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Music network announce €181,350 awarded through music capital scheme

Music Network today announced the results of the Music Capital Scheme 2015. A total of €181,350 in funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has been awarded to 19 performing groups and 13 individual musicians.

The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network, provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups and professional musicians.

Commenting on the initiative, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, said:

“Ireland is so closely associated with high quality live music and the Music Capital Scheme helps to keep our live music scene alive by assisting amateur and professional musicians to buy their instruments. The funding grants range from less than €1,000 to almost €20,000, and should make a significant difference to the groups and individual musicians involved. Youth orchestras, chamber choirs, pipe bands and violin and guitar players are among those set to benefit this year. Music Network carries out very important work by promoting and supporting live music across the country and I am very pleased that my Department is in a position to continue supporting this hugely worthwhile organisation.”

In 2015, there were two categories of support under the Music Capital Scheme aimed at professional performing artists and non-professional performing groups/ensembles. According to Music Network CEO Sharon Rollston, “This year’s announcement brings to 227 the number of awards granted to musicians and organisations under the scheme, supporting Music Network’s mission to make live music happen throughout Ireland. We greatly appreciate the continued support of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in this respect.”
A series of free information clinics were hosted in Limerick, Kilkenny, Galway, Dublin and Cork in September to offer practical advice to applicants and address specific queries relating to the scheme’s guidelines.

Funding was awarded across the not-for-profit and community music sector through Stream 1, providing a range of community and music groups with financial support. 19 of 47 eligible applicants were awarded a total of €120,350 for the purchase of musical instruments across genres including Irish traditional, rock, pop, classical, choral/musical theatre, marching/concert bands, contemporary, and multi-genre.
Stream 1 awardees: Instrument banks for non-professional performing groups/ensembles

• Ballina Chamber Choir €1,724.25
• Ballymore Eustace Concert Band €10,942.50
• Castletown Accordion Orchestra €19,671
• CBS Concert Band €5,000
• Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann Killorglin Branch €1,499
• Cullen Pipe Band €5,786.32
• DIT Ballymun Music Programme €5,382
• Foróige National Youth Development Organisation €4,718.10
• Foxford Brass & Reed Band €6,450.37
• The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras €3,000
• Julianstown Youth Orchestra €6,156.75
• Music Together €1,559
• Sing Out with Strings (run by the Irish Chamber Orchestra) €11,292
• Sligo Baroque Orchestra €3,509
• Canice’s Instrumental Music Programme €9,335
• Michael’s Theatre Musical Society €1,371.75
• Patrick’s Youth Pipe Band €15,680.27
• Tipperary Regional Youth Service €5,617.69
• Waterford & South Tipperary Community Youth Service €1,655

In Stream 2, funds of €61,000 were awarded to 13 highly skilled musicians performing at professional level to assist with the purchase of instruments across the genres including classical, traditional, jazz/improvised, rock and popular music. The awardees were chosen from 33 eligible applicants.
Stream 2 awardees: Individual instruments for professional musicians

• Samuel Comerford Bass saxophone €4,184.46
• Tara Connaghan Violin bow €1,900
• Donnacha Costello Synthesiser €3,500
• Siobhán Doyle Violin €7,150
• Nicole Fischer Viola bow €3,500
• Ruairí Friel Electro-acoustic guitar €889
• Éamonn Galldubh Uilleann Pipes €4,382
• Mairéad Hickey Violin €9348.54
• Miriam Kaczor Piccolo €3,000
• Shane Kenrick Clarinet €2,185
• Brendan Maher Guitar €811
• Eoin Walsh Bass guitar €1,150
• Phoebe White Violin €19,000

Music Network is funded by The Arts Council. For further information on the Music Capital Scheme visit or contact Sarah Cunningham, Programmes Administrator, Music Network,ei.krowtencisum@nimdasemmargorp, tel. 01 4750224.

