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"The Abduction of Anne O’Donel" by Paul B McNulty

A beautiful heiress, a villainous lawyer, a scandalous abduction that shocks the country.

The Abduction of Anne O’Donel tells the story of a young heiress who refuses to marry the elderly Timothy Brecknock whom her father has chosen for her. Frustrated by her lack of interest, Brecknock abducts Anne to a remote island on Lough Conn hoping to win her heart with stories of romance, politics, Evangelicalism and alchemy. Believing that her secret betrothed, Jasper Martin, will find her, Anne plays a dangerous game as the story concludes with a murder, a famous trial and a wedding.

The Abduction of Anne O’Donel, is the second in a series of historical novels based on real events in late 18th century Ireland. It was a finalist in the 2013 William Faulkner Novel Competition. Three of its minor characters, Sibella Cottle, Sir Harry Lynch-Blosse and Ned Holian, will be familiar to readers of my first novel, Spellbound by Sibella.

The Abduction of Anne O’Donel is available as an e-book on Club Lighthouse Publishing, Canada and as both a print book and e-book on Amazon UK and

Little Gem Puppets

Little Gem Puppets are a fun, family friendly company who focus on children’s shows and workshops. Everybody is invited to share the art of puppetry at their events. Their shows are live, interactive and their puppets are lively and colourful. Their workshops are aimed at developing a good skills base whilst having fun and passing on a love of puppetry. They also like puppet film making and have produced an award winning film. Little Gem Puppets work with libraries, museums, arts centres, arts festivals, street festivals, family festivals, fleadh cheoils, organizations who work as Gaeilge and a whole lot more. You can find images and more information at



Swinford Culture Centre and Meeting Room can provide the following:

A fully accessible open space area that can accommodate up to 250 people.

A fully accessible & functional separate meeting room that can accommodate up to 30 people.

With ample car parking facilities,

Ideally located in close proximity to Ireland West Airport.

Within reasonable distance from Castlebar, Ballina and Claremorris.

Suitable to showcase Craft Fairs and Exhibitions etc.

Offering competitive rates.

Just contact Teresa Melia or Julie Ryan at Swinford Office of Mayo County Council at 094 9251495 for further details. | Join a Growing Online Community of Artists

Get connected in 2014 – Showcase your work online

*Additional 3 months free for VAI members (Do not forget to mention if are a VAI member when registering)*

YOUR PERSONAL GALLERY: now it’s easy to showcase & manage your work online
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For more information, please email or call (098) 37661



Engaging with your local media is a great way to showcase your work, raise your profile, grow audiences and attract new members.

Yet, through no fault of their own, many voluntary arts and crafts groups have little or no idea how to use local broadcasting effectively. If your efforts to publicise events, performances, courses or workshops have proved unproductive, the new broadcasting ‘toolkit’ is here to help.

Devised by Voluntary Arts and NODA (the National Operatic & Dramatic Association) the ‘toolkit’ will help you make the most of your local broadcasters. There are huge opportunities out there, in local television and radio – and this easy-to-read booklet talks you through who to approach, how to communicate your message and much more.

To download this free resource, click Voluntary Arts Broadcasting Toolkit is a global website that specialises in Irish traditional music.  With close to 4,000 members including the likes of Moya Brennan, Kevin Crawford and all the up and coming bands and artists worldwide we receive over 40,000 page hits a month.  We write about and promote traditional music on a daily basis. Our members also include organisations like Gael Linn, ITMA, Clo lar Chonnacht and dozens more from the US, UK and Europe. We are a recognised media outlet by those organisations as well.

In addition if you have any events you should consider joining and posting your events with us.  We re-post most content back out to Facebook, Twitter, Digg, G+ and others.

For more information please visit



Poetry Zoo is a new global digital platform based in Scotland. It has been funded by Digital Innovation awards from Creative Scotland (national arts body of Scotland) and Scottish Enterprise. 
Poetry Zoo aims to encourage creativity - the writing, reading and sharing of poetry - using the latest digital tools. It is the first site custom-built for the needs of poetry. There is no need for any apps - the site adapts instantly to any device - poetry anytime, anywhere and is free to join.
The site offers a supportive environment for established poets or complete beginners and everyone in between. Everyone gets a private Workspace to write in and work on their poems, or to import existing work - and a 'Poetry Window' to display their finished work - individual poems or whole collections; this is fully integrated with Twitter and other social media. There's 'Readers and Reading' - pretty much like Twitter's 'Followers and Following' - common interest/experience Groups; communal Anthologies; comments - and there's a 'Muse' space with editorial, features on poetry, etc.

