|| 14 Irish acts to perform at Eurosonic this week
It’s that time of year again and we’re heading for the north of The Netherlands for Europe’s biggest showcase festival, ESNS. This year, 14 artists from across Ireland will showcase at the 4-day festival, which takes place from today until Saturday (January 20th).
Eurosonic is one of the most important dates on the showcase festival calendar and an incredible opportunity to showcase Irish music to the European music industry. The festival attracts over 4,000 professional delegates, including 400 international festivals, and showcases around 350 European artists for over 40,000 visitors. Music From Ireland CEO, Angela Dorgan, will be in attendance at the festival seeking out new networking opportunities for Irish artists showcasing at the festival.
Music booker at ESNS, Oskar Strajn, has been one of our invited delegates at Hard Working Class Heroes for the last number of years. This year he chose three of our HWCH showcasing artists for the ESNS 2019 lineup – Æ Mak, Pillow Queens and Wild Youth. Fontaines DC and Lilla Vargen performed at HWCH in 2017, while Fangclub and Vulpynes performed in 2016.
Find out more about the Irish showcasing artists here. Follow Music From Ireland on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all the latest updates from ESNS.
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|| Start Your Own Music Business Course to commence this month
Following a hugely successful pilot course in 2018, this year’s Start Your Own Music Business Course, which First Music Contact are running in collaboration with Dublin City Council’s Local Enterprise Office, will commence on January 21st. The course will take place every Monday and Tuesday evening for five weeks until February 19th. There are some places still available so if you have a small business in music or want to develop business skills for your own career, apply here.
The course is designed for performers and music management and will cover all the essentials of how to develop and sustain your music business, such as business and finance, legal and HR, marketing, media and PR, financial management, and finally, live.
As the world’s largest showcase festival, SXSW features over 2,000 performers from over 60 countries. The festival brings the global music industry to the live music capital of the world to discover the next generation of talent.
SXSW’s UK and Ireland programmer, Casper Mills, visits Dublin every year to attend Hard Working Class Heroes where he selects artists for the SXSW lineup. He has chosen three of our 2018 showcasing artists – Roe, Joshua Burnside and now Hunkpapa. David Keenan, Fontaines DC and Jealous of the Birds all performed at HWCH in 2017, with Talos playing the festival in 2016.
The National Campaign for the Arts is seeking your contributions for their ongoing policy advocacy and activity planning. They want to hear your thoughts and need your help to gather ideas. What do you think are the important arts issues the NCFA needs to focus on in 2019 and beyond?
Please take a few moments to complete their short survey here.
The NCFA is a volunteer-led, grassroots movement that makes the case for the arts in Ireland. The coalition, which is chaired by FMC CEO, Angela Dorgan, work to ensure that the arts are on local and national government agendas and are recognised as a vital part of contemporary Irish life.
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|| We’re moving!
We’re leaving Wicklow Street and moving to George’s St. From February 4th, you’ll find us in our new office on the second floor at 18 South Great George’s St. We’ll be sharing our new home with the lovely folks from Rough Magic Theatre Company and Theatre Lovett.
Want to keep up to date with all the latest Irish releases? Listen to all the new tracks added to our Made in Ireland playlist here.
Listen to all the tracks added to our Made in Ireland playlist in 2018 here.
Listen to the Irish artists selected to showcase at ESNS 2019 here.
Listen to the Irish artists selected to showcase at SXSW 2019 here.
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Listen back to the conversations that took place at the HWCH Music Conference 2018 here.
FESTIVAL & FUNDING APPLICATIONS
|| Arts Council funding
Applications for The Arts Council‘s Music Bursary Award are now open. The purpose of the award is to support professional artists to develop their art practice. The bursary provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their art. The maximum amount awarded is €10,000. Applications will close at 5.30pm on January 31st. Apply here.
Applications will open tomorrow (January 17th) for The Arts Council’s Young Ensembles Scheme. The primary purpose of the scheme is to support groups of young people between the ages of 10 and 24 to create or critically engage with ambitious and original work together in any art form. The deadline for applications is February 14th at 5.30pm. Apply here.
The Arts Councilare continuing to accept applications for their Travel and Training Award. There are no formal deadlines for this award but applicants seeking support for all eligible opportunities, including formal courses, must submit their application at least four weeks before their proposed date of travel. Apply here.
Applications are now open for this year’s Castlepaloozafestival, which will take place from May 3rd-5th in Offaly. Applications are through Breaking Tunes. Sign into your account and you’ll find the application form in the ‘Opportunities’ section on your dashboard. The deadline for applications is Friday, January 25th.
|| Sea Sessions 2019
If you’d like the chance to perform at Sea Sessionsfestival taking place in Donegal from June 21st to 23rd, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re an unsigned Irish band or artist, you can sign up for Sea Sessions Unsigned Sessions. More details will be posted on the Sea Sessions website in the coming weeks.
|| Knockanstockan 2019
Applications are now open for this year’s Knockanstockanfestival, which will take place from July 19th to 21st in Wicklow. Apply here.
|| All Together Now 2019
Applications are now open for this year’s All Together Nowfestival, which will take place from August 2nd to 4th in Waterford. Apply here. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 5th.
