Women on Air, Learning Waves, Animation Ireland and thirteen other media learning and development groups will share €342,850 in funding to be spent in 2019 as part of Broadcasting Authority of Ireland funding initiatives announced on Monday.

This is the main tranche of total funding that will amount to €616,000 to support a range of activities aimed at providing training and development across the sector.

As part of the Network Funding strand of the programme. recipients include CRAOL (the representative body for community radio); Learning Waves (the training organisation for commercial radio broadcasters); Women on Air; Animation Skillnet & Animation Ireland; the Community Television Association; Aerthonnta and the Writers’ Guild of Ireland.

Other Sectoral Learning and Development initiatives that will be awarded funding in 2019 include the Community Broadcasting Support Scheme; the Media Research Funding Scheme; and training and development initiatives for the community broadcasting sector.

In addition, the Authority approved total funding of €52,000 for two initiatives under the Innovation Scheme strand.

X-pollinator is a cross-disciplinary professional development programme for practitioners from a variety of areas in the creative arts (theatre-makers, film-makers, fiction writers, comedians, visual artists, etc.) to address gender imbalance in the audio-visual industry.

X-Pollinator is partnering with Screen Skills Ireland to deliver this programme and is aiming to bring female practitioners from other disciplines into the arts; to inspire and energise the female creators already working in the audio-visual industry; to create networks and build collaborations between teams; and, ultimately, help achieve a goal of 50/50 gender parity in the short to medium term.

Funding is also being made available for a Journalism Bursary Programme, a partnership pilot initiative between Learning Waves and the BAI, which will provide five journalism graduates from third-level institutions with the opportunity to become an integral part of a radio station’s newsroom for five months.

During this time the graduates will work with an assigned station mentor to complete a series of tasks and will participate in a number of tailored Learning Waves courses.

Funding of €124,500 has been allocated by the Authority to 16 projects under the BAI’s Sponsorship Scheme. Funding recipients in 2019 will include the Celtic Media Festival; the EuroRadio International Feature Conference; Animation Dingle Film Festival; and Seachtain na Gaeilge.

“The Sectoral Learning and Development and Sponsorship schemes are central to our strategic objectives of enhancing innovation and sectoral sustainability, and promoting diversity and plurality.,” said Broadcasting Authority of Ireland CEO Michael O’Keeffe.

“They support a culture of lifelong learning and development within the broadcasting industry, enhancing capacity, and have enabled us to create innovative and strategic alliances across the sector.”

“The standard of applications for funding has, once again, been very high and we are pleased to be in a position to offer funding to a large number of applicants, including to such innovative projects as X-Pollinator and the Journalism Bursary Programme. We would like to wish all funding recipients every success with the various events and projects.”


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