Feature Article
Welcome to the March edition of our Newsletter

 I am happy to tell you that our new policy on fair remuneration for artists, Paying the Artist, has been published, and our campaign to keep the issue in the spotlight is up and running.

This is very important, and it’s also urgent. There is still, in 2020, a culture of underpaying or not paying artists for their work, of asking practitioners to work ‘for the exposure’. This is obviously unfair to artists and bad for the arts, but it is also in the long-term damaging to our society. When even successful artists live in such financial insecurity that they cannot plan a normal life in Ireland, a significant number will simply cease to practice, make a career elsewhere, and the work they would have made will never be experienced by us all and by future generations.

So please don’t be shy – be proud instead -- and join us in our campaign, on social media and everywhere else, to #PayTheArtist.

Also in the month’s newsletter is a reminder that the deadline for our wonderful Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools programme will close on 19 March. This means that if parents or teachers would like their school to be one of the 150 chosen to start in September, they should go immediately to our website and make sure to register and apply in time!

The Arts Council is running Creative Schools in partnership with the Department of Education & Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, and it is already a huge success. It aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives, and I heartily recommend it.

 

Best regards,

Martin O’Sullivan

Acting Director


News this month
Pay the Artist

The Arts Council launches its new policy on the fair and equitable remuneration and contracting of artists.  


Through its strategy, Making Great Art Work, the Arts Council is committed to improving artists living and working conditions.

In publishing the policy — Paying the Artist — we build on that commitment by setting out a vision and plan to create positive change over the period 2020–2022.

We seek to create an environment in which artists can make work of excellence and ambition and be remunerated appropriately.

The policy expresses our commitment and position in terms of core values. It provides a set of best-practice principles for all those working in the arts to aspire to. It asserts our expectations of those we fund, of those we work with and of ourselves. It says what we will do by setting out a series of actions we will undertake across the areas of research, developmental activities, funding related requirements and advocacy.

The policy is available on our website here.

Or follow #paytheartist

Creative Production Supports – A Theatre Resource-Sharing Pilot Scheme

The upcoming deadline for Creative Production Supports Scheme is Thursday 9th April 2020 at 5.30pm. The window for making an application opens on Tuesday 10th March 2020.


The upcoming deadline for Creative Production Supports Scheme is Thursday 9th April 2020 at 5.30pm. The window for making an application opens on Tuesday 10th March 2020.

 

Informed by key goals contained within the Arts Council strategy and theatre policy Making Great Art Work and following a process of consultation, we are delighted to invite applications for proposals to develop innovative and art-led supports for the creation of excellent work in the independent theatre sector.  

 

We understand that the skills needed to create excellent theatre are many and varied, and while led by a creative vision, achieving excellence requires sustained, collaborative support. This pilot project seeks a fresh and dynamic approach to developing and creating the context for relevant and excellent work to thrive. As a pilot project the successful applicant(s) will be asked to work alongside the Arts Council in creating and evaluating a collaborative infrastructure, which optimises existing resources and promotes best-practice in the development, production and dissemination of the independent theatre sector across Ireland.

 

Applications will be considered from professional theatre artists* and/or collaborative entities that can demonstrate a proven track-record in theatre production and demonstrate partnerships of expertise with at least one organisation in receipt of Arts Council Strategic, Partnership or Arts Centre funding with a significant track record in the production and presentation of theatre to audiences e.g. production companies, festivals, Arts Centres.  

 

Please note: Organisations in receipt of Strategic, Partnership or Arts Centre funding may not be the lead applicant. However, to be eligible, applications under this programme must be supported by at least one organisation in receipt of such Arts Council funding.

 

*Definitions for the purposes of this scheme

Professional theatre artist: any individual who works as a professional artist in a creative capacity in a theatre context, and are recognised as such by their peers. This could be a director, theatre maker, actor, playwright, designer, creative producer or a producing entity that is not in receipt of Strategic, Arts Centre or Partnership Funding.

