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1. SONGWRITING STIMULUS - FAQ

1.1 WHAT IS THE SONGWRITING STIMULUS?

This fund is to facilitate Songwriting Camps*

A grant of €6,000 will be made to each successful application.

*For the purpose of this fund, Songwriting Camps are defined as 2 or more registered songwriters engaging with studio and/or producers to collaborate on new works / intellectual property with a view to releasing or publishing created intellectual property nationally or internationally.

Activity should be completed and grant drawn down by December 23rd, 2020.

1.2 WHO IS THE APPLICANT?

The applicant is a publisher who is a member of IMRO or another Internationally recognised collections society

OR

A self-publishing artist resident in Ireland who is a member of IMRO or another Internationally recognised collections society

OR

A publishing company with Irish clients

1.3 WHO CAN APPLY?

Applications can be made by Irish publishers, self-published artists or publishing companies with Irish clients.

The fund is available to projects where 2 or more artists are writing original work together.

1.4 WHO CANNOT APPLY?

Applicants whose proposal falls outside of the definition of a Songwriting Camp will be considered ineligible

ie: For the purpose of this fund, Songwriting Camps are defined as 2 or more registered songwriters engaging with studio and/or producers to collaborate on new works / intellectual property with a view to releasing or publishing created IP nationally or internationally.

Applicants with Songwriting Camps taking place after December 30th will be considered ineligible.

1.5 WHAT YOU MAY APPLY FOR

You may apply for funding to cover costs relating to the Songwriting Camp including:

  • Artist Fees
  • Engineer Fee
  • Producer Fee
  • Studio Musician Fees
  • Facilitator Fee  
  • Studio Hire
  • Other costs ie: Content & video capture costs

1.6 WHAT YOU MAY NOT APPLY FOR

You may not apply for travel, accommodation or subsistence costs, equipment or instrument purchase.

Funding will not be provided for Songwriting Camps which took place before the launch of this fund.

1.7 WHAT SUPPORTING MATERIAL MUST YOU PROVIDE?

  1. A completed application form including budget breakdown (download template here) to include the below:
  2. Artist Fees
  3. Engineer Fee
  4. Producer Fee
  5. Session Musician Fees
  6. Facilitator Fee  
  7. Studio Hire
  8. Other costs ie: content & video capture costs

2. A quote for studio rental

3. Confirmation of names of Songwriting Camp Participants and their CV's

         4. CV of Publisher to include roster

5. Detailed project plan for Intellectual Properties / Songs generated from the Camps:

Please provide a detailed description of the project, the participants, the plans for future use of songs written in the camp and how it directly benefits the artists and publishers involved. (max 500 words)

1.8 WHERE DO YOU APPLY?

www.firstmusiccontact.com/songwriting-fund-application-form

OR

Click on the APPLY button at the end of this page

1.9 WHEN IS THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS?

Monday October 5th, 2020 at 12 noon

1.10 WHEN DOES THE ACTIVITY NEED TO TAKE PLACE?

This fund is for activity up to and including December 2020 only.

Funding will not be provided for Songwriting Camps which took place before the launch of this fund.

1.11 WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS FUND?

Artists, session musicians, music producers, publishers, engineers, studios managers and videographers.

1.12 PURPOSE OF THIS GRANT

This grant must be used to produce and host Songwriting Camps for Irish artists to collaborate and to create new Intellectual Property during this period of restrictions on live performances.

2. APPLICATION PROCESS - FAQ

2.1 FILL IN THE APPLICATION FORM

  • Applicant Name
  • Applicant Role
  • Genre of Music
  • Applicant Contact Info
  • Applicant Collection Society Info  
  • Camp Dates & Location
  • Participating Artists - Names

2.2 SUPPORTING MATERIAL

  • Completed Budget Template  *download & upload*      
  • Studio Rental Quote - *upload*
  • Participating Artist CV’s *upload*
  • Publisher CV (if applicable) *upload*
  • Project Plan - 500 words

3. PROCESSING & ASSESSMENT OF APPLICATIONS - FAQ

3.1 OVERVIEW

The music resource agency, First Music Contact will manage the process and applications will be assessed by an expert panel drawn from the music industry in Ireland.

3.2 THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Applications received by the deadline will be checked for eligibility.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Eligible applications will be considered by the expert panel.

The panel will score eligible applications and award grants on the basis of these scores.  

The panel chair will be independent and non-voting.

Panelists will be required to confirm that they have no conflict of interest in ANY applications.

Panelists who declare a conflict of interest will be excluded from that applicant’s adjudication.

3.3 CRITERIA FOR ASSESSMENT

Applications are assessed in a competitive context and with consideration of all supporting material.

All applications are assessed against criteria of:

a) artistic merit which focuses on the applicant’s previous practice as well as on the viability of the Songwriting Camp

b) how well they meet the objectives of the Songwriting Stimulus Fund (see section 1.1)

c) feasibility of the 500 word project plan, which considers the extent to which the applicant demonstrates capacity to deliver the proposed activity

d) track record which the applicant demonstrates through the CV(s) and other supporting material submitted

3.4 OUTCOME OF APPLICATION

All applicants will receive an auto response that their Application has been received once it is successfully submitted via the online form.

Applicants will be contacted directly by FMC with the outcome of their Application.

4.  NOTIFICATION & FOLLOW UP - FAQ

4.1 APPROVED APPLICANTS

Approved applicants will be contacted by FMC and notified of their approval to proceed.  

Applicants will be asked to provide bank details and acceptance of the terms and conditions of the grant.

4.2 DECLINED APPLICANTS

Declined applicants will be notified directly and feedback will be available if requested.

5.  PAYMENTS & REPORTING - FAQ

5.1 WHEN IS THE GRANT AVAILABLE TO DRAW DOWN?

Subject to your acceptance of the terms and conditions of the grant you will receive 50% of the grant on award.

The balance will be paid upon completion of the camp, submission of a report and associated receipts.

Any songs resulting from this camp must be registered with a collections society.

5.2 WHEN DOES THE GRANT HAVE TO BE USED BY?

The grant must be used by December 23rd, 2020

APPLY HERE