Project coordinator: West Cork Music (Ireland)
Artform: Music
Year funded: 2011, 2012, 2013
Funding strand: Strand 1.3.6. Framework partnership (3 years) for European cultural festivals
Amount awarded: €100,000 per year
Total project budget: €853,158
Project start date: 01 May 2011 
Project end date: 30 April 2014




The purpose of the project is:

  • to foster the highest artistic standards in the Festival programme;
  • to promote intercultural dialogue by inviting musicians from throughout Europe and other countries to work together in the Festival;
  • to present a wide-ranging repertoire of European works, including those by lesser-known and contemporary composers;
  • to encourage professional European cultural workers to exchange experiences through Festival residencies;
  • to make Festival concerts available to a wide European audience through live and broadcast performances;
  • to make the Festival archive available for streaming on a year-round basis;
  • to educate a new generation of European performers and composers through masterclasses, workshops, and intercultural dialogue;
  • to maintain the Festival’s financial sustainability.

  • The Culture Programme grant enabled the Festival to continue to finance the delivery of the highest musical standards in a wide-ranging programme of works by European composers delivered by European performers.
  • The medium-term outcome is a new website that also hosts the Festival’s archive.
  • The Festival archive makes a selection of Festival concerts available for free streaming in both broadcast quality audio and HD video.
  • West Cork Music took on extra staff to manage the extra reporting and application demands.
  • West Cork Music has further developed its capacity to collect all relevant data.

West Cork Music promotes three Bantry-based festivals, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, West Cork Literary Festival and Masters of Tradition. It also runs a music-in-schools programme, Tuning Up.