06 February 2013: China reports on Ireland’s RAISE initiative

China’s largest national broadcasting network, CCTV, looks at the Arts Council’s RAISE initiative.  Culture Express, aired both in China and internationally, explores how culture and arts are being affected by the economic crisis in Europe.  The report focuses on the Arts Council of Ireland’s initiative to help participating organisations build and resource their capacity to attract philanthropic giving.

The arts in Ireland are currently receiving just 0.6% of the country’s total philanthropic income and the Arts Council recognises the need for organisations to develop, agree and implement an effective fundraising strategy.  RAISE provides one-to-one professional advice and direct funding support to 8 selected organisations to properly resource fundraising capacity within the organisation over a two-year period.

Gay McKeon, CEO, Na Píobairí Uilleann discusses the need for greater support for the traditional arts. Philanthropic funding can support Na Píobairí Uilleann to continue playing, producing and maintaining the distinctively Irish instrument. "The uilleann pipes are very popular worldwide, lots of people just can’t get their hands on them and haven’t the opportunity to learn because there aren’t that many teachers. There’s an awful lot of work to be done."

Culture Express is a half an hour daily news program dedicated to culture, arts and music in China and across the world.