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 and profile. The next Rising Stars Concert takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 25 November 2015 in the RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge. The Concert will be presented by Laura Gilsenan, CEO of Feis Ceoil Association.
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.
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 annual RDS National 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.
With a prize fund of €40,000, the RDS National Craft Awards is an open platform for Irish craftspeople to have their work assessed by an independent judging panel of Irish and international craft experts.
In 2016 the RDS Student Art Awards will become the RDS Visual Art Awards. There is a total prize fund of €20,000, encompassing the RDS Taylor Art Award of €10,000 which has been awarded since 1860. The Awards are open to students graduating from degree or postgraduate level courses in the year of entry enrolled in Irish art colleges. The Awards are also open to graduating Irish art students studying overseas.