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Awards and Other Opportunities

Arts Council Awards
  • Arts Council: Music Project Award
    Open for submissions: 29th July 2014
    Deadline: 28th August 2014
  • Arts Council: Opera Project Award
    Open for submissions: 29th July 2014
    Deadline: 28th August 2014
  • 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

CONCORDE ensemble: Search for 'Up Close' Student Composer 2014-15
Deadline: 12 September, 2014

Concorde invite composers who are registered as students in Ireland during the year 2014-15 to apply for the position of 'Up Close' Student Composer. The selected composer will be invited to write a piece for Concorde (duo or trio) for performance on April 26, 2015 in the series 'Up Close with Music' at the RHA Gallery, Dublin. The composer will have access to Concorde musicians throughout the period of composition for individual and group workshops and will be mentored by Concorde's artistic director, Jane O'Leary. There may be opportunities for further performances by Concorde. A recording of the premiere will be given to the composer.
It is expected that the composer will already have a track record in the field of composition but will be looking to learn from the experience of working closely with specialist performers and gaining from expert guidance.
Previous student composers in the Up Close project have been Amy Rooney and Patrick Egan.
Applications should be sent by email to: and should include:

  1. A current CV outlining compositional experience in detail.
  2. A sample of recent work (one score only, in pdf format) for small ensemble (duo, trio or quartet).
  3. A letter outlining why you are interested in working on this project.
Deadline for application: September 12, 2014. Subject line on email should read: UP CLOSE STUDENT COMPOSER
Posted: 9 August 2014

Call for participation in composition masterclass with Peter Ablinger
18 September 2014, 2-5pm, Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin
Deadline: 3rd September
Austrian composer Peter Ablinger will attend the Contemporary Music Centre for a masterclass with six composers/sound artists on Thursday 18 September. Since the early 1980s, Peter Ablinger has explored new aesthetic and technical fields in his works, examining listeners' perceptions of sound, noise, timbre, performance context, and non-narrative forms through site-specific performances, installations, text-based works, instrumental and electronic collaborations (including his famous 'speaking piano' pieces), and music without sound.

Peter Ablinger will be visiting Dublin to oversee a Dublin Sound Lab performance of his site-specific work 'Places' (17 September 2014), specially rewritten for three Dublin spaces. This concert will be answered by a second programme, 'Responses' (18 September 2014), in which four Irish composers-Piaras Hoban, Gráinne Mulvey, Fergal Dowling and Rob Canning-respond to Ablinger's work. Both concerts are hosted in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival and begin at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios at 8pm.

Dublin Sound Lab and the Contemporary Music Centre invite Irish composers, sound artists and others to apply for participation in this masterclass by sending an expression of interest and work samples-scores, texts, recordings, graphic documentation, or other suitable materials-to by 3 September. (For large files, please use Dropbox, WeTransfer, or other file sharing facility.) The masterclass is free to attend but is restricted to a maximum of six participants. The Contemporary Music Centre will cover travel expenses within Ireland within reason. Selected participants will be notified by 10 September and must be available to attend both concerts in Dublin, 17 and 18 September.
Posted: 3 July 2014

Tour Takemitsu Composition Award
Deadline: 30 September 2014
Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall: Takemitsu Memorial aims to stimulate creative activities in the field of music, following the principles of "Prayer, Hope and Peace" that the late artistic director, Toru Takemitsu originally set out. The orchestral composition competition will take place in 2015. Young composers from all over the world are urged to submit their newly created works.
Posted: 3 July 2014

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

ACNI Young Musician's Platform
Currently open for submissions
Deadline for Application: Thursday 2nd October 2014 at 4pm
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, in collaboration with BBC Northern Ireland, offers awards for young, exceptionally talented solo musicians/singers in Classical, Jazz and Traditional Music who are ready to enter the professional world as artists.
Posted: 3 July 2014

Nordic Music Days registration open
No Deadline
Are you interested in the current movements in the Nordic contemporary music scene? Do you want to meet and greet representatives of the Nordic contemporary music scene, and hear new works by up-and-coming Nordic composers?
We welcome composers, artistic directors, musicians, journalists, managers and all other interested parties to register as delegates and join us in Oslo. As a registered Nordic Music Days delegate, you will get access to all NMD concerts, showcases and networking events.
Posted: 8 April 2014

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