 

Decisions will be made in two phases. Phase 1 will be the assessment and evaluation of applications. Based on the outcome of this phase, shortlisted applicants will be invited to make a presentation on their proposal. We expect this second phase to take place in June 2020.

 

Proposals can be made for funding up to a maximum of €250,000 per year over two years.  Applications can only be accepted from individuals or collaborative entities or organisations not in receipt of Arts Council Strategic, Partnership or Art Centre funding.  Guidelines will be available on the Available Funding page of our website in early March 2020 http://www.artscouncil.ie/available-funding/

 

An information clinic will be held in the Arts Council on Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 11am, please register your interest by emailing Elaine.Connolly@artscouncil.ie

RAISE programme - PRIVATE INVESTMENT CAPACITY BUILDING - Phase 2 announcement.

The Arts Council is delighted to confirm the selection of the 5 Tier 1 organisations and 15 Tier 2 organisations to participate in Phase 2 of the very successful RAISE programme.


The Arts Council is delighted to confirm the selection of the 5 Tier 1 organisations and 15 Tier 2 organisations to participate in Phase 2 of the very successful RAISE programme.

The Arts Council’s RAISE programme is focused on growing private investment to the arts in Ireland by embedding a culture of sustainable philanthropy and private investment across participating organisations. The programme was launched to develop the fundraising capability for arts organisations by delivering the skills and resources to build robust, sustainable organisations.

The 5 chosen Tier 1 organisations (Irish Chamber Orchestra, Druid Theatre, Children's Books Ireland, Irish Film Institute and Dublin Theatre Festival) demonstrated that they have robust organisational structures, strong fundraising propositions, clear marketing plans and the internal capacity, leadership and board buy-in to ensure the development of impactful private investment/philanthropy strategies. They will now participate in 5 group workshops and 80 hours of bespoke organisational support will be given to each selected organisation. Financial support will also be provided towards the salary of an appropriate fundraising resource.

The 15 Tier 2 organisations (Fishamble: The New Play Company, Cork International Film Festival, The Ark, Irish Traditional Music Archive, Graphic Studio Dublin, Baboro International Arts Festival for Children, Grafitti Theatre Company, Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Irish Theatre Institute, Access Cinema, Wexford Arts Centre, Kilkenny Arts Centre, Galway Arts Centre, Corcadorca Theatre Company, Clonmel Junction Arts Festival) demonstrated a commitment to developing private investment fundraising programmes in the medium to long-term, have demonstrated some level of effort to secure donor income and have a clear, robust organisational structure and strategy. Tier 2 organisations will receive quarterly group training workshops, 15 hours of individual mentoring and support as well as full access to online fundraising support tools.

Our delivery partner, O’Kennedy Consulting will work with each Tier 1 organisation to develop tailored fundraising plans which are suitable to the organisation’s unique requirements and will deliver the comprehensive workshops and associated mentoring to both the Tier 1 and Tier 2 organisations.

 

Martin O'Sullivan , Deputy Director and Company Secretary

Information Clinics on the Arts Council’s film awards 2020

Through its film awards, the Arts Council is interested in creating an environment in which film artists have the freedom to make work of an experimental and/or non-narrative nature and are given opportunities to make highly creative authored work for cinema exhibition.


Through its film awards, the Arts Council is interested in creating an environment in which film artists have the freedom to make work of an experimental and/or non-narrative nature and are given opportunities to make highly creative authored work for cinema exhibition.

In advance of upcoming deadlines for Reel Art, Authored Works and the Film Project award, the Arts Council, in association with AEMI, will hold information clinics in Cork and Dublin in late March. Prospective applicants are invited to attend one of these clinics where representatives from the Arts Council will discuss the awards and answer queries.

Dates, times and venues will be confirmed shortly.  Please check the Arts Council website.

Those interested in attending should register by emailing info@aemi.ie.

