Funding:  How to make successful funding applications

An opportunity to workshop funding applications with Fergus Sheil.

Funding Workshop

Participants must each submit a completed funding application in advance which may be used at the session. This can be a previous application that was either successful or unsuccessful, an application that is currently in train, or one you plan to make in the future. The more complete the application the more benefit the session will be. A selection of the applications will be workshopped to look at a range of details on the day.

Fergus Sheil

Fergus Sheil is a conductor and producer of music and opera based in Ireland. He is Artistic Director of Opera Theatre Company and Wide Open Opera and founder of Irish National Opera which will begin operations in 2018, amalgamating WOO and OTC.

As well as his work as conductor and producer of music and opera, Fergus was previously Music Advisor to The Arts Council (2004-2007) and has provided consultancy advice and undertaken projects in collaboration with to local authorities in Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow, Sligo, Roscommon, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Louth. He is a former board member of Music Network, Contemporary Music Centre and West Cork Music. He has advised and participated in funding panels for many organisations of many scales.

In his own work, he has secured funding for individual projects, as well as funding for collectives of artists, for private limited companies and for companies limited by guarantee, with grants from small amounts to large awards, depending on the scale of the work to be undertaken.

As a conductor, Fergus has worked with Opera Theatre Company, Wide Open Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, NI Opera, Opera Ireland, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, State Choir Latvija and the BBC Singers as well as many others. Internationally Fergus has also undertaken engagements in the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, UK, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Malta and Estonia.