Funding Opportunity: U.S. Embassy Dublin’s Calling All Musicians Initiative

U.S. Embassy Dublin is soliciting proposals from musicians and musical acts based in Ireland to participate in 30-minute online performances and potentially interviews as part of the Embassy’s new Calling All Musicians initiative. Each successful applicant (individual musician or entire musical act) will receive €1,000 as a participation honorarium.

Calling All Musicians aims to engage an Irish online audience and highlight how American music and culture have influenced Irish musicians. This new program is part of the Embassy’s public engagement efforts to highlight strong U.S.-Ireland cultural ties, support the arts, and stay connected with Irish audiences throughout the pandemic crisis.

Closing date for applications is Friday, 31 July 2020.

Selected musicians or musical acts will do a 30-minute virtual performance and have the option to hold an interview with a moderator designated by the U.S. Embassy. Performances will include at least two songs, one of which must be a cover of a piece by an American act (such as an American composer, songwriter, performer, or band). The interview would include a discussion of how the musicians have been influenced by American music or culture.

Performances will be aired periodically during the weeks following the Application End Date, with specific performance dates set at the U.S. Embassy’s discretion. Musicians will be permitted and encouraged to announce the performance to their own audiences through social media platforms and other means as appropriate. The U.S. Embassy will retain the right to air the performance, in part or in full, in the future.

Musicians must be able to participate via an online platform, such as Zoom, Facebook Live, or Instagram Live, and be able to pre-record songs. Performances and interviews will take place in ways that comply with the Irish government’s guidelines for individual movements during the pandemic.

For further information, application details and criteria, please see ie.usembassy.gov.