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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

Sligo Choral Festival Entry Date deadline extended
Deadline: Friday 18th of Sept 2015
In recognition of the long summer the choral festival committee have extended the deadline for receipt of entries from choirs wishing to compete at the festival.
For further details about the festival please see our new website
Posted: 15 September 2015

Music Capital Scheme Advice Clinics 2015
Deadline: 18th of Sept 2015
The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network, provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups/ensembles and professional musicians.
Music Network will be hosting a series of free Music Capital Scheme Advice Clinics, with thanks to Culture House, CIT Cork School of Music, An Taibhearc and Kilkenny Castle for their support.
The aim of the clinics will be to offer advice to both Stream 1 and Stream 2 applicants to the Music Capital Scheme. They are primarily intended for applicants who are at a relatively advanced stage in the development of their application to the Music Capital Scheme and/or those who have already begun the process of filling in the application forms. Clinics will involve a brief presentation about the scheme after which a Q & A style session will take place. The event will provide practical advice relating to the Music Capital Scheme, expanding on the information outlined in the guidelines while also addressing specific queries that may not be covered in detail in the guidelines.
Posted: 15 September 2015

Beyond Borders 2015 now open for application
Deadline: 21st of September 2015
Beyond Borders is a co-commissioning and touring programme run in partnership with PRS for Music Foundation, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Funding of up to £15,000 is available for projects that include new commissions, recordings and repeat performances of music written in the past five years.
This opportunity stimulates collaboration between organisations and bands/ensembles in England, Northern lreland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It enables music creators to produce exceptional new material to be performed in at least three of these countries.
Posted: 14 August 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.
PDF icon Further information
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Posted: 20 July 2015

2016-2017 Fulbright Awards to Study, Research or Teach in the U.S. Now Open for Application
Deadline: 4pm Friday 30th of October 2015
The Fulbright Commission in Ireland today opened its competition for the 2016-2017 Fulbright Awards. These prestigious Awards fund Irish or E.U. citizens to study, research, or teach in the U.S. and are supported by a mature and global network. Applications are due by 4pm Friday, October 30th, 2015, more information can be found on
Speaking about the Awards, Dr Dara FitzGerald, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission said, "In promoting the 2016-2017 Fulbright Irish Awards, we want to reinforce the message that there are opportunities available for students, researchers and professionals across all disciplines to study, research and teach in the U.S. with the Fulbright programme. We seek to actively reach out to institutions, centres and companies promoting the Fulbright opportunity. I am delighted that there is such a breadth of disciplines available for Ireland's leading students and researchers. I would encourage all applicants who are interested in expanding their knowledge and expertise, sharing new experiences, and crossing cultural boundaries, to apply to become a Fulbrighter."
Posted: 15 September 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

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