12/12/2014 : Minister Humphreys announces additional €2 million in funding for Arts Council for 2015
Announcement brings to €4 million in additional funding for the arts announced in the last week
Friday, 12th December—The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced an additional €2 million in funding for the Arts Council for 2015. It brings the funding for the Arts Council for next year to almost €60 million.
The funding announcement comes on top of the €2 million in additional funding for the National Cultural Institutions and brings to €4 million the total additional funding for the arts announced by Minister Humphreys in the last week.
Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:
“This additional €2 million will be specifically earmarked for the Arts Council’s commemorations programme, and will allow it to fund a series of events and initiatives across the country as part of Ireland 2016. The Arts Council had made a submission to my Department for their commemorative programme, so I am delighted to be providing this €2 million now to allow for its roll out in 2015.
“I want the arts to play a central part in the 2016 commemorations. The Arts Council plays an extremely valuable role in supporting the arts in towns and villages across the country. This additional funding will allow the Arts Council to provide direct financial support for events and initiatives as part of a national programme to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.
“Taking account of this latest increase in funding, which I have secured with the approval of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, we will be spending:
- €28 million on the Commemorations programme in 2015. This encompasses the €22 million being spent on seven flagship projects, including the interpretive centre at the GPO, €4 million for the roll out of Ireland 2016 next year, and the additional €2 million being provided to the Arts Council
- A total of €158 million on arts, culture and film in 2015. This is a clear sign of the huge importance the Government places on our arts and cultural sectors
- Almost €60 million on the Arts Council, which will allow it to support hundreds of events and festivals across the country throughout 2015
“Since my appointment to Cabinet I have been making the argument that the arts must benefit as the economy continues to improve. The Government’s plan to create jobs and put the economy on a sustainable footing is working. The arts sector will not only benefit from this upturn, it will also contribute to our recovery in terms of cultural capital, societal wellbeing, jobs in the creative industries and through boosting tourism.
“In 2013, over 2.4 million tickets were sold for arts venues throughout the country and there were more than 14,800 arts events nationwide. On top of that more there were more than 3.6 million visitors to the Cultural Institutions funded by my Department and 500,000 visitors to regional museums.”