RESONATE: Music Network Artist Residencies

RESONATE: Music Network Artist Residencies
11 April 2022

RESONATE: Music Network Artist Residencies provide support for professional musicians with a strong track record in music performance to develop new work and/or collaborations. The programme also provides opportunities to showcase new material in both live and digital performance environments.

Each residency provides a grant of €8,000 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 each venue partner.

Aims and objectives:

  • to provide musicians with time and space to develop new work
  • to facilitate new collaborations, including cross-genre and cross-art form (with music as a core element)
  • to create performance opportunities for musicians
  • to create a unique and diverse series of concert offerings for audiences
  • to extend the reach of new work through digital means
  • to foster relationships between musicians and venue partners at local /regional level 
  • to work together with venue partners to create exciting residency opportunities and to encourage a collaborative working environment among all partners nationwide.

Selection criteria:

  • artistic quality and track record in music performance of main applicant and any collaborators (50%)
  • quality and coherence of artistic proposal (outline of programme of work, key aims, overview of final concert programme etc.) (25%)
  • compatibility with venue (see Appendix) (10%)
  • feasibility of proposal (ambitious but realistic goals and a budget which must demonstrate fair remuneration for all artistic personnel) (15%).

Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications is 2pm, Thursday 12th May 2022.

Who is eligible to apply?

Individual musicians:

  • of a professional performing standard, as recognised by their peers, who are currently living in the Republic of Ireland
  • performing in a range of genres
  • applying either as solo artist or on behalf of an existing group or new collaboration
  • proposing single or multiple genre/cross art form project ideas where music is the core element
  • aged 18 or over.

Music Network is 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.

Who is not eligible to apply?

  • musicians without a strong track record in performance
  • musicians under the age of 18.

What does each residency offer?

  • a grant of €8,000 to devote time to develop new work
  • up to 10 development days during July – October 2022 in a venue (dates/times to be discussed and agreed), and a further 2 days just prior to the concert performance
  • a concert performance to happen between 9 th – 26th November 2022 (see pages 6 – 11 for specific details) during which the new material will be premiered alongside other material performed by the artist. Performances will take place live in the relevant venue
  • an audio-visual recording of the new material will be made by each venue partner and this recording made available to the musician afterwards. All 6 recordings will subsequently be hosted digitally on Music Network’s website and YouTube channel to showcase new work created during each of the residencies
  • promotion of the work in-progress and other activities during the residency through social media content on Music Network’s and the partner venue’s channels. Music Network and partner venues will offer support and advice, if needed, around creating social media content for the residency programme
  • in-kind support from Music Network including music related advice, as required
  • in-kind support from each venue partner (see Appendix for additional information).

Additional Information:

  • applicants can apply for one residency only
  • applications will be accepted from individuals either as a solo performing artist or on behalf of a group or new collaboration. N.B.: collaborators can include performers, composers and practitioners from other art forms
  • grant payments will be made in 3 stages with the final payment being made after the final concert.

Application Process:
Applicants must complete an online application form. Please visit and set up a profile on the application portal. Within the application form, you can select which residency you wish to apply for and complete the relevant application in stages (filling in the application form and uploading Essential and Optional Support Materials) throughout the application period. The completed application must be submitted by 2pm, Thursday 12th May 2022.

Please retain a copy of your submission for future reference. N.B. late applications cannot be accepted.

Essential Support Materials (all of the below must be submitted in order for your application to be eligible for consideration):

  • your CV (maximum 2 x A4 pages) and biographies of any collaborator/s ( maximum 1 x A4 page per collaborator)
  • an outline of your proposed programme of work including your artistic concept and aims, any proposed collaborating artists and suggested outline for your final concert performance (maximum 2 x A4 pages)
  • a short statement outlining why you would like to do a residency in the chosen venue
  • up to three audio samples (mp3 format only) along with a Word or PDF document listing the recording details (date, location of recording, start/stop times of relevant section to listen to). Applicants may alternatively list up to three links to audio or video samples in a Word or PDF document, along with the recording details
  • a 1-minute video clip (e.g. recorded on a mobile phone) to summarise what you aim to achieve creatively during your residency
  • a residency budget to outline artist fees and expenses (for you and any collaborator/s) for development work, the final concert and any other artist expenditure (e.g. accommodation & travel, insurance). N.B. fair remuneration for all artists involved in the project is essential.

Optional Support Materials
Applicants may upload up to five additional documents as Optional Support Material e.g. images, reviews, press clippings, score excerpts etc. 

Information webinar:
Music Network will present an information webinar at 11am on April 27th 2022 to include an overview of the programme and a Q&A session. Musicians wishing to attend this webinar should book a place here: Advance registration is essential. A recording of the webinar will also be made available on Music Network's website and social media channels from April 28th 2022.

Assessment of Applications:
Music Network, each venue partner and one external panellist will assess eligible applications based on the selection criteria listed above. Applicants should note that there are a limited number of residency opportunities available and meeting the eligibility criteria alone does not guarantee funding.

Notification of results:
Music Network will inform all applicants of decisions in May 2022 by email. Music Network and each venue partner reserve the right not to appoint a residency musician and to pursue a different selection process if none of the applications received are deemed suitable for the residency applied for.

Successful applicants:
Music Network and the relevant venue partner will meet with successful applicants to discuss their residency programme including overall programme of work, residency dates, budget breakdown etc. A Letter of Agreement outlining all of the programme details and related information will be signed by all three parties during or, if online, shortly after this meeting.

Feedback is readily available upon request where an application has been unsuccessful, for four weeks following communication of results. To request feedback, email Music Network’s Operations Administrator, Ciarán Kilbride, at stating the title of your project and contact details.

Acknowledgment of funding:
Successful applicants must acknowledge the support of Music Network, the relevant venue partner and The Arts Council. Funders should be acknowledged by displaying the required logos on all online material and verbally at public announcements, on any radio/television interviews, broadcasts, podcasts etc. In addition, the following line must be carried in all publicity materials (including websites and social media): “Part of RESONATE: Music Network Artist Residency, in partnership with [venue name]. Music Network is funded by the Arts Council.” Please note that all publicity materials need to be approved by Music Network and the relevant venue partner prior to publishing.

Musicians may be required to provide proof of Public Liability insurance and/or Employer’s Liability insurance to fully indemnify the venue against all claims.

All information submitted as part of your application will be held in line with Music Network’s Data Protection Policy and that of the venue partner whose residency you apply for. Information supplied in the application will only be used by Music Network and the venue partner for the purposes of administering and managing this particular scheme. You may withdraw your consent to the retention of the information relating to your application at any point by sending an email to