Music Network Industry Newsletter

Issue No. 142, 25/07/2018

Arts Council Funding

REMINDER: Music project award
Deadline: 16th August 2018

REMINDER: Traditional arts project award
Deadline: 16th August 2018

Strategic Funding
Deadline: 6th September 2018

Partnership Funding
Deadline: 13th September 2018


The Piano Scheme 2018

NOTE: Please apply 12 weeks in advance of concert date

Initiated by Galway Jazz Festival, in partnership with Music Network and supported by Jeffers of Bandon, The Piano Scheme 2018 aims to:

  • Facilitate increased employment opportunities, and promote fair remuneration, for Ireland-resident musicians
  • Increase regional access to live jazz/improvised music performance for audiences
  • Develop the range of promoters programming jazz/improvised music throughout Ireland.

Applications are received on a rolling basis with the results being communicated each following month. Previous recipients awarded in 2017 include Izumi Kimura, Francesco Turrisi, Kieran Quinn, and Irish jazz ensemble F-JOB.



Music Educators for Music Generation South Dublin

Deadline: 10th August 2018

Tenders are invited by South Dublin County Council to form a panel of Music Educators for Music Generation South Dublin, specialising in the fields of: Early Years & Pre-school music, Vocal Development, Classical Strings, Classical Wind, Traditional Irish, Community music, Special Needs, Music Therapy, Guitar, Brass and Percussion.

If you are a music educator and would like to join this tutor panel, applications must be made through eTenders. Any applications to join the panel after the deadline can be sent to



AOIC International Choral Conducting Summer School 2018

Dates: 6 - 12th August 2018, University of Limerick

Summer School for conductors, teachers, music students, choral singers and musicians. The only one of its kind in Ireland, this seven-day intensive course offers a wealth of expertise from international tutors, all of whom are active conductors and experienced teachers of conducting.

The course is designed to meet the needs and abilities of every student — from beginners to experienced and established conductors — participants at all levels will develop and refine their core conducting skills, with more advanced classes focusing on areas such as rehearsal technique, interpretation, vocal technique, style, and pronunciation of languages.



PR, Marketing and Administrative Assistant at Improvised Music Company

Deadline: 10th August
Interviews: during the week of 20th August

Improvised Music Company are seeking a creative and self-motivated individual to join their team as PR, Marketing & Administrative Assistant. This role is part-time, 3 days per week, based at IMC offices on Dame Street, Dublin 2.

IMC is an Arts Council funded resource for Irish musicians and a specialist music promoter for jazz and ethnic music in Ireland. They produce four festivals annually as well as intimate and large-scale concerts of Irish and international jazz, experimental and world music artists.



Folk Alliance International Conference

Deadline: 15th August 2018
Dates: 13 – 17th February 2019, Québec

The FAI Conference, presented by Folk Alliance International, is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community (crossing a diverse array of genres including Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Francophone, Global Roots, Indigenous, Latin, Old Time, Traditional, Singer-Songwriter, and Spoken Word).

The annual February conference (now in its 30th year) draws 2,800 artists and industry (agents, managers, publishers, labels, festival/venue presenters, promoters, media) dedicated to folk music. Membership is not required to submit an application. All selected artists and accompanying musicians are required to be paid registrants of the conference.



Bliain na Gaeilge Project Funding

Deadline: 17th August 2018

This 2018 Creative Ireland South Dublin initiative seeks to support creative artists and creative organisations, in any discipline, working in the Irish language. Applications for this award may range from €1,000 to €10,000.

This programme is funded under Pillar Two of the Creative Ireland Programme for 2018 - Enabling Creativity in Every Community. Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 is a year-long festival to celebrate both the Irish language and the 125 years since the beginning of its revival. Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 will celebrate the Irish language through action on five themes:

  1. The revival of the language over the last 125 years
  2. The creativity of the language
  3. The vibrancy of the language
  4. The participation of the community 
  5. The value of our Gaeltachtaí



Sound Engineer in Residence at Grainstore, dlr’s youth arts facility

Deadline: 24th August 2018
Dates: September to December 2018

Grainstore, dlr’s youth arts facility, is inviting applications from recent graduates in Sound Engineering and Music Production to work on a pilot project. This will take place between September and December 2018 as part of the Music Development Programme 2018.

This pilot project aims to develop an audience for our recording studio and band rehearsal spaces among young bands in the county. Some of this work will involve supporting participants of the new youth music development project which the Grainstore will be delivering in partnership with Music Generation dlr.



Teacher's Tool-kit ECTS credit course at RIAM

Start date: 27th August 2018 (weekly on Monday evenings for 12 weeks)

Developing a tool-kit for instrumental and vocal teachers is a 5 ECTS credit course accredited by Trinity College Dublin at level 7 of the NFQ. This course promises to broaden your knowledge of current literature and research relating to the teaching and learning environment.

Expert educator Gráinne Deery leads this interactive, lively and varied course which explores themes including the role of the instrumental and vocal teacher in the 21st century; creative teaching and practice strategies; lesson planning and assessment; and the business of music teaching. 