Upcoming awards and deadlines

Reel Art

The purpose of Reel Art is to provide film artists with the opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme for cinema exhibition. Two films will be supported in 2020. A total fund of up to €102,500 will be made available to each of the successful applicants (to include a production budget of up to €90,000 and further exhibition support of up to €12,500). Only films that can be made within this budget will be considered. The films must be completed to premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival, our exhibition partner, in February 2022.

Deadline for applications:  17:30 14th May 2020

 

Film Project Award

The project award is for high-quality and creatively ambitious films of an experimental nature. The work should be filmic and be made with a view to engaging and challenging audiences and should be made for public exhibition in cinema settings in the first instance.  Potential proposals could be those that: are experimental in form or content; are non-narrative in structure; involve creative use of technologies.  Successful applicants may apply for further exhibition support.  Maximum production budget:  up to €70.000.

Deadline for applications:  17:30 13th August 2020

 

Authored Works

The purpose of Authored Works is to provide film artists with the creative and editorial freedom to make a feature-length cultural film work from a strong artistic point of view. One film will be supported in 2020. A total fund of up to €200,000 will be made available to the successful applicant (to include a production budget of up to €185,000 and further exhibition support of up to €15,000). Only films that can be made within this budget will be considered. The film must be completed to premiere at the Irish Film Institute, our exhibition partner, at an agreed date in 2022.

Deadline for applications:  17:30 20th August 2020

 

 

Further information: For more information on Arts Council film awards and to download guidelines please visit the available funding section of the Arts Council’s website. You can contact the Arts Council on 01 618 0200 or email awards@artscouncil.ie

Grants and Awards
Commissions Award next closing date - 5:30 p.m, Thursday 30 April 2020

The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council's Commissions Award is Thursday 30 April, 2020 at 5.30pm. The window for making an application opens on Tuesday 31 March 2020.

 

The following awards are available:

 

  • Music Commissions Award
  • Traditional Arts Commissions Award
  • Opera Commissions Award

The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council's Commissions Award is Thursday 30 April, 2020 at 5.30pm. The window for making an application opens on Tuesday 31 March 2020.

The following awards are available:

 

  • Music Commissions Award
  • Traditional Arts Commissions Award
  • Opera Commissions Award

 

The primary purpose of the award is to facilitate creative partnerships between a range of commissioners and artists. The Commissions Award supports fees paid to artists. The process must lead to some form of dissemination or presentation of the commissioned work in Ireland or abroad.

The award is open to individuals or organisations including artists, arts professionals, ensembles, local authorities, production companies and other agencies. Applications can only be made by the commissioner and not by the artist to be commissioned.

Award Guidelines for these awards will published on the available funding section on our website.

Please note

Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council’s online services website. The commissioner and the artist/s to be commissioned must both be registered with the online services site prior to making an application. It is recommended that applicants allow five working days for registration prior to making an application.

Dance Arts Residency Scheme 2020

The application window for the next round of Dance Arts Residency Schemes will open on 10 March next. The deadline for the scheme is 5.30pm on Thursday 9 April, 2020. Applications will be accepted through the Arts Council’s Online Services Website.


The application window for the next round of Dance Arts Residency Schemes will open on 10 March next. The deadline for the scheme is 5.30pm on Thursday 9 April, 2020. Applications will be accepted through the Arts Council’s Online Services Website.

 

The purpose of Dance Artist Residency scheme is to stabilise and support a network of dance artists in residence across the country. The specific contents of the work programme will be designed by the dance artist in collaboration with the venue and local authority.

 

The aims of this scheme are:

 

  • to consolidate both professional and community based dance practice in a variety of regional contexts;
  • to offer opportunities to dance artists around the country to engage in a programme of artistic work relevant to their own practise;
  • to offer opportunities to local authorities and venues to develop dance practise in their area;
  • to encourage the development of long-term planning and sustainability of independent dance activities.

 

Professional dance artists, venues or local authorities can apply for this scheme. Applications must demonstrate the committed support of at least one local authority and one venue or combination of local authorities and venues

 

Guidelines for this scheme are published on the available funding section on our website.

