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Submission Deadline for IMRO Comórtas BEO 2016

BEO invites schools in Ireland to organize a live music event in their area. While BEO is basically about teenagers organizing gigs for themselves BEO will also be asking participants to use the event to promote “cúpla focal” gaeilge while also having a social conscience.

BEO is a national organisation that started in Donegal in 2009. BEO aims to get young people interested in music by encouraging them to organise a series of concerts in their local area. Students are in charge of every aspect of the organisational process – booking the acts, promotion of events, filming of concerts etc. This encourages an interest in live music, while helping students develop a wide range of organisational and communication skills.

Finalists for the competition will be selected using the following criteria

  1. An event organized by said school BEO school committee 20% (10% of which is footage of the gig, at least a 2 min montage to be shown in your presentation) This year an IMRO type module must be included as part of the organized event.
  2. Promotion of original music – 20%
  3. PR and marketing of the gig (including social media, TV, radio and newspapers) 20%
  4. The promotion of Gaeilge 20% (to include a slogan in Irish such as “mo theanga mo cheol” 30% of all social media will be ‘as Gaeilge’ and 50% of video commentary will also be ‘as Gaeilge’.
  5. Social conscience. 10%
  6. Social Conscience 10% (Comoradh 100 bliain is the suggested social conscience theme for 2015/16

BEO activity now can qualify for GAISCE accreditation

Comórtas BEO is still taking applications for 2016. Each school will prepare a 7 min video of their event to be forwarded to BEO, ( details on the website) by February 5th. A panel of BEO judges will select six schools for the final.

These finalists will be announced 19th February.

The final will be held on Friday March 11th with each school presenting their entry to the judging panel. BEO’s 2016 national champions will be announced at a special gig that evening.

Winners to date have been Bridgetown Community School Wexford (2012), Scoil Phól Kilfinnan Limerick (2013) and last year saw the prize head south again to Pobalscoil na Troinoide in Youghal Co. Cork (2014). For the first time last year Colaiste na Carraige from Donegal were crowned IMRO Comórtas BEO champions 2015.

Apply Now for Music Generation Audio Engineering/Music Production Scholarship

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Music Generation and Nimbus School of Recording Arts are running a fantastic Audio Engineering/Music Production Scholarship opportunity for budding sound engineers to study at the world class, state-of-the-art Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver, Canada.

Started by renowned record producers Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, KISS, Peter Gabriel) and Garth Richardson (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Rise Against, Biffy Clyro), Nimbus School of Recording Arts passes on the same training, skills and discipline to a new generation of media professionals as that which Bob and Garth have learned throughout their careers.

The scholarship, valued at approx. €33,000,  will provide 12 months’ free tuition plus accommodation/living costs for a student on one of a range of cutting-edge music industry programmes.

Nimbus helps students turn their passion for music into a career through offering small class-sizes, mentorship from industry experts, and hands-on training in real studios which are open 24/7. The Music Generation scholarship holder will, upon successful completion of his/her course of study, earn the professionally-recognised and highly respected Nimbus School of Recording Arts Diploma.

Full details on the application process can be found at the Music Generation website here.

Interested applicants should act fast as the deadline is this Monday, 30th March at 5pm.

Young Musicians Set to Premiere “The Wicklow Ways” by Vincent Kennedy

Wicklow Ways“The Wicklow Ways” is a newly written work for orchestra by Irish composer, Vincent Kennedy, and comprises 73 young Wicklow musicians performing on violin, recorder, ukulele, guitar, piano and a whole host of drums and tuned percussion instruments. The piece will receive its world premiere this Sunday, 22nd March in the Mermaid Arts Centre in two concerts at 3pm and 4:30pm.

Vincent Kennedy was commissioned by Wicklow County Council under the Per Cent for Art Scheme and on behalf of Music Generation Wicklow to engage with four schools across County Wicklow to create the piece. Four workshops have taken place in each school – Scoil Chaoimhin Naofa, Gleann da Loch, Co. Chill Mhantain; St Laurences National School, Kindlestown, Greystones, Co. Wicklow; Lacken National School, Blessington, Co.Wicklow; St Cronans National School, Vevay Road, Bray, Co.Wicklow – since September 2014 , engaging the young musicians in fun and challenging ways, inspiring them to perform to the best of their abilities and reach new heights in their musical development.

