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Northern Ireland musicians showcased at major music gathering, Folk Alliance International, Canada

Monday 18th February 2019 at 9am 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Pictured (L-R), is Joanne Wright, Arts Council of Norther Ireland with Brigid O’Neill, Stevie Scullion and Lyndon Stephens. Image: Pictured (L-R), is Joanne Wright, Arts Council of Norther Ireland with Brigid O’Neill, Stevie Scullion and Lyndon Stephens.

Two of the region’s top emerging artists, Stevie Scullion of Malojian and singer-songwriter, Brigid O’Neill, took part in this year’s Folk Alliance International, the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community.  Also attending the five-day event in Montréal, Canada, was Lyndon Stephens, artist management for Malojian.

This opportunity is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest NI’s new collaboration with PRS Foundation and their International Showcase Fund (ISF),  which is also supported by Department for International Trade, British Underground, Arts Council England, the Musicians’ Union, PPL, Creative Scotland, Wales Arts international and Arts Council Wales, offers musicians, who are at critical stages of their careers, the chance to promote their work through showcasing performances and networking with industry leaders. 

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland added,

“The Arts Council is committed to providing valuable, meaningful opportunities for our artists to develop their careers.  This opportunity to attend Folk Alliance International does just that by giving artists the opportunity to connect with leaders within the music industry whilst shining a light on the tremendous talent that is inherent to Northern Ireland on an international stage.  The Arts Council is proud to partner with PRS Foundation and Invest NI in this important initiative which is enabling export ready artists vital access to a global stage.”

ISF, is open to artists in Northern Ireland who wish to travel to and perform at music industry facing showcase events including, SXSW, WOMEX, Folk Alliance, Classical:NEXT, Eurosonic, JazzAhead,

Reeperbahn Festival and Canadian Music Week. ISF can support costs for international travel, accommodation and visas for those artists invited to perform at an industry event in a territory that will be beneficial to their career development. 

Vanessa Reed, CEO at PRS Foundation said,

“We’re delighted to partner with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest NI in extending our vital career development and international showcasing opportunities to talented music creators in Northern Ireland. It’s fantastic news that the whole of the UK is now eligible to apply to this important fund which has a significant impact on music creators’ careers and continues to promote the strength of UK music worldwide.”

The International Showcase Fund is currently open for applications.  Visit artscouncil-ni.org/funding/scheme/international-showcase-fund for details.

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