It’s June already, the sun is shining (for now, in any case), and our festival ‘season’ is up and running, the length and breadth of the country. This is a special time for us, with a magnificent range of excellent work being made. So I would encourage everyone to engage with the arts in the weeks and months ahead – you won’t be disappointed.
Meanwhile in the Arts Council our work of planning and developing our work continues. This month we will announce the schools that will participate in our Creative Schools pilot, which is a key element in the Government’s Creative Ireland programme.
In addition, we have almost completed assessments on our new funding programme, Arts Grant Funding -- decisions on which will be announced towards the end of this month. This is the second funding stream within our new Funding Framework, and is intended to support artists and organisations in the creation and delivery of exciting and innovative work.
The focus of Arts Grant Funding is to deliver outcomes that develop the arts, either by generating high-quality arts experiences for the public or by providing excellent services, resources or facilities that support the work of artists or the wider arts sector.
Taken in tandem with Strategic Funding, Venues Funding and Partnership funding, the announcement of decisions on Arts Grant Funding will mark the end of the first phase of the introduction of our new funding programmes as part of the delivery of our ten-year strategy.