02 February 2010

Music Network invites aspiring young jazz musicians to apply for the YOUNG MUSICWIDE AWARD 2010. Young Musicwide is a unique professional development scheme designed to assist a selected group of Ireland’s brightest young musicians at the beginning of their professional career.  The award this year is open to jazz ensembles of any instrumentation up to a maximum of five people.   The closing date for completed applications is Monday 5th July 2010.  Through an audition process in September, an Irish or Ireland based jazz ensemble, with a proven interest in performance will be selected to participate in the Young Musicwide Award programme for three years.  

Previous jazz ensembles to receive the award were Organics jazz trio (2004) who released their debut CD, “New Light” under the scheme and Trihornophone (2007) who released their debut CD, “Breathing Time” under the scheme. As recipients of the award, both groups have performed in many of Music Network’s partner promoter venues throughout Ireland. According to Seán Óg from Trihornophone, "through the support of the Young Musicwide Award, Trihornophone really gained momentum with concerts in venues across the country. The support behind the production and launch of our CD was invaluable and has upped the group's profile both here and internationally."

Modeled on international examples, the Young Musicwide programme is designed to provide up to three musicians or ensembles annually with an incentive to pursue a professional career in music performance, and to provide promoters nationwide with access to the very best of emerging Irish talent. The main features of the award are:

§    Performance opportunities with Music Network promoters in Ireland: it is expected that the selected ensemble will be offered several concerts each year, resources permitting, subject to agreement and availability
§    An agreed fee and expenses for each concert.
§    Marketing tools such as professional photoshoot; professionally designed posters, fliers and programmes and PR support around concert activity and CD launch
§    Professional support and advice towards the development of participants’ careers as professional musicians.
§    Masterclass/workshop opportunities.
§    Subsidised production of CD and CD launch event
§    Inclusion for one member of the ensemble on Music Network continuing professional development courses
§    A Dublin showcase concert.
§    After a 3-year period, an invitation to the group, subject to agreement, to join the Musicwide programme proper.

Previous recipients of the award in other genres include the Callino Quartet (2001); voice and piano duo Ailish Tynan and Deborah Kelleher (2002); clarinetist Carol McGonnell (2003); traditional group Slide (2005), piano, cello and violin trio The Syrius Trio (2006), harp, flute and viola trio, Triocca (2006) and piano quartet, the Cappa Ensemble (2008).
For further information and application details contact Andreas Ziemons, at (01) 671 9429. Application forms are available for download here


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