Arts Council Restores Funding for 5 Traditional Music Festivals

A young fiddle player at Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh

Arts Council Restores Funding for 5 Traditional Music Festivals

Skerries Traditional Music Weekend, now in its 16th year, refused funding.

In its latest round of funding under the Festival and Events Scheme, the Arts Council has restored funding to five of the seven traditional music festivals that were cut completely last year.

An Chúirt Chruitireactha, Cruinniú na bhFliúit, Éigse an Spidéil, NYAH County Cavan Irish Traditional Music Festival, and Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh all received funding again, with amounts ranging from €2,500 to €9,000. 

Tionól Niocláis Tóibín did not apply for funding this year, while the Skerries Traditional Music Weekend did apply but was refused.

The total amount received by traditional music and dance festivals (categorised under ‘Traditional Arts’) was €66,000. As well as the five above, recipients included Féile Patrick Byrne, Corofin Traditional Festival, the Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival, and the John McKenna Festival. 

The average amount received by 16 traditional arts festivals was €4,125.

Music and Opera
As well as the traditional music and dance festivals, €149,000 was allocated in the latest round 
to festivals categorised under ‘Music’. Recipients included the Bray Jazz Festival (€20,000), Limerick Jazz Festival (€15,000) and New Ross Piano Festival (€15,000).

The average amount received by 15 music festivals was €9,267.

Lismore Music Festival received €10,000 under the ‘Opera’ category and the 10th Annual Coole Music Orchestra Festival received €4,481 in the ‘Young People’ category.

For full funding details of the festivals, see below. For more, visit http://www.artscouncil.ie/funding-decisions/ 

TRADITIONAL ARTS
Cairde naCruite: An Chúirt Chruitireactha
€9,000  

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh
€7,000

Nyah Festival
€6,500

Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle: Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar
€6,000

Corofin Traditional Festival
€5,000

Cos Cos Dance Group: Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival
€5,000

Feile Chois Cuain
€4,000 

Jim Dowling Uileann Pipe And Traditional Music Festival
€4,000 

An Gaelacadamh: Éigse an Spidéil 2017
€4,000 

The Gathering Festival
€2,500

Sean-Nos Cois Life
€2,500 

Cruinniú na bhFliúit 2017
€2,500 

John McKenna Traditional Society: John McKenna Festival
€2,200 

The Leitrim Dance Project
€2,000 

Carrickmacross Comhaltas: Féile Patrick Byrne 2017
€2,000 

St Patrick’s Scor Committee: 34th Annual Set Dancing Workshop
€1,800

MUSIC
Bray Jazz Festival
€20,000

Limerick Jazz Society: Limerick Jazz Festival 2017, LJS Spring and Autumn Concerts 2017, Limerick Jazz Workshop Junior Programme
€15,000

New Ross Piano Festival 2017
€15,000 

Music in Kilkenny
€10,000 

Music for Wexford Chamber Music Series
€9,500 

Galway Early Music Festival
€8,500 

Clifden Arts Society
€8,500 

Ortús Festival
€8,300 

Symphony Club of Waterford Annual Programme
€8,200 

Killaloe Chamber Music Festival
€8,200 

Waterford Music Chamber Music Programme
€7,000 

Chamber Music on Valentia
€6,500 

Dún Laoghaire Organ Festival
€5,300 

Ballydehob International Jazz Festival
€5,000 

Waterford New Music Week 2017
€4,000 

OPERA
Lismore Opera Festival
€10,000 

YOUNG PEOPLE
Coole Music and Arts: 10th Annual Coole Music Orchestra Festival
€4,481

Published on 10 February 2017

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