The Bunting Harp Collection: A Digital Commission

Music Network (MN) and The Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) are offering an opportunity for a professional sound or visual artist to create an installation work, using as its 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 (QUB). Materials are comprised of digitised 18th century publication and manuscript sources, 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.

Download the full information pack here

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office Musicians-in-Residence Scheme 2019

Deadline: 2pm, Tuesday 19th February 2019

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Music Network are pleased to announce details of the 2019 Musicians-in-Residence Scheme. The 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 2019: two for established musicians/groups and one for an emerging musician/group. Established and emerging individual musicians from all genres with a strong connection to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown are invited to apply.

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. Throughout each residency, the cultural environment of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown will be enriched through engagement by the musicians with a variety of people through a series of performances in the dlr LexIcon Studio and other off-site locations.

Full details on applications are available here.

Centre Culturel Irlandais’ artist residency bursary


Artist Residency Programme 2019-2020

Centre Culturel Irlandais’ annual residency programme offers great opportunities for artists of all disciplines to tap into the resources of the CCI and the city of Paris, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland's dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage.


Performance Residency in association with Music Network

DEADLINE: 5pm, Thursday 10th January 2019

Music Network is supporting a 1-month residency for a musician seeking to further their performance career. Musicians working in all genres are eligible. This award will be made to a musician resident in (the Republic of) Ireland. Residency is based upon the Revenue Commissioners’ definition of the term (see www.revenue.ie). Residents will have a valid PPS number.

CCI and their partner organisations share the costs of residencies enabling the Centre to increase the number of residencies on offer for Irish artists. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in March 2019.

Full guidelines, terms and conditions available here.

Taking control of your performance career 2018

These sessions took place on 1st, 8th and 22nd November 2018

These sessions offer support by providing access to relevant and up-to-date expertise, resources and professional supports and focus once again on some of the non-artistic elements of a successful music performance career.

Thursday 1st November, 11.00am - 12.30pm FULLY BOOKED

Musicians and the Digital World with Nick Roth

Thursday 8th November, 11.00am - 12.30pm
Music Publishing - Nurturing and Protecting Creativity with Steve Lindsey

Thursday 22nd November, 11.00am - 12.30pm
Finance and Taxation with Gaby Smyth

More information on these session here

Musician Information Day at dlr LexIcon Studio

Date: Thursday 15th November 2018, 10am - 3.30pm

Location: dlr LexIcon Studio, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

These sessions offer support by providing access to relevant and up-to-date expertise, resources and professional supports and focus once again on some of the non-artistic elements of a successful music performance career. This event is organised by Music Network as part of the 2028 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Music Development Programme, jointly funded by the Arts Council.

The training sessions are free and will take place at dlr LexIcon Studio, Dún Laoghaire.  Space is limited, booking essential. To guarantee a place, contact Andreas Ziemons operations@musicnetwork.ie / 01-475 0224.

Thursday 15th November, 10.00am - 11.30am
Self-Management: Fundamentals of Self-Management for Musicians with Frances Mitchell

Thursday 15th November, 11.45am - 1.15pm
Funding Applications: Making your case and making it happen with Seamus Crimmins

Thursday 15th November, 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Self-Promotion: DIY Online Promotion

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.

Music Network Artist Residency

This opportunity has now closed

Music Network, with Wicklow County Council and Mermaid Arts Centre, are pleased to announce Eamon Sweeney as Music Network’s Artist in Residence 2018. Eamon will programme a series of six concerts in Mermaid Arts Centre, running from December 2018 to May 2019. In conjunction with the concert series a Learning and Participation programme will be developed that will engage with a range of community groups. More at mermaidartscentre.ie.