New Release by David Matthew – ‘Withheld’ EP

Inner Chapter announce the release of ‘Withheld’, the new EP from Dublin-born, Cork-based electronica artist David Matthew who joined the label in November.

At three tracks-long, ‘Withheld’ provides a snapshot of Matthew’s current activity and cross-genre style. His melody-driven music combines classical-romantic influences with a synaesthetic urge for sonic exploration; moody piano narratives sit side-by-side with synthesized soundscapes, provocative samples and dark, downtempo rhythms.

As well as collaborations with other artists – including a project with the Russian composer Ezekiel featuring Sinéad O’ Connor – Matthew has one other album to his name; the independently-released ‘Inside Traffic’, “a tribute to the idea that a mind can become more congested than any motorway”, as Matthew puts it.

Withheld will be available to download from 14th December 2015 at

Youth music takes centre stage at the Aviva stadium

Youth Work Ireland’s Irish Youth Music Awards, Ireland’s largest youth led music programme brought the riffs to the Aviva Stadium today to launch the IYMA’s album and to announce the role out of its programme for 2016.

Jake Mc Ardle (Youth Work Ireland Louth’s 2015 IYMAs Recipient) and Laura Duff (Limerick Youth Services Paul Clancy Songwriter Winner) launching the IYMAs album at the Aviva Stadium.
Jake Mc Ardle (Youth Work
Ireland Louth’s 2015 IYMAs Recipient) and Laura Duff (Limerick Youth Services Paul Clancy Songwriter Winner) launching the IYMAs album at the Aviva Stadium. PHOTOGRAPHER: Ruth Medjber

The album which features original songs written by young people from county Louth and whose team were the recipient region of the 2015 programme, taking home the prize at the national day earlier this year, out of sixteen other competing regions. The album also features an original track by Limerick native Laura Duff who won the Paul Clancy Song Writing Award.

These talented young musicians got the chance to record their album in Temple Lane studios, Temple Bar, following in the footsteps of some of the world’s most prestigious musicians who have recorded there including The Script, Kanye West and The Coronas.

To date over 85,000 young people across the entire island of Ireland have taken part and benefited from the Irish Youth Music Awards and it has grown in popularity since its inception eight years ago. Every year the programme is launched and rolled out in clubs and projects all over Ireland, and in partner organisations in Northern Ireland. Each region holds a local live selection night and chooses an act and original song to represent the region at the National day and to get a chance to perform in the Aviva Stadium. All the other regional performers then form a team around the representing act, and learn a range of new skills such as recording, sound engineering, marketing, social media and public relations.

Speaking today IYMAs Director Barry Lennon said “It’s great to have a programme like this where we can empower young people and use music as a creative force within their lives. Music is an important educational tool to support young people progress to further educational opportunities and also employability within the ever growing creative and music industries that exist within Ireland and overseas. We are developing a brilliant programme for 2016 and already have begun working with youth services and projects across Ireland and will be revealing details about the national day in early 2016 with tickets on sale now. We hope that we can grow the programme further for 2016 and have already developed some exciting strategic partnerships to support this.”

Jake McArdle representing act for team Louth had this to say today “The IYMA’s programme for me was a great opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and to ultimately grow my confidence as a person and a musician. I believe the programme is a great team project and provides great experience to learn about the music industry. At our local live selection event last year I was picked as the performer to represent Louth and I had the pleasure of performing the song that was picked by Kate Rogers, this song was called I’ll Follow You. The journey we went on as a team to get to the Aviva Stadium was great and I am now looking forward to mentoring other young people and supporting them while they get involved in the programme.”

The album is available now exclusively in the following HMV stores – Dundrum, Henry Street, Grafton Street and Louth. The album can also be purchased directly from the HMV Online store now plus digitally on iTunes and on Amazon Prime

For further information on the Irish Youth Music Awards 2016 please contact:

Barry Lennon Email – ei.dnalerikrowhtuoy@samyi

The Irish Youth Music Awards National Day takes place on Saturday April 16th 2016 at the Aviva Stadium Dublin. Doors open at 10am. This event is All Ages and Alcohol Free.

