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July Issue

Musicians Newsletter                

Hi there,

The Covid-19 crisis has resulted in live music effectively grinding to halt worldwide. As we prepare to move into the final phase of reopening Irish society on July 20th, it’s vitally important that we work together to figure out how to kickstart a return to live performances in a way that is safe for the audience, musicians and background staff involved.

There of course are risks involved, but that’s not the only issue facing venues. Clarity on liability will be needed, as well as a realistic model for keeping events financially viable. We'll be discussing these issues at our next Jazz Connector chat, which you can find out more about below. 

July is going to be a BIG month of online content from IMC with last weeks edition of the Wood Quay Summer Sessions featuring BigSpoon and Hotter Than July moving completely online later this month. We've got a really exciting programme of events to share with you. We hope you'll join us in celebrating the cultural diversity of Dublin city through music and storytelling from around the world, with plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy!

All the best, 
Ken, Aoife, Adam and Caitriona  

OPPORTUNITY
Arts Council Music Bursary Award Deadline Extended - €15,000 Bursaries Available

The Arts Council have extended the deadline for their Music Bursary Award. This is by far the biggest opportunity for musicians to be funded in 2020 with awards of €15,000 available.

The objective of the Bursary Award is to support the professional development of practicing artists by enabling them to do one or more of the following wide ranging activities: 

  • Spend focused time working at their practice 
  • Spend time researching/thinking about/developing a new idea for future dissemination
  • Spend time developing their technical skills in a particular area 
  • Spend time developing/learning new skills related to their practice or area of interest
  • Spend time working with a mentor, or collaborator(s) to develop an idea, or to assist in developing or up-skilling within a particular area of their practice, or an area related to their practice 
  • Spend time developing an idea in collaboration with a potential production partner(s)
  • Undertake a short period of training by way of master classes or other professional training opportunities (whether national or international)
  • Purchase a limited amount of equipment and materials to assist with the development of their practice (N.B. this can be no more than 15% of the value of the overall request for support) 
  • Spend time undertaking a combination of the above activities 

The award will support individual professional artists in the field of music in the development of their artistic practice & provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their artistic practice. 

Potential proposals could be those that:  

  • Enable a composer or performer working in any music genre to buy time for the development of their artistic practice  
  • Facilitate the development or completion of a specific body of artistic work  
  • Enable artists to invest time in focused study of particular repertoire or area of technique. 

The deadline for applications is now 17:30, Thursday 30 July 2020.

If you intend to submit an application and would like some advice on your submission, you can book a virtual meeting with us.

It’s vital that as many musicians as possible from the jazz and improvised music scenes apply for these awards as this demonstrates a demand for more funding for the sector in the future! 

 

Find out more and apply
Book a Virtual Meeting with IMC

COMMUNITY
Jazz Connector July 16th - Discussing the Live Music Experience

Following on from our last Jazz Connector online meet-up 2 weeks ago, IMC would again like to invite all the communities of people who make up the jazz world in Ireland - musicians, promoters, educators and venues - to come together for an informal Zoom meet-up on Thursday July 16th from 1:30 - 3:00PM to discuss:

The Live Music Experience: When will we be back in venues with an audience, and how can we work together to get there?

If you missed out on the last meeting, you can read all of the talking points that were discussed here.

The Covid-19 crisis has resulted in live music effectively grinding to halt worldwide. As we prepare to move into the final phase of reopening Irish society on July 20th, it’s vitally important that we work together to figure out how to kickstart a return to live performances in a way that is safe for the audience, musicians and background staff involved.

There of course are risks involved, but that’s not the only issue facing venues. Clarity on liability will be needed, as well as a realistic model for keeping events financially viable.

Together, we’ll discuss the best practises going forward and explore alternative ideas to the usual live format. 

We’ve invited a few guest voices to share their ideas, concerns & aspirations for the coming year and beyond including:

  • Dave Allen is the Booker/Promoter for Whelan’s and has over 25 years experience in the live music industry.
  • Vinny Casey is a musician (Overhead, The Albatross/Vance Kass) as well as the Venue Manager for The Workman’s Club in Dublin.
  • Tom Doyle is an Event Liaison and Project Manager with Dublin City Council who has lots of experience in working on various events with local authorities.

All of the guest speakers will be expressing their own personal views and will not be speaking on behalf of their various companies/employers. 

Please register your interest below to attend. You can also let us know if there are any particular topics that you would like us to cover in this or future discussions. Places are limited so be sure to let us know if you’d like to join in!

Register Now

COMMUNITY
Hotter Than July goes ONLINE from July 17th to 26th!

