Awards range from €10,000 upwards; 14 April is the deadline for applications.
A new funding scheme launched by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to support the live music and entertainment industry is now open for applications. The Live Performance Support Scheme, which is worth €25 million, was announced earlier this month as part of a range of new measures to support the sector.
The new scheme follows the pilot Live Performance Support Scheme which was launched last September and is aimed towards commercial venues, producers and promoters in the cultural, creative and music industries. The awards will range from €10,000 upwards and will support the creation of employment opportunities in the sector, as well as the production of high quality artistic output.
The scheme is intended for performances and events taking place until 30 September 2021 and aims to support musicians and industry professionals in all genres to continue to develop work in the context of COVID-19 restrictions.
The deadline for applications is 14 April at 1pm.
Commenting on the new Live Performance Support Scheme, Minister Catherine Martin, said:
This scheme, which has been welcomed as part of the recently announced €50 million suite of measures to support the live entertainment sector, will provide vital support and opportunities for continued activity in the sector and much needed entertainment that we all have enjoyed so much recently.
This will further help venues, promoters and producers to plan events. Furthermore, the benefits will be shared widely, assisting promoters and venues to employ artists, musicians, performers, technicians and other support staff in live performances.
For further information on applying for the Live Performance Support Scheme, visit: https://bit.ly/3lP3S6v
Launches Tuesday 9th March at 7pm, on our Facebook page, in conversation with our Director Paul Hayes and Margaret Roddy from the Argus Newspaper.
In association in The Argus ‘A Day in Dundalk’ is a photography project by An Táin Arts Centre, which captured a snapshot of daily life in Dundalk and the surrounding areas on Friday 19th of February 2021.
We asked the public to join us and take a photo which captures your life on the 19th of February, to be included in this photographic exhibition. Whether working, homeschooling the kids, enjoying the countryside or walking the dog or running errands in town, we asked the people of Dundalk to photograph something from their lives on that day and send it to us!
At a time when uncertainty is prevalent and our daily lives are in a constant state of change depending on the level of restrictions in place, An Táin Arts Centre want to capture a slice of life as we navigate the lifting and re-implementing of Covid-19 restrictions.
The images have been curated into an online exhibition viewable on An Táin Arts Centre’s virtual gallery. A selection will be printed in a featured article in the Dundalk Argus.
‘thirtythree-45’ is an art, sound and live event initiative run by artist Brian Hegarty and based in Drogheda Co Louth. The aim of thirtythree-45 is to curate and present the work of innovative artists , promoting creativity and artistic exploration while creating connections between sound and visual practices. ‘thirtythree-45’ releases music and soundart in various limited edition physical formats, including cassette , vinyl, lathe cuts and cdrs.
‘thirtythree-45’ also publishes ‘DRAG ACID’ a series of full colour visual art zines that gives invited artists space to present their work in a publication format. Each zine comes with an accompanying cdr of music made by the artist or the artist in collaboration with other musicians.
Issue 6 – The dream of reason brings forth monsters – Nurse with Wound
Issue 5 – A fire in the sky – Diarmuid MacDiarmada
Issue 4 – Always check the mail – Sarah La Puerta
Issue 3 – A hunger blowing up from the inland – Conor McMahon
Issue 2 – Still time left to destroy the memories – Jason O Reilly
Issue 1 – All as it seems – Brian Hegarty
Other recent releases include a vinyl Lp by Dublin psyche rockers ‘Afterwardness’. Available at https://afterwardness.bandcamp.com/
Live events have included concerts by innovative musicians such as renowned avant gardists Nurse with wound , sound innovator Sonic Boom, multi instrumentalist Thor Harris and the legendary MC5 guitarist and activist Wayne Kramer .
More information is available on the http://thirtythree-45.com/ website.
Zines can be where you can also be bought from https://dragacid.bandcamp.com/
You can also stream ‘The Augmented Ear’ an experimental internet music station by thirtythree-45 http://thirtythree-45.com/the-augmented-ear/ or tune in from internet radio platforms
‘thirtythree-45’ works independently , in partnership and in collaboration.
As part of our continuing professional development sessions for musicians, Improvised Music Company are hosting two webinars covering digital distribution of music this February.
The sessions take place via Zoom, with one on Thursday 11th February at 7pm covering getting the most from your music on Bandcamp with Bandcamp label rep Aly Gillani, and on Thursday 18th February at 7pm from CD Baby development co-ordinator Henriette Heimdal on release strategy and marketing for independent artists.
