Music commissions award

Closing date: Closing date passed

Maximum awarded: €10000

Artform & practices: Music

Applicant type: Individual artist, Organisation

Collaborative application possible? No

Telephone: 01 618 02 00


Purpose of the award

The Music commissions award supports fees paid to artists for commissions in the field of music.

The primary purpose of this award is to facilitate creative partnerships between a range of commissioners and artists. The process must lead to some form of outcome or conclusion. This might be a public performance, a process of engagement with a community of place or interest or some other form of dissemination or presentation of the commissioned work in Ireland or abroad.

In the context of this award the definition of a ‘commission’ is where one person or entity (the commissioner) supports and pays another (an artist or group of artists) to create or deliver an artistic work or project that takes place within a set of parameters agreed to by both partners.

Download award guidelines

You can download the guidelines as a Word doc. If this does not meet your needs, please contact the Arts Council.

2014 Music Commissions Guidelines (0.12 MB, MS Word) 

Online services

The Arts Council has an online services website. All applications must be submitted through the online services website. You can upload a wide range of support materials in electronic format (up to 20 MB in total) along with your application form.

The window for making an application through online services opens on 21 January 2014.

Before you will be able to make an online application the commissioner and the artist/s to be commissioned will have to separately register with the online services site. It may take up to five working days for your registrations to be confirmed so it is very important that you register as early as possible. To register now click here. There will be no registrations between Friday 20 December 2013 and Thursday 2 January 2014.

For information on how to make an online application please go to the following links.

  • Online services FAQs: a listing of frequently asked questions about making an online application
  • Youtube: A step-by-step video guide on how to download, complete and upload an application form for funding
  • Twitter: a listing of funding-related tweets

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