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Riverbank Arts Centre – MUSIC BURSARY – applications open!

Riverbank Arts Centre invites applications from professional musicians (of all genres) for a music artist support programme.  The primary objective of the Riverbank Arts Centre Music Bursary is to provide opportunities for Kildare-based professional musicians to develop their practice and/or to create and develop new work. Four bursaries are available as part of this programme – each comprising a cash bursary (€2500) and additional support-in-kind (space, mentorship etc) if required. 

Who can apply?
This bursary is open to professional musicians based in Kildare, working in all genres, at all stages of their professional career. This bursary is designed for individual music artists, so we are unable to accept joint applications, or applications on behalf of groups.

Riverbank Arts Centre is committed to Equality & Diversity and strives to respect, support and ensure the inclusion of all voices and cultures that make up Ireland today. We welcome bursary applications by artists from all sections of society, from existing and new communities, and from all social backgrounds, ethnicities and traditions.

The content of applications and the identity of the applicants will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence. Riverbank is unable to offer direct feedback to individual applicants

The Riverbank Arts Centre Music Bursary is designed for professional musicians only, therefore musicians who are in full time employment (in another field) or are in full time education are not eligible for this particular programme.

The application deadline is 6pm, 26 May 2022– applications to this programme cannot be considered after this date.

To apply, please complete this short google form.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact 

How will the bursary recipients be chosen?
A selection panel including two external music professionals will assess the applications.  The two bursary recipients will be contacted directly on or before 6 June 2022.

More details
Supporting artists and creation of new work is a core part of Riverbank Arts Centre’s programme. We have an active residency programme for artists including multi-annual residencies,  and short term/one-off development support.  We recognise that musicians/music artists were among the most severely impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic.  As a venue that has a strong connection with music artists of all genres, this Music Bursary is designed to give some support where it is currently needed.

Riverbank Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Kildare County Council.