Introducing four new residencies! | Starting July 2020
Each year, An Táin Arts Centre supports professional artists and art form development through our programming, including theatre company and visual artist residencies. This year, responding to the challenges facing the arts community due to Covid-19, we have commissioned three additional residencies.
Paul Hayes, Director/CEO of An Táin Arts Centre says
“This is a very challenging time for the arts, and we continue to re-imagine how we support artists and audiences. We are sometime away from being able to have large crowds of people attend live events and performances, but we can continue to support professional artists and art form development through our programming. These new An Táin Arts Centre residencies will provide artists with the time and space to develop their practice, and we look forward to working with each of them over the coming months.”
Keep an eye on our Facebook page here as we introduce each of our new residencies over the next few weeks!
John Hewitt Society Online Writing Workshops
Between 27th and 31st of July, The John Hewitt Society is hosting 5 online writing workshops taught by award-winning authors.
* Novel Writing with Bernie McGill
* Memoir with Maureen Boyle
* Getting Started with Heather Richardson
* Short Story with Edward Hogan
* Poetry with Nessa O’Mahony
‘It’s choosing men over women for whatever reason. I don’t know why, but it has to change’: Irish Female Artists Received 8% of Top 20 Radio Airplay
A new report carried out by the music publicist Linda Coogan Byrne of Good Seed PR has revealed a huge gender gap in the Irish artists receiving top 20 airplay.
The report, which surveyed 27 Irish radio stations between June 2019 and June 2020, shows that female artists totalled just 7.7% of the top 20 most played songs.
RTÉ Radio 1 was the only station to achieve gender balance over the last year. RTÉ 2FM and 98FM had 10% female artists in their top 20, and FM104 had none. Today FM, Spin 103.8FM and Spin SouthWest had 5%.
Coogan Byrne, who has worked in PR, label management and music consultancy in Ireland, Canada, New York and the UK for fifteen years, points to the playlisting system as being the major issue. ‘It’s predominantly male playlisters on teams and radio,’ she said, speaking to the Journal of Music, ‘I think it’s systemic. It’s choosing men over women for whatever reason. I don’t know why, but it has to change.’
I’m fifteen years working in the industry … it’s about time these figures were put out there. It’s not my opinion, it’s data. … I want to bring the facts to Irish radio and ask the question…. Why are you playing all these male acts and not playing [female artists]?
The report was researched and compiled by Coogan Byrne using the Radiomonitor service, which monitors the music played on radio and TV in 97 countries.
‘This isn’t an attack on DJs,’ says Coogan Byrne, ‘It’s an attack on a system that’s in place that needs to change. … I hope that DJs will say to their programme directors and head of music department… these findings are crazy – what is happening?’
As well as data on 27 stations, the report also includes a range of responses from Irish female artists. Commenting on the report, singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy said, ‘There are a lot of people on the ground who really care about pushing women to the forefront of Irish music, but without being playlisted how do we stand a chance?’
Sarah Corcoran of the band Pillow Queens commented: ‘I think we’ve always known there was a huge disparity between the sizes of the platforms given to men versus those given to women but to see it laid out like that is incredibly eye opening even to me as a woman in the industry.’
The Irish artists that were most played on Irish radio include Dermot Kennedy, Niall Horan, The Academic and Hozier. The Irish female artists who made it into the top 20 most played artists include Soule?, Aimee and Róisín Murphy, plus bands such as The Corrs and The Cranberries.
According to the most recent JNLR figures, 80% of the population tune in to a radio station every day. Among the 15 to 34 age group, 71% listen daily.
Download the full report below.
Group recommends €9.5m for artist commissions and bursaries, €8m to stabilise arts organisations and venues; and calls for an extra €30m from Government for 2021.
The Arts Council has today (19 June) published the report of the Expert Advisory Group which it set up in May. The role of the group – which includes Martin Hayes, Angela Dorgan, Lenny Abrahamson and Fintan O’Toole – was to make recommendations for supporting the sector through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.
The group makes nine main recommendations, which in total require an immediate €21.4m survival fund for the Arts Council, and a €30m sustainability fund for 2021. The first objective of the group was achieved earlier this week when the Government announced an additional €25m for the sector, including €20m for the Arts Council.
