Procurement of Traditional Arts Adviser

The Arts Council wishes to procure the services of a Traditional Arts Adviser to meet the needs of the organisation both from a quality and service delivery perspective.

The successful tenderer will be an experienced traditional arts practitioner with the expertise and experience required to work with the Arts Council's staff by assisting in the appraisal and assessment of funding applications and providing critical advice on artistic work.

Application for this contract is exclusively by a public tender process offered via the eTenders procurement website Monday, 02 September:

All proposals should be submitted by Thursday 26 September 2013. Any questions regarding this contract should be directed as set out in the tender notice and should not be directed to the Arts Council.

Ireland at WOMEX 2013

WOMEX World Music Expo will take place in Cardiff, Wales from Wednesday 23 October to Sunday 27 October, 2013. A limited number of delegate places are available to attend WOMEX 13 in Cardiff, as part of this year's Irish delegation.

WOMEX has fast become the most important international professional market for world music of every kind including folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music. The four-day event attracts over 2,250 delegates from over 90 countries, including hundreds of concert and festival bookers, labels, publishers, distributors, managers and the world's media.

Culture Ireland has led the Irish delegation of musicians, agents and promoters to WOMEX since 2010, creating and supporting opportunities for Irish artists to build their international networks and generate tour bookings.  This year, in addition to the national stand, Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council of Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, will support the largest delegation of Irish music artists and industry professionals to attend the event.

The Arts Council is encouraging those interested in attending WOMEX as a delegate to consider applying to the Travel and Training Award by 5pm on Monday 12 August. There will be a limited number of awards allocated, to a maximum of €580 per delegate. 

In addition, the Horizons partnership has secured a discount for delegates to attend this year’s WOMEX in Cardiff for 205 Euros [plus VAT]  available until 27 September 2013. The delegate pass allows you entry to all aspects of WOMEX, including the conference, trade hall, opening concert and the showcases. There is no registration fee, which makes this offer over 50 Euros less than the Individual Smart Rate. Further information on this offer is available at 

Horizons is a partnership initiative which includes the Arts Council Ireland, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Arts Council England, Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales [incorporating Arts Council of Wales / Wales Arts international & Welsh Music Foundation], British Council, Creative Scotland, Culture Ireland and the Scottish Music Industries Association.

Traditional Artist in Residence

Closing date for applications: 16 August 2013.
School: School of Music and Theatre
Contract type: Fixed term part-time.

Applications are invited from well-renowned and accomplished traditional artists (musicians, singers, dancers) of distinction, for the above residency, which is jointly funded by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences (UCC) and the Arts Council. The role will be offered for the period October 2013-September 2014.

The appointee will advise and mentor emerging traditional artists in the UCC community, offering six contact hours per week in the form of workshops, seminars and consultation during university terms. The appointee will give two public performances, and s/he will engage in a collaborative project with staff and students leading to the production, for public dissemination, of original artistic material. In university vacations the appointee will enjoy uninterrupted time to advance his/her own projects.

To apply

Applications should be sent by email attachment on or before 16 August. Candidates are invited to submit a letter of application and a C.V. with details of relevant performances, publications (including CDs, DVDs, etc.) and awards to Dr Mel Mercier, School of Music and Theatre, UCC Interviews will be held in Cork on 2 September.

Requests for further particulars, financial information and informal enquiries about the role may also be made to Dr Mel Mercier.

The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention

The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo) has recently received funding from the Traditional Arts Project Award which was re-introduced in 2011. The award 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 North Atlantic Fiddle Convention will be visiting Ireland for the first time 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

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