18 May 2010

Music Network is calling for applications for a range of supports being offered to support the career development of musicians. Award deadlines are approaching for the self-promotion and self-management course, ‘Making Overtures’, (Friday 28th May), the Performance & Touring Award (Tuesday 8th June), and the Young Musicwide Award (Monday 5th July). Music Network’s ongoing work supports the career development of professional musicians through performance opportunities, funding, courses and information resources.

Professional musicians and composers are invited to participate in ‘Making Overtures’, an intensive, 5-day professional development course aimed at Irish and Ireland-based musicians. The programme focuses on the non-artistic elements of a successful music career, particularly self-promotion and self-management, media, marketing, finance, taxation and copyright. The course will take place at the Coach House, Dublin Castle from Monday 12 to Friday 16 July, inclusive and costs  €200. Deadline for applications Friday 28th May. Further information and application packs are available here.

The Performance and Touring Award assists Irish and Ireland-based musicians in realising performance opportunities. Projects eligible for the award 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. The total number of concerts funded to date under the Performance and Touring Award is over two hundred involving artists across a range of genres, including classical, early music, contemporary classical, jazz, traditional, folk/world, rock/pop. The next Performance and Touring Award application deadline is Tuesday 8th June 2010.  Further information and application forms are available here.

Music Network invites aspiring young jazz musicians to apply for the Young Musicwide Award, a unique professional development scheme designed to assist a selected group of Ireland’s brightest young musicians at the beginning of their professional career. Previous jazz ensembles to receive the award were Organics jazz trio (2004) who released their debut CD, “New Light” under the scheme and Trihornophone (2007) who released their debut CD, “Breathing Time” under the scheme. The closing date for completed applications is Monday 5th July 2010.  Through an audition process in September, an Irish or Ireland based jazz ensemble, with a proven interest in performance will be selected to participate in the programme for three years.   Further information and application forms are available here.


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