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Welcome to the February edition of our Newsletter
News this month
New Music Dublin Festival 2017 in March with Thomas Adès and Gerald Barry at the helm.
2017 Publications/Title by Title Scheme decisions
The Reader’s Voice
Irish Composers in the spotlight with hat-trick of major awards
Grants and Awards
Young Ensembles Scheme 2017
Arts Council announces deadline for Open Call 2017
Deis Recording & Publication Award next closing date - 5:30 p.m, Thursday 6 April 2017
Arts Council announces deadlines for schemes in Dance and Theatre
Arts Council announces Round 2 of Festivals and Events Scheme 2017
Arts Council's Artist in the Community Scheme - Deadlines 2017
News from the community
New Voices of Ireland Call for Artists
PRS for Music Foundation’s Beyond Borders programme seeks proposals from organisations and groups based in Britain and Ireland
Commissioning round for ‘ilDÁNA’
Creative Europe Desk
Creative Europe Culture Sub-programme
Public Consultation
Open call for budding dance writers to review Spring Forward Festival 2017 performances in Aarhus, Denmark 28-30 April
Invite the Culture Office to speak at your event
Arts Council announces Round 2 of Festivals and Events Scheme 2017

The Arts Council announces Round 2 of the 2017 Festivals and Events Scheme (FES). The Council recognises the distinctive role arts festivals play in sustaining a vibrant arts profile at a local level.  Festivals provide opportunities for audiences and artists to experience new work and ways of making work. 


The objective of the scheme is to support a diverse range of arts festivals and events. While these might be expressed in a variety of forms, the scheme’s focus is firmly placed on public engagement and activities that have the arts as their core and foundation.


The Festivals and Events Scheme is open to multi-disciplinary festivals, single art form festivals, once-off events and concert series. There are two strands of funding available:

  • Strand 1:  Up to €10,000
  • Strand 2:  Between €10,001 and €20,000


All first-time applicants or those who previously received funding below the €10,000 threshold in their most recent application must apply under Strand 1 of the scheme. Those applicants who were offered €10,000 or more (up to €20,000) in their most recent application may apply to Strand 2.


The Festivals and Events Scheme is open to organisations promoting festivals or events with a clear artistic purpose and that will take place in the second half of the calendar year 2017.


The scheme is also open to organisations running a series of events (e.g. concerts) throughout the year – in other words, apply under this round for support for the full programme of events.


The Festivals and Events Scheme is a non-recurring competitive scheme.


The closing date for Round 2 is 23 February 2017.

All applications are assessed in a competitive context and within available resources.  Applications are assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Artistic merit and ambition
  2. Meeting the objectives and priorities of the scheme
  3. Feasibility (including financial and other support)


How do I apply?

In order to apply for the festivals and events scheme you will need to register for online services here.


-  Click on the Sign Up button under ‘New User’ (if you are not already registered)

-  Choose to register as ‘organisation/group’ and select ‘Next’.

-  Fill in the required details and click ‘Register’.

-  You will shortly receive an email giving you password details to log in.

When you’ve received your email and logged in to the online site you will be able to download an application form and guidance notes for the Festivals and events scheme.


E-mailed, posted, faxed or late applications will not be accepted.

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