The Piano Scheme 2018 supported by Jeffers Pianos

08 March 2018



The Piano Scheme 2018

supported by Jeffers Pianos, in association with Galway Jazz Festival and Music Network


Music Network is delighted to announce the details of The Piano Scheme 2018, supported by Jeffers Pianos, in association with Galway Jazz Festival.

Central to the scheme is the aim to provide access to concert standard pianos for professional musicians resident in Ireland and working in jazz/improvised music, for public performances throughout the country.

Initiated by Galway Jazz Festival in 2017, in partnership with Music Network and supported by Jeffers Pianos, its objectives are to:

  • Facilitate increased employment opportunities, and promote fair remuneration, for Ireland-resident musicians
  • Increase regional access to live jazz/improvised music performance for audiences
  • Develop the range of promoters programming jazz/improvised music throughout Ireland.

Speaking about the scheme, Sharon Rollston, Music Network CEO commented,

“In its first year The Piano Scheme provided 10 free piano hires around the country, increasing performance opportunities for jazz/improvising musicians and bringing down costs for promoters. We are delighted to be working again with Galway Jazz Festival and Jeffers Pianos on this scheme and look forward to enabling more people to hear quality live jazz this year, particularly outside Dublin.”

Award recipients of the scheme in 2017 include Izumi Kimura, F-JOB (Greg Felton, Matthew Jacobson and Cormac O’Brien), Francesco Turrisi, Kieran Quinn and the Carole Nelson Trio.

Applications will be received on a rolling basis throughout 2018. The Piano Scheme guidelines and application form available at

For further information on The Piano Scheme, please contact Andreas Ziemons, Operations Administrator, Tel: 01 4750224 Email:



For media queries please contact: Louise Walsh, Communications Manager, Music Network: (01) 4750224