Further details can be found on the Poetry Zoo website.



Irish Prints Gallery will be going on line in November.  This online store will sell high quality prints of Irish based Amateur/Semi Professional Artists who have limited access to other sales outlets. We are currently putting together the online gallery. If you are interested in participating please contact :
Catherine Hughes

Mobile:  0861514022



Interested in commissioning a Portrait?
€290 for 14” x 18” canvas (35 x 45 cms) with a frame. 
€370 for 16” x 20” canvas (40 x 50 cms) with a frame. 
€450 for 20” x 24” canvas (50 x 60 cms) with a frame. 
Niall can also paint from a photo to reduce a sitter’s time, he need at least two hours to paint from life towards completion. 
He can also paint a portrait of your loved one either living or deceased from a photo either B&W or colour. 
According to a sitter’s wish, he can paint entirely from life using a sight size method. He would need about ten hours from start to completion.


Custom framing service on offer to Artists


After a yearlong research and consultation process Visual Artists Ireland, the all Ireland organisation representing professional visual artists, is delighted to launch the Payment Guidelines for Professional Visual Artists.  
For the first time in Ireland, venues and artists will be able to properly calculate equitable levels of payments, properly budget for their programmes and for the variety of work that professional artists undertake in not for profit spaces. 
As a result of our 2012/13 research and consultation process we realised that not only was there no consistency in the type of remuneration that institutions provided to artists but that in many cases no fee was paid to the artist for their participation at all. Case studies show that artists at the pinnacle of their career are expected to work at a level that no other profession would tolerate. Examples include those working for nothing or paying to have their work shown. The small minority who are being paid for their creative skills earn in the region of only €1200 Euro per annum. In any industry this is inequitable when taking into consideration the salary levels of other art professionals such as arts administrators, managers, curators and technicians who rely on visual artists for their jobs.
In follow up, VAI undertook a series of conversations with the sector to find the cause for the non-payments. Along with reasons such as insufficient funding, one of the main reasons given for non-payment was that, unlike other professions, there was no national scale of payments available for reference.  
Visual Artists Ireland has collaborated with artists, organisations and our international partners to create this set of guidelines. The guidelines are based upon international best practice, and are scalable for different sizes of organisations as well as the experience/reputation of artists. They also take into consideration the different work undertaken by artists within the context of exhibitions and supporting services.
It is intended that these Guidelines will become the national go-to resource for calculating artists' payments and become the first step towards the development of a sustainable model for best practice between artists and the institutions that contract their labour.

The Payment Guidelines for Professional Visual Artists can be found at

The website was launched June 2013 to showcase creative enterprises from the West of Ireland, as well as from areas in Northern Ireland, Sweden and Finland.  The site is aimed at international clients and it’s free to join.

Developed under an EU-funded project (Creative Edge the site is managed by the Western Development Commission (WDC).  We have just published a report on the design and marketing of MyCreativeEdge as well as its performance over its first six months.  We hope this will be of interest to others involved in supporting the creative industries sector.  The Executive Summary or full report can be downloaded at

Currently has 575 registered members with 378 profiles published on the site.  183 creative enterprises from the West of Ireland have published their free, highly visual online profile. Since its launch MyCreativeEdge has received over 45,000 visits -  47% coming from outside of Ireland.

A new advertising campaign for MyCreativeEdge will begin in the Summer of 2014, so it’s a good time for new members to join.   The site is open to enterprises, freelancers and recent graduates from any of the creative industries including design, photography, software, film-making, architecture, visual arts and crafts among others.  For full details of the sectors and areas covered or to register on the site visit

For further information please contact Pauline White, Western Development Commission +353 (0)94 986 1441 |


Regeneration Impact Assesment Toolkit

This toolkit has been designed to provide a detailed understanding of life in a community.  You might use it to establish a baseline measurement before you implement a programme of regeneration or you can use it to assess the impact of recent regeneration activity. Understanding the conditions in a locality before interventions commence is essential if you are to fully understand what effect policies and programmes are having. 