|| The Great Escape 2019
Fontaines DC and JC Stewart are both among the first 50 acts to be announced to perform at The Great Escape in Brighton in May. Applications to perform at the showcase festival are still open and will close on February 11th. Apply here. If you’re successful in your application, funding is available from Music From Ireland and Culture Ireland.
|| Iceland Airwaves 2019
Applications to perform at Iceland Airwaves 2019are now open. The showcase festival will take place in Reykjavík from November 6th to 9th. Apply here. The deadline for applications is June 30th. If you’re successful in your application, funding is available from Music From Ireland and Culture Ireland.
|| Mondo NYC 2019
Applications to perform at Mondo NYC 2019 are now open. The showcase festival will take place in New York from October 15th to 18th. Apply here. The deadline for applications is July 31st. If you’re successful in your application, funding is available from Music From Ireland and Culture Ireland.
|| Culture Ireland tour funding
Applications are now open for Culture Ireland’sRegular Grant Scheme. The scheme is designed to assist bands, musicians and singer-songwriters with the travel costs associated with touring abroad. The deadline is February 15th for tours taking place from May 2019 onwards. Applyhere.
|| PRS funding
PRS Foundation is now accepting applications from Northern Irish artists for their Momentum Music Fund and International Showcase Fund. The Momentum Music Fund offers development grants of between £5000-£15,000 to artists, while export-ready artists from Northern Ireland can apply for financial support, of up to £5,000, through the International Showcase Fundfor festivals such as SXSW, Folk Alliance, Reeperbahn and more. Read more here.
|| ArtLinks bursaries
ArtLinks partners in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford are currently accepting applications for the ArtLinks Bursary Awards 2019. There are three bursaries on offer – Emerging Artist Award, Professional Development Award and Collaborative Award. Please note that you must be a registered member of ArtLinks to apply and resident in either of the four counties. The closing date for applications is January 21st at 4pm. Apply here.
|| Kilkenny arts funding
Kilkenny Arts Office is currently seeking applications from artists for their Arts Act Grants 2019. These grants are designed to enable artists living in Kilkenny to pursue their practice, to develop within their chosen discipline and deliver projects. Kilkenny Arts Office is also offering a residency opportunity for a practitioner in any art form currently based in Kilkenny to spend two weeks at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Monaghan. The closing date for applications is 4pm on January 21st. Apply here.
Laois Arts Office is currently seeking applications from artists for their Arts Act Grants Scheme 2019. The scheme provides up to €1,000 for artists who wish to write, record and perform new popular music. Apply here. The arts office is also seeking applications from artists living in Laois or from Laois for the Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary. Apply here. The closing date for applications is 5pm on February 14th.
|| Carlow arts funding
Carlow Arts Office is currently seeking applications from artists living in Carlow or who are from Carlow for their Individual Art Grants Scheme 2019. The scheme enables artists to pursue their practice and to develop within their chosen discipline. Apply here. The closing date for applications is 4pm on February 15th.
|| Tipperary arts funding
Tipperary Arts Office is currently seeking applications from artists for their Artists Award Scheme 2019. The scheme isintended to support professional artists under the following categories: 1) professional development, 2) creation of new work and 3) reaching new audiences. To qualify for the scheme, you must be resident in Tipperary.The closing date for applications is 4pm on March 14th. Apply here.
|| Kildare arts funding
Kildare Arts Office is currently seeking applications from artists for a number of bursaries including their Platform4 Recording Bursary 2019, which provides three days recording time in the Platform4 Audio and Digital Media Studio or use of the studio’s portable recording rig for live recordings to the value of €900. Other bursary applications now open include their Tyrone Gutherie Centre Bursary 2019, Creative Ireland Bursary 2019, Executive Coaching Bursary 2019 and Artists in Schools Bursary 2019. Applications are also now open for their Arts Acts Grants Scheme 2019. The closing date for applications is 12pm on March 19th. Apply here.
The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has opened the call for entries across six nominated categories for the 64th Ivor Novello Awards. BASCA is inviting eligible submissions across song and album releases, and film, television and video games scores. To be eligible, works must have a British or Irish writing contribution of at least 33.3% and have been commercially released in the UK during 2018. The deadline for entries is 23.59 on February 7th. The 2019 Ivors will take place on May 23rd. Last year’s recipients included Shane MacGowan and Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid. Read more about The Ivors 2019 here. Apply here.
|| Discover new Irish music
Check out all the new artists recently added to our Breaking Tunes site. With nearly 15,000 Irish musicians, bands and singer-songwriters signed up since we launched, there’s over 13,000 tracks on the site for you to discover. If you and your band haven’t already signed up, you can sign up here and get your music heard by those in the industry.
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|| Need Advice?
FMC offer a free consultancy service to all musicians at any stage of their career. We can help you to plan and navigate your way through the music industry. Got a publishing deal and wondering if it’s the right deal for you? Or maybe you’ve just started making music and you’re wondering how to get your track heard by people in the industry? We can help! If you’d like to book a consultancy with Angela, just drop us an email to email@example.com or call us on 01 675 0530. We’d love to hear from you!