The group’s report is accompanied by an additional document from the economic consultancy EY that says that without additional financial support the arts sector could contract by up to 42% in 2020 compared to a 11% decline for the wider economy, and that the arts sector would take until 2025 to recover from the current crisis. The €25m announced this week will mitigate some of that decline but it is not clear to what extent.
The document contains three sections titled ‘Survive’, ‘Adapt’ and ‘Renew’. Among the recommendations are that arts organisations at risk of collapse would receive financial support in order to save jobs (projected cost: €2m); that strategic organisations, arts centres and other building-based organisations would be supported to meet financial commitments for 2020 (€6m); that there would be an expansion of commissioning and bursary schemes to enable artists and arts organisations create and present work in 2020 (€9.5m); and that professional support for arts organisations trying to adapt to the pandemic, plus support for those who are now unemployed, would also be provided (€645k).
In addition, the group recommends the establishment of a Cultural Recovery Taskforce that would include representatives from arts, film, live music, TV and other interests (such as Culture Ireland) as well as representative organisations to serve as a forum to ensure equity in future planning (cost: €50k). (The new Programme for Government also makes reference to a cross-departmental taskforce for the arts).
In the section titled ‘Adapt’, the group recommends that the Council set up a fund for the sector to explore the area of digital creation and dissemination, and ‘to participate in the current international experimentation and exploration in this area’. A key aim would be to generate income for artists as well as providing an international showcase (€460k). The report also recommends an initiative towards the end of 2020 where leading festivals would be asked to present a week-long celebration of the performing arts, located in flexible buildings and taking into account social distancing (€800k), plus ongoing support for organisations and venues to adapt to the new Covid-19 safety protocols (€1.2m). The administrative budget for the Arts Council to implement the above schemes is €750k.
The group also calls for the next government to maintain the current unemployment payment and wage supports until the sector is at full capacity (this is also one of the demands of the National Campaign for the Arts in its 13-point plan to save the arts); and that there is review of taxation practice around the arts, including VAT, gifting to the arts, and measures on artists’ incomes.
Commenting on the document, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, said:
Along with my Cabinet colleagues, I share a strong belief in the power of the arts and culture and their deep value to our lives. In spite of the enormous difficulties that the pandemic has created, there is a sustainable and exciting future for artists, arts practitioners and cultural workers and we are committed to supporting them and making this a reality.
Arts Council Director, Maureen Kennelly, said:
This week’s announcement of additional funding for 2020 has given crucial reassurance to this vibrant sector. With a stimulus package and a strategic approach, we believe the arts can not only survive but thrive, helping to lead the country in the recovery, and to restore our society’s morale and confidence.
The members of the Expert Advisory Group are Lenny Abrahamson, filmmaker; Anne Clarke, theatre and opera producer (Landmark Productions); Angela Dorgan, Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts; Professor Sarah Glennie, Director, National College of Art and Design; Martin Hayes, musician; Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council; Fintan O’Toole, journalist; and Dr Gabriel Scally, Visiting Professor in Public Health, University of Bristol. The group was chaired by Professor Kevin Rafter, Chair of the Arts Council.
Download the full report below and the EY document below.
This week’s digital concerts from Monday to Sunday. To have your digital concert included next week (22–28 June), please add it to our listings.
