Call for Musicians – Musician-in-Residence Programme

Call for Musicians – Musician-in-Residence Programme

Friday, 8 March 2019, 5.00pm

Fingal County Council is inviting expressions of interest from Musicians who wish to be included on our Musicians’ Panel, with a view to delivering high quality music tuition to children in primary schools in 2019 – 2020.

A number of Fingal primary schools have expressed a significant interest in providing quality music education for their students. However, cost and expertise have been identified as key barriers. Fingal County Council Arts Office now wishes to address the concerns raised by schools by expanding the existing Musician-in-Residence Programme.

Musician-in-Residence Programme
The purpose of the Musician-in-Residence programme is to enhance the music education children receive through the primary school curriculum. It supports schools to deliver instrumental or choral tuition; and assists class teachers build their capacity for music teaching.

The Role of the Musician
This programme adopts a musician-in-residence model, whereby the musician will visit the school to deliver music lessons to a group of children identified by the school. The musician will:

– Build a working relationship with the school
– Advise the school at the planning stage
– Design a proposal at the planning stage
– Deliver the lessons at implementation stage
– Review and report upon project completion

The school is required to review the project and submit a report to Fingal County Council upon completion. The musician is expected to contribute to this. The duration and implementation plan will be directed by the musician, the school and the funding available. Musicians can select to be matched with more than one school if they are available to commit to multiple schools in the 2019/2020 academic year within their application.

Participating Schools
Participating schools will be selected in March. A public call for schools to apply for partnership support to deliver a new music project, or develop an existing project has been circulated throughout Fingal. Each project must engage a professional musician to deliver lessons that take place on the school grounds and within school hours. The school must match fund the proposed amount they apply for.

Agreement between Fingal County Council and the School
Fingal County Council calls schools to be ambitious in their thinking and is prepared to enter into a funding agreement with selected schools to provide match funding up to a maximum of €6k per application over a two year period. A maximum of up to €3k will be awarded each year. The amount applied for is the minimum amount the school must also provide.

Fingal County Council funding is a contribution towards costs associated with musician fees only. 


Stage 1
Complete the application form which can be downloaded from Include CV and additional material. Successful applications will progress to planning stage two.
Deadline 8th March 2019.

Stage 2
Selected applicants will be invited to a meeting at Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, on the week of April 1st 2019. Applicants must be available for this meeting.

Stage 3
Once selected, the musician will be matched with a school and both will meet with Fingal Arts Office at the school on the week of April 8th 2019. Applicants must be available for this meeting.

Fingal Arts Office, the school principal and musician will meet at the school to discuss the programme. Musicians will be paid €200 from their partner school to develop an initial proposal informed by this meeting for submission to Fingal Arts Office prior to a final agreement being signed by all parties.

For full details on the scheme, please download the PDF below or visit  


Published on 26 February 2019

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