Theatre Artist Residency Scheme 2020

The deadline for the Theatre Artist Residency Scheme is 9th April 2020, at 5.30pm. The window for making applications will open on the 10th March.


The deadline for the Theatre Artist Residency Scheme is 9th April 2020, at 5.30pm. The window for making applications will open on the 10th March.

The purpose of the Theatre Artist Residency Scheme is to offer professional theatre artists the opportunity to create a year-long programme of work in partnership with arts centres and local authorities. In each case, the specific contents of the work programme will be designed by the theatre artist in collaboration with an arts centre and a local authority.

Proposals for funding under this scheme must have the committed support in writing of at least one local authority and one arts centre.

The objectives of the Theatre Artist Residency Scheme are:

  • To offer opportunities to theatre artists across the country to engage in a  programme of artistic work relevant to their own practice
  • To offer opportunities to arts centres and local authorities to develop theatre practice in their area
  • To encourage the development of long-term planning and sustainability of independent theatre activities
  • To encourage a coordinated approach between key arts providers at local and regional level.

 

Award guidelines for this can be found on the Available Funding section of our website.

Please note

Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council’s online services website. Applicants must be registered with the online services site prior to making an application. It is recommended that applicants allow five working days for registration prior to making an application.

Deadline: Opera Projects and Production Award

The objective of the Opera Projects and Production Award is to support initiatives by professional practitioners in the development and presentation of opera at three distinct stages, encouraging both the development and/or presentation of work of high-artistic quality in a number of developmental stages and also the fully staged presentation of opera that engages with the public, providing opportunities for artists in the process.


 

The objective of the Opera Projects and Production Award is to support initiatives by professional practitioners in the development and presentation of opera at three distinct stages, encouraging both the development and/or presentation of work of high-artistic quality in a number of developmental stages and also the fully staged presentation of opera that engages with the public, providing opportunities for artists in the process.

 

Closing date: 5.30pm, 14 May 2020

 

In each of the three strands of the award, priority will be given to applications that demonstrate:

  • A clear artistic vision and evidence that the proposed project is or is likely to be of high-artistic quality; the track record of key artists will be taken into account
  • Significant development opportunities for professional opera practitioners
  • A clear alignment with the Council’s policy and strategy priorities for opera.

 

There are three bands of funding available corresponding to the three strands of the Opera Projects and Production Award:

  • Strand 1: Opera Projects: Development: up to a maximum of €20,000
  • Strand 2: Opera Projects: Developmental Presentation: up to a maximum of €110,000
  • Strand 3: Opera Production: up to a maximum of €450,000

 

Application process

Full details of the application process can be found here

 

Guidelines

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be resident/based in the Republic of Ireland. There are certain exceptions where the Arts Council may deem eligible applications made by those resident/based outside the Republic of Ireland. However, before admitting as eligible any such application, the Arts Council would need to be satisfied that the outcomes of any such proposal would benefit the arts in the Republic of Ireland.

 

The Arts Council is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from individuals or groups within culturally diverse communities and from people with disabilities.

While opera producers in receipt of Strategic Funding are not eligible to apply, other organisations (such as producing venues) in receipt of Strategic Funding or Arts Grant Funding may apply, provided that any activity and related funding is demonstrated to be additional to, and separate from, the activities for which that organisation has received Strategic Funding or Arts Grant Funding.

While opera producers in receipt of Strategic Funding are not eligible to apply, it is expected that these may on occasion play a role in supporting or partnering with applicants for the Opera Presentation strand of the award (and may also play a supporting role in the Opera Development strands). In such instances, the applicant and the supporting funded producer must verify that the support offered and the proposed role of the funded organisation is additional to, and separate from, the activities for which that organisation has received Strategic Funding, and that the funded opera producer will not publicly or otherwise present the work as a production or co-production as part of its programme.

