Skidmore jazz studentship

Closing date: Closing date passed

Maximum awarded: €2500

Artform & practices: Music

Applicant type: All

Collaborative application possible? No

External agency: The Arts Council of Northern Ireland

External agency web address:

Telephone: +44 28 9038 5200


Operated by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

This scheme is co-funded by the Arts Council but is administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Please note that this award may be subject to different conditions and criteria than the awards directly administered by the Arts Council. Requests for information or application forms should be directed to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


The Arts Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland jointly fund a place at the Skidmore Jazz Institute, which is held every summer on the campus of Skidmore College in upstate New York. For two weeks some of the finest names in jazz and jazz education teach, perform and share experiences with students of all ages.

Who can apply?

Jazz musicians of any age can apply who are based in and contribute regularly to jazz activities in Ireland or Northern Ireland. The Skidmore Jazz Studentship will be offered to the most promising young performer in the view of the selection panel.

What does it offer?

As the focus of the performance aspect is small groups, each student is placed in a combo with others of like ability. Instrumental lessons with the faculty are one to one, and students also attend sessions in improvisation, history, arranging and composition.

In addition, masterclasses give students the opportunity to come in close contact with guest artists who feature in evening concerts. In recent years, the Skidmore guest list has included major jazz musicians such as Maynard Ferguson, James Moody, Joe Lovano, Benny Golson, Dave Valentin, Eddie Gomez, Benny Green and Arthur Taylor. Students also attend the Saratoga Jazz Festival.

The award covers flight, accommodation and course fee.


28 January 2010

Contact details

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Arts Development Department

77 Malone Road

Belfast BT9 6AQ

Northern Ireland

Tel: +44 28 9038 5200 (048 9038 5200 from Republic of Ireland)

Fax: +44 28 9066 1717 (048 9066 1717 from Republic of Ireland)



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