Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Ceisteanna (261)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy

Ceist:

261. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the details of the €2.13 million in funding through Culture Ireland for Irish arts globally in 2019; the projects with County Offaly involvement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1825/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

On Monday 31 December, 2018 I announced approval of over €2.13m in funding by Culture Ireland for the promotion of Irish arts globally in 2019.

Included in the awards is a total of €975,000 in annual funding for the promotion of Irish literature, music and film through resource organisations and Ireland’s cultural centres in Paris and New York who partner Culture Ireland to present ongoing programmes of Irish artists abroad.

The breakdown of the annual funding is as follows:

Body

Amount allocated

Centre Culturel Irlandais

€180,000

First Music Contact

€160,000

Irish Arts Center

€245,000

Irish Film Institute Intl.

€100,000

Literature Ireland

€290,000

Total

€975,000

The remaining €1.16m is awarded to over 160 projects enabling Irish artists and arts organisations to present their work covering architecture, circus, dance, film, literature, music, opera, theatre and the visual arts in more than 40 different countries and build on Ireland’s strong global reputation for creativity.

At present the Culture Ireland website lists funding of €1,094,190 as two multi-disciplinary applications totalling €62,000 were approved in principle pending meetings with the applicants and details of these projects will be published shortly.

In relation to the projects with County Offaly involvement, Culture Ireland offers support to Irish professional artists, arts organisations and international presenters to present work by Irish artists at significant international venues and festivals. As applications are made by organisations and international presenters and it is the applicant's address which is provided to Culture Ireland, it is not possible to say which artist have a County Offaly involvement.

Applications made throughout the year are assessed in three funding rounds. Following completion of first round there are currently no Culture Ireland applications from Co. Offaly artists or arts organisations being funded in 2019 however, there will be a further two rounds of funding from Culture Ireland for projects taking place in 2019.