29 July 2010

Music Network today (29 July) announced the closing date for applications to three music funding schemes: The Music Recording Scheme 2010, the third round of the Performance & Touring Award 2010 and The Music Capital Scheme 2010. Closing date for receipt of applications for The Music Recording Scheme and the Performance & Touring Award is 5:30 p.m. Monday 4th October 2010. Closing date for receipt of applications for The Music Capital Scheme is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday 2nd November 2010. Further information, application packs and guidelines for all schemes will be available soon from or contact Music Network, Tel. 01 6719429.

The Music Recording Scheme is funded by the Arts Council and managed by Music Network. The scheme provides support for performers and composers of recognised ability working primarily in non-commercial genres through awarding funding for music recording. A total award fund of €71,500 is available in 2010 and awards of up to €10,000 will be made. The aim of this scheme is to ensure that the work of Irish composers and performers is available other than in live performance, and to ensure that important or neglected materials of Irish music are preserved and disseminated to the highest professional standard. Successful artists in previous years have included contemporary classical composers; Donnacha Dennehy, Kevin Volans, Ian Wilson and Ronan Guilfoyle, jazz ensembles Fuzzy Logic and Organics, traditional Irish musicians Dónall Donnelly, Martin Tourish, Gráda, Pauline Scanlon and Eilís Kennedy, as well as classical ensembles and solo artists such as Finghin Collins, William Dowdall, Ensemble Avalon, Fidelio Trio, and the Carducci Quartet.

Music Network also invites applications for the final round in 2010 of the Performance and Touring Award. The Performance and Touring Award was established by Music Network in partnership with the Arts Council to assist Irish and Ireland-based musicians in realising performance opportunities; to offer increased employment opportunities to Irish musicians; develop the skills base of Irish artists in areas such as project planning and administration, self-promotion and self-management; and offer a new source of music programming to concert promoters, and in turn to audiences throughout Ireland. The current award fund of €28,000 is available for the final round of 2010. The award is open to musicians and ensembles of all genres that are of Irish nationality or resident in Ireland. Projects eligible for the award will include tours, concert series and individual concerts to take place anywhere within the Republic of Ireland.  The award is also open to multidisciplinary projects with live music as a key element, and to collaborative projects involving other Irish or visiting international artists. Recipients of the award in the past include indie-rock quartet The Flaws, Fresh Air, a series of concerts curated by DJ Donal Dineen and including Choice Prize winner 2009 Adrian Crowley, traditional Irish musicians and ensembles including the Alan Kelly Quartet, Cora Smyth, Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Fiona Kelleher, jazz musicians and ensembles such as the Dublin Jazz Orchestra, Francesco Turrisi and Dylan Rynhart and classical musicians, Finghin Collins, Sylvia O’Brien, Conor Biggs, Darragh Morgan and Camerata Kilkenny.

The Music Capital Scheme, an initiative of the Arts Council is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and managed by Music Network. A total award fund of €312,000 is available in 2010 across two streams as follows:
Stream 1: Instrument Banks  - €203,000
Support for the purchase of instruments for non-professional groups/ensembles

Stream 2: Individual Instruments  - €109,000
Support for the purchase of high quality musical instruments for highly skilled individual performers playing at a professional level

Further information, application packs and guidelines for all schemes will soon be available from or contact Music Network, Tel. 01 6719429.

Please direct media enquiries only to Louise Walsh, PR & Marketing Manager, Music Network Tel (01) 671 9429


Successful Applicants/Projects from Second Round of Performance & Touring Award 2010

For the second round of awards in 2010 a total of €35,750 was allocated to 6 applicants as follows:   

-    Peter Maybury awarded €5,125 towards a 4-date collaborative tour entitled ‘Rhizome(s)’ involving 2 Irish acts - Patrick Kelleher (vocals, guitar, electronics) and Thread Pulls (Gavin Duffy, bass/vocals/trumpet; Peter Maybury, drums/electronics) - and Swedish band, Thulebasen (Nis Bysted, vocals/guitar/electronics; Felia Gram Hanssen, drums; Niels Kristian Eriksen, guitar).  Tour takes place in October 2010, visiting Dublin, Cork, Sligo and Tralee.

-    Alex Kidston awarded €8,126 towards a tour of Ireland, entitled “Vox Merus – Introduction to Brass”, featuring Simon Menin, trumpet; Andrea Vonk, trumpet; Cormac Ó hAodáin, horn; Steve Mathieson, trombone; Alex Kidston, tuba.  Tour involves 6 concerts plus outreach work in Birr, Dublin, Wexford, Cork, Galway, Limerick, and three further dates in Northern Ireland (not funded by this award) and takes place between April and December 2011.

-    Deirdre Moynihan awarded €7,425 towards “Vivaldi Cantatas Concerts”: a 6-date tour to Donnybrook (Dublin), Listowel, Limerick, Cork, Dublin, Collon (Co. Louth).  Tour takes place between October and November 2010, featuring Deirdre Moynihan, soprano; Marja Gaynor, violin; Rachel Factor, harpsichord, and Malachy Robinson, violone.

-    Han-earl Park awarded €4,200 towards a 2-date tour and outreach work featuring Mathilde 253 (Han-earl Park, guitar; Ian Smith, trumpet/fluegelhorn; Charles Hayward, drums/percussion/melodica), with guest artist, American trumpeter Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith. Tour visits Dublin and Cork, and takes place in March/April 2011.

-    Sarah McMahon awarded €4,000 towards a 3-date tour entitled “String Quartets Performed on Period Instruments” featuring the Callino Quartet (Sarah Sexton, violin; Michaela Girardi, violin; Rebecca Jones, viola; Sarah McMahon, cello).  Tour takes place in November 2010, visiting Tuam, Kilkenny and Dublin.

-    Michael Joyce awarded €6,874 towards a 7-date tour plus outreach work featuring Héloise Geoghegan, violin, and Michael Joyce, piano.  Tour takes place in September/October 2010, and visits Cork, Navan, Ballytobin, Waterford, Drogheda, Dublin and Shanagarry (Co. Cork).