Choirs Can: New Resource of Irish Songs for Choirs

Soprano Deirdre Moynihan has launched a new venture to promote choral singing. Choirs Can, an online resource of Irish songs arranged for choir, is aimed at secondary school and non-professional choirs.  The website currently includes eight 'songpacks', including arrangements of the songs Óró Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile and Bríd Óg Ní Mháille.  All of the materials on the Choirs Can website is available for free. Read more here.


Garda Vetting Billed 2012 published

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Bill 2012 was published by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter on 20th July. When enacted, this Bill will provide a statutory framework for Garda vetting and disclosures procedures. It will make vetting a requirement for people seeking to work with children or vulnerable adults.

The Bill is part of a suite of legislation to protect children and was developed in accordance with the Programme for Government. This includes the publication of the Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information) Bill and the Children First Bill 2012.

The National Vetting Bureau Database

Under the Bill, the National Vetting Bureau (the new name to be given to the Garda Central Vetting Unit) will be required to establish a database consisting of - a register of relevant organisations, - a register of specified information, and - a register of vetted persons. This is in addition to the records of criminal convictions which the Garda Síochána already hold.

Organisations which must register

Broadly speaking, relevant organisations are organisations which take on employees or volunteers to work with children or vulnerable persons. Relevant organisations are required to apply to the Bureau for registration. Organisations already registered with the Bureau will be deemed to be on the register after the commencement of the new legislation.

Small organisations may not be required to register directly with the NVB. Their applications can be submitted through a registered representative body. A number of organisations already provide such a service, including the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), CREATE, Poetry Ireland for their members or affiliates.

Soft Information

The Bill provides for the exchange of ‘soft information’ in the context of protecting children and vulnerable adults. In the Bill, soft information is referred to as specified information. This is information held by the Garda Síochána or an organisation specified in Schedule 2 of the Bill where such information reasonably gives rise to a bona fide concern that a person may harm a child or vulnerable person. The disclosure of soft information is tightly controlled and the Bill seeks to balance the rights of vetting subjects to the protection of their good name and the rights of children and vulnerable adults to be protected from persons who are likely to cause them harm.

Mandatory vetting under the Bill

A person may not be engaged to do relevant work or activities relating to children or vulnerable persons unless that person has been subject to the vetting procedures under the Bill. Failure to comply with this duty is an offence under the Bill. It will be a defence for a person to show that he or she did not know, nor could reasonably be expected to know, that the work for which a person was engaged constituted relevant work or activity.

Assessing the vetting subject’s suitability

As with the current system, it is a matter for the relevant organisation, and not the Bureau, to consider and take into account the information disclosed in a vetting disclosure in assessing the suitability of the person for the position for which he or she has applied. The organisation may not disclose the information otherwise than in accordance with the Bill. Non-compliance with this duty is an offence.

Re-vetting and Retrospective Vetting

The Bill makes provision for the re-vetting of employees and retrospective vetting of current employees who have not yet been vetted: however, this has resource implications and is likely to be introduced on a phased basis.

The Arts Council welcomes the publication of this Bill, which will significantly strengthen the State’s protections for children and vulnerable adults. It will provide a robust legal basis for the National Vetting Bureau and a clearer legal framework for organisations working with children and vulnerable adults.  The Arts Council will continue to provide updates to the Arts Sector on this and other relevant matters in relation to child and vulnerable adult protection. 


Age of Creativity website

A new website has been launched dedicated to arts and older people and funded by the Baring Foundation. It is called the Age of Creativity and has been designed to be easy to use enabling you to share and showcase your work. 

The creators encourage you to make use of this new resource by uploading your projects or practice, in particular ahead of the public launch with the Arts Minister Ed Vaizey in early December where they will advocate for the inspiring work of the sector. 

