Arts Council Announces €1.3m in Funding for Music, Opera and Traditional Arts Organisations

A Musikfabrik concert at New Music Dublin earlier this year – the festival has received funding for 2020 under the Arts Council’s Arts Grant programme.

Arts Council Announces €1.3m in Funding for Music, Opera and Traditional Arts Organisations

The Journal of Music receives €55k under Arts Grant programme for 2020.

The Arts Council has announced the results of the Arts Grant funding programme for 2020. A total of 131 organisations and individuals across all art forms have received offers of funding totalling €7.3m. 

Among the recipients are 33 music, opera and traditional arts organisations which will receive €1.3m.

In the category of music, the contemporary music festival New Music Dublin has received an offer of €200k, Louth Contemporary Music Society received €85k, and the Galway Music Residency received €60k. The Journal of Music has received €55k for its publishing activities in 2020.

In the traditional arts category, Harp Ireland/Cruit Éireann and the Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre each received €50k, Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair, which runs the traditional music winter school Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair, received €42k, and Ériú Dance Company received €32k.

There was one successful opera applicant, Dumbworld, which received €62k, and, in the category of young people, children and the arts, the WhistleBlast Quartet received €60k.

The Arts Council has also announced €915k through its Touring and Dissemination of Work scheme, and expects to  announce a further €35 million in funding through its Strategic Funding scheme, which supports larger music and arts organisations.

For the full list of Arts Grant recipients, see below. For more, visit


New Music Dublin

Louth Contemporary Music Society

The Galway Music Residency

The Journal of Music

National String Quartet Foundation

Pipeworks Festival

Sligo Jazz Project

Ceol Connected


Kaleidoscope Night

Dublin Sound Lab

Cork Orchestral Society

Music in Kilkenny

Quiet Music Ensemble

Sundays at Noon / Gallery Music


Irish Composers’ Collective

Music for Wexford

Waterford Music

Drogheda International Music Series

Clifden Arts Society

Symphony Club of Waterford

Sounding The Feminists

Harp Ireland / Cruit Éireann

The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre

Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair

Ériú Dance Company

Baltimore Fiddle Fair

Ionad Cultúrtha

Historical Harp Society of Ireland


WhistleBlast Quartet


Published on 8 October 2019


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