While the musicians we work with are mainly in the jazz, improvised, and world music fields, the sessions are open to any musicians with an interest.
Attendance is free of charge, but places need to be registered in advance at these links:
Feb 11th (Bandcamp) https://www.improvisedmusic.ie/events/details/jazz-connector-digital-distribution-with-bandcamps-aly-gillani
Feb 18th (CD Baby) https://www.improvisedmusic.ie/events/details/jazz-connector-digital-distribution-with-cd-babys-henriette-heimdal
Zoë Conway effortlessly combines a background steeped in Ireland’s rich aural music tradition with a strong founding in classical music. She has toured worldwide and has appeared in many prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, New York, The Kremlin Palace, Moscow and The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Her versatility as an instrumentalist has allowed her to perform across a broad range of genres, from guest soloist with world renowned orchestras, to touring with Riverdance and working with mainstream international acts such as Rodrigo y Gabriella, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, Nick Cave and Lou Reed among others.
She has recorded on major film soundtracks including award winning Float Like A Butterfly (Samson Films 2018), Artemis Fowl (Disney 2020), Finding You (Red Sky Studio 2021) and Riverdance The Animated Adventure (Universal 2021).
“I’m just thrilled to have been offered this residency in my local arts centre, An Táin Arts Centre. It is perfect timing for me, as all concerts and touring have been cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic, so it is the ideal time to focus on creativity and composing new music for the future. This will be my first ever residency, and although I appreciate the financial support, being given the space and time to simply create is what I am most excited about! I’m also looking forward to being part of the community at An Táin Arts Centre, meeting other artists and developing the connection I’ve had with this building and staff over the years in Dundalk.
I hope to have time and space to create new music in the contemporary Irish music landscape. I intend to start work on a new commission for the RTE Concert Orchestra which will develop the sound of Irish traditional music and classical music coming together with a fresh edge and more filmic sound to my writing. I’d like to experiment with electronic pre-recorded layers and use a loop station to layer violin and vocal sounds – something I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the time! I will also work on new compositions inspired by Irish language poetry, especially poems collected in my local area including Dundalk, Ardee, Omeath and South Armagh. Hopefully after three months, I’ll have plenty of new material to perform in Ireland and abroad when we are able to travel again!” – Zoë Conway
Campaign is a response to the current challenges faced by musicians during the pandemic.
A DJ on Galway local radio station Kinvara FM has launched a petition for an ‘Irish Artist Music Week’ on all Irish radio stations.
The petition is in response to the current challenges faced by musicians during the pandemic and as a result of the quality of music in the current scene.
The petition by DJ Ben McCormack is running on Change.org and is directed towards the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. It reads:
Today, we are in a golden era for music being produced and released by Irish musicians and artists. The quality and variety of music being developed on this island of ours is second to none. Unfortunately, at the moment the opportunities for musicians to have their work appreciated is limited and compounded by the lack of Irish music being played on national radio and television stations.
The aim of the petition is to provide Irish artists with more radio exposure, contribute to artists’ income and to further develop an appreciation of Irish talent.
McCormack hosts The Ben McCormack Show on Kinvara FM, a two-hour show dedicated to Irish music. He was previously part of Limerick pop punksters The Hitchers.
To sign the petition, visit: https://bit.ly/3tpoeqk
Poetry Ireland, the African American Irish Diaspora Network and the Embassy of Ireland (Washington D.C.) invite you to join in our celebration of Brigid’s Day and Black History Month with this reading featuring Amanda Johnston, Nithy Kasa, Kimberley Reyes and Felicia Olusanya, and MC’d by Clara Rose Thornton.
In Ireland, February opens with Brigid’s Day, or Imbolc, a celebration of the patron saint of poets and the first day of spring. In the United States, February marks the start of Black History Month, honouring centuries of achievements by Black Americans.
This lineup features African American poets of Irish heritage, Amanda Johnston and Kimberley Reyes, alongside Ireland-based poets Nithy Kasa and Felicia Olusanya. The audience will hear live readings and performances of the poets’ own work, as well as reflections on their heritage and insights into women who most influenced and inspired them.
This is a transatlantic event taking place online on Monday 1 February at 6PM in Ireland / 1PM EST / 12PM CST. This is a free event – you can register for a ticket here.