€835k in Culture Ireland Funding Announced for Irish Music, Opera and Arts Abroad

The Murder Capital (Photo: James Kelly).

€835k in Culture Ireland Funding Announced for Irish Music, Opera and Arts Abroad

Ailbhe Reddy, CMAT, The Murder Capital, Robocobra Quartet, Clare Sands, Mary Coughlan, Irish National Opera and the Irish Baroque Orchestra among recipients.

Over €835k in funding for Irish music and arts abroad has been announced by Culture Ireland and Minister for Arts Catherine Martin.

Of the total amount, €385,530 has been awarded in the music category to artists including post-punk band The Murder Capital who will tour across the US in March and April; traditional band Téada who will also perform in the US this spring; RTÉ Choice Music Prize nominee Sorcha Richardson who has been awarded funding to tour her second album Smiling Like an Idiot across North America; and Belfast-based avant-garde post punk band Robocobra Quartet who will undertake a tour of Europe in February and March.

Also receiving funding as part of the scheme are Ailbhe Reddy, CMAT, Clare Sands, Mary Coughlan, Lankum, Kevin Brady Electric Quartet, Thumper, The Mary Wallopers, Susan O’Neill, Siobhán Cleary, RIAM Percussion Ensemble, The Friel Sisters, and the trio of Pádraig Rynne, Tara Breen and Jim Murray.

In addition, the Irish Baroque Orchestra will perform at the Beverley Early Music Festival in Yorkshire on 28 May; Pretty Happy are touring across Britain this month; and Anna Mieke will perform in venues across the US and Canada this spring. 

Over €40k was also allocated in the opera category, including for an online presentation by Irish National Opera and ANU theatre company of Old Ghosts by Evangelia Rigaki and Marina Carr, and performances by Belfast Ensemble of Conor Mitchell’s Abomination – A DUP Opera at the Brighton Festival.

Commenting on the announcements, Minister Martin said:

Through Culture Ireland, my Department continues to work towards the Global Ireland 2025 aim, to double Ireland’s global cultural footprint by supporting our artists to present work to audiences worldwide. The Culture Ireland funding announced today will assist Irish arts to be enjoyed internationally, enabling Irish artists to achieve the recognition they deserve.

For full details of the awards, see below. For more, visit www.cultureireland.ie.

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Published on 2 February 2023

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