The Musicians-on-Call project (MOC), will be delivered by professionally trained healthcare musicians from the Kids’ Classics organisation. It will facilitate music-making opportunities for residents and healthcare staff in Nursing Homes and Community Hospitals.
The aim of the project is to bring high-quality live music to vulnerable older members of our communities. Nursing Home residents and their Carers can enjoy a collective musical experience and
a shared person-centred social interaction through the medium of melody and song.

The project has an opportunity for 2 musicians to join from May – October to cover the mid-west region including Clare.

Project Partners:
This project is led by Limerick Culture and Arts Office in collaboration with Age-Friendly Limerick and Healthy Limerick. It is delivered in partnership with Artistic Partner Kids’ Classics, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Clare and Tipperary County Councils.

Artistic Lead
Kids’ Classics manages and delivers the largest programme of training and CPD opportunities for professional musicians interested in working in Hospitals and Nursing Homes across Ireland. Their founder and artistic director Gráinne Hope qualified as a trainer with Musique et Santé & Music Network and the organisation’s practice involves developing new partnerships with County Councils delivering ‘Music and Healthcare’ training programmes for professional musicians.

Programme Delivery Details:
Musicians will join a growing team of regional professional musicians to bring music into Nursing Homes and Community Hospitals between May – October 2022 in Limerick, Clare and North
Tipperary (offering live and virtual visits).

The project will offer the opportunity for 2 musicians based in the region to join the MOC team. They will gain experience in delivering person-centred, sensitively placed Music in Nursing Homes across Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary.

The selected musicians will:
● Take part in project training prior to the practical delivery and will have to undertake Garda Clearance and appropriate Health and Safety workshops.
● Be expected to take part in Project Evaluation and visit briefing and debriefing.
● Need access to a car or suitable transport to fulfil the requirements of the role as post will involve travel to the various healthcare settings which are not on public transport routes.
● Will require access to appropriate technology and a reliable internet signal, webcam and microphone to engage in the virtual element of the programme from an appropriate location (eg. privacy/confidentiality considerations)

The selected musicians:
● will receive payment for practical training days
● will be introduced to the concept of working as part of a music team
● will undertake appropriate Health and Safety workshops.
● will commit to project evaluation, written reflective practice and monthly debriefing sessions
● may have to undertake Garda Clearance
● will be subject to local health and safety COVID protocols which in certain circumstances may limit individual participation

Criteria for selection [Essential]
● Career Musicians with a desire to grow their musical skill set in a positive and impactful way
● Knowledge of varied Repertoire (Folk/ Popular/Classical/Contemporary/Traditional) and willingness to develop their range of music throughout the project
● Portability of Instrument
● Instrumental ability (competence and style)
● Use of Singing Voice
● Creative ability (listening & creative response to groups/individuals)
● A commitment of your time to embrace the personal and professional development opportunities this project will provide.
● Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to engage effectively through music

The following attributes would be desirable
● Experience of placement of live music in a variety of off-stage settings such as Healthcare or Community spaces.
● Capacity and flexibility to work as part of a team within a busy healthcare setting.

Application Closing Date: Wednesday, May 4th 2022
Interviews held: Week of May 9th (Virtual)
Applying Process: Application made online

As places are limited, musicians should apply online with:
1. A written expression of interest as to why you would be interested in taking part in this project and how the selection criteria apply to you
2. A short video demonstrating your musical skill (this does not have to be a studio recording)
3. A biography (a detailed description of your musical life and performance ability)

For General, Enquires contact Helen or call 085 228 4153.
Places will be offered at the discretion of Kids’ Classics CLG

Kids Classics (Connect Music Equity) is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to inclusion in all aspects of its work. They therefore welcome and invite applications from
all suitably qualified or experienced candidate musicians, across musical genres, as well as across the identity groupings of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief, or sexual orientation. In the recruitment process, accommodation measures can be provided to ensure equal opportunities for candidates with disabilities or specific needs.