Upcoming digital concerts
15.6.20 – At Home with ICO: Spotlight with Cian O’Dúill
15.6.20 – Wigmore Hall Series: Imogen Cooper (piano)
16.6.20 – Wigmore Hall Series: Alina Ibragimova (violin) and Kristian Bezuidenhout (piano)
16.6.20 – At Home with ICO: Tuesday Symphony – Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony
17.6.20 – At Home with ICO: Oboe Windfree Wednesday hosted by Matthew Draper aka Oboe Windfree
17.6.20 – Wigmore Hall Series: Ailish Tynan (soprano) and Iain Burnside (piano)
17.6.20 – Pipeworks From The Organ Loft – Gerard Gillen
18.6.20 – At Home with ICO: Magic Moments with ICO players performing at Nursing Homes with Oonagh Keogh and Aoibhín Keogh-Daly
18.6.20 – Wigmore Hall Series: Michael Collins (clarinet) and Michael McHale (piano)
18.6.20 – Pipeworks From The Organ Loft – David Adams
19.6.20 – At Home with ICO: Spotlight featuring personal highlights from ICO players
19.6.20 – Wigmore Hall Series: Allan Clayton (tenor) and James Baillieu (piano)
19.6.20 – Pipeworks From The Organ Loft – Fergal Caulfield
19.6.20 – NCH Livestream Series: Barry Douglas – Solo
20.6.20 – Pipeworks From The Organ Loft – David Grealy
21.6.20 – Pipeworks From The Organ Loft – David Leigh
Irish Baroque Orchestra Player
Ulster Orchestra Let’s Play at Home
8.6.20 – Wigmore Hall Series: Steven Isserlis and Mishka Rushdie Momen
9.6.20 – Wigmore Hall Series: Hyeyoon Park and Benjamin Grosvenor
10.6.20 – Wigmore Hall Series: Paul Lewis
11.6.20 – Wigmore Hall Series: Adam Walker and James Baillieu
12.6.20 – Wigmore Hall Series: Roderick Williams and Joseph Middleton
21.6.20 – Sundays@Noon :’Playing to the Gallery’ 3- Paula Meehan, Paul Roe and Mick O’Brien
22.6.20 – RIAM Young Composer’s Virtual Summer Project
20.6.20 – Fête de la Musique in Ireland – Free Online DJs set
Harps for Hope
8.6.20 – DeBarra’s Sitting Room to Sitting Room Sessions: Trad session with Mairtin De Cogain
10.6.20 – Music Network presents The Butterfly Sessions: Brona McVittie
10.6.20 – DeBarra’s Sitting Room to Sitting Room Sessions: Lau Noah
10.6.20 – Meitheal na mBan with Loah, Bronagh Gallagher, Cathy Jordan and Wallis Bird
11.6.20 – DeBarra’s Sitting Room to Sitting Room Sessions: Ger Wolfe
12.6.20 – Music Network presents The Butterfly Sessions: Brian Finnegan
12.6.20 – NCH Livestream Series: Reflections – A Solo Concert with Lisa O’Neill
13.6.20 – DeBarra’s Sitting Room to Sitting Room Sessions: Deccy McCarthy
15.6.20 – Hot Press Lockdown Sessions – Young and Emerging: Jafaris
17.6.20 – Hot Press Lockdown Sessions – Young and Emerging: JYellowL
21.6.20 – Hot Press Lockdown Sessions – Young and Emerging: Celaviedmai
12.6.20 – DeBarra’s Sitting Room to Sitting Room Sessions: MuRli
17.6.20 – Royal Albert Home: Lucy Dacus
12.6.20 – Whitney
Jazz and Improvised
21.6.20 – Live at the Village Vanguard: Vijay Iyer – Digital Concert
14.6.20 – Sundays@Noon :’Playing to the Gallery’ 2- Cora Venus Lunny and Izumi Kimura
16.6.20 – Virtual Bloomsday
12.6.20 – INO’s Friday Sessions: Andrew Gavin, Gyula Nagy, Rachel Croash, Dean Power and Emma Nash
Rock and Pop
16.6.20 – Hot Press Lockdown Sessions – Young and Emerging: Stray Melody
18.6.20 – At Home with Radiohead
18.6.20 – Hot Press Lockdown Sessions – Young and Emerging: Milk
19.6.20 – Hot Press Lockdown Sessions – Young and Emerging: ROE
20.6.20 – Hot Press Lockdown Sessions – Young and Emerging: Sion Hill
21.6.20 – New York City Winery Presents: Billy Bragg, Colin Hay, Bruce Cockburn, Jackie Greene and more
11.6.20 – At Home with Radiohead
Music Network: Taking Charge of Your Performance Career 2020
Wexford Festival Opera (WFO) has announced that the artistic programme that was due to take place at this year’s festival will be rescheduled until October 2021, while this year will see a fully online series of newly programmed events.
‘Waiting for Shakespeare… The Festival in the Air’ is the title of this year’s online programme, which will take place from 11 until 18 October, and will feature performances, interviews, recitals, a gala concert, lectures and pop-up events.
