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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

Moving Classics - Call for composers
Deadline: 16th of Aug 2015
The second round of applications for Moving Classics is now open inviting mid-career composers across Europe to take part in international residency projects with partners in the UK, Iceland and Norway.
Composers from any background are welcome to apply but please note you will be required to deliver full scores and work with classically trained musicians.
After three successful residencies with composers Eyvind Gulbrandsen, Enrica Sciandrone and Brice Catherin we are launching our second round of composer's residency opportunities to create new music collaborating with Pinquins percussion trio (Norway), Kammerkor Sudurlands (Iceland) and British new music Ensemble Psappha.
Producing and promoting new music Curated Place and CYCLE Music and Art Festival will première the works in 2016.
Exploring the boundaries of presentation and performance we want to bring new music to new audiences through a series of exciting and unexpected collaborations between composers, musicians, writers and artists in unusual venues and spaces.
Posted: 20 July 2015

The Arts Council Project awards
Deadline: 20th of August 2015
The Arts Council will offer the following Project awards
  • Music Project Award
  • Opera Project Award
  • Theatre Project Award
  • Traditional Arts Project Award
  • Visual Arts Project Award
The Arts Council's Project awards support specific project activities under each of the above artform/arts practice areas. The award guidelines for each award can be downloaded from the available funding section of the Arts Council's website.
The deadline for all the above awards is 5.30pm on Thursday 20 August 2015. Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council's online services website and all supporting material must be submitted online. Applicants who have not previously used the online services site mustregister in advance of making an application. It may take up to five working days for your registrations to be confirmed so it is very important that you register as early as possible.
We now provide updates and assistance on the use of online services through our new Facebook page. Feel free to post or send us a message via the page if you need online services support when making a Project Award application:
The awards are open to individuals and organisations. However, organisations in receipt of funding under any of the main Arts Council grant programmes (Regularly Funded Organisations, Annual Funding, Annual Programming Grant) will not be eligible to apply.
Posted: 10 June 2015

Registration for Gaudeamus Awards 2016
Deadline: 1st of Oct 2015
Registration for the Gaudeamus Award 2016 has started! The Award is an internationally acclaimed prize for young composers, that often leads to launching the career of a composer into the contemporary musical landscape. In the attachment you will find more information about the procedure for an application for the Gaudeamus Award 2016.
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Posted: 20 July 2015

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

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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