The Government is to provide backing for a new five-year partnership initiative to promote and commission work by female artists by the National Concert Hall (NCH) together with Sounding the Feminists (STF).

The initiative is being supported with co-funding confirmed in the form of €20,000 a year over five years making this a significant contribution to promoting the work by female musicians and composers.

The initiative was announced on the eve of International Women’s Day today by Minister for Cuture, Heritage and The Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan.

The new initiative will comprise three strands. The NCH and STF will co-curate a new Chamber Music Programme as part of the NCH Chamber Music Series 2018.

The series will seek to reveal the work of female composers and will highlight women who have been active but hidden as composers over the centuries, with reference to the context within which they were working.

There will be a new Commissioning Scheme to provide an opportunity to established and emerging composers to have their work commissioned and performed at the NCH. This scheme will focus on the creation of cross-disciplinary and collaborative work in the NCH programme. Details of this scheme are to be announced in the coming months.

The third strand sees a New Programme Strand which sees both the NCH and STF focus on the diverse range of works of female artists working in today’s contemporary music space.

It is envisaged the programme will see not only concerts but workshops, residencies and collaborations to further enhance creation and promotion of work by female artists. This new strand will be presented in 2019.

“Ensuring equality across all areas of the arts requires not just fine words or putting in place good policies, it requires actions too,” said Minister Madigan.

“I am delighted that my Department, under the Creative Ireland Programme will partner with the National Concert Hall to co-fund a programme of new initiatives with Sounding the Feminists.”

Speaking of the initiative Simon Taylor, CEO of the National Concert Hall said:

“This announcement, on the eve of International Women’s Day 2018, sees the NCH embark on an ambitious curatorial and commissioning programme over the next five years in partnership with Sounding the Feminists.added National Concert Hall CEO Simon Taylor.

“We are delighted to be working with Sounding the Feminists to develop and enhance opportunities for female composers and musicians in Ireland, across musical genres.”

Further details of the NCH and Sounding Feminists 2018-2022 Initiative will be announced in the coming months.

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