Call for proposals from organisations based in any part of the UK and Ireland is now open.
PRS for Music Foundation today announced that the Arts Council will join the current partners, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, collaborating on the co-commissioning and touring programme, Beyond Borders.
This news is being released as the next call for proposals goes live with a deadline on Thursday 10th July 2014. The call is now open to any Ireland or UK-based organisations wanting to co-commission or tour new music.
Beyond Borders was established in 2010 to support high quality co-commissions and tours, stimulating collaboration between composers, performance groups and music organisations across Ireland and the UK. The programme awards up to £15,000 to co-commissioning and touring projects, including any associated recording costs.
Imelda Dervin, Head of music at the Arts Council said, "the Arts Council /An Chomhairle Ealaíon is very pleased to become a partner in Beyond Borders with a view to broadening the scope and potential impact of opportunities it currently provides in directly and indirectly supporting the commissioning of new music. By joining this successful partnership, the Arts Council aims to generate exciting new opportunities for composers and ensembles and to encourage new linkages between artists, ensembles and other organisations involved in music promotion within and between Ireland, N. Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales."
Executive Director of PRS for Music Foundation, Vanessa Reed says, "We are delighted that the Arts Council will be joining us as a partner in 2014, enabling us to offer new opportunities for Ireland and UK based performers and music creators. Beyond Borders has already stimulated an excellent range of co-commissions, and tours across different parts of the UK. I look forward to following how these collaborations can grow and open up as we involve musicians from the Republic of Ireland."
Previous Beyond Borders successes have included:
Stuart Macrae’s stage work ‘Ghost Patrol’, which won the Opera category at the Southbank Sky Arts Awards in March 2013. Co-commissioned by Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera)
Maya Jane Coles’ remix of the collaboration between Northern Irish DJ Phil Kieran and White Noise Sound, which reached Number 1 on Beatport’s electronica chart in autumn 2012. Co-commissioned by Oh Yeah Music Centre and Welsh Music Foundation
Sally Beamish’s critcally-acclaimed piece ‘Seavaigers’ (originally commissioned in 2011 and previously performed only in Scotland) was toured to England and Wales thanks to funds from Beyond Borders, Performed and promoted by Scottish Ensemble,, Spitalfields Music and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Please visit http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/Partnerships/Flagship-Programmes/Beyond-Borders
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