29 March 2012

Music Network invites applications for the YOUNG MUSICWIDE AWARD 2012, 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 young Irish chamber groups with between two and five members. The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm on Monday 16th July. Through an audition process in September, an Irish or Ireland-based chamber group, focussed on pursuing a career in performance, will be selected to participate in the Young Musicwide Award programme.  For further information and application details here or contact Andreas Ziemons, at (01) 671 9429 or

Previous chamber music recipients include the Callino Quartet (2001); voice and piano duo Ailish Tynan and Deborah Kelleher (2002); clarinettist Carol McGonnell (2003); piano trio The Syrius Trio (2006); harp, flute and viola trio, Triocca (2006) and piano quartet Cappa Ensemble (2009). As recipients of the award, they have performed in many of Music Network’s partner promoter venues throughout Ireland.  According to Michael McHale from the Cappa Ensemble, “The Young Musicwide scheme provided tremendous support and performance opportunities to the Cappa Ensemble at an important time in the group's development. We're looking forward to recording our first album of piano quartets later this year, a project which is indebted to support from Music Network and the scheme. We wish the 2012 award winners every success!”

Modelled on international examples, the Young Musicwide programme is designed to provide up to three musicians or ensembles annually with a range of supports to assist their pursuit of 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 partner promoters in Ireland with an agreed fee and expenses for each concert
•    Concert promotion
•    Subsidised production of a professional CD
•    Marketing tools such as a professional photoshoot and print materials
•    Training opportunities e.g. master classes/workshops
•    Inclusion for one member of the group on Music Network continuing professional development courses
•    A national showcase tour
•    An invitation to the group, subject to agreement, to join the Music Network Artist Roster after a three-year period

Previous recipients of the award in other genres include jazz group Organics (2004), Slide (2005), jazz trio Trihornophone (2007), Fidil (2008) and jazz quintet Thought-Fox (2010), We Banjo 3 (2011).