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Vol 11 Issue 1
01 October 2013

Welcome to the October edition of our newsletter

We could cower in difficult circumstances but we won’t. Instead we feel that even in difficult times we need to recognise the value of arts and our artists to us as a people and a country. On 12 September the Arts Council announced it had awarded €3.3m in bursaries over the past three years. This public money was invested in 375 Irish artists to enable them to develop their full potential and create great work.

Those artists and their work are worth celebrating. We did just that at a special outdoor concert in Merrion Square Park where An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, delivered a keynote address which celebrated Irish artistic talent, creativity and potential.

Throughout the day, there were performances from internationally renowned Irish artists including Julie Feeney and Anne Enright as well as performances in theatre, traditional music and jazz, many of these artists received Arts Council bursaries or other help at the beginning of their careers. There was also a special tribute to the late Seamus Heaney who was himself an Arts Council award recipient.

The Arts Council bursaries, are up to a maximum of €15,000 per annum and help artists who have no other income to alleviate the financial pressure of pursing their talents.

In An Taoiseach’s words, “These bursaries give you not alone the chance to work in your chosen discipline” they say that “what you do matters to our idea of who we are…. It is important to the artistic life of our nation…..our people.”

So from funding invested in nurturing individual artists, the Arts Council is again preparing for a new funding year for its main grant programmes. The next deadline for our main funding programmes (RFO, APG, AF) is on October 10.  After that an internal process will commence once we are informed of our funding allocation in Budget 2014.

At the same time five medium-sized arts organisations have been selected for phase two of the Arts Council’s fundraising capacity building initiative, RAISE, The Business of Arts Fundraising. These five join seven larger arts organisations that were selected for the fundraising capacity building pilot. These organisations have completed the development of their fundraising strategies and most are in the process of hiring or have hired senior fundraisers who will implement these strategies over the coming months.

Like every state organisation we await the government’s budgetary decisions and continue to represent and advocate on behalf of the sector. Our Minister Jimmy Deenihan for his part is working hard with his colleagues to craft the best outcome amidst what are obviously considerable and conflicting pressures.  All applications will be assessed over the coming months and decisions will be communicated to organisations in the early New Year.

Yours sincerely,

Orlaith McBride

Director


Arts Council announces new phase of fundraising initiative

The Arts Council is delighted to announce the next phase of its programme to help arts organisations raise more money from corporate and philanthropic sources. Five medium-sized arts organisations have been selected for phase two of the Arts Council’s fundraising capacity building initiative; RAISE, The Business of Arts Fundraising.

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Literary Festivals: the Next Chapter

Save the Date: 4 December 2013 - The Arts Council is hosting a networking and information day for literary organisations in Ireland. Literary Festivals: the Next Chapter is a day-long event that will focus on opportunities to develop Irish literary festivals further. Its aim is to build on existing strengths in order to enhance the experience of festivals of writing and ideas, for audiences and participants.

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Iarla Ó Lionáird appointed as the first Traditional Artist-in-Residence at University College Cork

The Arts Council, in association with the College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences (UCC), and the School of Music and Theatre (UCC), announce the appointment of Iarla Ó Lionáird as the first Traditional Artist-in-Residence at University College Cork.

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Arts Audiences

Arts Audiences is delighted to announce that it is running pre application workshops for any arts organisation or person applying for the upcoming Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme. Also this month, Arts Audiences has news of upcoming events and opportunities.

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International News from the EU Cultural Contact Point

News from the Cultural Contact Point included: A selection results for Culture Programme Strand 1.3.5, results for 'Strand 1.3.5 Support for cooperation projects with third countries' are now available online. There is also a new study 'European cities and cultural mobility:  Trends and support actions' published by On the Move: Call for expressions of interest for establishment of a list of experts to assist the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in European Union programmes delegated to the Agency and the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists: Residencies.

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