13 September 2010

Music Network is calling for applications for a range of supports being offered to support the career development of musicians. Music Network’s ongoing work supports the career development of professional musicians through performance opportunities, funding, courses and information resources. Application deadlines are approaching for the following professional development training courses and funding schemes.

The self-promotion and self-management course, ‘Making Overtures’, is a course for professional musicians and composers. The course is available in three options: self-promotion (8 & 9 November, 2010 – Course fee €100); self-management (11 & 12 November – Course fee €100) or self-promotion and self-management (8,9,11 & 12 November – Course fee €200). The course is delivered by professionals working in specific areas such as broadcasting, marketing, e-marketing, concert promotion etc. The course will take place at the Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2 and there are a limited number of places available. The closing date for applications is Friday 1st October.

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme 2010/11 is also available to professional musicians and composers working, or with an interest in working, in community or outreach settings such as schools, youth groups, healthcare and early years music. The programme is delivered in a series of two residential course weekends: 5 – 7 November, 2010 at the Marino Conference Centre, Marino, Dublin 3 and 25 – 27 February, 2011 at the Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Waterford Regional Hospital. Elaine Agnew is the Artistic Advisor and Lead Facilitator to the Programme and she will be joined by a number of leading specialists to deliver the course. Course participants must secure a bursary from their Local Authority Arts Office or other suitable supporting body. The closing date for applications is Friday 8th October.

Further information and application forms on both courses are available from or contact Aisling Roche, Development Programmes Manager Email:

Music Network’s also calls for applications for the following funding schemes: the Music Recording Scheme 2010, the Performance & Touring Award (round 3) 2010 and The Music Capital Scheme 2010.
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.

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.

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.
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

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 available from or contact Music Network, Tel. 01 6719429.

For further information, please contact: Louise Walsh, Marketing Manager, Music Network Tel (01) 671 9429