The inaugural Wexford Factory, a professional development academy for young Irish and Irish-based singers, has been retained for this year’s reimagined festival. Participating singers will be mentored by professional opera singers such as tenor Juan Diego Flórez and will also perform scenes from Verdi’s Falstaff from the National Opera House, which will be streamed in an episodic format from 12 to 17 October.
On 11 October, the festival will commence with an online performance of Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, dedicated to those who have died due to Covid-19, and featuring soprano Claudia Boyle, mezzo soprano Tara Erraught, tenor Pietro Adaíni, bass John Molloy as well as the Wexford Factory Ensemble.
The festival’s gala concert will take place on 16 October and will feature singers such as mezzo soprano Aigul Akhmetshina, baritone Luca Salsi, mezzo soprano Rachel Kelly, tenor Noah Stewart, soprano Helena Dix and bass baritone Simone Alberghini among others.
What Happened to Lucrece, a new opera commissioned by WFO based on Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece, will run from 13 to 15 October. The opera, composed by Andrew Synnott, the 2020 WFO Artist-in-Residence, is written for four singers and piano, and each performance will see a different ending; one tragic, one farcical and one romantic. Viewers are invited to vote on their favourite ending.
Soprano Celine Byrne will perform a dinner time recital on 17 October, while a series of interviews will see music critic Michael Dervan speak with soprano Ermonela Jaho (12 October); Graham Vick, Artistic Director of Birmingham Opera Company (14 October); and conductor Sir Antonio Pappano (16 October).
There will also be a series of lectures and a number of pop-up events will take place during the festival, featuring music, singing and dance in a number of spaces around Wexford, which will be streamed online, and a limited number of the public may also attend.
The festival will close with a performance by American soprano Lisette Oropesa, live from the National Opera House, accompanied by the Wexford Festival Orchestra conducted by Francesco Cilluffo.
Commenting on the programme, Rosetta Cucchi, Artistic Director of the festival, and David McLoughlin, Chief Executive, said:
The repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic are regrettably beyond our control and we fully acknowledge the impact the postponement of this year’s full festival will have on the community which founded the Festival seven decades ago. However, the indomitable spirit of Wexford Opera lives on, even in these uncertain and challenging times. We are determined to leave no stone unturned to ensure the Festival remains active, dynamic and fully prepared to welcome audiences back to Wexford to celebrate the Festival’s 70th anniversary in 2021.
For more, visit www.wexfordopera.com/digital-brochure/
The Government has today (16 June) announced an additional €25m for the arts to support the sector during the Covid-19 crisis.
€20m will be allocated to the Arts Council and €5m will be provided for museum and cultural spaces as well as the production of digital art and online performances.
An extra €20m for the Arts Council, to act as a stabilisation fund for the sector, was a key demand of the National Campaign for the Arts in its 13-point plan to save the arts which it published in May.
Commenting on the additional funding, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, said:
We want to ensure that the artists that have brought us all the rich cultural content that has sustained us so well in recent months continue to be supported in the months ahead. We must protect the sector and ensure it emerges intact.
Welcoming the announcement, the Arts Council Chair, Professor Kevin Rafter, said, ‘This additional funding will help the Arts Council protect jobs and livelihoods for individual artists and also assist key art organisations facing financial difficulty. Bringing the Arts Council’s budget to €100m is an important acknowledgment of the arts as a vital part of Irish life.’
Arts Council Director, Maureen Kennelly, commented:
Our painters, poets, dancers, musicians, actors and filmmakers show us who we are. We know that this has been an extremely worrying time for people across the industry but today’s news will come as a major reassurance to the public, and to people within the arts sector, that the central place of stories, images, music in Irish life is clearly understood and cherished. We look forward to continuing to work with the government to realise the extraordinary ambition of this rich seam of Irish life.
Future of Arts/Music/Theatre
BROADCAST • 10:00 • 11TH JUN 2020
Julie Kelleher,Artistic Director, Everyman Theatre, Cork and Chair of Theatre Forum; Derek Turner, Music Manager, Spirit Store, Dundalk; & Laoise Kelly, Harpist and Director Achill Harp Festival