Tickets: General admission 20 euro available from Eventbrite now here.

You can follows the Irish Youth Music Awards on Facebook, Twitter and their website.

Cultural and creative industries fuel global economy and provide 29.5 million jobs worldwide

With revenues of US$2,250 billion, Cultural and Creative Industries account for 3% of world GDP and employ 29.5 million people (1% of the world’s active population). Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) revenues exceed those of telecom services and employ more people than the car industry of Europe, Japan and the USA combined (29.5 million vs. 25 million). This major contribution of CCI to the global economy is explained in a new study, jointly presented by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, France, and published by EY (formerly Ernst & Young).

The study concludes that, to unlock the full potential of CCI, creators must be fairly remunerated for the use of their creative works, so that they can continue contributing to culture and the economy. In particular in the digital market, policy makers need to address the transfer of value currently taking place in favour of Internet intermediaries, and ensure that creators and the creative industries are paid fairly for the exploitation of their works.

“Cultural and creative industries are major drivers of the economies of developed as well as developing countries. Indeed, they are among the most rapidly growing sectors worldwide. It influences income generation, job creation, and export earnings. It can forge a better future for many countries around the globe”, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova declared.


In 2013, creative content contributed US$200b to global digital sales, powering sales of digital devices and increasing demand for high-bandwidth telecom services. Sales of digital cultural goods generated US$65 billion and US$21.7 billion of advertising revenues for online media and free streaming websites.

The study The study provides unique data, mapping out a colourful canvas of a multipolar creative world. It reflects the diversity that UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions stands for, and enhances UNESCO’s global effort for “more data and stronger indicators on the role of Culture for the development of societies”.

“This unique and first global study of cultural and creative industries shows that creators around the world, in all artistic sectors, are a major contributor to the world economy, both in terms of revenues and jobs. They need to be able to work in an environment that protects their moral and economic rights, so that they can sustain their creative activity. We hope this study will be an eye opener for policy makers worldwide: protecting creators means fostering the economy. Our creative industries help build sustainable economies, provide local jobs, generate revenues and taxes and enable millions of people, many of them young, to make a living from their talent”, highlighted CISAC President and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Jean-Michel Jarre.


The comprehensive study by EY « Cultural Times – the First Global Map of Cultural and Creative Industries » analyses 11 sectors* of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) across Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. In each region, CCI have their own strengths.

Asia-Pacific: 34 % of global CCI Revenues. 40 % of jobs with the largest consumer base and a fast rising middleclass. Leader in Gaming. Growing fast in Movies and Books.

Europe: 32 % of global CCI Revenues. 25 % of jobs cultural economy is rooted in history, underpinned by strong public support, a highly educated population and a strong concentration of creators.

North America: 28 % of global CCI Revenues. 15 % of jobs. Strong international influence and leader Movies, TV, and Performing Arts.

Latin America: 6% of global CCI Revenues. 16% of jobs TV is King. Latin American TV shows travel worldwide, as well as music and dance.

Africa and Middle East: 3 % of global CCI Revenues. 8 % of jobs. Opportunities in Film production. TV, and Music. Informal economy for example unofficial music performances is a significant part of the cultural scene, and a reservoir of jobs.

* Advertising, architecture, books, gaming, music, movie, newspapers and magazines, performing arts, radio, TV, visual arts.

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Dubliner LuCo releases his second single DON’T MATTER NOW


DON’T MATTER NOW is available to Stream and Download on iTunes, Spotify etc.

LuCo will support ASLAN at their Sold Out Concert on Saturday January 2nd at Vicar Street. The other support act on the night is the Bettystown Band “The Valves”.

Like/Follow on Facebook and Twitter for updates and shows.


