arts practice and an opportunity for artists to develop their professional practice within an acute hospital context.  The main focus of the residency will be the artist’s engagement with patients at UHW in participatory / collaborative arts experiences. 



Open Call - The Signal Series

Improvised Music Company are seeking submissions from jazz and improvising musicians and ensembles from all over Ireland to perform at a new monthly live event, 'The Signal Series' in 2019, showcasing the very best of the vibrant jazz scene that exists in this country.

The Signal Series double-bill concerts will take place on the last Tuesday of each month in Dublin's newest live music venue, The Wild Duck pub, on Sycamore Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. The first concert in this series will take place on Tuesday 26th February 2019 and continue throughout the year.



Arts Act Funding, Wicklow County Council Arts Office

Deadline: Thursday 14th February 2019

Wicklow Arts Office are offering three Arts Bursary and Awards Schemes in 2019:

  • Individual Artist Awards Scheme 2019
  • Arts Groups / Organisations Awards Scheme 2019
  • Arts Festival Fund 2019

The Arts Grants are offered each year to develop and deliver arts festivals, individuals and arts groups and arts programmes of high quality and impact. These will enhance and complement the strategic development of the arts in the County. This call is open to artists, arts festivals and to arts groups and organisations across all arts disciplines. Proposals should add significant value to arts practice, experience and/or participation in the arts in County Wicklow and support the Council’s strategic goals for the arts.



Business to Arts Artist-in-Residence Programme

Deadline: Friday 15th February 2019

Business to Arts, in partnership with the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, are seeking expressions of interest from businesses that would like to develop new (or significantly enhance their existing) CSR activity through the Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programme.

Up to €7,500 will be provided for the creation (or enhancement) of three AR Programmes in a Corporate Social Responsibility context. Selected programmes must involve a minimum of eighteen-months of community engagement, staff engagement or work-place creativity activities by the host companies and artists. Priority will be given to AR Programmes where a significant portion of the associated activity occurs in regional areas. 



Invitation To Tender, Trad Ireland

Deadline: Friday 15th February 2019
Timeline: 12 months from 1st March 2019

Trad Ireland / Traid Éireann wishes to retain a consultant to compile a research report examining the challenges, opportunities, and supports currently available to traditional arts practitioners in Ireland. The research project is made possible through funding from The Arts Council Project Award 2019.

The research aim is to examine in detail the opportunities and challenges currently faced by traditional arts practitioners in Ireland. Using a variety of methodologies, the researcher will deliver evidence-informed recommendations relating to professional development for traditional artists, and audience engagement.



REMINDER: Culture Ireland Regular Funding Schemes

Deadline: 15th February 2019
Timing of project: May 2019 onwards

In supporting an event, Culture Ireland offers grant funding towards costs which relate directly to the international presentation of the event, i.e. travel and travel related costs such as transport, accommodation and subsistence.

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Application must be in respect of a Irish professional artist/s or arts organisation
  2. Application must be in respect of an art form defined under the Arts Act 2003
  3. Only international events are supported (i.e., outside the island of Ireland)
  4. The event must be accessible to an open public audience and fees must be payable to the artist/s or arts organisation
  5. Funding support is limited to travel and travel related costs
  6. Grants are only payable to the person/organisation named on the initial application

Applications which meet the eligibility requirements and which have submitted all relevant online information are assessed by the Culture Ireland Executive in line with Culture Ireland’s published criteria. Applications are also referred to independent external specialists in various artforms, drawn from a Specialist Panel who submit comments in terms of their knowledge of the artistic quality of the work for which support is being sought and the timing of this opportunity in the artists’ career to present as proposed.



Festival of Youth Orchestras 2020

Deadline: Friday 1st March 2019
Date: Saturday 8th February 2020

The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras Festival of Youth Orchestras is held annually at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. The Festival is a non-competitive event that aims to give youth orchestras and their young players the opportunity to perform on Ireland's national stage to the best of their ability. The Festival is open to all member orchestras of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras. Orchestras of all levels, standards and sizes are welcome to participate. 

It is the ethos of the Festival that it is representative of the youth orchestra community in Ireland. The selection process aims to include a variety of orchestras for each year's performances from:

  • junior to senior;
  • small to large;
  • traditional format (string orchestra, symphony orchestra) to unorthodox (including wind ensembles and orchestras that contain non-standard instruments);
  • near beginners to near professionals;
  • school, community, third level and others;
  • different parts of Ireland and Northern Ireland representing a good geographical spread. 



4th Annual Peter Rosser Composition Award 2019

Deadline: Friday 15th March 2019
Shortlisting: Monday 1st April 2019
Performance: Sunday 14th April 2019

Submission to the award is open to composers born or domicile in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The competition is open to composers regardless of age; however, the award is aimed at emerging composers. The organisers, therefore, welcome submissions from composers at the start of their careers. Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble particularly welcomes submissions from women composers.

Award for 1st Prize is £1,000, runners up will receive £250. Compositions should be between 5 and 8 minutes duration and must use all five of the following instruments: Violin, Cello, Flute Bb Clarinet and Piano. The use of electronics or a tape element is not permitted.



Call for Scores, West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Deadline: Tuesday 19th March 2019
Festival: 28th June - 7th July 201

String Quartet Composition Competition for Irish citizens/residents under 35. The winning works will be premiered at the 24th West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

The work is to be scored for string quartet (2 violins, 1 viola and 1 cello) and should be 5-8 minutes duration. It can not have been performed in concert before a ticket-buying public audience prior to its performances at the 2019 West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

Each of the four composers will receive €750 prize money, 3 nights’ accommodation at the festival and 2 public performances of their work by a conservatoire quartet at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. The second will be the official World Premiere played at the quartet’s Town Concert (a date in early July). Each composer will have an opportunity to work the performers prior to the work’s first public performance.



Opportunities for Musicians

The Hallé Orchestra

Leader of the Orchestra
Deadline: Thursday 31st January 2019
Auditions and or trial periods from May 2019 onwards

Tutti Viola
Deadline: Monday 18th February 2019
Auditions: early-mid April 2019

Tutti Cello
Deadline: Thursday 28th March 2019
Auditions: early-mid May 2019


Section Principal Trumpet, English National Opera
Deadline: Thursday 31st January 2019 
Auditions: 28th February, 6th & 7th March 

Bass, BBC Singers
Deadline: Friday 8th February 2019
Auditions: 25th February & 4th March 

Section Principal Horn, BBC Philharmonic
Deadline: Monday 11th February 2019
Auditions: 15th March, 18th March & 1st April 

Sopranos (2 posts), The Chorus of the Norwegian National Opera
Deadline: Wednesday 13th February 2019
Auditions: 4th, 5th & 6th March 

1st Oboe (65%), Residentie Orkest Den Hague
Deadline: Sunday 17th February 2019
Auditions: 26th & 27th March 

Co-Principal Viola (No. 2), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Deadline: Thursday 21st February 2019