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August Issue

Musicians Newsletter                

Hi there,

As summer winds down and we approach the autumn with some uncertainty, we're delighted to be able to announce some exciting opportunities for the Irish jazz community. 

We're teaming up with Moving on Music to launch the Ban Bam Commission and Development Award 2020/21, giving 3 female or gender minority composers the chance to work with us to develop their art and careers over the coming year. 

We're also partnering with the Limerick Jazz Festival to launch the inaugural Young Irish Jazz Musician event, giving outstanding young jazz musicians the chance to be heard by leading Irish jazz musicians and broadcasters, make a professional studio recording, participate in UCH’s Rising Stars Concert, and receive a bursary to take part in an international summer school. 

There's lots more to read about below, including a live-streamed gig we're excited to announce! Scroll down to find out more.

All the best, 
Ken, Aoife, Adam and Caitriona  

BAN BAM Commission & Development Award

We’re delighted to announce a brand new BAN BAM commission and development award, in association with Moving on Music!

Following IMC’s ‘BAN BAM’ activity in 2017/18 promoting women in jazz and improvised music, combined with MOM’s extensive experience with their emerging artists programme, IMC and MOM are pleased to come together with a commission and development opportunity for female and gender-minority artists working in the fields of jazz and creative improvised music across the island of Ireland for 2020/2021.

This new creative commissioning and career development opportunity is open to Irish-born or resident female and gender-minority composers on the island of Ireland (North and South) who compose in the idiom of jazz, and all creative improvised music.

Three composers will be selected from the applicants, each receiving a €2,500 commission fee to compose for duo, trio or quartet.

Closing Date for applications is Friday 4th September at 17:00hrs (GMT).

Click here for more info

Jazz Connector - August Zoom Discussion "Irish Arts Centres: Future plans and best booking practices"

Continuing our fortnightly Jazz Connector online meet-ups, 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 August 13th from 1:30 - 3:00PM to discuss:

Irish Arts Centres: Future plans and best booking practices. 

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

Multi-disciplinary arts centres are a crucial part of the Irish cultural landscape, and often provide essential platforms for Irish musicians. With the future of many events uncertain, this Jazz Connector will be discussing the future plans of arts centres, when they are planning to host concerts again, and how they are finding creative adaptations to the new normal. As few international festivals and events are on the horizon at the moment, many Irish artists may be looking to national touring and approaching Irish arts centres for projects in the near future. 

Joining us as Guest Speakers will be Belinda Quirke, Artistic Director of Solstice Arts Centre Navan, and Elizabeth Whyte, CEO of Wexford Arts Centre, discussing their perspective on programming for Irish arts centres, and how the landscape may be changing. 

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

Join us at this Zoom Meeting Link on Thursday at 1:30PM

Please register your interest below to confirm attendance. You can also let us know if there are any particular topics that you would like us to cover in this or future discussions!


Register Now

Limerick Jazz Festival in association with IMC present the inaugural Young Irish Jazz Musician 2020

The inaugural Young Irish Jazz Musician event, presented by Limerick Jazz in association with Improvised Music Company will provide a platform for the best of emerging young jazz talent (aged 13-18) on the island of Ireland, giving outstanding young jazz musicians the chance to be heard by leading Irish jazz musicians and broadcasters.

Finalists in the competition will play with and be mentored by a rhythm section of professional musicians. This is the first of what is planned to be a regular event to give a platform to the best of emerging Irish jazz talent. The Young Irish Jazz Musician 2020 will get to make a professional studio recording, participate in UCH’s Rising Stars Concert, and receive a bursary to take part in an international summer school. 

Click here for more info

BIRD: The Music of Charlie Parker - Live from Arthur's

August 29th marks a significant centenary. It will be 100 years since the birth of jazz icon Charlie Parker.

It also marks 20 years since IMC released Ronan Guilfoyle's BIRD album. Under the moniker Lingua Franca, that album was a celebration of the iconic music associated with Charlie Parker. It featured music written by him, jazz standards made famous by him and also original music dedicated to him. 

Throughout, it explored new possibilities and angles of these classic Parker pieces, with ‘ingenious reworking of some classic tunes’ according to the Journal of Music.

For that record, originally released in August 2000, Guilfoyle assembled a stellar international cast featuring saxophonist Julian Arguelles, guitarist Rick Peckham and drummer Tom Rainey.

