Irish Music Month and Black Gate Music Series funded under a new € 1.4 million BAI program


The results of a new live music funding program by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) were announced this week, allocating 1.4 million euros to eight music projects for radio and television. The funding stream for the live music sector is the first of its kind by the BAI, aimed at increasing live music programming on Irish radio and television.

Hot Press and Independent Broadcasters Ireland received € 298,000 for Irish Music Month – a national musical talent competition, culminating in a live final which will be broadcast on a number of independent commercial radio stations. Galway’s venue, the Black Gate, received funding of € 200,000 to produce Séisiúin its Black Door, a live musical series in twelve episodes which will be broadcast on TG4 which will blend intimate performances with interviews, shot on location in the city and county of Galway. The series will feature a range of musicians from different backgrounds and at different stages of their careers, with each episode being a collaboration between two artists.

Film production company Dearg Films was also funded under the new funding stream, which received € 180,000 to produce to favor & Allen – Lost in Music, a new project exploring a collaboration between the long-standing partnership of folk duo Foster and Allen and emerging musicians from diverse musical and cultural backgrounds including hip hop, spoken word, pop, folk and traditional. The show will be broadcast on RTÉ A.

A new eight-part series for Virgin Media One of Ventilation in Whelans, starring radio host Dave Fanning presenting a range of Irish acts performing in Dublin, received funding of € 285,000. The production company Shinawil received funding of € 355,000 for a unique two-hour show for RTÉ A title Your song: the audience’s playlist.

Stiúideo Cuan in Galway received € 62,000 for a new series on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Dublin City FM were awarded € 19,000 for a series entitled Glorious noise, and Jean BONEhea received funding of € 8.6 for a new three-part series on RTÉ Lyrical FM.

The new funding is part of the larger Sound and Vision program of the BAI, funded by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media and valued at 7.2 million euros.

Commenting on the new funding announcement, Minister Catherine Martin said:

In December of last year, I provided funding of 1.4 million euros to BAI to support our live music industry, may the COVIDThe -19 crisis had such an impact. Musicians must be able to perform and I am very happy that the BAI has completed its first round of funding for the live music sector alongside this general round for the audiovisual sector… These projects will allow us to listen to a wide range of artists, established and new, with a wide variety of styles. I am also happy to see that so many female artists will be supported.

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