2018 will be a busy year for the arts in Ireland
People right across the country will experience the arts in new and exciting ways in 2018.
The Arts Council will invest €68.4 million over the course of 2018 thus creating opportunities for the public to experience large-scale work of excellence, as well as work of real artistic ambition, by supporting organisations through its two new funding programmes.
More than half of our total grant from Government in 2018 will be invested through our new Strategic Funding programme, for established organisations operating at the highest level across all the areas of the arts. This includes funding for the first time at this level for several organisations.
In addition, there will be increased funding for particular work by artists, emerging companies and organisations through the new Arts Grants Funding programme which will receive applications from 8 March.
Individual artists will be supported through a range of schemes such as bursaries and the Next Generation award, with funding too for the dozens of unique festivals that take place in communities across Ireland from January to December.
This is the first year of our new funding framework, which by its rigour and strategic focus will help shape and develop the arts in Ireland for many years to come. We are already very encouraged by the response from artists and arts organisations, and when we look at the breadth and scale of the work being funded we know with confidence that people right across Ireland will experience the best of the arts in 2018.
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