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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

Waltons Music for Schools Competition
Deadline: Closing date - 13th of February 2015
Now in its fourth year, the Waltons Music for Schools Competition is a national competition and celebration of music in Irish schools. The competition awards a total of €10,000 worth of vouchers for musical instruments, accessories, books, music technology or PA equipment from Waltons Music, to be divided among six winning primary and post-primary schools, including tow first prizes of €3,000 vouchers, and music groups from twelve finalist schools will have the opportunity to perform before their peers and distinguished adjudicators in the National Concert Hall on Monday, 11 May 2015!
Posted: 13 January 2015

Arts Council Music Commissions Award
Deadline: Closing date - 5:30 p.m, 19th February 2015
The primary purpose of the award is to facilitate creative partnerships between a range of commissioners and artists. The Commissions Award supports fees paid to artists. The process must lead to some form of dissemination or presentation of the commissioned work in Ireland or abroad.The award is open to individuals or organisations including artists, arts professionals, ensembles, local authorities and other agencies. Applications can only be made by the commissioner and not by the artist to be commissioned.
Details: [doc]
Posted: 13 January 2015

Sky Academy
Deadline: 26 February 2015
Invites individuals aged 18-30 to apply for one of five £30,000 Arts Scholarships (€38,000). These life-changing bursaries, which include a programme of expert mentoring, allow each scholar to focus exclusively on their creative practice for an entire year. Get ready to give up that day job...
Sky Academy Arts Scholarships are open to individuals working in the following fields:
  • Performing arts: theatremakers including directors, spoken word artists, puppeteers and live artists
  • Dance: dancers and choreographers
  • Music: musicians, composers, songwriters and conductors
  • Visual arts: including painters, sculptors, photographers, animators and digital artists
  • Creative producing: do you bring together disparate parts of culture in exciting and innovative ways? This category is open to creative producers working in visual arts, theatre, film and performance/dance
  • Creative writing: including playwrights, novelists, graphic novelists and poets - but not film or TV scripts
The five winners won't necessarily come from five different categories. Looking at all the applications, the judges will pick the five entries they believe to be the strongest overall.
Web: by 26 February 2015
Posted: 10 February 2015

Arts Council announces Round 2 of Festivals and Events Scheme 2015
Deadline: Closing date - 5.30 pm, 26th February 2015
The Arts Council announces Round 2 of the 2015 Festivals and Events Scheme (FES). The Council recognises the distinctive role arts festivals play in sustaining a vibrant arts profile at a local level. Festivals provide opportunities for audiences and artists to experience new work and ways of making work. The Council acknowledges the valuable contribution made by voluntary committees in developing these festivals.
The Festivals and Events Scheme is open to multi-disciplinary festivals, single art form festivals, once-off events and concert series.
Posted: 13 January 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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