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Music Network Performance and Touring Award

With funding from the Arts Council, the Performance and Touring Award was developed by Music Network, the national music development organisation, to assist Irish and Ireland-based musicians in realising performance opportunities.  Closing dates for applications are Monday 14th February, 5pm and Monday 13th June, 5pm, 2011. The scheme is open to musicians and ensembles of all genres that are of Irish nationality or resident in Ireland.

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European Cultural Foundation – Collaboration Grants

Deadline: 1st March 2011

The European Cultural Foundation's current round of Collaboration Grants has now opened. The Foundation has long facilitated people working collaboratively across Europe, and their grants are designed to support projects that bring a renewed understanding of Europe to people of all backgrounds. Collaboration Grants are for transnational, cross-sectoral activities by independent cultural and artistic organisations working together or with organisations from other sectors. For more information visit


Dingle Film Festival offers €5,000 cash prize for Irish language Short Film Proposal.

The Dingle Film Festival is delighted to announce ‘Físín’, a call to filmmakers to submit a short film proposal in the Irish language. The competition has a cash prize fund of €5,000 and €1,000 worth of lighting equipment hire sponsored by Cian de Buitléar’s company Teach Solais.

Five filmmakers will be selected to travel to the next Dingle Film Festival which opens on St. Patrick’s Day 2011. Each of the five will be treated as festival guests and will be given the opportunity to pitch their proposal to a panal and a live audience in The Phoenix Cinema during the festival. A wonderful panel has been put together, including the iconic Eamon de Buitléar, writer Louise Ní Fhiannachta, who writes for TG4, local writer Marina Ní Dhubháin, Micheál Ó Fearraigh, Ealain Na Gaeltahta director.

The opportunity has been put together by the festival to encourage writing of film scripts in the Irish language. Tor Cotton, one of the festival sponsors came up with the idea.

“As an ardent supporter of the Dingle Film Festival I asked Maurice (the director) why he wasn’t screening much, if ever, ‘as gaeilge’ in order to reflect the festival’s location in the Corcha Dhuibhne Gaeltacht. The reply I got saddened and alarmed me, it couldn’t be true. Were there really virtually no films being shot through Irish? There must be some and I am sure there are some, only a few mind.” Tor went on to say “Just as I am shy to speak and thus progress my Irish, it may be that others are cautious about taking the risk to develop their films through Irish. However unlike my toe in the water of the language, the risk of making a bad film is equal in either tongue, I hope to speak more Irish and to see more films ‘as gaeilge’. It seemed a logical conclusion to be constructive rather than critical and set up a competition to encourage film making through Irish.”

The competition is aimed at people who combine a special interest in film alongside a commitment to the Irish language. The festival is keen to see proposals from all local dialects. This opportunity is open to any individual or group from Transitional students right through to professionals. The application is available to download at or you can email The closing date for entries is January 31st 2011.

The winning pitch at the festival will receive €3,000 cash prize and €1,000 worth of rental lighting equipment and will return to Dingle with their finilised film in 2012. . Four of the pitches will receive a cash prize of €500 and each filmmaker will receive a personalised commemorative leather notebook designed by Conor Holden.

The Dingle Film Festival, established in 2007, home to The Gregory Peck Award and who’s guests have included Gabriel Byrne, Cillian Murphy, Jim Sheridan, Sir Alan Parker, Saoirse Ronan & Sarah Miles, will have its 5th edition next March opening on St. Patrick’s Day, the 17th March and running until Sunday the 20th March 2011.

For further information please contact Festival Director, Maurice Galway: 

On 00 353 (0) 87 9139962 or email


Wellcome Trust Arts Awards: Next Deadlines

deadline: 28 January & 29 April 2011

The Wellcome Trust Arts Awards support imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical science. All art forms are covered by the programme - dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creative writing or digital media - and the Trust invites applications for projects which engage adult audiences and / or young people. Applicants are usually affiliated to organisations, but can apply as individuals. Organisations might include: museums and other cultural attractions; arts agencies; production companies; arts venues; broadcast media; schools; local education authorities; universities and colleges; youth clubs; community groups; research institutes; the NHS; and science centres. There are Small Awards (up to and including £30,000) and Large awards (over £30,000).

