Wed, 22/06/2022 - 09:40
Mick Falnery on an outdor stage playing his guitar for a small crowd

Cork County Council is continuing its commitment to the performance sector by launching a scheme to support the performing arts in towns and communities across the county.

The Local Live Performance Programming Scheme (Strand 4) aims to provide funding opportunities for artists and performers who produce live events. This includes gigs, plays, events and more. The Scheme is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Cork County Council has used this funding to develop their hugely successful “Cork CoCo Pops” programme which to date has supported approximately 350 performances and animated public spaces across the county. The programme has already reached an audience of over 15,000 and provided support to over 1,000 professional performing artists, event producers and ancillary production personnel.

The funding applies to events in various county locations that are staged between July 1st and October 31st 2022.

The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Gillian Coughlan, said, “We have an incredible wealth of talent across the county and this funding has seen numerous superb examples of what the artists and performers based in Cork are capable of doing. The Cork CoCo Pops programme has been extremely successful, bringing live shows, klezmer music, gypsy-jazz melodies, funk ensembles and traditional sessions to a wide audience. Cork County Council invites artists who want to add to the enjoyment of the summer to get in contact with us, so that we can all enjoy the skills and passion that our artists want to share.”

Cork County Council is seeking expressions of interest from performing artists (ensembles/bands or individuals), promoters, producers, venues, and festival organisations for performance events in towns and other areas in the Cork County Council administrative area.

Performers and promoters are invited to make applications under this scheme via The deadline for receipt of applications is Sunday July 17th at 5pm.

Further details are available by emailing