New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced

The Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme is designed to support touring and dissemination of work across a range of art forms and arts practices.


The Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme is designed to support touring and dissemination of work across a range of art forms and arts practices.

 

The closing date for tours starting from January to June 2021 will be Thursday, 30th April 2020.

 

Application forms will be available through online services from 17th March 2020.

 

The scheme is open to individuals and organisations who wish to tour between January and June 2020, and who are resident or based in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

 

Successful applicants to Strategic/Arts Centres/Partnership Funding are not eligible to apply to the Touring Scheme.

 

Since its introduction in 2010 the Touring schemes have been based on the principle of collaboration between those who produce and those who present work to audiences.

 

For details on the scheme, please contact Val Ballance or Regina O'Shea. If you have questions specifically related to art forms, then email the relevant team. All contact details are on the Arts Council's website Contacts page.

 

Deadline: Arts Grant Funding 2021

Deadline for receipt of applications: 5.30pm on Thursday 12 March 2020. The application window will open on 28 January 2020.


Deadline for receipt of applications: 5.30pm on Thursday 12 March 2020

The application window will open on 28 January 2020.

 

The purpose of Arts Grants Funding is to ensure that there is a breadth of high-quality arts activity and programmes throughout the country, by offering flexible support for a fixed period of time, and in so doing responds to the needs of those who are making, presenting and supporting the creation of work.

The programme is intended to:

  • Support more than one distinct arts activity taking place within a fixed period of time, or
  • Provide supports or facilities to artists over a fixed period of time.

The focus of Arts Grant Funding is to deliver outcomes that develop the arts, either through:

  • Generating high-quality experiences for the public to engage with the arts, or
  • Providing excellent services, resources or facilities that support the work of artists or the arts sector, and
  • Contributing to the ecology of the arts within your area of practice.

 

Guidelines will be published on the available funding section on our website in January 2020

Reel Art next closing date – 17:30 Thursday, 14th May 2020

The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council’s film award Reel Art is on Thursday, 14th May 2020 before 17:30.  The window for making applications opens on Tuesday, 14th April 2020.


The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council’s film award Reel Art is on Thursday, 14th May 2020 before 17:30.  The window for making applications opens on Tuesday, 14th April 2020.

 

The purpose of Reel Art is to provide film artists with the opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme for cinema exhibition. Two films will be supported in 2020. A total fund of €102,500 will be made available to each of the successful applicants (to include a production budget of €90,000 and further exhibition support of €12,500). Only films that can be made within this budget will be considered. The films must be completed to premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival, our exhibition partner, in February 2022.

Applications for Reel Art 2020 must be made directly to the Arts Council before 17:30 on Thursday, 14th May 2020. Guidelines and details of the application process are published on our website on the available funding section.

Please note:  Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council’s online services website.  It is recommended that applicants allow five working days for registration prior to making an application.

Creative Schools
Creative Associates Opportunity

The Arts Council has opened a tender process for a panel of Creative Associates to support the delivery of Creative Schools for the academic year 2020-21 onwards with a deadline of 17:00, Thursday 12 March 2020.


The Arts Council has opened a tender process for a panel of Creative Associates to support the delivery of Creative Schools for the academic year 2020-21 onwards with a deadline of 17:00, Thursday 12 March 2020.

 

The Contract Notice, 2020 application forms and all relevant documents are available to download on http://www.etenders.gov.ie/

Information Booklets and FAQs are now available on the Creative Schools webpage

 

For information about the programme and about the work of Creative Associates please go to http://www.artscouncil.ie/creative-schools/

This is an exciting opportunity for artists, creative practitioners and individuals working in organisations in the arts and cultural sector.

 

Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Creative Schools/Scoileanna Ildánacha – Invite applications from schools across Ireland

Applications for schools are now open with a deadline of 17:30, Thursday 19 March 2020.  

Further information on the Creative Schools application process is available here. Applications must be submitted online and schools are encouraged to register well in advance of the deadline.


