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Vol 9 Issue 4
29 December 2011

News from the Arts Community

North Atlantic Fiddle Convention

The 2012 North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo) has received funding under the Arts Council's Traditional Arts Project Award. This award was re-introduced in 2011 and is aimed at assisting organisations and individual artists in realising ambitious and large scale projects which will be of benefit to the traditional arts sector.  From 27 June until 1 July 2012 the Convention will be visiting Ireland for the first time - County Donegal and the City of Derry, home of the City of Culture 2013 -  after being hosted in previous years by Canada, the United States, Shetland Islands, Scotland and in Scandinavia. 

NAFCo celebrates the rich fiddle and dance traditions of the Atlantic fringe and their common characteristics and shared cultural heritage. A full programme of events can be found at www.nafco2012.com

Contemporary Music from Ireland, Volume Ten

The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) has launched the tenth volume in its promotional CD series Contemporary Music from Ireland. Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council officially launched the CD on the 7 December last. Volume Ten features ten works, selected for variety of styles and all written in the twenty-first century. The track listing includes work by Ailís Ní Ríain, Amanda Feery, Enda Bates, Donal Sarsfield, Garrett Sholdice, Ann Cleare, Ed Bennett, Adam Melvin, Brian Irvine and Neil O'Connor.

The work of the CMC is funded by the Arts Council and the CD is supported by Culture Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Fund.

As well as showcasing Irish composition, the CD features many national and international performing groups and individuals, all of whom are committed and active performers of new music.

The CD will be distributed nationally and internationally. Further information can be found on the Centre's web site at www.cmc.ie.

The Contemporary Music Centre is Ireland's national archive, resource centre and promotional body for new music, supporting the work of Irish composers from the Republic and Northern Ireland.

Music Generation

Music Generation - the U2 and Ireland Funds supported National Music Education Programme - announced in December that Laois, Cork City and Wicklow are to receive up to €1.7 million in funding.

Music Generation, which is successfully underway in Louth, Mayo and Sligo (see more on Sligo below), is expected to create substantial job opportunities for musicians over the next five years, as well as providing access to vocal and instrumental tuition for thousands of children and young people who would otherwise not have the chance of participation.

The programme is enabled by a €5 million donation from U2 along with a further €2 million which is currently being raised by The Ireland Funds. The donation represents the largest-ever single philanthropic gift to music education in Ireland in the history of the state. Music Generation was formed to roll out the Music Education Partnership model, which was developed by Music Network in 2003. Music Generation earlier this year put out calls for applications from local Music Education Partnerships across the country seeking to apply for funding. Up to twelve Music Education Partnerships will be awarded funding on a phased basis from 2011-2015.

Music Generation Sligo 

Music Generation Sligo (MGS) was established in June 2011 and the first phase runs for three years to June 2014. It aims to open the door to performance music education for every one of Sligo's 16500 children and young adults under the age of 18. MGS is being developed in partnership with public and private music and education providers in the county and regionally. MGS is based at Sligo VEC. MGS has already created seven new jobs in Sligo.

Music Generation Sligo received significant funding through Music Generation  to make this happen. This has been matched to local funding from the steering committee groups, Sligo VEC, Sligo County Council, Sligo Education Centre, Sligo County Childcare, Cranmore Regeneration, the Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government, the Coleman Centre, Sligo Music Academy, Sligo School of Rock, Comhaltas and the private music education community. It is hoped to attract sponsorship in 2012 as further support for the projects.

 For more details about Music Generation Sligo see: www.musicgenerationsligo.com

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Pictured at the Fiddle Convention launch: Paddy Maloney (The Chieftains), Paul Flynn (Head of Traditional Arts, Arts Council) & Dr Liz Doherty (University of Ulster).
Pictured at the Fiddle Convention launch: Paddy Maloney (The Chieftains), Paul Flynn (Head of Traditional Arts, Arts Council) & Dr Liz Doherty (University of Ulster).
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