Artist Opportunity - Fun Size Jazz, Sligo

In partnership with Improvised Music Company and Sligo Jazz Project, we are seeking applications from professional artists in jazz and improvised music for the latest iteration of FUN SIZE JAZZ - short ‘scratch’ performances aimed at young audiences.

The Fun-Size Jazz initiative is jointly presented by Improvised Music Company and The Ark, and we are thrilled this year to partner with the Sligo Jazz Project to deliver this event. Fun-Size Jazz is an intensive learning and development model which equips artists to create engaging professional content for young audiences. You can read all about the 2020 edition in LImerick here.

For the 2021 edition, we are focusing on artists based in Sligo and its immediate surroundings. The chosen artists will have a unique opportunity to devise, develop and deliver short live performances for audiences of children at The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo on 26 & 27 November, 2021.

Want to find out more? IMC and The Ark will be hosting a digital briefing session for any interested artists at 2pm on Wednesday 20 October. You can sign up here:

The Opportunity

We are looking for applications from professional artists in jazz and improvised music to develop short ‘scratch’ performances aimed at young audiences.

In addition to this learning, development and performance opportunity, we intend to use this open call for Fun-Size Jazz as a launching pad towards identifying projects that could be developed further in 2022 in association with IMC and The Ark for potential future Irish or international touring.

Applications should present considered, innovative and engaging approaches to creating memorable and enjoyable performances of between 10-15 minutes duration designed to specifically appeal to young audiences aged between 4 and 12 years.

Successful applicants will have opportunities to develop their scratch performances via an intensive workshop at the Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo on November 18th and then to present this work to audiences on 26th & 27th November 2021 at The Hawk’s Well Theatre.

Key Dates:

  • Information Session for interested artists via Zoom: 2pm, Wednesday 20th of October (Sign Up)
  • Closing Date for Applications: 5pm, Monday 1st November 2021
  • Selected artists informed: 5th November
  • Project discussion with selected artists via Zoom: Thursday 11th November
  • 1-Day Preparation workshop with facilitators: Thursday, 18th November 2021 at Hawk’s Well, Theatre Sligo
  • Performance Dates: Friday 26th & Saturday 27th of November 2021 at Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo

How to Apply

Interested artists can apply through the application form here. Please make sure you have read the guidelines on Improvised music Company's website here before completing this application.

If you would like any further information about the project, you can attend the information session via Zoom at 2pm on Wednesday 20 of October. You can also email queries at

Note that you and your ensemble MUST be available on November 18th, 26th, and 27th (AM) to participate.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 1st November 2021.

The selection panel will include team members from Improvised Music Company, The Ark and Sligo Jazz Project.

If you have any questions in relation to the opportunity or the application process or if you have any access needs we can assist you with in order to apply, please email or call us at 087 783 3391.