Feature Article
Welcome to the April edition of our Newsletter
News this month
Art’s Council Collection
RAISE goes online and helps Raise the Spirits of our great nation #RAISINGSpirits
Grants and Awards
Deadline: Strategic Funding 2021
Next Generation Artists’ Award
The Artist in the Community Scheme in response to COVID-19
Creative Schools
Creative Schools – Application Deadline Extended
News from the community
Job Opportunity at Music Network: Development Officer
First Fortnight Call Out
Welcome to the April edition of our Newsletter

We begin this month in very different circumstances to last month; in a few weeks, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed so much for our society, and of course for the arts.

Artists and arts organisations are suffering particular hardship in this crisis, with many incomes slashed or completely halted.The Arts Council has responded quickly to the impact of COVID-19 on the arts sector with all staff working remotely since the middle of March. We have fast-tracked payment of funding, undertaken remote assessment of applications, engaged in detailed cross art-form relationship management and disseminated relevant Information to support the arts sector, particularly via our
Covid-19 page which we update regularly. We are also in daily contact with the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht.

To give us a deeper understanding of the impact of the crisis, and help us work with the Department to best manage our response, we are currently carrying out a number of surveys. Funded organisations and our local authority partners have already participated. Individual artists can take part
here.

We are also launching a €1 million scheme to enable artists to make new, original, digital work during the Covid-19 crisis – and we are creating a new digital platform so that people across the country can experience that work in their own homes. Details are available
here.

May you stay safe and healthy at this difficult time,

Best wishes,



Martin O’Sullivan

Acting Director