The Arts Council has updated its acknowledgement requirements, and urged arts organisations and artists to work actively with the Council in advocating for the arts.
The state agency for funding and developing the arts published the new document, Working Together, on its website, replacing two previous guides and laying explaining where, how and why organisations should acknowledge support from the Art Council. Under the conditions of funding, organisations must comply with the guidelines.
“In order to maintain and build support for public funding of the arts, it is important that people know where their money is being invested. Your work is the best advertisement that public funding is being put to good use,” the document says.
And it urges artists and organisations to go beyond simple compliance with the guidelines, seizing every opportunity to advocate for the arts, and demonstrating their hugely positive impact and benefit to society.
Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride stressed the importance of acknowledging support in as many ways as possible, including use of the ‘funding credit’ logo.
“It is important to note that the acknowledgement must be made whether the work is being shown at home or abroad,” she added.
The updated guide clarify previous stipulations, and takes into account changes to the way the arts are now promoted, for example through social media, and asks those receiving public money to use their own initiative and imagination in their advocacy.
Ms McBride gave some examples:
- Change your organisation’s social media profiles to include ‘proud to be funded by the Arts Council’
- When being interviewed for radio or television, say ‘without Arts Council funding, this would not have been possible’.
- When speaking to journalists, public representatives or others of influence, say ‘it’s great to live in a country where the arts are valued – I’d like to thank the public for our Arts Council funding’.
- If you win an award or prize, make sure to thank the Arts Council and by extension the people of Ireland for their support.
- When making a speech at an event, tell the audience about your organisation’s Arts Council funding, and what it enables you to do.
- When your work is being performed or displayed overseas, make sure to include the Arts Council’s logo on your promotional material and all publicity.
The new requirements are available on the Arts Council’s website here