Speaking of the project, Vincent said: “Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland, has always had a special place in my life and heart. Therefore receiving the commission to write The Wicklow Ways presented me with an opportunity to write music that celebrates the beauty and loveliness of the place and its people and also some of what it means and has meant to me. This experience has also been very important to me because as a seven year old in CBS Westland Row I got the chance to take up music and it changed my life. To be involved with these wonderful young people at the beginning of their music education is tremendous. To experience their enthusiasm, their sense of fun in learning, their kindnesses, their beautiful smiles and laughs, and to see how they have grown musically through the process has been inspiring.”

He added: “I have also experienced some of why they are doing so well and that is down to their brilliant and enthusiastic music teachers, their class teachers and assistants, the support and enthusiasm of the school principals and their dedicated staff and the support of their families and Wicklow Music Generation.”

Along with the children of the WOW Orchestra (Wonderful Orchestra of Wicklow) Aisling Seery plays “Rain, Water, Life” on Piccolo, Descant and Treble Recorders, Eamon Sweeney performs “Glendalough” on classical guitar, Sinéad Finegan premiers “Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh” on Violin with Svetlana Rudenko on piano, Terry Clancy gives the first performance of “Sea and Sky Blues” on Alto Saxophone, Rama Block beating his drums leads us on “A Night on Sugar Loaf Mountain” and James Dunne takes us on a journey by “Steam Train from Greystones to Bray” up and down his Xylophone.

The Wicklow Ways by Vincent Kennedy from Contemporary Music Centre on Vimeo.

The Wicklow Ways is one of four new music works commissioned by Wicklow County Council and produced by the Contemporary Music Centre under the Per Cent for Art Scheme on behalf of Music Generation Wicklow. These commissions have involved some 300 children and young people between the ages of 6 and 16 across County Wicklow.

Tickets are €6 (single ticket) and €12 (family of four). Bookings online via Mermaid Arts Centre or by phone 01 272 4030.

Centre for Creative Practices to Host Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp

CfcpThe Centre for Creative Practices has invited the staff of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to Dublin, to present a complete “how-to” guide to being a professional and profitable working artist. The bootcamp will be held on 10th-14th of October and is aimed at those working in all art forms, be it visual art, music, film or photography to name just a few.

Topics covered will include Planning for Artists, Marketing and use of Social Media to promote one’s art career, Fundraising Strategies (Grants, Awards, Residencies, Fellowships, and Individual Donations/Sponsorships), International Artist Legal Issues (Copyright and Trademark), and other discipline-specific classes and consultations by NYFA staff
Participants will have forged a link with the New York and international arts market and will be encouraged and coached to pursue available international opportunities, and to create a bridges to expose US artists to the Dublin art scene. Selected participants will have also a chance to exhibit their work in the NYFA’s acclaimed Brooklyn space.

The discounted price for artists is €200. If you are interested in taking part send a CV and cover letter to: ei.pcfc@ofni

The deadline for applications has been extended to 13th September.

The centre will also host an information clinic on 27th September titled “Funding Opportunities for Ethnically Diverse Artists”. The event will run from 10am to 7pm and will include a mixture of presentations and clinics from a number of arts and funding organisations throughout the day.

Full details of both events are available at


Professional Summer Event for Young Composers | Levon Manukyan Collegium Musicum

Levon Manukyan Collegium Musicum

The 2014 edition of the professional summer program for emerging composers, Collegium Musicum, offers to a small number of selected composers from around the world the opportunity to have their works rehearsed and performed by a professional orchestra, the Levon Manukyan Collegium Musicum.

The composers will engage in a week of intensive workshops and conferences – live, and streamed online – from professional connections and network with colleagues from the arts industry. The program will take place between July 6th and July 15th, 2014 in Bourgas, Bulgaria and will involve active participants and auditors who will not have works performed. The event and the names of all participants will be heavily publicised in local and international media.

The main working language will be English. Note that selected active participants will not be asked to write works specifically for the internship, but the work must fit the provided instrumentation.


Total cost for active participants (tuition + hotel accommodation + two meals a day):

€1,200 – active participants

Total cost for auditors (tuition + hotel accommodation + two meals a day):

€400 – auditors

Merit-based financial aid is available

The hotel will be Guest house Matev, a family own hotel with double-occupancy rooms including wireless internet, TV, small fridge and air conditioning, located minutes away from the beach.

Application process

Note that everything must be submitted by e-mail at  moc.naykunamnovel@pmoc  by February 2nd 2014:

Send the following information:

1. Your full name

2. Your date of birth

3. Your nationality

4. Your CV

5. Names and email addresses of two referees

6. Whether you are applying for active or auditor status, and whether you would accept to attend as auditor if you apply for active participation.

