Open call for Music Network Artist Residency at The National Opera House

4 April 2023

Now in its 3rd year, the residency provides a grant of €6,000 to enable a musician/s to devote time to the creation of new work, in addition to a range of in-kind supports from both Music Network and The National Opera House along with opportunities for artists to showcase their work through live performance and digital updates.

Audiences will also have an opportunity to engage with our resident musicians at a public performance in The National Opera House in November/December.

The residency is open to musicians of professional performing standard working in classical, traditional and jazz, in addition to multi-genre and cross-art form proposals. Applicants must be resident in the Republic of Ireland and be aged 18 or over. Applicants may apply as solo artists, on behalf of an existing group or ensemble, or for a new collaboration.

Commenting on the announcement, Music Network’s CEO Sharon Rollston said: “We’re very pleased to be offering RESONATE together with our partners at The National Opera House for a third consecutive year. It’s the most extensive of our musician residency programmes and offers lots of scope for musicians to develop imaginative new work, including cross-artform ideas where music is central. Audiences will also have an opportunity to engage with the resident musicians when they perform live at The National Opera House later in the year. ‘’

The 2022 RESONATE artists in residence at The National Opera House were concertina player Niall Vallely who collaborated with cellist Kate Ellis and Kenneth Edge on soprano saxophone. They worked together to compose and perform a new series of pieces entitled Bearna which translates as a gap or space. The trio explored the musical concepts offered by spaces that exist in between different genres of music and people's varied musical perspectives.

Anyone interested in making an application can register for an online information session at 11am on Monday 17 April.  A recording of the session will be available on Music Network's website and social media channels from Tuesday 18 April 2023.

This year’s residencies will run from July to October and the closing date for applications is 2pm on Thursday 11 May 2023. Applications are made online. The application form, more information about the residencies and guidelines for applicants are all available on Music Network’s website.

Music Network and The National Opera House are committed to equity and inclusion, and particularly welcomes applications from under-represented musicians, including but not limited to: musicians of colour, musicians with disabilities, Traveller musicians and LGBTQ+ musicians.

RESONATE is a Music Network artist residency programme in partnership with glór, Ionad Cultúrtha, The National Opera House, Triskel Arts Centre, The Dock and Regional Cultural Centre. 

For further information please contact

Melanie Wright - Head of Communications & Marketing
T: 083 208 9421