Arts Council announces 2015 funding decisions
The Arts Council, An Chomhairle Ealaíon, the government agency for supporting and developing the arts in Ireland, has made its major grant offers for 2015, distributing some €30 million to more than 200 arts organisations. Letters detailing news of the decisions were posted on Monday.
In 2015, for the first time in six years, the Arts Council’s own Exchequer grant was maintained at 2014 levels (€56.668 million).
The Arts Council has published an interactive map on its website, where users can see details for each arts organisation funded in the three main grants programmes and the reason for the Arts Council’s investment. The map can be viewed here:
Among the larger grants offered were €1,420,000 to Wexford Festival Opera, €860,000 to The Gate theatre, €762,000 to Druid; €490,000 for Galway Arts Festival, €390,000 for Kilkenny Arts Festival, and €361,000 for the Royal Hibernian Academy. Separately, the Arts Council has committed €6.2 million to the Abbey theatre for 2015, as part of a three-year funding agreement.
The grants offered to music organisations were as follows: €860,000 for the Irish Chamber Orchestra, €680,000 for Opera Theatre Company, €610,000 for the Irish Traditional Music Archive, €515,000 for Music Network, €337,000 for Na Píobairí Uilleann, €323,000 for Chamber Choir Ireland, €285,000 for the Contemporary Music Centre, €240,000 for West Cork Music, €208,000 for Improvised Music Company, €170,000 for the Irish Baroque Orchestra, €125,000 for the Association of Irish Choirs, €118,000 for the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, €90,000 for First Music Contact, €80,000 for Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, €65,000 for the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, €45,000 for Music for Galway, €44,000 for the Galway Music Residency, €40,000 for Louth Contemporary Music Society, €37,000 for The Journal of Music, €36,000 for Scoil Gheimhridh Gaoth Dobhair, €33,000 for Note Productions, €30,000 for Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre, €25,000 for Great Music in Irish Houses, €23,595 for Ionad Cultúrtha, €20,000 for Sundays at Noon/Gallery Music, €20,000 for Cork International Choral Festival, €20,000 for Camerata Ireland, €20,000 for Bray Jazz Festival, €17,130 for Cairdeas na bhFidléirí, €16,000 for Baltimore Fiddle Fair, €15,000 for Cork Orchestral Society and €6,500 for Pipeworks Festival.
Each local authority in the State, along with Ealaín na Gaeltachta (€304,180), will receive funding directly from the Arts Council, a combined total of €2 million. Funding to venues totals €4.9 million. The Arts Council will also invest an additional €1.25 million in touring.
Throughout the year, the Arts Council will make additional investment in the arts, including bursaries for individual artists, projects and awards. The Aosdána cnuas has been maintained at its current level of €17,180 per annum.
Arts Council Chair Sheila Pratschke said: “The arts mean so much to us in this country; they are our most popular pursuit and they define our identity. As, we hope, both the economy and national morale continue to improve in 2015, the arts will play a key role in shaping our future as a society.”