Young ensembles scheme

The Young Ensembles Scheme is one of a number of funding opportunities offered by the Arts Council to support and develop the arts in Ireland. The primary purpose of the award is to support groups of young people between the ages of 12 and 23 to create ambitious and original work together in any artform (e.g., circus, dance, digital media, film, music, theatre, literature, visual arts, or any combination of the above).

Youth arts groups from all over Ireland came together at the Young Ensembles Scheme (YES) showcase and networking event held in Kerry earlier this year. Celebrating Ireland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the theme of this year's event was European Mobility. Groups who had received Young Ensemble Scheme (YES) awards since the scheme was first offered in 2009 were invited to attend this year's extended event. In addition, youth arts organisations taking part in the 'Young Creatives' Strand of the 'Culture Connects' programme also participated. 

The event allowed participants to share some of the experiences they had gained through exchange programmes with their European counterparts. The showcase and networking event provided participants with direction and information on European collaboration which will allow them to build on the experience they have already gained, and strengthen their artistic development. 

The showcase and networking event took place on 3–4 April 2013 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Siamsa Tíre, which ran a project supported by the scheme in 2012, hosted the event.

 
Deadline for Young Ensemble Scheme 2012

The deadline for the Young Ensemble Scheme 2012 is 26 April 2012 at 5:30pm.

The primary purpose of this award is to support groups of young people between the ages of 12 and 23 to create ambitious and original work together in any art form (e.g.; circus, dance, digital media, film, music, theatre, literature, visual arts or any combination of the above).  Groups/ensembles must be made up of 3 or more members. 

The maximum award available is €10,000.

For further information on this scheme and how to apply click here.

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Young ensembles scheme - 2011

The Arts Council has announced the funding decisions for the Young Ensembles Scheme for 2011. Nineteen ensembles have been offered funding amounting to €164,500. There were 44 eligible applications and the total demand was €374,970.

To view the artists and organisations in receipt of funding - please go to the decisions database on the Arts Council website: select 'Young ensembles scheme' from the 'Fund' menu; select the year '2011' and click on 'Search'.

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Young ensembles scheme 2010 - workshop and showcase
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Young ensembles scheme showcase 2010 (Photo: Miki Barlok)

In March 2011, youth dance, circus, film, music, theatre, and visual arts groups awarded funding through the Young Ensembles Scheme in the previous year came together to share their experiences and examples of the work they had produced.  The event was facilitated by Lewis Glucksman Gallery, one of the groups awarded funding through the scheme. 

You can view information from previous years on the Young Ensemble archive page.

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Young ensembles scheme 2009 - workshop and showcase
Young Ensembles Scheme Workshop 2009

Young Ensembles Scheme Showcase 2009 (Photo: Paddy Hough)

In January 2010, youth film, dance, theatre, music and visual arts groups awarded funding through the Young Ensembles Scheme in the previous year came together to share their experiences and examples of the work they had produced.  The event was facilitated and documented by Exchange Dublin, one of the groups awarded funding through the scheme.  View a short video from this event.

You can view information from previous years on the Young Ensemble archive page.

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YES 11 showcase 1
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Young ensembles scheme 2010 showcase (Photo: Miki Barlok)

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