The Arts Council announces the 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 artform festivals. Events may be one-off projects or programmed over a number of months (e.g. a concert series).
There are three strands of funding available:
- Strand 1: Up to €10,000
- Strand 2: Between €10,001 and €20,000
- Strand 3: Between €20,001 and €40,000
The Festivals and Events Scheme is open to organisations that promote festivals or events with a clear artistic purpose that will take place in the first half of the calendar year 2014.
First-time applicants and applicants who have not been funded previously by the Festivals and Events Scheme must apply to Strand 1 only.
Festivals previously funded by the Arts Council under this Scheme up to €10,000 (excluding European Presidency funding) in their last funding offered must apply to Strand 1.
Festivals previously funded by the Arts Council under this Scheme between €10,000 and €20,000 (excluding European Presidency funding) must apply to Strand 2.
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 under FES on a non-recurring basis.
The closing date for applications is 19th September 2013 and for more information visit the arts council website.