You can upload direct to the site at - all you need is a title, short description, image and any video or other media content you want. The website also allows you to host workshops, conferences or other events online to reach those who cannot make it in person. If you are interested in this or have an idea for an online panel discussion then please contact

You can visit at or follow on twitter @ageofcreativity and on Facebook at



The Society of Music Education in Ireland invites you to contribute to MUSED, the NEW online news blog of the Society for Music Education in Ireland. Click here for details or email Thomas Johnston


Employer Resources: Best Practice for Irish Non-profits

The Wheel is very pleased to announce the launch of the newEmployer Resources: Best Practice for Irish Non-profits website.

Previously known as the Employers Resource Bureau, the significantly revamped Employer Resources website is an entirely free resource for Irish non-profits that offers best practice advice on employment law, policies, practices and procedures.

Sign Up for the Free Newsletter

One way that you can ensure your organisation is kept up to date about key changes in employment legislation and related matters is to sign up for the Employer Resources free quarterly newsletter.

Brimming with essential HR-related articles and advice - all expertly produced from a distinctly non-profit perspective - the Employer Resources Newsletter is the resource for employers, managers and HR professionals in the Irish non-profit sector. Click the button below to sign-up now.


Mentoring Online for Writers of Fiction, Non-fiction and Poetry

This is a new service for writers. Here's how it works:

Mentoring offers writers a long-term, tutor-writer relationship, to work on a novel, memoir, collection of stories or poems, or a work of non-fiction. Our team, led by Mary-Jane Holmes (below), will be on hand to offer professional guidance to develop and progress your work. Duration 3 - 9 months.

As opposed to the structure of a course where there are set exercises to work to, with this approach it is up to you choose to submit. The focus is on your work, and the aim is to improve and develop your writing, as well as offer a framework (the ankle-biting part) to structure your time and help sustain morale. There is a great deal of flexibility in this scheme but the basic outline runs likes this:

There are three mentoring parameters available:

1. 30,000 words €350

Three in-depth online consultations looking at up to 10,000 words per session (ideally over 3 months but the framework can be adjusted in order to fit in with work/family commitments).

Weekly progress communication via email.

Final critiqued appraisal of work submitted.

2. 60,000 words €650

Six in-depth consultations looking at up to 10,000 words per session over 6 months.

Weekly progress communication via email.

Final critiqued appraisal of work submitted.

3. 90,000 words €950

Nine in-depth consultations looking at up to 10,000 words per session over 9 months.

Weekly progress communication via email.

Final critiqued appraisal of work submitted.

You can start with three months and see how it goes.



The Poethead Site

A this site is promoting and discussing women poets, editors, writers and translators .  


Arts Audiences: Cultural Tourism, 'How to' Guide

Arts Audiences has published marketing consultant Annette Nugent's guide to how arts organisations might begin working with the local and national tourism sector to increase tourist attendance at arts/cultural venues and events. The guide covers information on the who and what of cultural tourism in Irelandand practical approaches for including visitors in audience development strategies. This guide has been published as part of Arts Audiences Build Your Audience scheme, which focussed on cultural tourism in 2011. Click here to access the guide: ( )


Centre of Professional Training in Culture

The Centre of Professional Training in Culture has a website dedicated to the ASLECT project.  The ASLECT project - Active Seniors Learn, Educate, Communicate and Transmit is supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme. The project addresses the presence of older people within cultural organisations from a double perspective: as users/beneficiaries of educational and cultural programmes and equally as learning resources for developing new programmes addressing the community.

The website presents examples of best practice from different projects. 


Let Craftgo help you promote your craft business.

Craftgo social networks and forums can help transform your business.   Use Craftgo social networks, blogs and forums to give your business a boost.   Tell your own story about your arts and crafts and get yourself noticed.  Get onboard with Craftgo now and really see your sales grow.  Simply the best way to sell your crafts online  Connect with your customers with Craftgo  We are with all the major shopping directories to bring traffic to your stall.  Connect using  your social media tools to give your customer the best online experience  Compared with other leading websites we offer so much more and it's free.  Craftgo social,your place to chill out.
Craftgo social your place to meet and exchange ideas with fellow crafters.

With forums and social networking use it to expand your reach and make comnnections.


Irish National 

Welcome to the new Irish National - monthly articles and news on events, activities, conferences, and businesses providing sustainable products and services all over Ireland. We hope you enjoy it! Please click on

News on Food, Renewable Energy, Arts, Education, and lots more.

