"Winning the RAAP | RTÉ Breakthrough Bursary in 2011 was an amazing experience and huge honour for the band. The support we got through this competition was incredible; not only through airplay and social media, but the prize money has helped The Fallen Drakes in fulfilling a major milestone by recording our debut album."
The Fallen Drakes (Rock / Pop / Dance Category Winners 2011)
"As the inaugural winner of the classical/jazz category of the RAAP | RTÉ Breakthrough Bursary, I cannot thank RTÉ Radio and RAAP enough for both the exposure and the financial assistance I received.The award came at a crucial stage in my career where, as many singers will know, travelling to auditions can be a huge expense. I also wasn't aware of the work of the RAAP before receiving the award, needless to say I am now a registered member and I urge all Irish artists who have recorded material to do the same."
Sharon Carty, Mezzosoprano (Classical / Jazz Category Winner 2011)
"Winning the RAAP | RTÉ Breakthrough Bursary was a great honour for FullSet. The money from the bursary has given us the opportunity to begin work on a second album as well as explore new promotion options for the band. The greatest benefit of the award however was the exposure we received from it. National radio play, television appearances and newspaper articles that related directly to the award have massively boosted our profile in Ireland and abroad. The result is we now have a heavy tour schedule with gigs booked as far as 2014 and more coming in all the time."
FullSet (Traditional / Folk Category Winners 2011)
"I am currently recording my second album as a result of winning it. Recording music is essential to the creative process and can be a costly endeavour. The experience as whole provided great encouragement and recognition. From airplay to live performance to PR, it's more than a competition, it's essential for any serious musicians looking for the next step to further their career. I'll be forever grateful to RTÉ and RAAP."
Alice Jago (Country / Roots / Bluegrass Category Winner 2011)
"RAAP, Ireland's performers collection agency, is delighted to partner with RTÉ Radio. Offering bursaries to some of the best emerging talent across the wide range of musical genre out there, we hope that the recognition, radio exposure and bursary money will help to progress this talent to the next stage in their musical careers. Music is embedded in the social fabric of our society and a vital ingredient in our cultural DNA. This new breed of musician and performer carries this ethos into the next generation and beyond."
Éanna Casey, CEO of RAAP