RAAP-RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursary 2012

Fiachna Ó Braonain, Christy Moore, Ryan Sheridan and Jacqui Carroll. Photo: Darren Kinsella.

RAAP-RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursary 2012

Judges in this year's RAAP-RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursary include Mary Black, Fiachna Ó Braonáin, Ciarán Tourish, Richie Buckley, Jenny Huston, Cathal Murray, Jacqui Carroll, Liz Nolan, Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha, Gerry O’Connor, Eamonn Lenihan, Niall Carroll, Liz Nolan, Celia Donoghue and Gail Henry.

The second annual Recorded Artists Actors Performers (RAAP) | RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursary competition to support emerging musicians has been launched by Chrisy Moore and Ryan Sheridan along with judges Fiachna Ó Braonáin of Hothouse Flowers and RTÉ 2XM’s Jacqui Carroll

The RAAP | RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursary will see €24,500 in prize money awarded to the winners along with guaranteed air play on prime time radio across RTÉ’s four national FM stations: RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

The RAAP | RTÉ Breakthrough Bursary competition is divided into four categories which aim to encompass all musical genres and ensure that musicians of every discipline are in with a chance of winning. The winners of each category will receive a €5,000 bursary to go towards furthering their musical career and guaranteed air play on one of RTÉ Radio’s four FM stations. Nine runner-up prizes of €500 will also be awarded. 

Submissions will be judged by an extensive panel of some of the most highly respected figures working in the music industry today: Mary Black, Fiachna Ó Braonáin, Niall Byrne, Ciarán Tourish, Richie Buckley, Priscilla Kotey, Paul Walsh, Cormac Battle, Jenny Huston, Rick O’Shea, Cathal Murray, Jacqui Carroll, Liz Nolan, Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha, Seán Ó hÉanaigh, Gerry O’Connor, Eamonn Lenihan, Niall Carroll, Liz Nolan, Celia Donoghue and Gail Henry.

A shortlist of each category will be released on Thursday 14 September with the ultimate winners being announced at a special RAAP | RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursary gala concert on Thursday 20 September. The gala concert, which will feature live performances fom all shortlisted finalists, will be broadcast live on the country’s most-listened-to radio station, RTÉ Radio 1.

Last year’s winners of the inaugural RAAP | RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursary were The Fallen Drakes (Rock/Pop/Dance category); Sharon Carty (Classical/Jazz category); FullSet (Traditional Irish/Folk category); and Alice Jago (Country/Roots/Bluegrass category).

Musicians hoping to win the RAAP | RTÉ Radio Breakthrough Bursary will have until 4pm on Thursday 9 August to submit their entries via the online submission process on RTÉ’s dedicated Breakthrough Bursary webpage: rte.ie/breakthrough.

To join the conversation on Twitter use #BreakthroughBursary

Published on 13 June 2012

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