14 July 2011

Music Network today announced the results of the final round of the Performance & Touring Award.  With funding from the Arts Council, the Performance and Touring Award was developed in 2006 by Music Network, the national music development agency, to assist Irish and Ireland-based musicians in realising performance opportunities.  Since then, it has been part of a range of supports offered by Music Network to musicians working at a professional level in Ireland. From now on, as all applications for touring will be centralised through the Arts Council’s Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme, all enquiries in relation to funding for music touring will be re-directed to the Arts Council.  

22 applications were received in this round, broadly definable as 11 classical/contemporary classical; 1 early music; 3 traditional/folk; 3 jazz; 1 experimental/electronic; 2 crossover; 1 big-band/show songs.  The total amount sought by applicants to this round of the scheme was €126,970.33, with an available budget of €27,150.  Given the limitation of the budget, the panel chose to allocate the available fund to a total of 6 applicants, as follows:

  • Michael Joyce awarded €5,806 towards a 6-date concert tour with outreach activity by Sabine Ducrot (flute) and Michael Joyce (piano).  Tour features works by Dutilleux, Poulenc, Franck, and Richard Strauss, and visits Ennis, Limerick, Callan (Co. Kilkenny), Waterford, Cork and Dublin during September and October 2011.
  • Matthew Jacobson awarded €5,880 towards a 5-date tour by ReDiviDeR (Matthew Jacobson, drums/percussion; Nick Roth, alto saxophone; Colm O'Hara, trombone; Derek Whyte, bass) to launch the group’s debut album.  Tour takes place during November 2011, visiting Limerick, Waterford, Cork, Mullingar, Dublin.
  • Maria McGarry (piano) awarded €6,196 towards a 5-date solo tour visiting Callan (Co. Kilkenny), Ballina, Ennis, Sligo and Castlebar during November and December 2011.  Repertoire includes arrangements of J.S. Bach by Petri and Busoni as well as works by Granados and Schumann.
  • Robert Casey awarded €1,598 towards a performance by Ailbhe McDonagh (cello) and Orla McDonagh (piano) in the John Field Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin, plus related outreach activity taking place in January 2012.  Repertoire will include works by Franck, Britten, Pärt and Robert Casey.
  • Maria Ryan awarded €3,025 towards a 3-date tour January/February 2012, featuring Maria Ryan (violin) and Ciara Moroney (piano).  The tour will showcase the Heineken Violin, most recently awarded to Maria Ryan, and will visit Callan (Co. Kilkenny), Wexford and Dublin.  Featured works will span the lifetime of this Channot violin, including pieces by Mozart, Schubert, Szymanowski and Pärt.
  • Ben Cashell awarded €4,645 towards a 4-date concert tour with outreach activity by The Herbert Cello Quartet (Paul Grennan, Peggy Nolan, Ben Cashell, Aoife Dennedy), featuring a diverse repertoire, including works by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Piazzolla, Albeniz, Joplin, Sigur Ros, Muse, Metallica and Michael Jackson.  Tour takes place during March 2012 and visits Ravensdale (Co. Louth), Drogheda, Calary (Co. Wicklow) and Dublin.

Music Network continues to operate a number of funding schemes for musicians, including the Music Recording Scheme and the Music Capital Scheme. Information on the Arts Council’s Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme is available at and more specific advice is available through the Music Team at the Arts Council. Please contact Aine Kelly or Elaine Connolly directly on 01-618-0200.