Arts Unit – Functions and Services
To nurture and develop Irish artistic, audiovisual and creative talent, enhance arts access and cultural tourism countrywide and secure regional arts infrastructure, in cooperation with national and local authorities and other partners.
The Arts Unit areas of responsibility include provision of appropriate support, corporate governance for the following bodies, agencies and organisations:
- National Archives
- National Library of Ireland
- The Irish Manuscripts Commission
- Bank Of Ireland Exhibition Space
- Arts Council,
- Irish Film Board,
- Abbey Theatre,
- Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann,
- Siamsa Tire,
- Cork Events Centre.
The ongoing work of the unit also includes:
- Policy development in line with the objectives outlined in the Business Plan;
- Management of the Cultural Development and Arts Council grant subheads;
- Management of arts and culture capital grant schemes;
- Provision of administration support as required.
- Developing, monitoring and evaluating an integrated policy for the sustainable development of the Irish film industry including the tax-based incentives
- Policy and oversight of arts and cultural capital grant schemes,
- Management of Cultural development subhead both capital and current.
- To support the further development of arts and culture infrastructure.
- To develop and implement arts and culture so as to enhance access to and consolidate the social and economic role of the arts, culture and film sectors in Ireland. This is to be achieved by promoting and encouraging artistic expression, cultural awareness and participation through an appropriate policy, legislative and resource framework and so maintain Ireland’s profile as a leading cultural tourism destination.
- The section is also responsible for the provision of Exchequer funding and the disbursement of A7, A9, A11, A12, A.13, A14, & A16.
- Participation at Europeana and MSEG on digitisation.
- Fulfilment of Ireland’s obligations at EU level re the Audiovisual Strategy and OMC groups
Arts Unit – Accessing our Services
- Contact details for the Arts Unit can be found at http://www.ahg.gov.ie/about/contact/
- Services to the public are generally delivered in response to applications for assistance and are provided by post, e-mail, telephone and in person. Advice may be sought from bodies and agencies under the remit of the unit and queries referred for assistance, as appropriate.
- The section provides guidelines in relation to the Section 481 Film Tax Relief scheme.
- The section provides information to the general public in relation to Arts policy and related matters.
- The division provides information to the public in relation to capital grant schemes.
Arts Unit – Classes of Records Held
- Records relating to the Unit governance and funding of the agencies, bodies and organisation outlined above;
- Records relating to operational matters concerning the division’s functions, such as minutes, correspondence, speeches, ministerial representations, PQ’s and briefing notes.
- Applications under Section 481 Film Tax Relief scheme, (from 1 January 2005, a reduced level of documentation has been held).
- The section maintains a database of film statistics.
- Records in relation to management of and disbursement of funds under the Cultural Development subhead.
Arts Unit – Grant or Funding Schemes
Certification of Film Projects for Tax Incentive Purposes under Section 481 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997
Since 1 January 2005, the Revenue Commissioners has assumed responsibility for the certification of projects under this scheme. The application process and relevant guidelines are available from the Revenue Commissioners. More detailed information and documentation are available from the Revenue Commissioners website at www.revenue.ie/en/tax/it/leaflets/it57.html.
Prior to certification by the Revenue Commissioners, all projects are referred to the Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs for authorisation. This authorisation (including any conditions that may be laid down) is granted in accordance with Section 481(2) (a) of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997, as amended and in accordance with regulations made under this section, (S.I. No. 357 of 2008 (Film Regulations 2008). Under these regulations, this authorisation may not be given by the Minister under Section 481(2) of the Act) in relation to a film unless:
- The film is within a category of film eligible for certification by the Revenue Commissioners; and
- The Minister is satisfied that the film will meet certain cultural criteria.
Cultural Capital Scheme
On January 28th 2016 the Minister announced a new €9m investment scheme for arts and culture centres last January, as part of the Government Capital Investment Framework 2016-2021. This scheme will run over the next three years and is focussed on upgrading the existing stock of arts and cultural centres around the country through refurbishment and enhancement of these facilities. The Scheme will target investment at a range of different facilities.
Applications are not yet being sought for this scheme but it is hoped there will be a call for applications over the coming period. Details of this scheme are being finalised and will be announced on the Department’s website www.ahg.gov.ie in due course.