For its 7th year in 2020, Hotter than July is moving to an online space, celebrating inclusivity and diversity with music, story-telling, and creativity that is accessible to everyone from home! 

Proudly presented by Improvised Music Company in association with Dublin City Council, Hotter than July has become a staple of the Dublin summer calendar, celebrating the cultural diversity of Dublin city through music and storytelling from around the world. This year, from the 17th to  26th of July, you can access 10 days of events on Facebook and YouTube, including short performances of everything from Cuban dance music to Indonesian gamelan, songs and story-telling for young audiences, and chances to participate through instrument-making workshops and an online choir! 
 

HOTTER THAN JULY PROGRAMME:

WATCH Hotter Than July live sessions on IMC’s Facebook or YouTube

Live Sessions from Camden Recording Studios, Dublin
Friday 17th July 19:00 Havana Che’ live video #1 
Saturday 18th July 19:00 Niwel Tsumbu & Eamonn Cagney live video #1
Friday 24th July Havana 'Che live video #2
Sunday 26th July 19:00 Niwel Tsumbu & Eamonn Cagney live video #2

Binaural listening experience from The Space Between, Dublin
Sunday 19th July 19:00 The National Concert Hall Gamelan Orchestra live video #1
Wednesday 22nd July 19:00 Navá live video #1
Thursday 23rd July 19:00 The National Concert Hall Gamelan Orchestra live video #2
Saturday 25th July 19:00 Navá live video #2

Story-telling & Songs from Around the World (ages 4+)
Monday 20th July 11:00 Ríona Sally Hartman (Irish Mythology stories and songs)
Wednesday 22nd July 11:00 Niwel Tsumbu (Congolese stories and songs)
Friday 24th July 11:00 Senem Donatan Mohan (Turkish and Tamil stories and songs)

‘Make Your Own Instrument’ Workshops with Ed Devane
Online via Zoom. Capacity is limited. You must book in advance. 
Friday 17th July 14:00 Make a Percussion Instrument for ages 5+ (FREE but must be booked in advance here
Friday 24th July 14:00 Make a String Instrument for ages 10+, teens and adults (FREE but must be booked in advance here

Sing with Discovery Gospel Choir!
Online via Zoom. Capacity is limited. You must book in advance here. 
Participants must commit to both workshops.
Workshops 19:00 Monday 13th & Monday 20th July 
Choir video released online on Sunday 26th July at 11:00

Connect with Improvised Music Company on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube to keep up with news on Hotter than July.

Click Here For More Info

RESOURCE
The Great (Livestreamed) Gig in the Sky: Pianist Sam Leak talks about his experiences as a musician during lockdown

In this enlightening article, musician and lecturer Sam Leak share’s his views on monetising streams, paywalls, ticketing and how to keep your audience engaged. In Part 2, Sam speaks to IMC’s Artistic Director Kenneth Killeen about what the future may look like for venues, performers, and monetised live streamed performances.  

Part 1
Part 2

COMMUNITY
Minister Catherine Martin to Establish Task Force for Arts and Culture Sector

IMC welcome the news that Minister Catherine Martin, T.D, says that she will establish a multi-disciplinary task force to ‘protect and sustain’ the arts and culture sector through the Covid-19 pandemic. It's expected that a further announcement will be made in the coming weeks.

In addition, the Government has announced a range of capital funding measures that will be provided to assist in the reopening of theatres, arts centres and culture venues under Stream D of the Cultural Capital Scheme 2019-2022 as part of Project Ireland 2040 - Investing in our Culture, Language & Heritage.

The measures are designed to support arts and culture facilities in preparation for staff, artists and audiences returning to venues to reopen in line with the Return to Work Safety Protocols.
Find out more

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
Watch BigSpoon's incredible Wood Quay Summer Sessions performance.

In this months Artist Spotlight we're highlighting BigSpoon's mesmerising performance at the first Wood Quay Summer Sessions Online.

BigSpoon is Chris Engel on saxophone/electronics, Matthew Jacobson on drums/percussion, Darragh William O’Ceallaigh on keys/synths and Shane O’Donovan on synths/electronics.

Wood Quay Summer Sessions takes place every Thursday in July at 1pm presented by Dublin City Council Events Section in association with First Music ContactImprovised Music CompanyThe Contemporary Music Centre and Music Network, with special programmes airing on Near FM at 6pm after each concert!

Next week (Thursday 16th July at 1pm) is presented by The Contemporary Music Centre. You'll hear some fantastic Irish contemporary music played by Cassiopeia Wind Quintet, with works by Elaine Agnew, Joan Trimble and Jennifer Walshe.

Click here to watch

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