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Awards and Other Opportunities

Arts Council Awards
  • Travel and Training Awards
    Deadline: Ongoing, see web site for specifics.
    Open to artists and people working professionally in the arts 'to support training and other professional development opportunities through international travel' as well as 'individuals/organisations who want to bring in specialists from abroad to deliver high-level training or mentoring directed at the professional development of artists'. Awards max. €12,000.
Full details and application forms for all Arts Council awards may be viewed or downloaded as PDF files from its web site or obtained in hard copy by contacting the Council's offices, Callsave 1850-392 492 or +353-(0)1-618 0200.
Posted: 4 July 2014

The Arts Council's Programme as part of Ireland 2016
Deadline: Various
Ireland is on the eve of a great anniversary; the centenary of the proclamation of the republic. In response the Arts Council is planning a national programme, an open call to artists and arts organisations, to surprise and renew the state. Through support from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the programme will take place throughout 2016. It is a platform to the public and the state, and a unique opportunity for artists to invigorate the Irish imagination.
The Arts Council's programme, which forms part of the Government's Ireland 2016 Programme, will include an Open Call for National Projects, 16x16 Artists' Bursaries, a special 2016 strand of touring as well as a large scale national event to be announced later.
Posted: 26 March 2015

The Irish Theatre Institute - Open Call
Deadline: Friday, 10th April 2015
The Irish Theatre Institute, with the support of Irish Design 2015, Irish Film Board & Culture Ireland - Open Call for Designers and Production Companies to submit their Highlights from Recent Stage and Screen Design.
A celebration of the artistic excellence and innovation in Irish design for stage and screen, as part of the year of Irish Design 2015. We are looking for professional designers and production companies working in film, television, theatre, dance and opera to highlight the best design work in those areas from 2007-2014. The project will document work that is rarely given the appropriate focus and appreciation it deserves and also create opportunities for Irish designers at home and abroad.
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Posted: 10 April 2015

Job Opportunity: General Manager - The Galway Music Residency
Deadline: Friday, 10 April 2014, 5:00pm
The Galway Music Residency and its resident ensemble, the internationally-acclaimed ConTempo Quartet (currently also RTE Quartet in Residence) is seeking an experienced and highly-motivated General Manager to play the lead role in implementing and developing the Residency's artistic programme and activities, including strategic planning, business management, fundraising and relationship-building with key partners and sponsors.
Reporting to the Board and supported by a part-time, office-based Operations Assistant, this role is offered to an independent contractor on the basis of a fixed-term contract for services from May 2015 to December 2016.
Full details and person specification:
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Posted: 26 March 2015

Dublin City Council Opportunities: Arts Bursary, Incubation Space, Tyrone Guthrie Residency And Units 3 & 4 Awards 2015
Deadline: Monday, 20th of April 2015
  1. Arts Bursary
    Dublin City Council invites applications from artists who wish to be considered for a Bursary of €4000 towards studies at an advanced level or the development of work/professional skills. Artists, resident in Dublin City Council's administrative area, can apply for a Bursary in Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Dance and Literature. One Bursary will be awarded in each discipline.
  2. Incubation Space Award
    Dublin City Council wishes to invite applications for the Award of free incubation/work-space. The award is intended to enable innovative arts companies/collectives to research and develop new work, through the provision of dedicated work-space in The LAB.
  3. Tyrone Guthrie Residency
    Dublin City Council offers artists living in Dublin City Council's administrative area a €500 award towards a two week residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan. Workspaces include studios, a music room, a multi media room and a large rehearsal/performance space.This opportunity is open to practitioners in all art forms.
  4. Artist Spaces - Units 3 & 4
    Dublin City Council wishes to invite applications for the use of Units 3 & 4, former retail units in James Joyce Street, Dublin 1. The units are available subject to application and is for artistic, cultural and creative use. While all applications will be considered, priority will be given to those proposals that most closely match the city's arts and cultural strategies. The units will be let under a rental agreement at a nominal rate of €300 per calendar month in advance.
Application criteria and more info:
Posted: 26 March 2015

Call for Proposals for New Concert Band Work from Female Composers
Deadline: 1st May 2015
The Mid America Freedom Band is accepting proposals for a new work for concert band from composers identifying as female of any age or nationality. The 6-7 minute long piece should use fables, mythology, folktales, common literature, etc. as a source of inspiration. This new work will be performed on the ensemble's 13th season's concerts, "Stories We Share" in Spring 2016. In an exciting collaboration, Paul Mesner Puppets may create and perform puppetry with this piece. MAFB is Kansas City's community ensemble of LGBT and allied musicians with 60+ playing members. MAFB provides opportunities for instrumental music lovers to share their passion of performance with the diverse community of Kansas City. It strives for excellence while promoting equality, fostering education, and celebrating the joy shared through music.
Posted: 10 April 2015

Arts Council: Touring and Dissemination of Work scheme - January to June 2016
Deadline: 7th of May 2015
The deadline for applications for tours beginning in the period January to June 2016 will be Thursday 7 May 2015. Application forms and guidelines will be available online from 7 April 2015.
As in previous rounds of this scheme, applicants are also welcome to apply for north/south tours. The same priorities and criteria will apply to both jurisdictions, and applications, as at present, will need to show a working engagement between producers and venues.
Arts Audiences is running pre-application workshops aimed at any organisation or individual considering applying for funding under the upcoming Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme. These workshops are aimed at those who have applied before, and/or toured before, as well as those who are new to the application. The workshop is for applicants who have developed their ideas, to help with specific areas, and answer questions.
Two workshops will take place in Galway, Wednesday 1 April and in Dublin, Thursday 2 April.
Posted: 12 March 2015

International Competition of Organ Improvisation
Deadline: Closing date - 10th of June 2015
The International Competition of Organ Improvisation is the only permanent running competition for this discipline in Germany. Since 1989 it is held as a biennal competition during the Festival European Sacred Music Schwaebisch Gmuend. Starting in the year 2013 the festival distributes the first prize as "Hubert-Beck-prize" in memoriam KMD Hubert Beck (1935 - 2011), initiator and long-standing mentor of the competition.
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Posted: 13 January 2015

ACNI Travel Awards
Currently open for submissions
Deadline for Application: Ongoing programme
Awards to enable individual artists and arts administrators from Northern Ireland to develop their skills and widen their expertise. Size of award is dependent on destination. Full details in Guidance Notes.
Posted: 3 July 2014

Seeking voices for the Irish Youth Training Choir
No deadline
The Irish Youth Training Choir, seeks singers to apply countrywide, aged between 14 and 17 for Irish Youth Training Choir 2015. Applicants must be available from Thursday 25th June to Sunday 28th June inclusive.
Web: or call 061 234823.
Posted: 10 February 2015

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