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Arts Council Music Recording Scheme

The Arts Council Music Recording Scheme is funded by the Arts Council and managed by Music Network. The scheme provides support for performers and composers working primarily in non-commercial genres through awarding funding for music recording. The aim of this scheme is to ensure that the work of Irish composers and performers is available other than in live performance, and to ensure that important or neglected materials of Irish music are preserved and disseminated to the highest professional standard.

Who can apply
The Arts Council Music Recording Scheme is open to musicians and ensembles of all genres that are of Irish nationality or resident inIreland.

How to apply
Full application information and documentation are available here:



Application Form

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 5:00 PM ON THURSDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2013.  Stay informed by subscribing to our Industry E Newsletter here.

See details of past awards here.

Musicians with an interest in applying should contact:

Andreas Ziemons

Performance Programmes Administrator
01 6719429

Ballina Local Community Scheme

Applications have to be specific on what the funding is sought for and its benefit to Ballina and its citizens. Applications should be project based and funding will not be permitted forongoing maintenance costs. Preference will be given to projects which can attract matching funding or which the applicant can allocated their own resources. Closes 1st September

The application form is available here.

T: 096 76100         R:

Arts Council announces Festivals and Events Scheme 2014

The Arts Council announces Round 1 of the 2014 Festivals and Events Scheme (FES). The Council recognises the distinctive role arts festivals play in sustaining a vibrant arts profile at a local level.  Festivals provide opportunities for audiences and artists to experience new work and ways of making work. The Council acknowledges the valuable contribution made by voluntary committees in developing these festivals. 

The Festivals and Events Scheme will be open to multi-disciplinary festivals, single art form festivals, once-off events and concert series.
There are three stands of funding available:

Strand 1:  Up to €10,000

Strand2:  Between €10,001 and €20,000

Strand3:  Between €20,001 and €40,000

The Festivals and Events Scheme is open to all organisations that promote festivals or events with a clear artistic purpose that will take place in the first half of the calendar year 2014. (Organisations applying for a series of events should apply for their full calendar year of events as one application can only be submitted per calendar year).

All first time applicants and applicants who have not been funded previously under the Festivals and Events Scheme must apply toStrand1 only. Festivals previously funded by the Arts Council under the Small Festival Scheme are advised to apply to either Strand 1 orStrand2, subject to the level of funding most recently received (excluding EU Presidency Funding). Strand 3 is intended to accommodate a small number of festivals, previously funded on a recurring basis under the Annual Programming Grant funding stream, but now being invited to apply underFESon a non-recurring basis. Organisations wishing to apply to this strand are advised to contact the Head of Festivals, Una McCarthy, directly. The Festivals and Events Scheme is a non-recurring competitive scheme, assessed by a peer panel.

The closing date for Round 1 is 19 September 2013. Applications to Round 2 should be for festivals taking place between July - December 2014 (closing date in Spring 2014 tbc).

All applications are assessed in a competitive context and within available resources.  Applications are assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Artistic merit and ambition
  2. Meeting the objectives and priorities of the scheme
  3. Feasibility (including financial and other support)

How do I apply?
In order to apply for the festivals and events scheme you will need to register at 

-       Click on the Sign Up button under ‘New User’ (if you are not already registered)

-       Choose to register as ‘organisation/group’ and select ‘Next’.

-       Fill in the required details and click ‘Register’.

-       You will shortly receive an email giving you password details to log in.

When you’ve received your email and logged in to the online site you will be able to download an application form and guidance notes for the Festivals and events scheme.

E-mailed, posted, faxed or late applications will not be accepted.

First Time Applications
First time applicants to the scheme are advised to contact Úna McCarthy, Head of Festivals and Events, prior to submitting an application; telephone +353 1 6180272 or by email to

Guidelines and criteria for this scheme will be available on our website at the beginning of July 2013 and the window for applying will open from 20 August 2013 on our online services

Visual Arts Curator Residency Scheme deadline: 5.30pm, Thursday 12 September 2013

The purpose of this scheme is to offer visual arts curators the opportunity to research and develop their practice, while developing a year-long work programme in partnership with multi-disciplinary venues and local authorities. The specific content of the work programme will be designed by the curator in collaboration with the venue and local authority.

This scheme is not conceived to fill a gap in core programming, but instead might expand on, or offer something distinctive, to an existing visual arts programme in a multi-disciplinary venue.

The aims of this scheme are:

  • to offer opportunities to curators[1]  across the country to research and develop a programme of work relevant to the progression of their own practice;
  • to offer opportunities to multi-disciplinary venues[2]  and local authorities to develop curatorial practice in their geographical area;
  • to encourage a considered approach to, and innovative ways of, engaging local audiences with high-quality contemporary visual arts at local/regional level
  • to encourage the development of long-term planning and sustainability of high-quality visual arts activities within multi-disciplinary venues;
  • to encourage a co-ordinated approach between key arts providers at local/regional level

The maximum amount awarded to each successful application will be €20,000.

The scheme will open for applications in early August 2013.

All applications must be submitted using the Arts Council’s online services website.  Application forms submitted via email/post/fax will not be accepted.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 12 September  at 5.30pm.

