New publication: State on Stage

A new book from the Boekman Foundation may be of interest:

State on Stage: The impact of public policies on the performing arts in Europe

[from press release]
State on Stage tunes in on the relationship between governments and performing arts in European countries over the past fifteen years. In order to survive, performing arts organizations in Europe must adapt to ongoing changes in the artistic, commercial and political climate. Although maximizing market revenues has become business as usual for companies and venues, most still require substantial involvement from the government.

Governments, at their turn, expect more economic, educational or social tasks next to the artistic occupations before funding. This book shows how performing arts professionals manage to combine commercial entrepreneurship with the political skills needed to operate in a government environment.

State on stage offers both a pan-European overview and national portraits of fifteen EU member states, depicting a lively, dynamic performing arts scene, prospering in the new millennium. It also reveals what’s happening behind the scenes: oversupply, with thousands of performing artists unable to find proper jobs, seeking additional income elsewhere. Despite the generosity of governments at all levels, public money comes either in insufficient quantities, or is spent inefficiently.

This book describes the hopes and dreams that keep performing artists motivated under these difficult conditions. It contains inspiring literature, essential recommendations and new perspectives for everyone involved in this field: artists, managers, scholars, policy makers and politicians active in Europe and across its borders.

I’ve just been having a browse around the Belfast Galleries site, a project of Culture Northern Ireland…  intriguing, I haven’t come across it before. Lots of info on the gallery scene in Belfast, including integration of Flickr plugins, downloadable maps, etc. I think perhaps the design is too cluttered (similar to CNI’s own site), but it’s really useful to have so much information centralised somewhere.

Audiences Northern Ireland has a much better design in my opinion– clean, elegant interface, nice use of graphics:

Most Irish arts organisations still have a ways to go when it comes to utilising the web– don’t get me started on the National Institutions and the dire state of their websites– so it’s great to see some innovative examples. Long may they continue…

Sign me up for the ‘duelling harps’ session

With a name like Termonfeckin, how could you not go? Thanks to alumna Nonie Gaynor for passing this on.


An Chúirt Chruitireachta
Cairde na Cruite Harp Festival
Termonfeckin, Co. Louth

12th June 2008

Download full programme (pdf)

The Cairde na Cruite annual Harp Festival, An Chúirt Chruitireachta will take place from 29 June to 4 July 2008 at An Grianán, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth.

This residential harp festival has been running for 26 years to date and we are looking forward to yet another world class event in 2008. The festival is a celebration of the tradition of the Irish Harp and the harping tradition in Ireland. It also provides links with other harping traditions, specifically the Breton tradition in 2008.

The festival consists of tuition sessions for the harpers with internationally renowned harpers and a Sean Nós singer-in-residence Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich, who will incorporate workshops with the harpers. The event also features a series of evening concerts featuring musicians / ensembles including amongst others: Siobhán Armstrong, Liadán, Dordán, Cormac de Barra, Noel Hill and Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich.

The opening concert on 29th June will take place in Beaulieu House, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth. All other concerts will be held in An Grianán, Arts Centre, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth.

For further information or tickets please contact:
Áibhlín McCrann – Festival Director (087) 2800390
Karan Thompson – PR & Marketing (086) 2550291

How much is that oboe in the window?

Yesterday a new pilot scheme was announced by Music Network (supported by the Arts Council and the IRMA Trust) that will enable the purchase of instruments and renting of rehearsal spaces. Full application details can be downloaded from Music Network:

The Arts Council, The IRMA Trust and Music Network are pleased to announce new supports for capital investment in music in 2008. The Music Capital Scheme is a three-year pilot project that is part of a research initiative seeking to analyse the needs for support for capital investment in music as well as the optimum ways of providing this support.

In 2008, the first year of the project, financial support will be offered in three distinct streams that will run concurrently:

  • Stream 1: Instrument Banks – support for the purchase of instruments for non-professional groups/ensembles such as brass and silver bands, concert bands, symphonic wind ensembles, pipe bands, céilí bands, youth/amateur orchestras and ensembles, fife and drum (and other marching) bands, big bands, community music groups, percussion and samba groups, pop/rock music collectives, traditional music groups/organisations, choirs, other non-professional groups/ensembles
  • Stream 2: Individual Instruments – support for the purchase of high quality musical instruments for highly skilled individual performers playing at a professional level
  • Stream 3: Rehearsal Equipment – (Funded by once-off donation from The IRMA Trust) support for the equipping of dedicated rehearsal facilities for youth bands in conjunction with local authorities, venues, youth agencies and/or other organisations

Dublin Fringe Festival seeks Volunteers

I’m happy to pass on this announcement from the Fringe:

Dublin Fringe Festival Seeks Volunteers

The 2008 Dublin Fringe Festival takes place from the 6th until the 21st September and we are on the look-out for volunteers to help us to run Ireland’s most dynamic, exciting and rewarding festival.

You don’t need to love theatre or the arts to volunteer, but if you do all the better. Once you have plenty of positive energy, a willingness to get stuck in and some free time, come join us! Whether you have a few hours, a day, a week or a month, we want to hear from you. Apart from a valuable experience and an insight into festival management, we reward our volunteers with complimentary entries to shows, volunteer packs, references and a volunteer party to celebrate the occasion.

Details on the Roles and Application Form can be found on:

Password to enter site: Fringe (please note this is case sensitive)

Completed Application Form can be e-mailed to:

Next step – Fringe Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you in the summer to let you know about our Volunteer Information/Recruitment event.

N.B. Volunteers need to be 18 years of age or older – Fringe terms & conditions apply for show tickets.