Arts Council Young Ensembles Scheme 2019

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The Arts Council will open applications for the Young Ensembles Scheme 2019 on 17 January 2019.

The primary purpose of the Young Ensembles Scheme is to support groups of young people between the ages of ten and twenty-four to create or critically engage with ambitious and original work together in any artform (e.g. circus, street art, spectacle, dance, digital media, film, music, theatre, literature, visual arts, architecture or any combination of the above). Groups/ensembles must be made up of three or more members.

The Young Ensembles Scheme has two strands. You should choose the strand that is most suitable for your ensemble and for your proposal. You may only apply to one strand.

Strand 1
This strand is for ensembles that wish to undertake a new project or initiative that will develop the practice and experience of the young people involved. You may apply for up to €10,000. Applicants may be new or established ensembles and must demonstrate their potential for developing and delivering a high-quality artistic project.

Strand 2
This is for ensembles that wish to undertake a programme of work or a large-scale project that develops the work of the ensemble while also sustaining or building on related elements of the ensemble’s practice. This strand is for proposals that will cost more than €10,000 and no more than €25,000. Applicants must be established ensembles with a track record of delivering high-quality artistic projects or programmes. For this strand, applicants must make clear why a larger budget than is available under Strand 1 is required.

Closing date: 5.30pm, Thursday 14 February 2019

Maximum award: €25,000

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