Feature Article
Welcome to the April edition of our newsletter
News this month
Publication of Diversity and Arts Council Awards 2020 Report
Time, Vocabulary, & Art’s Thoughtful Uses of Feeling?
Save the Date! Online Information Clinic on the Arts Council’s upcoming film awards 2021
Preview of ‘Entanglement’, the 2021 Irish Pavilion exhibition at Venice
Information Session for writers and individuals working in literature: Arts Council Agility Award
Want to apply for a Fulbright Creative Ireland Programme Fellowship?
The Creative Youth Conference 2021
Job Opportunity: Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
Grants and Awards
Next Generation Artists’ Award
Arts Council announces deadline for Open Call 2022
Amateur and Voluntary Practice Scheme
Capacity Building Support Scheme
Young Ensembles Scheme 2021
Upcoming Theatre Schemes Reminder
Deadline: Opera Projects and Production Award
New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced for 2022
Creative Schools
Creative Schools 2021
Creative Schools Week
Online information clinics for schools and Youthreach Centres planning to apply to Creative Schools 2021
News from the community
First Fortnight announces the departure of its co-founder and chief executive
Amateur and Voluntary Practice Scheme

The Arts Council would like to announce the Amateur and Voluntary Practice Scheme. The Arts Council’s strategy recognises the distinctive role of amateur arts practice, its important contribution to the vitality of the arts in Ireland, including music, theatre and musical theatre, and its many personal, social and artistic benefits. This pilot scheme is offered as a once-off, action-research opportunity, and seeks enhanced engagement, mentorship and advocacy between the amateur and professional theatre, music and musical-theatre sectors.


The award aims to support theatre and musical-theatre national amateur and/or voluntary resource-and-support organisations for programmes that develop, by working with professional artists, the performance and technical skills of local-organisation members through training, mentorship or other innovative ideas. It envisages that such programmes could be centrally organised and provided. It is further envisaged that such programmes could be either conceived as in-person or online programmes or both.


The award opens 13 April and the deadline is 6 May at 5:30pm. The Guidelines can be found here.