Opportunities

The Piano Scheme 2018

NOTE: Please apply 12 weeks in advance of concert date

The Piano Scheme 2018 supported by Jeffers Pianos, in association with Galway Jazz Festival and Music Network aims to provide access to concert standard pianos for professional musicians resident in Ireland and working in jazz/improvised music, for public performances throughout the country.

Initiated by Galway Jazz Festival, in partnership with Music Network and supported by Jeffers Pianos, its objectives are 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.

Application procedure and guidelines here.

The Piano Scheme Application Form
The Piano Scheme Written Agreement

For further information on The Piano Scheme, please contact Andreas Ziemons, Operations Administrator, Tel: +353 1 4750224 Email: operations@musicnetwork.ie.

Age & Opportunity Creative Exchanges Bursary

Deadline: 10th September 2018

Music Network is offering a bursary for a professional musician working primarily in classical, jazz/improvised or traditional music to attend this award-winning, accredited course.

Creative Exchanges is for anyone leading creative activities with older people in care settings, or seeking to develop their creative practice in this area. Participants develop the skills needed to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in either residential or day care settings. The course brings together practitioners from different arts disciplines and others with related expertise to discuss different approaches and to lead participants in arts activity.

The Music Network bursary covers the course fee of €650 for the selected musician.

Further details on the course are at www.ageandopportunity.ie

N.B. Musicians interested in this bursary must apply through Music Network (not via Age & Opportunity’s website). To request an application form, email Andreas at operations@musicnetwork.ie. A current CV (3 x A4 sides maximum) must be included with your completed application form to be eligible for the bursary.

Centre Culturel Irlandais’ artist residency bursary

The Music Network / Centre Culturel Irlandais Music Performance Bursary was established to enable residencies for Irish musicians at the centre in Paris to further their performance careers, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland’s dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage.

The two-month residency offers great opportunities to tap into the resources of the CCI and Paris, as a gateway to European touring networks. Former recipients of the music residency in association with Music Network are Aisling Kenny (2018-19), Sam Comerford (2017-18), Barry Donoghue (2016-17 and Rhob Cunningham (2015-16).

Applications for this residency are now closed. The deadline for applications is at the beginning of January each year for residencies running from September of the same year to June of the following year. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in March.

Next call for applications: early November 2018 to early January 2019 for residencies between August 2019 and July 2020.

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

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 8th May at 2pm

The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office Musicians-in-Residence 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 2018: two for established musicians/groups and one for an emerging musician/group.

Aims and objectives:
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 a new work/body of 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 broad demographic via presentation of a series of performances in the dlr LexIcon Studio and Library. The wider community will have an opportunity to gain an intriguing insight into the creative process through a regular online video diary created by each musician – a series of recordings where they talk about their progress throughout the residencies.

The primary objective is to provide opportunities for musicians to create and develop new work.

Applicants must submit their application by email to operations@musicnetwork.ie. Hard copy applications will not be accepted. Late applications will not be accepted. Closing date for applications: Tuesday 8th May at 2pm.

Application details and guidelines can be downloaded here.

For further information, please contact Andreas Ziemons, Operations Administrator, Tel: 01 4750224 Email: operations@musicnetwork.ie.

Music Network Artist Residency

Expressions of Interest should be submitted by no later than 2pm, Friday 20th April 2018

The Music Network Artist Residency Programme has been developed to provide the selected musician with access to resources to curate a 6-date concert series to take place within a 6 – 9 month timeframe (commencing in Autumn 2018) in collaboration with Music Network, Mermaid Arts Centre and Wicklow County Council Arts Office. It is intended that this programme will positively intersect with local authority arts development plans and venues’ programming priorities and potentially, the work of a range of community music groups.

We are inviting professional musicians, working primarily in classical, jazz/improvised or traditional music who have a strong track record in music performance and a clear commitment to audience development to submit an Expression of Interest in the Programme.

Initiated by Music Network in 2015, and developed in partnership with Triskel Christchurch and supported by Cork City Council, the Music Network Artist Residency pilot involved a concert programme with Irish and international musicians of renown curated by pianist Phil Ware, as well as a series of outreach initiatives and musician mentorships involving a selected group of students from CIT Cork School of Music and tutors from Music Generation Cork City.  In 2017 the programme was developed in collaboration with Wexford County Council Arts Office and the National Opera House, Wexford and was curated by guitarist Redmond O’Toole. In conjunction with the concert series, an extensive Learning and Participation programme was developed that engaged with a range of community groups.

Download the Guidelines document here.

For further information contact operations@musicnetwork.ie.