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.