7. Three PDF files of your works, and recordings thereof (if you have any)

8. €100 fee/deposit by paypal at the following e-mail address:  gb.liam@novel. (This €100 will count as a deposit towards your total cost if you are accepted. If you are not accepted, the Collegium will refund you your 100 Euros. However, if you are accepted but you decline to participate, the Collegium will keep your 100 Euros deposit. This is done to ensure that you are committed to participating and take your application seriously.)

Timeline of the Program

Sunday, February 2nd 2014: Application deadline

Sunday, February 9th: Decision announced

Sunday, March 2nd: Fee payment deadline

Sunday, March 9th: Selected participants receive the instrumentation for their ensemble work

Sunday, June 8th: Deadline for submitting the work

(reminder: it does not have to be composed specifically for the occasion)

Sunday July 6th – Arrivals and accommodation in Bourgas, Bulgaria

Sunday, July 14th – Final concert with Levon Manukyan Collegium Musicum

Monday, July 15th – Departures

For more information, see

CMC & Walled City Music Festival to Host Concerts & Composer Opportunities in Derry


The Contemporary Music Centre is once again collaborating with Walled City Music on a number of new music events throughout the Walled City Music

Festival (WCMF), Derry. The festival runs from 19 to 26 July and CMC will be in attendance at new music events across 21 and 22 July.

Irish composer Frank Lyons’ new work, The River Still Sings, is performed by the Fidelio Trio, 7:30pm, 21 July. As part of this concert, CMC will host an interval discussion with Frank Lyons, Paul Moore, who collaborated with the composer on the sound design and visuals, and Mary Dullea of the Fidelio Trio. The River Still Sings is a multimedia project that features text by Derry writer Seamus Deane, narration by actor James Nesbitt, sound design and visuals by Paul Moore and a score to be performed by the Fidelio Trio. It was commissioned by the City of London Festival with the Walled City Music

Festival, part of the Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of links between the two cities. Admission is free to the interval discussion for concert ticket holders. The event takes place in The Great Hall, University of Ulster, Magee Campus.

The Contemporary Music Centre in conjunction with Walled City Music is also offering a unique opportunity to work with composer Brian Irvine and leading new music ensemble Fidelio Trio, producing new music for piano trio in a two-day residency in Derry. Six places are available for composers to write a 3-5 minute piece from scratch on Sunday, 21 July. Pieces will be based upon the news, using a newspaper from that particular morning.

All materials will be work-shopped with the Fidelio Trio on Monday afternoon, 22 July and performed at a special concert that evening, which is open to the public and has free admission. This residency will take place in the Foyle Arts Building, Magee Campus, University of Ulster, Derry. Facilities and overnight accommodation on 21 July are kindly provided by the University of Ulster. The closing date for applications from composers is 16 July. Applications should be sent to Yulin Zheng ei.cmc@gnehzyta, c/o The Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. Further details can be found on

The Contemporary Music Centre at the Walled City Music Festival
7:30pm, 21 July 2013
Great Hall, University of Ulster, Magee Campus
Fidelio Trio
Darragh Morgan (violin), Mary Dullea (piano) Robin Michael (cello)
with James Nesbit narrator

Frank Lyons The River still Runs
Osborne The Piano Turner
Ravel Piano Trio

Interval Discussion | Chaired by Evonne Ferguson, Director, The Contemporary Music Centre with panellists Frank Lyons, Paul Moore and Mary Dullea

Booking Recommended |

First Edition/News Today
Foyle Arts Building, Magee Campus, University of Ulster, Derry.

21 July

First Edition/News Today composer workshops

Six selected composers work with composer Brian Irvine on 3 – 5 minute pieces

22 July

First Edition/News Today performer workshop with composers

Six composers and Brian Irvine work with Fidelio Trio on the newly created 3 – 5 minute pieces

First Edition/ News Today concert
6pm, Foyle Arts Building
Open to the public. Free Admission. No booking required
Concert featuring the new work from the performer and composer workshops led by Brian Irvine and facilitated by the Fidelio Trio


Local Artists to Make Their Mark on Clonmel Junction Festival

Junction Festival ClonmelFifteen of the most exciting young rock musicians, based in Clonmel, including the talented emerging voices of Eoin Hally, Ruairi de Leastar and Kate Twohig have been working with rock musician and producer Gavin Glass creating an unforgettable evening for the 2013 Clonmel Junction Festival. “We Can Be Heroes” will celebrate the rock legends of the last 40 years with a medley of classics from bands like The Rolling Stones, The Cars, The Jam and David Bowie intermingled with original music by the artists performing.

