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RDS Music Bursary Interview Rules

With a prize fund of €15,000, the RDS Music Bursary is one of the largest music bursaries in Europe. The Bursary is intended to assist a young professional musician develop their career through further study at home or abroad or for the purchase of a musical instrument.

  • The RDS Music Bursary consists of a €15,000 bursary and two professional performance engagements and will be awarded annually.


  • Former winners of the RDS Music Bursary are not eligible to re apply.


  • The Bursary is paid in two instalments of €7,500


  • The Bursary is to enable the winner to further his/her professional career. The prize money may be used only for travel/accommodation/fees (to assist in further study, competition, and master classes), the purchase of music or a musical instrument, or the repair of a musical instrument. Personal expenditure will not be paid.


  • To be eligible to attend the RDS Music Bursary interview candidates must have won a selected senior Feis Ceoil competition in the same year and be attending or have completed a third level music degree or be studying at  similar level with a recognised teacher in Ireland or abroad.


  • The eligible applicants are required to complete a detailed online application form which will be emailed to them upon request.


  • The completed entry form must be returned to the RDS Arts Programme Manager before the stated date. Late applications will NOT be accepted.


  • Entry forms must be completed only by the applicant.  Academic references are required on the form.


  • Candidates chosen for interview will be informed and invited to attend. There is a performance aspect to the interview process. A piano will be provided by the RDS, competitors will be required to bring their own instrument and to arrange their own piano accompanist if required. A stipend will be paid to cover expenses incurred.


  • The RDS Arts Programme Manager will attend the interview as an observer.


  • The winner of the RDS Music Bursary will be announced at the conclusion of the judging day at a special event in the RDS.


  • The winner of the €5,000 RDS Jago Award which is the second prize in the competition is not precluded from winning the RDS Music Bursary in subsequent years.


  • The judges’ decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.


  • The winner will be required to give feedback over an agreed period of time to the RDS outlining the impact that winning the bursary had on their career and professional development. The winner must be available to return to the RDS to perform and speak at the RDS Music Bursary Presentation, in the RDS the following year.




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