To celebrate this important centenary, an equally stellar cast of Irish musicians will perform the BIRD album live in its entirety. Keeping it in the family and recreating the recorded format, Irish bassist Ronan Guilfoyle will be joined by Chris Guilfoyle on guitar, Conor Guilfoyle on drums (collectively known as 3G) while saxophone duties will be in the astutely capable hands of Chris Engel

We do hope you’ll join us live for this concert at 8pm on Saturday August 29th. While we know that an online show is not the same as a live performance, we want to mark this important anniversary while presenting a great live show that everyone can enjoy safely from home. Your link will be valid for 24 hours in case you'd like to enjoy the show later, or simply want to watch again.

Book Tickets

Upcoming Funding Deadlines, ISM Webinars and Job Opportunities 

  • US Embassy Calling All Musicians: U.S. Embassy Dublin is soliciting proposals from musicians and musical acts based in Ireland to participate in 30-minute online performances and potentially interviews as part of the Embassy’s new Calling All Musicians initiative. Each successful applicant (individual musician or entire musical act) will receive €1,000 as a participation honorarium.
    DEADLINE - August 14th 11.59PM
  • Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award: The Artist in the Community Bursary Award 2020: Collaborative Arts and Cultural Diversity, offered in partnership with the Irish Refugee Council, specifically aims to support individual professional artists from a minority ethnic or migrant background working in collaborative socially engaged arts practice.
    DEADLINE - August 17th 5PM
  • Wicklow County Council Arts Office Strategic Arts Project Funding: The Arts Office invites applications from artists, national resource organisations, individual curators, and / or artist collectives who have the potential to propose projects which will nurture practice, create connectivity, generate new perspectives and voices within County Wicklow and support a diversity of approach. 
    DEADLINE - September 2nd 4PM
  • Arts Council Music Project Award: The purpose of the award is to enable professional artists to bring innovative, ambitious and high-quality music projects to audiences. The award supports specific projects in the field of Music in the 14-month period commencing on or after 1 November 2020. Awards of up to €40,000 are available.
    DEADLINE - September 10th 5:30PM
  • Music Network - Music Capital Scheme: The Music Capital Scheme provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to individual professional musicians and non-professional performing groups. The scheme is open to groups and musicians performing a wide range of musical styles, and to date more than €2 million has been awarded across two distinct awards.
    DEADLINE October 13th 2:00PM
  • Culture Ireland Regular Funding: Culture Ireland offers support to Irish professional artists, arts organisations and international presenters to present work by Irish artists at significant international venues and festivals. The next funding round is for projects taking place from January 2021 onwards.
    DEADLINE October 15th
  • Job Opportunity at The Hunt Museum Limerick: The Hunt Museum, Limerick Museum and Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA), through their joint education programme, ‘The Three Muses’, wishes to appoint an artist/facilitator with an established track record in the development and delivery of multi-disciplinary and interactive art workshops for primary school children. The artist will design a series of workshops in which participants will engage with and creatively respond to the three permanent collections, using the alphabet as a conceptual frame. 
    DEADLINE August 27th 12PM
  • Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) Professional Development Webinars: ISM have put together a wide range of free webinars for musicians covering everything from teaching and composing for video to wellbeing and looking after your mental health. 

Danny G & the Major 7ths release D.A.R.L.I.N.G feat. Tolü Makay & Jamel Franklin with all proceeds going to help MASI (The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland)


In this months Artist Spotlight we'd like to highlight a new single from Danny G & the Major 7ths featuring Tolü Makay & Jamel Franklin with all proceeds going to help MASI (The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland).

D.A.R.L.I.N.G. evokes the complex feelings of love and longing that are both strained and strengthened by distance. This song was written and recorded in isolation. Danny says "The genesis of this collaboration came from my group playing gigs with both Jamel and Tolü, I was already a huge fan of both artists. I had the song's chorus and beat - it gave me an early 2000's Neosoul vibe. Tolü and Jamel wrote their verses, the Major 7ths added their parts and the song came together really organically."

The music video was recorded by friends of the artists and represents their different reactions on a video call to a loved one in isolation. See if you can spot some familiar faces among the 50 people (and 1 cat).

Buy now on Bandcamp


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