For more information on how to apply visit


Arts Council 2011 - Funding deadlines

A listing of upcoming closing dates for Arts Council financial support programmes.

11 February 2011: Small arts festivals scheme

03 March 2011: Music commissions award

31 March 2011: Music project award

31 March 2011: Street arts and spectacle project award

31 March 2011: Film project award

31 March 2011: Dance project award

31 March 2011: Architecture project award

31 March 2011: Theatre project award

31 March 2011: Arts participation project award

31 March 2011: Circus project award

31 March 2011: Visual arts project award

29 April 2011: Young ensembles scheme

19 May 2011: Traditional arts commissions award

Ongoing: Writers in schools scheme

Ongoing: Travel & training award

Ongoing: Deis

Ongoing: Visual artists in prisons scheme

Ongoing: Writers in prisons scheme


Foras na Gaeilge schemes

For more details of Foras na Gaeilge Funding schemes please follow this link.


Ealaín na Gaeltachta Teo

Iarratais á lorg do na scéimeanna seo leanas Scéim Fhorbartha na nEalaíon/Scéim na bhFéilte Ealaíon 2011

Cuirfear fáilte roimh iarratais ó dhaoine aonair agus ó ghrúpaí ar suim leo tionscadail nó seirbhísí ealaíon a fhorbairt/a sholáthar trí mheán na Gaeilge.

Mar shampla: Tionscadail faoi stiúir ealaíontóra - tréimhsí cónaithe – coimisiúin - ealaíon pobail – ceardlainn - siompóisiamaí & taispeántais  - léiriúcháin srl.

Spriocdháta: Dé Luain 28 Feabhra


Tá na scéimeanna seo ag braith ar  mhaoiniú a bheith ar fáil d’Ealaín (na Gaeltachta) Teo. don bhliain reatha 2011.

Tuilleadh eolais maidir le foirm iarratais, critéar srl. ar fáil ó na hÁisitheoirí Ealaíon ag na seoltaí thíos:

An Daingean, Co. Chiarraí             (066) 9150100 / (026) 45366

Doirí Beaga, Co. Dhún na nGall                 (074)9560100

Na Forbacha, Co. na Gaillimhe       (091) 503 100


Culture Ireland Funding

Culture Ireland is the state agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide, working under the aegis of the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. Culture Ireland creates and supports opportunities for Irish artists to present their work at strategic international festivals, venues, showcases and arts markets. Culture Ireland’s principal funding scheme is designed to support the presentation and promotion of Irish arts internationally.

Full details: D

eadline: 15 February 2011


Filmbase/RTE Short Film Awards 2011

We're delighted to announce the deadline for the first round of the Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Awards 2011! 

The deadline for the first round of the award has been confirmed for the last Friday in March; all applications must be at Filmbase by 5pm on Friday 25th of March.  The award includes €10,000 cash towards the selected production and a matching level of production equipment and editing facilities supplied by Filmbase. Up to four awards will be made through this scheme in 2011 with the first round in March and a second round later in the year.   

The awards are the longest running funding scheme for short films in Ireland and have funded over 100 short films in that time.  More information on the scheme, including the guidelines and application form, can be found at  All applicants for the award must be current members of Filmbase.

Any queries regarding the scheme or how to apply can be directed to Clare Creely by email on, please include 'awards query' in the subject line. 

Filmbase is a not-for-profit resource centre for filmmakers. Our building on Curved Street, in the heart of Dublin's Temple Bar, is a public space where filmmakers can network, hire filmmaking equipment, take training courses and receive support and information about working within the Irish film industry. Filmbase also publishes the cultural magazine Film Ireland and administers a number of film and documentary production award schemes.

Selected Programmes:

excel 2016

Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

Bealtaine 2016 cover 


John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

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Culture Night 2016

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