"“the conditions for being creative couldn’t be any better at Centre Culturel Irlandais, it just feels like somewhere that creativity is respected, cherished and nurtured. Having time and headspace to reflect made for deeper discoveries in the realm of performance and improvisation practice.” Sue Rynhart - 2022-23 award recipient"
The residency is open to musicians working in any genre seeking to further their performance career. The one-month residency will take place at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris between August 2024 and June 2025 and includes travel from and to Ireland, accommodation and a monthly stipend.
The application deadline is 5pm (GMT) on Tuesday 16 January 2024. Applicants must be resident in the Republic of Ireland, have a professional track record in music performance and a valid PPS number. Read the full guidelines and terms and conditions for the award.
Commenting on the news, Music Network CEO Sharon Rollston said: “Once again, we invite professional performing musicians to apply for the Music Network/Centre Culturel Irlandais Music Performance Residency. Supporting musicians to reach their full potential is at the very heart of what we do and this residency not only offers a wonderful opportunity for a musician to advance their work at the centre in Paris but also to showcase Ireland’s dynamic contemporary musical culture on an international stage. Previous recipients of the award have found the experience invaluable in developing their artistic practice.”
Speaking about her experience on the 2022-23 residency, award recipient Sue Rynhart said “the conditions for being creative couldn’t be any better at Centre Culturel Irlandais, it just feels like somewhere that creativity is respected, cherished and nurtured. Having time and headspace to reflect made for deeper discoveries in the realm of performance and improvisation practice.”
Centre Culturel Irlandais is working with partner organisations to enable the centre to increase the number of residencies it can offer Irish artists under the 2024-2025 Residency Programme. Applying for one of the partner-funded residencies does not exclude applicants from being considered for a general residency in their chosen field.
The previous beneficiaries of the Music Network/Centre Culturel Irlandais Music Performance Residency are Síomha Brock (2023 –2024) Sue Rynhart (2022-2023), Caitríona Frost (2021-22), Macdara Yeates (2020-21), Mairéad Hickey (2019-20), Aisling Kenny (2018-19), Sam Comerford (2017-18), Barry Donoghue (2016-17) and Rhob Cunningham (2015-16).
Applications can be made online from Thursday 16 November 2023 until 5pm on Tuesday 16 January 2024.
You will need to demonstrate a clear indication of the focus of the residency and a record of professional achievement: details of performances, compositions, prizes, awards and related aspects of practice, as well as experience of other residencies.
Music Network Residencies
We support musicians to develop their professional careers at all stages.
Every year we provide emerging and established professional musicians with residency opportunities both at home and abroad. Our residencies give musicians time, mentoring, funding and other supports to assist the development of their practice and careers.