Details of four new music touring programmes, funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Northern Ireland Music Touring Programme, have been unveiled. The fund, worth £150,000, aims to help artists and producers work more closely with promoters and venues so that together, they are developing new audiences for year-round, high-quality music on tour.
The new funding programme was developed in response to the Arts Council’s new 5-year Strategy for Music which aims to support a more ambitious, dynamic and cohesive approach to our music heritage and in particular, to genres such as jazz, world music, chamber music and contemporary music.
The four touring programmes supported through the initiative include,
• Moving On Music will present five tours around Northern Ireland including, old time American roots group Furnace Mountain, composer David Little and his sextet, traditional Irish music group Beoga, concert pianist Joanna McGregor and a series of family participation concerts with Nico and Martin.
• The Walled City Music Festival will present the Neil Cowley Trio in a seven date tour. Dubbed ‘Jazz for Radiohead fans’, the trio are recipients of a BBC Award for Best Album.
• Open House will collaborate with Smalltown America Music, to create a unique tour experience with international musicians in the folk roots genre and emerging young local artists who will tour a selection of unusual and iconic venues around the beautiful Northern Ireland coast.
• Quercus ensemble will present and tour a French themed chamber music evening and a stunning new musical adaptation of one of Roald Dahl’s best loved classics, Revolting Rhymes.
Each of the successful organisations will work closely with Audiences Northern Ireland, over the next year, to develop their audience base.
Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said, “The Arts Council’s new five-year Strategy for Music shows a firm commitment to helping people in Northern Ireland access the best music, in any form, be it classical or jazz, traditional and folk or rock and pop, from world music to electronic and contemporary music. We firmly believe the new Northern Ireland Music Touring programme will help us achieve that.’
In addition, the programme will facilitate partnerships and collaborations among artists within the music sector. By offering them opportunities to work more closely with promoters and venues, it is hoped that together, they will form a better understanding of music audiences and how to grow them.’
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland Music Strategy can be viewed at www.artscouncil-ni.org/images/uploads/artform-documents/final_music_strategy_2013.pdf