Welcome to the March edition of our Newsletter
March got off to a snowy start for many of us, but while some arts events (and even Arts Council business) were disrupted, those making the work were certainly not discouraged. Most are already back on track and looking forward to spring, when it arrives! Special mention must go to the New Music Dublin festival – the Arts Council is a partner in the initiative – which was forced to cancel, but which is already busy rescheduling many of the concerts for later in the year.
This month we will announce the recipients of our Bursary Award (round one). As an agency focused not just on the arts today but on the long-term development of the arts in Ireland, we regard bursaries as having the highest importance. The objective is simple; to support an individual artist to develop his or her practice. The means are straightforward; an award of up to €15,000 to buy them time and resources. The selection process, though, is at times painful, as it is highly competitive. We receive excellent applications from many artists, and we assess carefully each and every one, placing it before a panel of the artist’s peers. Last year 681 artists applied, 187 were successful. I hope you will join me in congratulating those awarded bursaries, and encouraging those unsuccessful this time to persevere.
I’d like especially to remind those with a connection to a school that this month also brings the deadline, on Thursday 22, for applications to participate in our Creative Schools initiative, part of the Government’s Creative Ireland programme. The deadline to apply to be a Creative Associate -- the artists and educators who will be at the heart of that programme -- has been extended to this Friday, at 1.00 pm.
We have also extended the deadline for Arts Grant Funding to Tuesday March 13 at 5.30 pm. As always, our strong advice is not to leave your application until the last day.