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WOMEX World Music Expo 2021 - Arts Council bursaries now available

Monday 11th October 2021 at 1pm 0 Comments

WOMEX World Music Expo will take place in in Porto, Portugal from 27th to 31st October 2021. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is now welcoming applications from artists for bursaries to attend. Four bursaries of up to £400 each are available and online applications are now open and will close at 12noon Monday 18th October. Apply now at

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland will offer a maximum of four bursary awards for WOMEX 2021. The award of £400 per delegate is to be used towards the costs of return flights, registration and a contribution towards accommodation and subsistence.

Those eligible to apply for the delegate bursaries includes musicians, managers and agents working in Northern Ireland. In particular, bursaries are aimed at those artists and promoters who have a track record of touring internationally, have excellent promotional material available (CD’s, website etc) and who would benefit from attending the event to promote their work at this important music industry marketplace.

This will be the seventh occasion of the Arts Council’s support for attendance at WOMEX which has fast become the most important international professional market for world music including folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music. The five-day event attracts over 2,250 delegates from over 90 countries, including hundreds of concert and festival bookers, labels, publishers, distributors, managers and the world's media.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music and Opera, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented,

“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to make four bursaries available to artists from Northern Ireland to attend WOMEX. Attendance at WOMEX offers artists the vital opportunity to network and promote their work to music industry professionals and promoters from across the world. Successful delegates will also receive the full backing of Horizons who will be attending WOMEX to promote artists from across Ireland and the UK. I would encourage those interested to apply soon.”

This year, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland will host a combined stand located within the Horizons section of WOMEX. Horizons is an initiative which aims to collectively promote the music of nations of the UK & Ireland at WOMEX. The Horizons partners include, Arts Council England, British Underground, Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Culture Ireland, Creative Scotland, Scottish Music Industry Association, Arts Council of Wales, Cerdd Cymru: Music Wales and Wales Arts International, UK Trade & Investment. Selected delegates will participate in the national stand to promote their work to international arts industry presenters and promoters.

Online applications open on Monday 11th October and will close at 12noon Monday 18th October. To view the guidance notes and make an application visit

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