Hopefully Ireland’s very close to approval on 'feed-in-tariffs' for electricity generation from renewables. Information from the Irish Bioenergy Association in the Irish National.

If you are organising any national events please email them to us on for next months issue which will come out in early December.

Advertising is extremely good value, from €20. 

The Irish National is produced by Local Campus , a movement to help develop local and national charities and businesses, to promote self-reliance, food and energy security.

Please add to the Irish National as much as you can to promote national events around the Country. Your views are much appreciated.

New music promotion website has joined forces with the iNTERTAIN Group and Walkabout Bars to create a new way for unsigned bands to promote themselves. launched their Live Streaming service in May 2011, and have been broadcasting live gigs and events straight onto their own website or their clients websites ever since.

Co-founder of, Jason Bedington said: When the idea for was initially discussed, we wanted to provide a platform for unsigned bands to use that was radically different from the current social networks we are all familiar with. So we set about creating, a platform that a band can log onto from anywhere in the world and using a laptop and video camera, play a live gig to a global audience.

This new service has seen bands playing gigs live throughout Europe andAmericawhilst simultaneously streaming their performance live to new fans around the world.

From October 20th will be booking, promoting and broadcasting live shows every Thursday night from the Walkabout bar inTemple, on Londons Embankment. The Walkabout venue has always showcased original music and unsigned artists, but this deal will see the bands reach a larger audience.

The deal strengthens Walkabouts commitment to live music and showcasing fresh talent. If successful, the partnership will see the scheduling of more broadcast events throughout 2012 as the programme is rolled out across other Walkabout venues.

Walkabout UK Brand Manager, Gareth Bull said: Working in partnership with will allow Walkabout to book exciting unsigned bands and artists and help nurture them into fully fledged recording artists. This exciting initiative will see our brand exposed in new and exciting areas and allow acts to reach new fans both on a local level and globally, as the shows are live streamed across the world.

Extending this service through partnerships with larger brands like Walkabout was the logical next step in the growth of

Bedington said: Our aim is to partner with large brands to bring together the massive audience that follow unsigned artists with the products and services that larger brands can offer. This alliance offers our partners long term brand awareness as unsigned artists harness the community of influencers within their social networks and help to grow a brands reputation through peer to peer marketing.

For further information on booking bands to play at Walkabout venues, or how GotSeeN work with brands by creating events to broadcast, please contact For further information on Walkabout, please contact the Walkabout press office on 020 7079 9222.


The Painting Imperative Online Magazine Launches
The Painting Imperative is a new online magazine dedicated to the discussion of all aspects of contemporary painting from around the globe. Each issue will look at the work made by today’s painters; it will be critical and appreciative, highlighting successes, problems and inspirations, and hopefully give a taste of what’s going on in the studios and galleries of contemporary practitioners. The Painting Imperative also aims to become a platform for emerging critical voices, and to spread the word about the huge diversity of painting practice alive today. Site is the space for artists promoting their work with children and young people. It provides a platform for artists to share all their work and give it greater visibility.

The new site offers increased functionality, the new member profiles and project profiles, pages with improved search capacity  and the new design will make it easier to see and demonstrate best practice, highlighting the work in a more appealing and visual way. In addition, new areas will allow members to select and feature projects. Members will also be able to track projects and also ‘follow’ and contact other members. Check out to see the new site


Arm yourself with a funding toolkit

Arts and Business offer a free fundraising toolkit for download from their website. The kit includes averything from the basic essentials that you need to know; like tips from industry experts and links to online funding opportunities. There are even useful case studies and examples of modern organisations using the toolkit to good effect.To download your own fundraising toolkit visit the arts and business website  


Temple Lane Recording Studios in Dublin

We feel that it is in all our interests to help musicians, and artists to counter-act the recession. Following a meeting with all our studios we would like to offer a 30% discount to all your members.

Temple Lane Recording Studios comprises of Sun, Apollo, and Elektra studios, all located in Temple Bar, Dublin. Also Grouse Lodge Studios, in Moate Co Westmeath.

Michael Jackson, Muse, Rihanna, Snow Patrol, and REM are just a few of the many names that have recorded with us over the past 25years.

You can find more information about our studios online at and, or feel free to call or email us.


