€15k Music, Opera, and Traditional Arts Bursaries Now Open for Applications

€15k Music, Opera, and Traditional Arts Bursaries Now Open for Applications

Deadline for applying to the Arts Council bursary awards is 30 July.

The Arts Council’s Music, Opera, and Traditional Arts Bursary Awards are now open for applications. The awards are aimed at individual professional artists who wish to develop their practice and engage with new ideas.

The maximum funding available is €15k, a €5k increase on last year. The deadline for applying is 30 July. 

Music Bursary Award
The purpose of the Music Bursary Award is to support a professional musician or composer, in any genre, by enabling them to spend time focused on their practice, developing new ideas, working with a mentor or collaborator, developing their technical skills, or undertaking professional training opportunities.

The Arts Council will prioritise applications focusing on new Irish music or important historic Irish music, developing specialist period-performance practice as instrumentalists or conductors, and the development of emerging Irish composers and conductors of proven potential.

Opera Bursary Award
The Opera Bursary Award aims to support artists in the field of opera, by providing time and resources to spend time focused on their practice, up-skilling within a particular area, purchasing equipment, or training with a mentor, among other activities. The Arts Council will prioritise applications that focus on the creation or performance of new Irish opera, the development of specialist skills for conductors, instrumentalists or singers, and the professional development of emerging Irish composers, librettists, conductors and opera directors. 

Potential proposals could include allowing an opera composer, librettist conductor or performer time for the development of their artistic practice, facilitate the development of new work, or provide time to focus on the advanced study of a particular repertoire or area of professional development.

Traditional Arts Bursary Award
The purpose of the Traditional Arts Bursary Award is to support the professional development of artists within the field of traditional arts, allowing them to spend time honing their ideas, skills and training. Proposals for the traditional arts award could include artists composing a new piece of work within the tradition or in collaboration with musicians in other genres; the choreography of a new dance; the exploration of traditional style and repertoire in music, song, dance and storytelling; or the development of a body of work from within the tradition.

Other awards that are now also open for application include the Festivals Investment Scheme, and bursary awards in the fields of arts participation, architecture, dance, film, literature, circus, theatre, and more. 

For further information on how to apply, visit www.artscouncil.ie/available-funding/

Published on 30 June 2020

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