Seeking Ireland’s Rising Jazz Stars
30 July 2013
Music Network invites applications for the NEW GENERATION AWARD 2013, a unique professional development programme 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 jazz groups with between two and five members. The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm on Monday 23 September. Through an audition process in November, an Irish or Ireland-based jazz group, focussed on pursuing a career in performance, will be selected to participate in the programme. For further information and application details contact Andreas Ziemons, at (01) 475 0224 or concertadmin at musicnetwork dot ie.
Previous jazz ensembles to receive the award (formerly known as Young Musicwide) were Organics (2004), Trihornophone (2007), and most recently Lauren Kinsella’s Thought-Fox (2010). According to Kinsella, “Thought-Fox learned a great deal on the programme and have been given some wonderful opportunities to perform and tour our music and to release our debut CD. It is vital that emerging improvising artists continue to receive assistance in their careers and now more than ever, there are so many roles that one needs experience in to be a successful musician and performer. Music Network provides this crucial support.”
Modelled on international examples, the New Generation 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 promoters in Ireland with an agreed fee and expenses
- Subsidised production of a professional CD
- Marketing tools such as professional photo shoot, print materials and a digital film
- Training opportunities e.g. master classes/workshops, continuing professional development courses
- Professional support and advice towards the development of participants’ careers as professional musicians
Previous recipients of the award in other genres are: The Callino Quartet (2001); voice and piano duo Ailish Tynan and Deborah Kelleher (2002); clarinettist Carol McGonnell (2003); traditional group Slide (2005); piano, cello and violin trio The Syrius Trio (2006); harp, flute and viola trio, Triocca (2006); Fidil traditional Irish group (2008); piano quartet, the Cappa Ensemble (2009); traditional group We Banjo 3 (2011) and Chatham Saxophone Quartet (2012).
For further press information, please contact: Louise Walsh, PR & Marketing Manager, Music Network: (01) 4750224 or pr at musicnetworkdot ie