22 January 2014

New music touring programme from NI Arts Council

Though some of the instruments shown above are not (yet) part of mainstream bluegrass, thanks to Angela Warren of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for this news, which should be of interest to all involved in bluegrass up there:

A new Northern Ireland Music Touring programme by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, encouraging musicians, promoters, and venues to apply for funding worth £150,000, is now open.

The funding programme has been developed in response to the Arts Council’s new five-year Strategy for Music which aims to support a more ambitious, dynamic, and cohesive approach to our music heritage, and in particular to genres such as jazz, world music, chamber music, and contemporary music.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music at the Arts Council said: 'At the heart of this new funding programme is the Arts Council’s commitment to promote access to the best in music, whatever your tastes – classic, jazz, traditional, folk, electronic, or contemporary. The Northern Ireland Music Touring programme aims to help artists and producers work more closely with promoters and venues, so that together they are developing new audiences for year-round, high-quality music on tour.'

Applications are now being invited for the Northern Ireland Music Touring programme. For more information, click here.

The full Arts Council of Northern Ireland Music Strategy is available to view online and in a downloadable format.

For more information, photography, or to discuss interview opportunities, contact Angela Warren by e-mail or 'phone (02890 385 226). 

NB: the Arts Council’s Music Strategy also focuses on the development of year-round programming, and (we quote):

is likely to be beneficial for local artists and audiences alike, reflecting the diversity of Northern Ireland’s society and culture, contributing to the growth of the music sector. In turn its aim is to stimulate and support the creation and performance of music throughout Northern Ireland, ensuring it is enjoyed by a wide audience across the region and by all the groups, traditions, and communities within it.

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