Council approves over €220,000 in arts grants

theatre-royalWaterford City & County Council has announced plans to invest €220,000 in direct arts grants to arts organisations across the city and county.

The grants are the first to encourage a county wide programme of arts and cover three areas – Arts Practice, Audience and Venues.

Details of this year’s grants were discussed at the March plenary meeting of Waterford City & County Council.
The exciting programme of events funded by the grants include city and county wide schools arts programmes and workshops, performances, concerts, a Parade of Light, filmmaking, theatre and a new musical group for Waterford.

Under Arts Practice and Audience, a grant total of €65,497 was awarded: Rosemary Dulson – Parade of Light €1000; Rigout Productions – Facilitated Theatrical Music and Art event/performance €6000; Brideview Drama – Portia Coughlan Play €1200; Curtain Call Productions Steel Magnolias Play €800; Stagemad Theatre Company – JohnJo Play €3000; Loose Screw Theatre CO – Disco Pigs Play €1000; Damien Mc Donnell – two plays based on the Twilight Zone €1000; Waterford Musical Society – Carousel Musical €1712; Waterford Youth Arts – Summer Play – directed by Jim Nolan – €6000; De La Salle Scout Pipe Band – annual music programme €5000; Thomas Francis Meagher Band – annual music programme – €1000; Barrack Street Concert Band – annual music programme €1000; City of Waterford Brass – annual music programme€1000; Deise Brass Band – start-up of Adult Brass Band €450; Dungarvan Brass Band – annual music programme – €1000; Lismore Choir – choral performance €1170; Waterford Music Club – annual music programme€2025; Symphony Club of Waterford – annual music programme €2500; Fadó Productions Limited – continue Music in the Museums programme – €3500; Waterford Healing Arts Trust – to continue Open Studio programme – €1500; Waterford Healing Arts Trust – to continue Iontas programme – €1500; Little Red Kettle LTD. – countywide schools arts performance programme – €6000; Waterford Traveller Community Development Project – film prog. and workshops €1200; Central Arts – performance workshops leading up to a formal event (e.g. theatre or a concert) €5620; St Brigid’s Family & Community Centre – Social History programme – €2820; Waterford Youth Arts – Research and Film €3500; Corina Duyn – Into the Light, a series of literature boxes €500; Karen Power – sponsorship of second ‘Butterfly Barn’ book €1000; Ted and Mary O’Regan Arts Bursary – Bursary Awards €1500.

Under the amalgamation of Waterford City and County Councils, a number of other venues were added to the list.

While the funding budget for 2015 was set at the same for 2014 (€145,000), it was decided to also aid two venues from the county, namely the Coast Guard Cultural Centre and the Dungarvan Town Hall Theatre via direct department funding.

Overall, the majority of the applications were broadly within the arts venues remit.

However it was felt that some of the applications were of a higher standard than others and this was reflected in the funding recommendations offered to the adjudicating panel.

A total of €145,000 was awarded as part of the 2015 Venue Grants: St. Patrick’s Gateway Centre €1000; Garter Lane €61,000; Theatre Royal €65,000; Christ Church Cathedral €5,500; Central Hall €12,000; Hive Emerging Gallery €500.

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