NI Music Touring Programme

Arts Council of Northern Ireland unveil four new tours focussing on young artists and niche genres

Details of four new music touring programmes, funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Northern Ireland Music Touring Programme, have been unveiled.

The fund, worth £150,000, aims to help artists and producers work more closely with promoters and venues so that together they develop new audiences for year-round, high-quality music on tour.

The new funding programme was developed in response to the Arts Council’s new five-year Strategy for Music, which aims to support a more ambitious, dynamic and cohesive approach to Northern Ireland's music heritage and, in particular, to genres such as jazz, world music, chamber music and contemporary music.

The four touring programmes supported through the initiative include five tours from Moving on Music featuring old time American roots group Furnace Mountain, composer David Lyttle and his sextet, traditional Irish music group Beoga, concert pianist Joanna McGregor and a series of family participation concerts with Nico and Martin.

The Walled City Music Festival will present the Neil Cowley Trio in a seven date tour, and Open House will collaborate with Smalltown America Music to create a unique tour experience with international musicians in the folk roots genre and emerging Northern Irish artists, who will tour a selection of unusual and iconic venues around the beautiful Northern Ireland coast.

And finally, the Quercus Ensemble will present and tour a French-themed chamber music evening and a stunning new musical adaptation of one of Roald Dahl’s best loved classics, Revolting Rhymes.

Each of the successful organisations will work closely with Audiences Northern Ireland over the next year to develop their audience base.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: 'The Arts Council’s new five-year Strategy for Music shows a firm commitment to helping people in Northern Ireland access the best music, in any form, be it classical or jazz, traditional and folk or rock and pop, from world music to electronic and contemporary music.

'We firmly believe the new Northern Ireland Music Touring programme will help us achieve that. In addition, the programme will facilitate partnerships and collaborations among artists within the music sector. By offering them opportunities to work more closely with promoters and venues, it is hoped that together, they will form a better understanding of music audiences and how to grow them.’

For more information visit the Arts Council website.