Join Breaking Tunes - a project of First Music Contact

Ireland's only dedicated Irish music showcase site

Breaking Tunes is a free online music portal for Irish bands and artists aimed at and sent to the greater music industry and fans every month.

Register as industry here for regular updates and to browse the site.


Production for Arts Events: A PLANNING CHECKLIST

First time events organisers and those wishing to produce more ambitious events – this new guide from Voluntary Arts Ireland will help you plan the logistics of putting on your event; whether a theatre piece, exhibition or arts festival.
Find at (38 pages)
Author: Brenda Kent, Voluntary Arts Ireland, 2009
Supported by: Production Services Ireland for technical support and sponsorship
Further information: – 028 / 048 4483 9327 /
Read the Event Planning Guide at


The Ireland Funds’ Philanthropy and Fundraising Toolkit

The Toolkit is an essential practical guide to fundraising and philanthropy for any non-profit. It looks at many key areas such as: board development, running a successful campaign, the 4 fundraising steps: research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, how to run successful meetings, collaborating and merging with other non profits, how to approach companies for CSR support, how to build a brand for your nonprofit, how to write a case statement, and lots more.  It steps out practical and feasible tips for ensuring your non-profit can survive and thrive during these uncertain times.  The toolkit contains 5 main sections, 4 focus inserts, actions plans, useful tips and lots more. If you wish to purchase a copy of  The Toolkit, please click on the following link or contact Nicki at (01)6627878 or


Reminder: CCP Ireland website

You will find all the latest news and info on EU culture funding opportunities on the CCP Ireland website:


Plein Air Painters Community Site
PLEIN EIRE, is a website for plein air painters in Ireland. For information on outdoor painting, equipment, paint outs and to make new friends and keep in touch, sign up. Free.
Contact Name: Tony Robinson
Venue Address:


Professional Photo/Video Documentation for Artists

Professional, high quality and economical photographic and video documentation is now availabe at a special, discounted rate for artists by the award winning lens-based media artist Mike Hannon. Mike has many years of expertise in photography and video, as an artist in his own right and in the provision of documentation for others’ projects. He understands that artists often require top quality documentation of their work for websites, applications and catalogues, but that this may not always be economically viable. He is offering a heavily discounted rate for individuals working in the visual arts.

Please see for examples of his work, and to contact him for a quote.

087 678 2962



Visual Artists Ireland Student Pack

A resource pack for visual and applied art students and recent graduates.

This pack has been put together for the benefit of visual and applied arts students and recent graduates making the transition into professional  practice in Ireland.  With more visual and applied arts courses available than ever before, the number of aspiring artists continues to grow. The visual arts attract many talented and creative people so the sector can be very competitive.

This pack is intended to give students and recent graduates an idea of the practical areas they will need to consider and the options open to them following graduation.

Your qualification is just your first step to becoming a professional artist.

You can download the VAI Student Pack on our website here:


Shift in Perspective - an arts and disability resource pack

The resource pack is designed to assist arts organisations to develop innovative approaches in high-quality contemporary arts and disability practice and to make their events more accessible to artists and audiences with disabilities. The pack has been put together by a partnership group, which includes the Arts Council, Arts and Disability Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Mayo County Council and South Tipperary County Council


Na Píobairí Uilleann on-line resource

Na Píobairí Uilleann have an extensive on-line resource entitled SOURCE.  
SOURCE provides access to an underlying digital media database comprising thousands of video clips of the best of Irish traditional music built up from our monthly recital series over the last five years. SOURCE also provides a new platform for our instructional tutor video series covering beginner, intermediate and advanced tunes. Other material includes selections from their audio and photo archive including thousands of high quality photographs of classic instruments.
Also available are the Irish Music Collections On-line (IMCO) Galleries consisting of over 1,600 pieces of music from 24 significant historical music collections dating from as early as 1724. These tune collections have been transcribed by Na Píobairí Uilleann from the originals and are available to review or listen to using the freeware Sibelius Scorch player. In deploying the site they also took the opportunity to merge some of their existing web based resources such as their on-line library into the SOURCE.
Further information


Irish Music Education

An exciting new initiative for the music education community – Irish Music Education ( IME is an innovative resource for the music education community in Ireland that has been set up to connect the diverse strands of music education in Ireland, foster the exchange of ideas, knowledge, resources and expertise and be a flexible resource that can respond to the emerging support needs of research and practice in music education.