Gavin Glass will be joined on July 6th by special guests Jack L, Paul Walsh (Royseven), Jerry Fish and Cat Dowling. With a four piece horn section and a string trio play throughout and the Junction Festival Choir enrolled for the finale numbers “We Can Be Heroes” promises to be a very special event.

Gordon Street Car Park
Sat 6th July doors from 8.00pm
Tickets €16 (€12 Conc)
Full bar, strictly over 18

The event, which has been made possible with grant support from IMRO and the sponsorship of Bulmers, is just one of a number of music and arts events taking place as part of the Clonmel Junction Festival, taking place from 5th to 14th July. “Under the Arches”, a series of free lunchtime gigs, will feature live performances from up-an-coming local artists and visiting bands. Wednesday 10th July sees a First Music Contact panel taking place with representatives from IASCA, Today FM, BIMM Music College, IMRO and First Music Contact/Breaking Tunes on hand to offer advice to young artists starting out.

For more information on the full line-up of events, and to book tickets, see and Z1 Music Announce Their 7th Songwriters Workshop and Z1 Music will be hosting a songwriters workshop in association with IMRO at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin on the 13th and 14th of July. The workshop will be run by noted songwriters/producers Tim Hawes and Obi Mhondera. The two have worked with acts such as The Spice Girls, Blue, Five and Sugababes in the past.

Participants in the workshop will be divided into groups of no more than three and will receive a project to complete. Each team will have its own recording space and engineer with which to work. In addition to this each person at the workshop will receive one to one mentoring from either Tim or Obi. The aim of the weekend is to expose budding songwriters to a professional setup and if a team is successful in their endeavours Z1 Music will look to have their song placed.

The cost of a place in the workshop is €399 (€299 for IMRO members). As this is a non-profit event, this fee is merely to cover the use of the top class Windmill Lane Studios.

For more information please contact:

Stephen Brett


Dublin, Ireland

+353 1 6831539

+353 85 7328668

Music First Song writing Workshop with Gavin Ralston and Luan Parle @ The Dock Carrick on Shannon

Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th July 2013

€60 for 2 days €40 for 1 day 

Booking and info 0719650828

The Dock Arts Centre Workshops

Music First Education Program provides a comprehensive look at creating music covering topics from song writing & performing to recording and music production. The workshops feature Meteor Award Winner Luán Parle and highly acclaimed Producer / Musician Gavin Ralston.

“The workshop focuses on songwriting, production, performance, touring and the latest developments in the music industry. By the end of the workshop, the budding songwriters will have written, performed and recorded an original song collectively. This is a unique and fantastic opportunity to get hands on experience of the day to day work in the music industry whether you aspire to be performers, songwriters, producers or work in music administration.”

Details of the event are also on The Dock Arts Centre Facebook page:

Lights, Camera, Music at The Ark

The Ark Lights Camera MusicThis May and June, The Ark is hosting a series of events combining music and film. “Lights, Camera, Music” is providing budding young musicians and their families with a taste of the worlds of music and film.

The cultural centre for children will be hosting a series of weekend workshops, schools workshops and fun family concerts over the course of the coming weeks.

As well as workshops for the tiniest musicians, a course for primary school music teachers and workshops by composer and saxophonist, Nick Roth and sound artist, Judith Ring, there will be family concerts with Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies and the Iberian Percussion Extravaganza.

This Saturday, pianist Elaine Loebenstein will be running a workshop called “Not-So-Silent Movies” in which she will set children’s imaginations alight in creating on-the-spot music for silent cartoons and early film comedies.

Composer, Karen Power, will host “Surprising Sounds in Technicolor” later this month, in which she will help children to listen to and discover the musical potential in all kinds of objects. Using the colour in films as a source of inspiration, she will be helping participants create soundscapes for the films.

In June, composer, Brian Irvine, will be hosting workshops packed with musical experimentation, exploration and creation. Brian has written music for Film Four, Sesame Street, and RTÉ, and in these workshops he will use film to inspire participants to create their own outrageous and imaginative improvised musical ideas.

For full details of all the Lights, Camera, Music events taking place in The Ark, visit their website at

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