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Welcome to the March edition of our Newsletter
News this month
Pay the Artist
Creative Production Supports – A Theatre Resource-Sharing Pilot Scheme
RAISE programme - PRIVATE INVESTMENT CAPACITY BUILDING - Phase 2 announcement.
Information Clinics on the Arts Council’s film awards 2020
Grants and Awards
Commissions Award next closing date - 5:30 p.m, Thursday 30 April 2020
Dance Arts Residency Scheme 2020
Theatre Artist Residency Scheme 2020
Deadline: Opera Projects and Production Award
New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced
Deadline: Arts Grant Funding 2021
Reel Art next closing date – 17:30 Thursday, 14th May 2020
Creative Schools
Creative Associates Opportunity
Creative Schools/Scoileanna Ildánacha – Invite applications from schools across Ireland
News from the community
Westival recruiting a festival director
Panel of music tutors
Music Generation Administrator
Creative Production Supports – A Theatre Resource-Sharing Pilot Scheme

The upcoming deadline for Creative Production Supports Scheme is Thursday 9th April 2020 at 5.30pm. The window for making an application opens on Tuesday 10th March 2020.


Informed by key goals contained within the Arts Council strategy and theatre policy Making Great Art Work and following a process of consultation, we are delighted to invite applications for proposals to develop innovative and art-led supports for the creation of excellent work in the independent theatre sector.  


We understand that the skills needed to create excellent theatre are many and varied, and while led by a creative vision, achieving excellence requires sustained, collaborative support. This pilot project seeks a fresh and dynamic approach to developing and creating the context for relevant and excellent work to thrive. As a pilot project the successful applicant(s) will be asked to work alongside the Arts Council in creating and evaluating a collaborative infrastructure, which optimises existing resources and promotes best-practice in the development, production and dissemination of the independent theatre sector across Ireland.


Applications will be considered from professional theatre artists* and/or collaborative entities that can demonstrate a proven track-record in theatre production and demonstrate partnerships of expertise with at least one organisation in receipt of Arts Council Strategic, Partnership or Arts Centre funding with a significant track record in the production and presentation of theatre to audiences e.g. production companies, festivals, Arts Centres.  


Please note: Organisations in receipt of Strategic, Partnership or Arts Centre funding may not be the lead applicant. However, to be eligible, applications under this programme must be supported by at least one organisation in receipt of such Arts Council funding.


*Definitions for the purposes of this scheme

Professional theatre artist: any individual who works as a professional artist in a creative capacity in a theatre context, and are recognised as such by their peers. This could be a director, theatre maker, actor, playwright, designer, creative producer or a producing entity that is not in receipt of Strategic, Arts Centre or Partnership Funding.


Decisions will be made in two phases. Phase 1 will be the assessment and evaluation of applications. Based on the outcome of this phase, shortlisted applicants will be invited to make a presentation on their proposal. We expect this second phase to take place in June 2020.


Proposals can be made for funding up to a maximum of €250,000 per year over two years.  Applications can only be accepted from individuals or collaborative entities or organisations not in receipt of Arts Council Strategic, Partnership or Art Centre funding.  Guidelines will be available on the Available Funding page of our website in early March 2020 http://www.artscouncil.ie/available-funding/


An information clinic will be held in the Arts Council on Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 11am, please register your interest by emailing Elaine.Connolly@artscouncil.ie