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Fontaines D.C. launch new scholarship at Dublin music college

One student will have fees for a four-year course at the BIMM Institute – where the five-piece band met – covered by the scholarship

By Will Richards

Fontaines D.C.'s Grian Chatten performing live
Fontaines D.C. (Photo: Wiki Commons)

Fontaines D.C. have launched a new scholarship at the Dublin music college they met while attending.

The Fontaines D.C. BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music Scholarship from the BIMM Institute aims to assist young creatives who are aiming to start their careers in music.

The new scholarship will see one student have their €12,000 (£10,000) fees for a four-year course completely covered.

“We’re honoured to have a scholarship in our name,” Fontaines bassist Conor Deegan said in a statement. “Our time in BIMM gave us time to figure out who we wanted to be as a band. We were given guidance on how to achieve our dreams. We’re looking forward to being able to help someone else succeed at their time there with this scholarship.”

BIMM College Principal Alan Cullivan added: “Everyone at BIMM Dublin is thrilled to be launching this scholarship with Fontaines D.C., having watched their career grow with great excitement both before and since they completed their studies.

“At BIMM, we are driven by a commitment to helping Ireland’s next generation of music talent achieve their creative goals and realise their ambitions as artists… to be able to offer that in collaboration with our former students is a bonus.”

Find out how to apply for the scholarship here.

Last month, Fontaines shared a third preview of forthcoming album ‘Skinty Fia’ and detailed new UK and Irish headline tour dates for the autumn.

The Dublin five-piece’s third album comes out on April 22 via Partisan, and has been previewed by the singles ‘Jackie Down The Line’ and ‘I Love You’ as well as the newly-released title track.

The band are currently on a European headline tour in advance of the album, and new dates have now been revealed for November and December.

The new tour will begin in Hull on November 7, with a London gig taking place at Hammersmith’s Eventim Ap0llo on November 24.

See the full list of dates below and find ticket details here.

7 – Hull, Bonus Arena
8 – Leeds, o2 Academy
11 – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
15 – Stockton, Globe
17 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
19 – Swansea, Arena
21 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
24 – London, Eventim Apollo
28 – Edinburgh, O2 Academy
30 – Dublin, Vicar Street

3 – Galway, Leisureland
5 – Limerick, Live At The Big Top
6 – Derry, Millennium Forum
7 – Belfast, Ulster Hall

Read Fontaines D.C. frontman Grian Chatten’s track-by-track guide to ‘Skinty Fia’ for Rolling Stone here.