Call for proposals, 8th Annual Conference of the SMEI 

Deadline: 27th August 2018
Dates: 2nd - 3rd November 2018, RIAM Dublin

Proposals from all areas of music education are invited for individual papers, themed panel sessions, Symposia Workshops, and poster presentations which will include scheduled question-answer sessions. Areas of research include but are not limited to music learning, music teaching, assessment, community music, formal and informal music making, musical development and creativity. Practical workshops linking research to practice are especially welcome.

The conference in November will comprise of two days of engaging papers, workshops, posters and performances. Keynote speakers are composer and conductor Brian Irvine, and Prof. Susan Hallam of the Institute of Education, University College London.



Music Moves Europe – Training scheme for Young Music Professionals

Deadline: 27th August 2018

Calls for proposals and tenders now open for Training Scheme for Young Music Professionals. The aim of this call is to identify and support pilot training programmes for young professionals in the music sector. The objective of the proposals should be to improve the sector's understanding of the questions of professionalisation. The results will inform EU funding programmes after 2020.

Music Moves Europe is the overarching framework for the European Commission’s initiatives and actions in support of the European music sector.



RTÉ lyric fm’s 20th birthday competition

Deadline: 7th September 2018
Date: 1st May 2019

RTÉ lyric fm are inviting composers who were born or are living in Ireland for their submissions to be performed live by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Philharmonic Choir at a gala concert to celebrate its’ 20th birthday.

Commissions and prize money will be offered in the following three categories:

  1. A 10-15 minute Irish harp concerto in three movements for soloist Máire Ni Chathasaigh and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra - €10,000
  2. A 4-5 minute a cappella work for the SATB choir - €2000
  3. A 4-5 minute work for the cellos of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra - €2000

(NB: No composer may write a winning work in more than one category)

All entrants must submit approximately 1 minute of their proposed score, a 200-word outline of their work and a detailed musical CV including MP3/WAV audio to support their entry. Submissions should demonstrate a clear ability to write for the forces of their chosen composition.



Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition

Deadline: 14th September 2018
Dates: 25th - 31st January 2019, National Concert Hall Dublin

Dr. Veronica Dunne can be credited with the strong foundation upon which the Dublin vocal community was built. She is a dedicated advocate of vocal music education and hundreds of singers owe their success and careers to Dunne’s gifted teaching. The culmination of her dream of providing bursary funds to promising young vocalists is the establishment of The Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition.

The competition is open to singers of all nationalities from 20 to 32 years (as of 1st January 2019). Members of the 2019 competition jury are Jane Carty, Richard Bonynge, Orla Boylan, Peter Carwell, John Gilhooly, Andreas Massow, James Vaughan and Evamaria Wieser. Substantial prizes are offered to finalists and semi-finalists, along with a selection of extra prizes from individual supporters.



Culture Ireland Regular Grants

Deadline: 15th October 2018
Timing of Project: from January 2019

Culture Ireland’s regular grant funding scheme is designed to support the presentation and promotion of Irish arts internationally. 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, and the Irish Embassy/Consulate network is also invited to comment on applications in terms of the impact of the event, venue, promoter, geographic priorities, local knowledge and whether there might be wider strategic benefits for Ireland arising from a proposed event.

Because of the competitive nature and context of each grant round, limited funding and the large number of applicants, it is not possible to recommend funding for all eligible applicants. 



Call for Papers, Dublin International Guitar Symposium

Deadline: 19th October 2018
Dates: 22nd - 23rd February 2019

This conference presents the most important trends in classical guitar research broadly divided into historical and contemporary perspectives. The first examines such critical areas as repertoire stylism, improvisation and performance practice; the second broaches issues such as performance studies, organology and the compositional process. Keynote addresses will come from Mark Delpriora (Manhattan School of Music, The Julliard School) and Professor Steve Goss (IGRC, University of Surrey; Royal Academy of Music). Renowned guitarist Pavel Steidl will perform an evening recital at the National Concert Hall as part of the conference.

Proposals are sought for individual papers, lecture-recitals, and themed panel sessions. Abstracts of 250 words maximum for papers and lecture recitals and no more than 500 words for panels can be submitted. A short biography for each presenter/ panellist should be included with paper abstracts.



Opportunities for Musicians

Principal Viola, Manchester Camerata

Deadline: 26th July 2018
Auditions: 3rd September 2018, Manchester


Principal Trombone (Deputy/Cover), Irish Memory Orchestra

Deadline: 31st July 2018
Auditions: TBC


Tutti Cello, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Deadline: 5th August 2018
Auditions: October 2018, Dorset


REMINDER: Principal Harp, Den Norske Opera

Deadline: 6th August 2018
Auditions: September 2018, Oslo


REMINDER: Tutti Violin (2 posts), Ulster Orchestra

Deadline: 6th August 2018
Auditions: 5th September, London, or 18th September, Belfast


Sub Principal No. 3 Viola, BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Deadline: 26th August 2018
Auditions: October 2018, BBC Hoddinott Hall


REMINDER: Section Leader Trumpet, Ulster Orchestra

Deadline: 28th August 2018
Auditions: 24th September, London, or 10th October, Belfast


REMINDER: Tutti Tenor Trombone with Bass Trombone obligation, Den Norske Opera

Deadline: 10th September 2018
Auditions: 8th & 9th October 2018, Oslo


REMINDER: Co-Principal 2nd Violin, Den Norske Opera

Deadline: 29th October 2018
Auditions: 26th & 27th November 2018, Oslo