IME is most importantly a ‘doing’ organisation. Its strength will be driven by its participants. Through wide ranging activities as the interactive website, monthly lead articles, practice group, reading group, voicing conference and mapping music project, this initiative aims to connect the diverse aspects of music education, whether it is practice or research, formal or informal, based in school, studio, university, cultural organisation or wider community, and with people of whatever age or professional level within a multitude of music genres.

Go to to get involved, find out more and be a part of this new departure for Irish music education. Please circulate this email and flyer to ensure maximum access and participation to this resource.



Literature for instrumental music teaching to download from the internet

Our instrumental music teaching method for beginners to advanced has many advantages. Just to explain a couple:

1. RUGERI offers the most detailed search machine for sheet music to match the students skills.

- On our homepage,, you may flip through

  more than 20,000 teaching pieces until you find what you are

  looking for, free of charge!

2. RUGERI offers the perfect possibility to diagnose the student's progress, thanks to automatically recorded downloading of music pieces being designated to each student.


Transition from the Culture Programme 2007-2013 to the Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020

All closing dates have now passed for funding under the Culture Programme 2007-2013, the EU programme run by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) for the European Commission.  It will shortly be replaced by the Creative Europe programme which will run from 2014 – 2020.  The programme guide and deadlines for Creative Europe are due to be published later this year around Autumn once details have been agreed.   The first closing date is expected to be in early 2014.  As soon as details of the new programme are available CCP Ireland will host information seminars in a couple of locations.  Dates and locations will be advertised on the CCP website, twitter and in this newsletter.

Please click here for more information on Creative Europe.

@diversity European Idea Competition on Culture and ICT.

On the 21st of May, the European Union launched the @diversity Idea Competition, open for all EU citizens, companies and organizations. The Competition will be seeking innovative ideas, making use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), for all European cultural and creative sectors, including cultural heritage, publishing, audio-visual, performing arts, creation and exhibition of art objects.

While the digital shift is having a massive impact on how cultural goods are created, managed, disseminated, accessed, consumed and monetized, @Diversity responds to the new needs of Europe emerging from the changes in the life-cycle of a cultural product or creative idea from its creation/inception to the experience it offers to the audience and the gradual correlation of expressive forms with new media.
The overall objective to which @Diversity will contribute is to test innovative approaches to deal with cultural content for innovation and digital sharing and distribution and – in doing so – to contribute to the exploration of new business models respecting cultural diversity.

For more information, please visit:


The Visual Artists Ireland Daily - the perfect read over a cup of coffee
Having a quiet moment with a cup of coffee and want to catch up with events around the world?
Today, Visual Artists Ireland announced The Visual Artists Ireland Daily; the perfect way to catch up on world events when taking a moment out from the work day.
Combining news from the Visual Artists Ireland website with art world and other business news, The Visual Artists Ireland Daily is the ideal read.
The Visual Artists Ireland Daily is in addition to Visual Artists Ireland eBulletin that provides detailed news and opportunities for professional Visual Artists.  Combined with The Visual Artists News Sheet, the Visual Artists Ireland website, VAI Facebook, Twitter and Linked In pages, Visual Artists Ireland has continued to increase the number of ways that Visual Artists can keep up to date with what is current in the world around them.
Keep an eye open for an two more exciting new projects to be launched in September and October…  More details later in the year…


Register your Art Criticism Blogs & Websites with Visual Artists Ireland
As part of our on-going policy supporting the development of art criticism, Visual Artists Ireland has created a space where people who are active in the delivery of art criticism blogs and websites can advertise their site to visitors to Ireland’s most comprehensive visual arts resource.
This service is for Visual Artists Ireland members.   If you are not a professional visual artist, there are other levels of membership that will allow you to avail of this service, and be eligible for other benefits.  If in doubt, call us and we can make sure that you are guided to the right category.
To add your site simply enters your details here.
After entering your details, our staff will check that you are a member.  If not, they will make contact with you to guide you through the membership options.

Please note that VAI’s website is changing at the moment and although this section is live, we are still in the middle of processing the content of our practical listings for artists to this area



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