Applications are being sought for the position of Composer in Residence, Youth Music in Kerry. 

The Composer in Residence, Youth Music, is a partnership between Kerry County Council, Co-funded by the Arts Council, supported by Kerry Education Services, Institute of Technology, Tralee and the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service.

The Residency will be a part-time position (20 hr week, 5 hours of which is for the Composers own work development) which will allow time both for the Composers’ own work in addition to engagement and interaction with the target groups. As part of this Residency, the successful applicant will be asked to stimulate greater awareness of the art of creative composition as well as facilitating opportunities for young people to engage with composition and performance. Composers will be based in both classroom and community settings (workshops, master classes, mentoring and performances). The Composers ability to mentor must be demonstrated. A contract for services fee of €12,000 inclusive of travel and expenses is offered for a 20 week period envisaged to commence in September 2013.


Proven track record of composition and performance

Ability to engage young people in musical composition

Experience with youth music genres (pop, rap, hip-hop) an advantage

Selection process

The position is open to both Individuals and Musical Groups. Composers need to submit details of previous work to date as follows:

• A typed curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages);

• Examples of own work (include recordings, links to websites etc.);

• Programmes or published articles, such as reviews;

• A typed proposal outlining artistic ideas and approaches (two typed pages); this should include an outline of the benefits of the residency to her/his stage of development as a Composer and ideas in relation to engagement of young people during the residency.

Please note: Applicants must submit three copies of CV and proposal. In the case of submission by a musical group, three copies of ONE overall CV and proposal are required on behalf of the group.

Please ensure that all submitted materials are clearly marked with the writer’s name.    Closing date: 12 noon on Thursday 20th June 2013. 

Criteria for selection

Artistic Merit

Quality of work

Facilitation / Mentoring ability and experience

Relevance and suitability of proposal


Applicants will be short-listed on the basis of their submissions and short-listed applicants will be called for interview on Wednesday 3rd July 2013.

In advance of the residency the following will be agreed:

Goals, roles and responsibilities and agreed criteria for the Composer in residence and the Arts Office;

Agreed programme of work that is flexible and responsive;

Administrative support from the Arts Office and Kerry Education Services;

Ongoing review and evaluation; regular meetings.

This is a part-time residency, which will require flexible working hours.


Budget information

The total budget for the residency is €13,000. This amount is fully inclusive of the Composer’s fee –inclusive of all travel and expenses incurred – of €12,000 (including VAT) and an allowance for promotion of residency outcomes, public events, materials and other related costs of €1,000.

The successful Composer will be required to provide Kerry County Council with a tax clearance certificate prior to signing of contracts.

Child Protection

In accordance with the national Child Protection Guidelines Children First, the selected candidate will be required to follow child protection procedures as specified by Kerry County Council.  Applicants are required to undergo Garda Vetting.

Freedom of Information

The provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997-2003 apply to Kerry County Council. Applicants should state if any of the information supplied by them is confidential or sensitive and should not be disclosed to a request for information under the aforementioned Act. Applicants should state why they consider the information to be confidential or commercially sensitive.

Prompt Payments

Under the Prompt Payments Accounts Act, the Local Authority is obliged to pay within 30 days, upon receipt of a valid invoice.

Applications should be submitted to:

The Arts Office

Kerry County Council



County Kerry

Please refer any queries to Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer, 066 7183541, or email ei.ococyrrek@stra


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