Calling All Performers

by Gazette Reporter
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Many performers have had their opportunities severely curtailed in the past year due to Covid-19.

With the lifting of restrictions, a scheme to support performers and producers to get back on their feet is calling for submissions for live outdoor events and shows.

Run over the summer months with details still in the planning stage, the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme 2021 is part of a wider programme being led by Dublin City Council’s Office of City Recovery with the backing of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

“This open call is an opportunity for performers to finally get back in front of an audience” says Ray Yeates, City Arts Officer. He makes clear the events will be ticketed and restricted in number in controlled public performance locations “At the moment the guidelines allow for only one hundred people outdoors and we won’t be able to facilitate casual crowds”.

Who can apply?

Performers across the board and of different scales and experience can apply from individual singer song writers, ensembles, buskers, circus, spectacle performers and street artists right up to large bands and everything in between. “That’s why we’ve made the first round of the application very easy. Mostly all you have to do is give us your biogs, your idea and your budget” says Ray. Successful first round applicants move into the second round for shortlisting.

“Obviously not everyone can be successful but we are hoping for upwards of twenty outdoor events in City Council venues, streets and parks” explains Ray. Family and all-age performance events are welcomed.

Dublin City Arts’ Office will also ensure structured support for event planning and control, insurance, event safety and public health guidance compliance which doesn’t need to be costed separately in the application. “We’ll give the selected acts core production support on how to put their first event together and then we will be assigning venues” says Ray.

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The available funding ranges from grants from under €2,000 up to €20,000.

“We are looking at acts that are suitable for small crowds. A string-quartet and a bandstand in a park for example with some lighting, crowd control barriers and security should be able to put on a performance in the lower five thousand euro mark” adds Ray.

How to apply

The application form can be found at

All the information has been put out on social media and sent to arts organisation. Budding and seasoned producers, venues and artists should act quickly as the closing date is 12 noon 23rd of June.

“There has been such a lot of pent up interest so much so that we expect a huge volume of applications. It’s a real chance for audiences to book tickets which are low or at nominal cost and to see a broad range of the performing arts in their local parks and city venues like Meeting House Square or Wood Quay Venue” concludes Ray.

Although the aim of this scheme is to facilitate programming of outdoor live performances these may be recorded or streamed if health restrictions prevent live events or as Dublin City Council deems appropriate.

For further information please see or E. [email protected] T. 01 222 5455

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