With a prize fund of €15,000 the RDS Music Bursary is one of the largest single bursaries on offer to a young musician in Europe. Open to vocalists, conductors and instrumentalists, the Bursary aims 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 goal of the RDS Foundation Arts programme is to provide a platform that supports the transition from student to emerging artist; encouraging the pursuit of a career in visual arts, crafts or music.
The RDS Rising Stars Concerts showcase new talent in Irish classical music. We provide an audience and a venue for talented third-level music students to help them gain valuable performance experience. The next Rising Stars Concert will take place on Thursday November 17 2016 in the RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge.
The annual RDS Craft Awards showcase and reward excellence in Irish craft. Established in 1968, the Awards follow an RDS tradition of promoting Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century. The competition is an open platform for Irish craftspeople to have their work assessed by an independent judging panel of Irish and international craft experts.
The 2016 Awards had a prize fund in excess of €30,000.
The RDS Visual Art Awards provides a platform for graduating artists as they transition from student into early professional career. In order to ensure that the awards remain relevant in a changing cultural environment the RDS has initiated some changes to the way the Awards are run. This year the RDS has replaced the open competition by the appointment of a team of independent curators to view the end of year degree shows in selected colleges around the country. They have shortlisted artists, who were invited to apply online for the 2016 RDS Visual Art Awards. Please read the rules of entry for the competition. The 2016 RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition curated by Alice Maher, will be on show from October 26-31, in the RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge. Entry is free.