Arts Council Awards - Music Project Award

Deadline: 15 February 2018 17:30

Objectives and priorities of the award

The Music Project Award supports initiatives in the field of music in the second half of 2018.
Please note that musicians working in the area of traditional music are advised to apply to the dedicated awards offered via Traditional Arts.
The purpose of the award is to support projects that enrich the musical landscape by facilitating professional artists in bringing innovative, ambitious and high-quality projects to audiences, both in live performance settings and through other audience channels.
Potential proposals could be those that:

  • Involve the creation and/or presentation of new work
  •  Deliver significant development opportunities to professional practitioners
  • Are performance oriented (concerts and concert series), focus on repertoire new to audiences across all music genres and/or offer experiences unique in the context for which they are intended – for example, repertoire by major international figures rarely performed in Ireland; second-performance projects featuring existing Irish compositions; repertoire by neglected historical figures (Irish and international)
  • Add significantly to the canon of new or historic Irish repertoire in a way that will enhance future performance possibilities
  • Bring music of all genres to new contexts or new audiences or expand the avenues through which music reaches people
  • Are high-quality artistic projects that demonstrate a strong and imaginative curatorial approach.

The Arts Council has identified the following as a strategic priority for support through this award:

  • Professional artists who engage in devised or collaborative creative processes.

All awards are informed by the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy (2016–2025), Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts in Ireland (see here: