YOUNG ARTISTS’ PLATFORM SCHEME
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, in collaboration with BBC Northern Ireland, offers awards for young, exceptionally talented solo musicians/singers or ensembles who have finished their first academic, graduate level qualification and are ready to enter the professional world as artists. The financial award associated with this scheme will allow applicants to spend a sizeable amount of time learning from a master musician/teacher/composer etc. abroad. Priority will be given to applications where the associated period of learning is taking place outside Ireland or the UK. The BBC will facilitate this scheme by offering two professional broadcast performances to successful applicants.
What does this scheme offer?
The Young Artists’ Platform Scheme is a biennial scheme offering three individual awards of £5,000 plus two professional engagements arranged through BBC Northern Ireland for a broadcast chamber music/solo recital and a concerto performance with the Ulster Orchestra where appropriate.
Who can apply?
Individual musicians, up to an age limit of 26 for instrumental players and 29 for singers, (as at date of deadline for application) of classical music background and training who have made a meaningful contribution to artistic activities in Northern Ireland. Applicants must have a graduate level degree or equivalent, in music, and have reached a high standard of performance.
The following are not eligible
• Applications for prolonged study at centres of further education. However, applications involving short-term attendance at centres of further education will be considered if the proposed master/artist is accessible only through this route.
• Applications leading to professional qualifications.
• Applications relating to projects/commissions already in receipt of Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery funds.
• Applicants who have already received a Young Artists’ Platform Scheme Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland
No materials/equipment are eligible under this scheme.
This scheme is currently closed to applications and is due to re-open in December 2010
What are the criteria for assessment?
Applicants will have to demonstrate:
• Evidence of exceptional artistic achievement to date initially assessed by CV and references. Shortlisted applicants only will be invited to attend auditions in mid-October 2004. The Audition requirements will be three contrasting pieces in style and period, one of which should be contemporary. The Audition will last no longer than ten minutes and extracts from the applicant’s programme will be chosen by the Audition Panel. The Audition Panel will consist of representatives of the BBC, ACNI and one independent adjudicator.
• Evidence of acceptance for specific training/tuition.
• Relevance and benefit of proposed training/tuition and broadcast engagements to future career.
Is support material required?
• All applicants must submit a current CV.
• All applicants must submit two references on the Reference Forms included within the application form from professional musicians/teachers/promoters.
How long will it take?
Applicants will be notified of Council decisions within two months following the deadline for applications.
Are there evaluation requirements for successful applicants?
Successful applicants will be asked to submit a post-project report of not more than 500 words, which will include their own evaluation of the project and details of how they spent the award money. Failure to submit a report will affect future applications to all Arts Council programmes.