‘1916, A Guided Tour’ App Launched featuring Irish history & music

Reclaim the Vision of 1916 – A Citizen’s Initiative is proud to announce the completion of its ‘1916, A Guided Tour‘ app which is available for download from 4th December 2015 at €1 on both Google and Apple platforms. All profits go to the National Graves Association.

This App will take you on a narrated guided tour of 12 main Rebel Outposts in Dublin where the insurgents of Easter week, 1916 held out against the superior forces of the British Empire, starting in Liberty Hall and ending in The Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square.

Scripted by the late Tomás Mac Anna, the tour is narrated by well-known veteran broadcaster, Donncha Ó Dúlaing. Enhanced by the music, songs and poetry of some of Ireland’s well-known composers and artists, the App contains a slideshow of over 100+ contemporary and vintage photographs to put each 1916 outpost in context.

You can download the app for smartphone and tablet from the App Store and Google Play

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Exclusive: New Christmas Video from Robb Murphy

Belfast singer songwriter, Robb Murphy, releases a new single, “When Love is Tangled Between Friends”, tomorrow, Friday 11th December, and he’s just given IMRO an exclusive on the festive video.

The track will be available from Robb’s Bandcamp page tomorrow and ends a busy year for the songwriter following the release of his second album, “Sleep Tonight”, back in March. Packed full of personal memories and stories of Robb’s native Northern Ireland, the album is a tapestry of music in the grand Irish storytelling tradition.

Featuring Robb’s family and friends, the video for “When Love is Tangled Between Friends” is a warm and fitting close to 2015 for the critically acclaimed artist.

The single will be available for free download from Robb’s Bandcamp page from Friday 11th December until Friday 1st January.

Dublin Songwriter Rocks the TEDxKlagenfurt 2015 Stage

Between playing more gigs that there are days of the week and working with songwriting collectives throughout Europe, you wouldn’t think Dublin-born Vienna-based singer-songwriter, Shane Ó Fearghail, would have time to fit more in. But he’s just managed to add another great experience to his songwriting CV – wrapping up the TEDx event at Klagenfurt.


Shane was asked to perform and close the show with his self-named “TedSing” in Klagenfurt, Austria in September. The event also featured speakers from the worlds of technology, science and philosophy and took place in the extraordinary Schleppe Event Hall in Klagenfurt.

You can check out Shane’s slot at TEDx in the video below. Shane returns to Dublin this month and plays East Side Tavern on Leeson Street Lower on 28th December, featuring special guest Momár. Doors at 19:30 and admission is €12.

Julie Feeney & Music Generation for glór this Weekend

Music Generation Clare, in collaboration with glór, presents Julie Feeney in concert this Saturday, 12th December at 8pm.

Julie Feeney’s sell-out shows on both sides of the Atlantic have received rave reviews – whether solo, with ensemble, with choirs or with full orchestra – and she composes, arranges and orchestrates all of her own music. Her three albums have been critically acclaimed internationally receiving numerous awards and she has created a whole host of stunning music videos to accompany them. Her opera Bird goes into full production in 2017. Sharp witted, unpretentious and fiercely passionate, Julie Feeney is a genuine artist and a hugely enjoyable performer. After performing shows in Amsterdam, Mexico, Italy, all over Ireland and New York throughout 2015, she is delighted to be back at glór for this very special performance.

Music Generation Clare is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high quality performance music education. In its first eighteen months of operation, through its music tuition programmes, and through partnerships with music education providers, Music Generation Clare has worked with over 1000 children and young people throughout County Clare on vocal, instrumental, songwriting, and early years programmes, and hosted events such as the John Lennon Educational Bus, and the visit of the Young Naperville Singers from Naperville, Illinois.

The event on December 12th will also showcase performances from participants of various partnerships and programmes of Music Generation Clare.

Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, The Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Admission: €20 for adults and €10 for under 18’s Leath/Leath Go See! ticket scheme. Tickets can be purchased directly through glór’s online booking system here.

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