For further information on the Visual Arts Curator Residency Scheme please contact Kate O'Donnell, Visual Arts & Architecture Officer on 01 6180236 or by email at

The Artist in Youth Work Scheme is OPEN for applications for 2012/2013

This Scheme is offered to youth organisations involving professional artists and young people as a means of extending and enhancing opportunities for young people to experience and participate in the arts.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage artistic collaboration between professional artists and young people. Young people will have the opportunity to work with and learn from practitioners of excellence in their field. Equally, artists will have the opportunity to enrich their own professional practice through the contextual experience of working with young people.

There are two awards under this scheme. The Artist in Residency Award and the Youth Arts Development Award.

All applications MUST be received by 5pm on Friday, October 26th 2013

For further information, please contact Sile O’Sullivan

Arts Council Travel & Training Award
Artform & practices: Architecture, Arts participation, Circus, Dance, Film, Literature (English language), Music, Opera, Spectacle, Street arts, Traditional arts, Venues, Visual arts, Young people children and the arts.

Maximum awarded: €8000

There are no formal deadlines for the Travel and Training Award. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Applicants seeking support for formal courses (postgraduate or equivalent) and for other eligible opportunities must submit their application at least six weeks before their course or work programme begins. You are advised that the Arts Council cannot guarantee to assess applications received less than six weeks before a course or work programme begins.

Purpose and priorities of award

There are three strands to this award. The principal strand is Travel and Training Outbound, for which the majority of funding is available; the secondary strand is Travel and Training Inbound; a third strand is the CCP International Award.

Full details on

Arthur Guinness Projects Initiative Launched

Deadline: 9 August 2013

The Arthur Guinness Projects is a major new initiative designed to champion the best of Irish creators, thinkers, doers and makers in the areas of Arts, Music, Sport and Food by offering support and funding to the winning entries.

The Arthur Guinness Projects replaces the previous Arthur Guinness Fund (which provided funding to social enterprise initatives). The new Projects initiative is looking for extraordinary people with innovative, inspiring, and brilliant ideas, and the passion and drive to make them happen. 

The winning ideas in each category will be awarded a bursary of up to €50,000, as well as invaluable advice and mentoring to help you turn your dream into reality. The most popular ideas will be shortlisted by the public, so make sure to encourage your friends and family to vote by sharing your project on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc.

Where Community Groups Come In

The Arthur Guinness Projects is seeking bold ideas from individuals. But those ideas could well have a direct and positive impact on the wider community too. For example, imagine an idea for a community recording studio (under the Music category); or an idea for a table tennis hang-out spot in your area (under the Sport category); or perhaps an idea for local craft workshops in the traditional arts (under the Arts category); or, even an idea to provide homeless people with a second chance by training them in the culinary arts (which is just one fantastic idea already submitted under the Food category).

How It Works

Projects can be submitted online from the 26 June until 9 August 2013. The public will be able to vote for their favourite ideas until voting ends on 23 August, after which the top 10% of projects will be submitted to our panel of industry experts for judging. If your idea doesn’t make it through the public vote, you have one final lifeline, as the panel of experts can choose to award up to four wildcards annually.

The Arthur Guinness Projects Panel will choose the overall winning projects and provide mentoring and support to the winners. It comprises 16 well-known industry experts, 4 from each category of Arts, Music, Sport, and Food.

Got a big idea in mind? Visit the Arthur Guinness Projects website now.


The Community Foundation for Ireland - Apply for Grassroots Grants

The Community Foundation forIrelandruns grant programmes on behalf of their donors which support community and voluntary groups. Please click on the below link to learn about the criteria and deadlines for each of the various grant schemes they run.


Keep up to date with EU funding news

Register to receive real time news updates from the Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Updates are on the following funding programmes:

Culture Programme
Youth in Action
Europe for Citizens
Lifelong learning programme
Erasmus Mundus
Bilateral cooperation

You can also register for updates on call for experts, call for tenders and vacancies.


Commission's new Creative Europe programme

Thousands of people working in cinema, TV, culture, music, performing arts, heritage and related areas are set to benefit from increased EU support under the new Creative Europe programme unveiled by the European Commission at the end of November.

CreativeEuropewill build on the experience and success of the Culture and MEDIA programmes which have supported the cultural and audiovisual sectors for more than 20 years. 

(Click to the video link above)

With a proposed budget of €1.8 billion for the period 2014-2020, Creative Europe will be a boost forEurope's cultural and creative industries. The proposed budget increase for Creative Europe represents a 37% increase on current spending levels.

The Commission is also proposing to allocate more than €210 million for a new financial guarantee facility, which would enable small operators to access up to €1 billion in bank loans, as well as around €60 million in support of policy cooperation and fostering innovative approaches to audience building and new business models.

Please click on the following link for more information:

Strand 1.2.2 e-forms now online

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) has now published the e-forms for the upcoming round of Strand1.2.2: literary translation projects. You can find them here.

EU support for Literary Translation is aimed at enhancing knowledge of the literature and literary heritage of fellow Europeans by way of promoting the circulation of literary works between countries. Publishing houses can be awarded grants for translations and publication of works of fiction from one European language into another European language.

You can read more about this funding by downloading a copy of the programme guide at this link.

Alternatively you can contact the Cultural Contact Point at to request a copy.

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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