Applications for schools are now open with a deadline of 17:30, Thursday 19 March 2020.  

Further information on the Creative Schools application process is available here. Applications must be submitted online and schools are encouraged to register well in advance of the deadline.

The initiative aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives. It supports schools to develop and begin to implement their own Creative School Plan. Participating schools work with a Creative Associate to create a Plan, draw on the range of resources within their school and wider community, developing new ways of working that reinforce the impact of creativity on student learning, development and well-being. Children and young people have a central role in this process.

All Department of Education and Skills-recognised primary and post-primary schools and Youthreach centres who have not already participated in a previous round of Creative Schools are eligible to apply.

150 new schools from across Ireland will join the initiative this year.  Participating schools receive a package of support each year including training, up to nine days of support from a Creative Associate and a once-off grant of €4,000 (in total) to implement their Plan over the two school years 2020–21 and 2021–22.

News from the community
Westival recruiting a festival director

WESTIVAL has built a tight professional team with the support of an ambitious board and well engaged community. The FESTIVAL DIRECTOR is responsible for the overall creative programme, management, finance and administration as well as the operational health of this well established annual celebration of the arts in Westport. 


WESTIVAL has built a tight professional team with the support of an ambitious board and well engaged community. The FESTIVAL DIRECTOR is responsible for the overall creative programme, management, finance and administration as well as the operational health of this well established annual celebration of the arts in Westport. 

 

The FESTIVAL DIRECTOR should demonstrate a track record in multi disciplinary arts practice programming, festival management, funding, promotion and community engagement. They should have a broad appreciation of the best work being done in a range of art practice(s) in Ireland and beyond.  This is a permanent part time position that comes with an industry bench marked pro rata salary. 

 

Learn more about us at Westival.ie. 

For a role specification and application pack please email  GoCreate@Westival.ie. The deadline for returning applications is 27th march 2020

Panel of music tutors

Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB), on behalf of Music Generation Meath, seeks applications for vacancies that may become available in 2020 from musicians with specialism in teaching the following areas:  

 

  • Small group tuition in vocal (including choral) or instrumental learning (any music genre).  
  • Large group tuition (vocal and/or instrumental) in a range of school, community and youth settings.  
  • Ensemble (instrumental/vocal), band facilitation, mentoring in any genre of music, including, where applicable, songwriting/creative composition/rap, music technology/recording etc. 
  • Early Years - Vocal and/or instrumental tuition for children aged under 5 

Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB), on behalf of Music Generation Meath, seeks applications for vacancies that may become available in 2020 from musicians with specialism in teaching the following areas:  

 

  • Small group tuition in vocal (including choral) or instrumental learning (any music genre).  
  • Large group tuition (vocal and/or instrumental) in a range of school, community and youth settings.  
  • Ensemble (instrumental/vocal), band facilitation, mentoring in any genre of music, including, where applicable, songwriting/creative composition/rap, music technology/recording etc. 
  • Early Years - Vocal and/or instrumental tuition for children aged under 5 

 

Candidates must have prior experience in delivering musical tuition to children and young people and have proven performance skills.  

 

Further details and application form available at www.etbjobs.ie 

 

The deadline for applications is 28th February 2020 at 13.00 

Music Generation Administrator

Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB), on behalf of Music Generation Meath, seeks to employ an Administrator (Clerical Officer Grade III) to assist the Music Development Officer with the organisation, promotion and day-to-day running of Music Generation Meath. 


Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB), on behalf of Music Generation Meath, seeks to employ an Administrator (Clerical Officer Grade III) to assist the Music Development Officer with the organisation, promotion and day-to-day running of Music Generation Meath.  We are looking for someone who is passionate about music education and has first rate IT, communication and organisational skills.  

 

Five year fixed term contract

37 hours per week

This position is non-pensionable.

 

All applications must be done on etbjobs.ie

http://www.etbjobs.ie/index.cfm/section/job_results/vec_key/1/page/3/